5 Questions on Epoxy Flooring Answered

Last updated: March 22, 2018

White painted kitchen, lower white kitchen cupboards with window above, white table on white epoxied floor, and a brown-step staircase on the right with a glass railing

Epoxy coating is a cost-efficient, moisture-resistant, and all-around brilliant way to strengthen and refinish plain concrete floors.

But is epoxy flooring safe? Is it efficient? Here are answers to five frequent questions on epoxy flooring.

Are Epoxy Floors Safe?

One of the most common questions on epoxy flooring is this: are they safe?

The answer is yes. Epoxy floors are completely safe, posing no danger to pets or children. In fact, epoxy floors are softer and less slippery than ceramic or stone tiles, making them particularly kid-friendly!

Epoxy is an adhesive material that forms when you combine synthetic polymer resin with a curative or hardening agent. This chemical reaction makes them bond to one another and the floor, hardening to a rigid plastic coating.

Before it hardens, epoxy gives off fumes that are comparable to paint fumes. It’s important to ensure good ventilation in the 48 hours following an epoxy installation. However, the fumes dissipate once it dries, and the floor itself poses no risk.

Are Epoxy Floors Waterproof?

Epoxy coating is an effective way to protect porous concrete from spills. An epoxy flooring is waterproof and durable, resisting fluid that would otherwise seep into cracks and other vulnerable spots in the concrete floor beneath. And since the surface is smooth and even, epoxy makes it easy to mop up puddles and other messes that occur.

This flooring option is even suitable for areas with excessive water, like pool patios. Yes, you can use epoxy flooring outdoors! Certain types of epoxy flooring are designed to resist UV rays and hold their colour through years of exposure to the elements.

What Rooms Can You Do With Epoxy Coating?

Epoxy has long been the go-to option for durable garage flooring. But did you know you can use epoxy inside the home as well? Not only is it possible, but epoxy can have stunning results in kitchens, basements, entryways, and more.

Don’t take it from us — check out this gallery of beautiful epoxy floor designs throughout the home. A coat of epoxy can revitalize drab concrete floors in rooms of any shape and size.

Are Epoxy Floors Cold?

Epoxy flooring is not as warm and cushy on your toes as carpet, to be sure. But it’s not as chilly as stone or ceramic tile. Epoxy ranks in the middle in terms of heat absorption. Epoxy is also suitable for floors with a radiant heating system.

Are Epoxy Floors Expensive?

Epoxy flooring isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. The cost of installing epoxy flooring depends on the type of epoxy resin, the colour of choice, the size of the project, and more.

But let’s get at the heart of the question: are epoxy floors expensive?

While it’s not always the cheapest flooring option on the market, epoxy coating fits easily within most renovation budgets. It’s durable, outlasting many of the alternatives over years of use. Epoxy coating is an investment in protecting your floors; it pays its dues by saving you repairs down the line.

Wondering how much it will cost in your home? We’re happy to provide a free quote on installing epoxy floors in the Greater Toronto Area.