The importance of good flooring to the interior design of a building cannot be underscored. The type of flooring you choose should not only be of the highest quality but it should also enhance your existing décor. Gone are the days when a floor was just a dull, gray slab that no one cared about.
With so many flooring options today, choosing the best can be a bit challenging. That is why it’s always important to be armed with as much information as possible about the various options. Of course, choosing the best concrete contractor also helps.
When it comes to giving concrete floors a modern and stylish look, many homeowners are faced with two covering options, epoxy and concrete stain. There are many benefits that can be derived from both applications. Each option also has its drawbacks.
Let’s have a look at the two types of floor coverings in more detail:
1. Epoxied Concrete
This is a resin that you apply to concrete floor surfaces as a liquid. When it dries, it forms the protective layer that enhances the floor’s durability. This means that in addition to boosting the aesthetic appeal of your floors, epoxy also makes the floors last longer.
Epoxy is mainly an industrial flooring solution. It contains resins and hardeners which combine to form a plastic material that is highly rigid. Its durability is what makes it suitable for heavy traffic areas. Such areas include sports facilities, hospitals and industrial environments.
Compared to stained concrete, epoxied concrete is more durable and easier to install. As far as cost is concerned, it is more expensive. However, its durability makes it great value for money. Epoxy adheres to the floor strongly that it takes a lot to take the layers off.
2. Stained Concrete
Concrete stain can either be sprayed or painted onto floors. One gallon is enough to cover up to 200 square feet. So, as far as pocket-friendliness goes, applying concrete stain is definitely cheaper than applying epoxy.
It is less of a protective feature and more of a decorative one. In a high-traffic area or a place with heavy machinery, stained concrete starts to show damage much quicker. If you don’t maintain your floors properly, stained concrete will wear off quite quickly.
When applying concrete stain, you need to be very meticulous. If you take shortcuts, you will not get the best results. You also need to get rid of any tiny objects on the floor before spraying or painting. Basically, applying it takes more work and preparation, compared to epoxied concrete.
Staining is not as expensive as applying resin. When applied correctly, it will leave your space looking amazing. It is available in a variety of colors and it’s up to you to choose the one that matches your décor.
The type of flooring you choose depends on your circumstances. Your flooring contractor can help you decide the best options and how to get the best results. Once you have applied the covering, its durability will be determined by how well you maintain your floors.