Advantages and Disadvantages of Epoxy Flooring

epoxy grey semi gloss in school flooring

Widely known for its usage in commercial and industrial flooring, and on top of excellent chemical and mechanical resistance properties, it can also visually enhance the flooring as a decorative. Epoxy coatings are usually applied over concrete substrate to have the smooth reflective surface that is durable to withstand heavy loads and chemicals attacks. That is the reason why epoxy coating is widely applied on many industrial sites, laboratory, hospitals, warehouses and commercial buildings due to its durability and ease of cleaning 

The Advantages and Benefits of Epoxy Flooring

Aesthetics – Epoxy can be applyied seamless, and reflective finishings with various finishing from gloss to matte with customized colours depending on the manufacturer. On top of that, the surface can be customized to have smooth effect or add on for anti-slip. 

Cleaning and protection – Due to epoxy seamless nature, the substrate is also protected from harsh chemicals, water and dirts. Cleaning the floor would be effortless as it only requires standard mopping with general cleaner detergents. Epoxy does not need much maintenance hence a worthy investment in the long term. 

Safety – One of the unique characteristics of epoxy is able to customize the surface that may include non-slip by mixing sand into the wet epoxy during application.  

Durability – Epoxy floors can sustain high traffic from light to heavy workloads, such as forklift and truck hence the usage in industrial and warehouse areas. On top of that, it has resistance towards chemical and abrasion making it suitable for manufacturers as well.   

Environment – Depending on the manufacturer, some epoxy coatings are manufactured to be environmentally friendly with solvent-free formulation and contain very low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC).  

Epoxy resin application in warehouse

The Disadvantages and Drawbacks of Epoxy Flooring

Despite having advantages and benefits of having resin flooring, it does have its own drawbacks as well.  

Requires long curing time – weather, and skilled applicators needed to be take into consideration as well when applying epoxy coating. Some applications may need 2 layers or more, and depending on the layers of thickness applied may increase the time needed for curing.  


Experienced Applicator – Qualified and experienced applicators and proper tools are necessary in applying epoxy coating. Applied wrongly or using wrong methods may cause failures such as delamination or air bubbles. Delamination is usually due to poor preparation of the substrate while air bubbles are caused by heat traps in the coating without using proper tools to release these bubbles during application.  

Where to find waterproofing contractor that apply epoxy coating?

Applying epoxy coating required specific tools and understanding of how the chemicals work once being mixed. Experience waterproofing specialist or flooring specialist generally would have the tools and experience to apply it . You can also contact us as we have a list of waterproofing specialist that are able to handle epoxy coating. To know more about Chemind waterproofing products, you can checkout in this link.


Epoxy flooring coatings is a popular choice as it offers both aesthetics, durability and benefits. Overall, it is a worthy long-term investment and considered a worry-free flooring solution when applied correctly. On top of that, benefits such easy maintenance and cleaning make in an ideal flooring solution for both commercial and industrial.  

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