When it comes to floor coating, epoxy is just one of many options. Each comes with its own strengths and weaknesses, as well as types of floors they’re best used with.
Epoxy is a versatile one for both concrete and wood floors. It can be applied to other surfaces, though not recommended.
Aside from being versatile, epoxy is more affordable than the majority of other solutions, which further increases its popularity.
Epoxy’s greatest drawback, however, is that it is not as durable. Also, epoxy requires extensive preparation and yields less than perfect results on poorly prepared surfaces.
Epoxy is one of the cheapest ways to coat a floor, whether it is a garage, home gym, or commercial space. Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield is among the most affordable epoxy options. It is a professional-class coating for a semi-gloss finish and a wide range of customization options. The 238467 variety comes in dark gray – there are 3 other finishes.
In terms of resilience, the Epoxy Shield can withstand a wide range of chemicals, such as standing water, gasoline, and oil. Also, it can put up with heavy foot and vehicle traffic. The manufacturer claims that the floor can be ready for foot traffic one day after the application and vehicle traffic four days after.
In the customization department, the Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield can be combined with a solid base color. You can also throw decorative chips into the mix if you want to make the garage or workshop floor less slippery. Finally, you can add a top coat for a smoother, glossier finish.
The Rust-Oleum Epoxy Shield is a two-component epoxy consisting of a base and an activator. The package contains one gallon of the activator and one gallon of the base component. Also, a bag of decorative chips is included.
Due to the high-solids solvent, this epoxy is great for covering garage floors, workshops, and basements. That being said, the Epoxy Shield can also be used in houses and apartments. It covers up to 200 square feet per gallon, which is a pretty respectable feat.
This kind of epoxy floor coating has a varying color different from one kit to another.
While not as durable as other flooring options, a good epoxy kit needs to provide long-lasting and reliable results. The EPOXY-COAT Full Kit is one of the best options out there for home and business owners looking for great coverage and short drying time. The Full Kit also has a wide application temperature range.
The Full Kit is available in many colors, including taupe, black, blue, clear, green, orange, red, smoke blue, tan, beige, tile red, white, and yellow. All color options come with decorative chips in a different color.
When it comes to the recommended application, EPOXY-COAT is intended for both home and commercial use. At home, it can be used in living rooms and bedrooms, as well as garages, basements, and patios.
On the commercial side, it can be applied to office and workshop floors. Also, it can be applied to both concrete and wood floors.
Whether you opt to cover a concrete or wood floor, you will need to thoroughly prepare the surface before application. Once the floor is ready, the epoxy can be applied quickly.
The kit includes a can of base and a can of activator, as well as extras and tools needed for the application. A bag of decorative chips is also included.
Usually, one coat is enough for a long-lasting result. One kit can cover up to 500 square feet and the rated temperature range is 40°-90° Fahrenheit. The Full Kit is recommended for indoor use.
This kit is not recommended for outdoor use. With its glossy finish, it might not be for everyone's taste.
Together with the quality and longevity, an epoxy floor coating also has to be easy on the eyes. The Supercoat DecoEffects is among the best options if you’re looking for a reliable and aesthetically pleasing cover for your floor. Also, it is on the affordable side, offering a good ratio of quantity and price.
Arabian Night is one of several available finishes. The remaining options have equally exotic names – Atlantis Blue, Spanish Red, and Turkish Rose, to name a few.
Each option comes with a unique blend of multicolored decorative chips that give it an appealing holographic effect. The Arabian Night option is packed with white and bright-colored pieces.
Likewise, it can be used to cover office, workshop, and gym floors. You can treat both concrete and wood floors with the DecoEffects epoxy.
Similar to many other epoxy covers, the Supercoat DecoEffects is a two-component system. The Part “A” cans are 29.7oz while the Part “B” cans are 72.7oz. The two-component hardener is also included.
The “A” part is packed in a ¾ gallon can, while the “B” component comes in a ¼ gallon can. The hardener is water-based and colorless. The working temperature range is 60°-95° Fahrenheit, and the full cure time is 10 hours.
The package includes two cans of “Part A” epoxy and two cans of “Part B” epoxy. There’s also one can of “Part A” and one can of “Part B” hardener.
One bag of Cleaner & Degreaser and one bag of NonSkid Additive are also included. Decorative chips complete the package.
The DecoEffects epoxy is made for a wide variety of floors, including living and professional settings. At home, you can apply it pretty much anywhere from the basement and garage to the living quarters.
The issue for this kit is that it cannot be used when it is under 60degrees.
In terms of intended use, epoxy kits can be divided into two main categories – home and professional. The former is made for lighter foot/vehicle traffic and is usually less resilient.
The latter tends to be harder to work with but lasts longer. The Aerocoat High Build Epoxy is a professional floor coating designed for single-ply applications.
The High Build Epoxy is made for both interior and exterior in residential or commercial settings. It works best as a concrete floor finish. Since it is a high-build mixture, it should be applied in a single, thick coat.
The Aerocoat High Build Epoxy is a two-component kit. Part A is a self-leveling, 93% solids resin, while part B is the hardener. Two parts resin to one part hardener is the manufacturer’s recommended mixture.
The package includes one can of 101-3 resin, one can of 101-3 hardener, a 6-gallon pail, pair of vinyl gloves, one-gallon mixer, 3” chip brush, 9” roller frame, and 9” roller cover.
Aerocoat offers the High Build Epoxy kits in various colors, including white, beige, tile red, light gray, dark gray, and more.
The High Build is a two-in-one primer and topcoat kit with a high gloss finish. It should be noted that the decorative chips have to be bought separately.
This coating system was found to not be suitable for wooden floors. And also with its glossy finish, it is not for everyone's taste.
All-in-one epoxy kit systems are a neat solution for home and office owners who want to get the job done with as little hassle as possible. The Armorclad 600 system from Armorpoxy is a complete epoxy flooring kit that includes everything you need for the job. On the other hand, it can be a bit pricey for those who want a basic flooring kit.
Armorpoxy offers the Armorclad 600 system in several base colors – white, red, beige, orange, and safety yellow. The decorative chips are available in a huge range of colors. You’re entitled to three different fleck colors with each purchase of the 600 kit.
The designation 600 stands for 600 square feet – the area covered. Armorpoxy also offers the Armorclad system in a smaller 300 square feet kit.
It should be noted that the red, beige and white options need to be applied in two coats, requiring additional cans of epoxy. Orange and Safety Yellow can be applied in only one coat for the full 600 square feet coverage as rated.
The kit includes the 2-part epoxy (100% solids), Armorpoxy’s proprietary ArmorEtch etching solution, UltraGlaze (1-part non-yellowing, industrial-grade clear topcoat), non-skid additive, mechanical mixer, application squeegee, mixing sticks, rubber gloves, decorative chips, brush, and roller pad.
The issue with this kit is that the base colors cannot seem to cover the full 600 square feet as it is hoped to be. It is also considered to be pricey compared to others.
When shopping for an epoxy flooring kit, you should first consider the size and type of the floor you want to cover. Some kits work better with wood, while others work better with concrete floors. Also, make sure to buy a kit with sufficient epoxy and/or primers and topcoat solutions.
You should also take the price per square foot or square foot per gallon ratios into consideration before making the final decision.
It should be noted here that the lowest cost per square foot isn’t always the best option. Finally, you should decide between matte and gloss finishes.
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