Epoxy Floors For Your Basement: 7 Benefits & Cost
How Do Epoxy Floors For Your Basement Work?
What Are Epoxy Floors Made Of?
7 Benefits Of Epoxy Floors For Your Basement
1. It’s waterproof and resistant to mold – If your basement is constantly humid, water can start to seep into your walls and floors, leading to mold growth. Adding an epoxy coating to your basement floors creates a protective topical layer.
2. It’s resistant to chemicals, oils, and hot tires – If you’ve ever been to an automotive body shop, you might notice that their floors are sealed using epoxy. Epoxy floors are highly resistant to oil, chemicals, hot tires, gasoline, and more. This makes them the perfect solution for garages and other places where things constantly spill. Epoxy floors are also heat resistant, meaning the coating won’t melt when something like a hot car tire is parked over it. When you drive your car, your tires will pick up solvents from the road. If the epoxy is not applied properly, the solvents and heat can remove the coating.
3. Easy to clean and maintain – Because epoxy floors are waterproof, it makes it easier to clean up any spills or puddles. The epoxy coating keeps dirt, water, and dust above your concrete, allowing you to vacuum or mop your floors easily.
4. It’s strong, durable, and optionally slip-resistant – Epoxy floors are strong, durable, and can have a slip-resistant aggregate added, making them the perfect protective coating. With proper care, epoxy floors can typically last up to 20 years or more before they need another sealing. If you notice your coating is yellow or cloudy, it’s probably at the end of its life-use. If needed, experts can grind and reapply the topcoat.
5. It adds a beautiful and stunning finish – Epoxy coatings come in a wide variety of colors, designs, textures, and patterns, giving you virtually unlimited style options.
6. Stress-free installation process – When you hire a professional coating company, you’re getting stress-free and industrial-grade solutions. Home stores will try to convince you to buy their cheap DIY epoxy coating kits. But, do you really know the risks of doing it yourself? With a fast-curing epoxy, you need experts to ensure things go smoothly. If something goes wrong during the 24-hour curing process, you’re going to be left with a ton of issues.
7. It’s moderately priced – Compared to adding new floorings, such as wood or tile, epoxy floors are more affordable and cost-effective. We talk more about the average cost of epoxy floors below.
Cost Of Using Epoxy Floors For Your Basement
- Labor – Depending on how large your basement is, the price can increase based on how much work needs to be done.
- Repairs – The overall cost also depends on the condition of your floor and the amount of repairs needed.
- Grinding – Before the epoxy is added to your floors, they must be thoroughly cleaned. Any old coatings will need to be grinded and vacuumed. Otherwise, things like dust, water, or stains can become mixed into the epoxy coating. Complete Concrete Coatings uses a mechanical grinder equipped with diamond-impregnated bits that grind the floor and expose pores that allow the coating to adhere to the concrete surface.
- Designs and layers – The price can increase if you want to add special designs or flakes (small paint aggregates) to your epoxy floor. Each type of design requires a different amount of layers and finishes.