An epoxy coating is a great way to prevent floors from becoming damaged or discolored. While epoxy is typically used to protect concrete, it can also be put on ceramic tiles to give them additional protection. There are several types of epoxy coatings, with each one having its own pros and cons. Here is what you need to know about the following three epoxy coatings.
As the name implies, a water-based coating combines water and chemicals to form an effective coating. The benefits of using a water-based coating is that it's thin, which can help make installing the epoxy very easy when compared to the other epoxies. The water-based nature of the coating also makes it easier to clean and epoxy that spilled in places you don't want it, since it just takes water and a rag to clean it up.
The good thing about using water-based coatings is how it doesn't have a lot of fumes come from the epoxy during the installation, which can make a DIY installation easy. However, the material lack durability compared to other epoxies, which means it's more likely to wear out due to normal wear and tear from walking over the floors.
A solvent epoxy uses a combination of dissolved solids and solvents. When the mixture of chemicals dries, know that the solvents found in the epoxy will evaporate, which causes those dissolved solids to quickly harden on the floor surface. It creates a protective coating that is much harder than a water-based epoxy, with it being capable to withstand a lot of damage from daily use.
Installing a solvent-based floor coating is a job you won't want to do on your own due to the fumes, so leave the installation to the professionals.
A solid epoxy is made with 100% solid materials, and doesn't have liquid or solvents in it. It makes a floor coating that is incredibly durable, making it the most durable epoxy of the three. It's capable of withstanding floor traffic and water in a way that won't cause damage to the floor as a result. What causes a solid-based coating to cost more is the installation, which is harder to do because it is so thick compared to its counterparts. It will take a lot of work to cover the floor evenly with this epoxy.
For more information about these epoxy coatings, talk to a flooring professional.