Last edited 02 Jun 2021

Polished concrete vs epoxy flooring


[edit] Introduction

One of the difficult decisions for many facilities is the selection of the flooring solution which is not only adaptable to the environment but also cost-efficient. Each has its own strengths and weakness, but, in the world of flooring, polished concrete and epoxy flooring are two common types. Both have their own strengths in terms of sustainability, customization, and decoration and are suitable for different types of flooring.

Polished concrete is fashioned by running a grinding machine repeatedly along with a polishing head for gaining the polished, smooth, and fine surface. While on the other hand, epoxy flooring is created with multiple layers of epoxy applied to the floor with a depth of a minimum of 2 millimetres. Both flooring systems can be unique and sustainable.

[edit] Polished concrete

Polished concrete can be an economically viable and eco-friendly solution for industrial and commercial flooring. If the floor is not exposed to extreme pH substances, toxins, and chemicals, polished concrete can be a solution for light to medium general service floor.

It reduces the environmental impact and helps to craft a fine and smooth clean surface with zero porous structure that will not peel or scratch. It also increases the flatness and enhances the reflectivity of the floor.

Though it is a reliable solution for light to medium general service floor it requires regular maintenance and re-polishing which can be considered its weakness. Polished concrete also has lower compressive strength compared to the unpolished concrete substrate.

[edit] Epoxy flooring

Epoxy flooring can be a good choice for abusive industrial and commercial environments. It is not only durable but can also cope with harsh usage. It increases the strength and durability of concrete and protects the floor from chemicals. It can also increase the light reflectivity of the floor and bonds easily with cement or concrete.

It does not require polishing and provides a water-resistant flooring solution with a wide range of colour options for decorative effects.

However, higher installation costs and limited life span are weaknesses. It has a gentler cure rate as compared to MMA (Methyl Methacrylate) floors, and it requires more than one coat to remove the porosity of the concrete.

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