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The Pros and Cons of Epoxy Garage Flooring

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Is it time to upgrade your current garage floor to something more durable like epoxy? Read on to discover all the main pros and cons offered by this type of flooring. 


Epoxy flooring is becoming a popular type of floor for residential garages. One of the reasons for this is the impressive durability that it offers. Considering that a garage floor is often subjected to heavy objects, it makes sense why homeowners in Melbourne will want to opt for a flooring type, like epoxy, that offers resistance to impact and chipping. 


However, just like with anything in life, there are a few cons that you’ll need to keep in mind, too. To help you figure out if epoxy garage flooring will be right for your needs, here are a few of the main pros and cons.  

What’s epoxy flooring?

In a nutshell, epoxy flooring is a two-part mixture that combines a hardener with resin. The resin creates a strong layer that offers long-lasting protection. The result is an incredibly durable floor that also looks great and is easy to clean. 


While a standard epoxy floor is visually appealing already, you can also opt for epoxy flake floors or a metallic epoxy for an even more aesthetically pleasing look and shiny surface. So, not only does it offer longevity, but also customization. 

Key benefits of epoxy garage flooring

#1 - Long lasting and durable

Its durability is probably its biggest benefit. What’s more, it also offers resistance to a number of household hazards such as water, industrial chemicals, and commercial cleaners (including bleach) which are often stored in a garage. It’s also resistant to oil transmission fluid, making it a great choice for garage floors specifically. 


Not only is it extremely durable, but it’s also long lasting. It can last anything from seven to 20 years, depending on how well you take care of it. 

#2 - Sanitary

If anyone in your household suffers from allergies, using epoxy for your garage floor can help a lot. It also offers great resistance to dust and is an unfavorable breeding ground for bacteria and germs, making it one of the most sanitary choices. In fact, it’s frequently used in healthcare facilities. 


Considering that a garage tends to attract more dust than other areas in the home, its dust resistance makes it especially appealing. And, when it’s time to clean it, all you need to do is grab a dry or damp mop if you come across a more stubborn spill. 

#3 - Cost effective

Compared to other types of flooring for garages, epoxy is more affordable to install. For example, when you compare the cost of polished concrete to epoxy, epoxy is the winner by a fair margin. 


You can expect to pay about $50 per square meter for polished concrete, while standard epoxy will set you back about $30 to $35 per square meter. One of the reasons for this is that it can be applied to a slightly rough surface.   

Main disadvantages of epoxy garage flooring

#1 - Long and tricky installation

There are a number of steps involved in applying epoxy to a garage floor. The preparation alone is a time-consuming process. For example, if the current floor has any cracks, these need to be filled at least 60 days before you can apply the coating. Also, if the surface is currently sealed, you’ll first need to remove the sealant using a chemical stripper. 


Not only does the whole process take some time, but there are also some tricky parts. For example, after you’ve mixed the epoxy mixture, you’ll need to use it within two hours. So, you’ll need to know your plan. 


Then, depending on the size of your garage floor, it can take up to seven days before it’s completely cured. During this time, you’ll need to find a temporary home for your vehicles which can turn into a logistical nightmare if you don’t have understanding neighbors. 

#2 - Chronic moisture can cause issues

If you regularly have moisture issues in your garage, epoxy might not be the best solution. Before it can be applied, the concrete surface must be dry to prevent the coating from lifting and peeling away. 

#3 - Difficult to remove

If you do decide for some reason that you want to remove the epoxy coating down the line, it will virtually be impossible. So, if you’re not completely settled on this floor type, it’s best to consider other options like polished concrete that’s also highly durable and easy to maintain. 

Quick recap: Epoxy garage floor pros and cons

Pros

Cons

✔ Long-lasting and durable

✔ Sanitary

✔ Cost-effective

✔ Long and tricky installation

✔ Chronic moisture can cause problems

✔ Difficult to remove

Transform your garage floor with epoxy

With remote working on the increase, more people are in a position to work from home. This can be great, but what about the office space that you’ve now sacrificed? 


With the right flooring, you can transform your dull garage into an inviting space that can double up as a home office. If you’re not the sit-behind-a-computer type, you can always use your “new” garage as a workshop that will stand up against harsh knocks, more foot and vehicle traffic, and accidental spills. 


As epoxy can be time consuming and tricky to apply correctly, it’s best to leave it to a floor specialist who’s familiar with epoxy flooring. Absolutely Flawless Floorz is one of the top concrete companies in Melbourne. Not only do we offer a range of concrete services, but also specialize in epoxy services including epoxy garage flooring and concrete sealers. 


Whether you need to update the floor of a residential or commercial garage, our experienced and licensed pros use only state-of-the art tools to deliver high-quality finishes time and time again. For a quick quote, call us on 0450 550 649 or complete our online form today.