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Last edited 18 May 2020
Polished concrete vs epoxy flooring
One of the difficult decision 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, customisation, 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 millimeters. Both flooring systems can be unique and sustainable.
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 a 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 what will not peel or scratch. It also increases the flatness and enhances the reflectivity of the floor.
Though it is the 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.
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 color 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 porosity of the concrete.
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