At first glance, it may be easy for those new to looking at floorings to confuse epoxy floor coating and a polished concrete surface. However, the two are very different options in flooring for any Nebraska home or commercial property.
Basics to Consider
Concrete staining, which is often combined with concrete polishing, can be used to create a variety of finishes. This ranges from an almost matte-like surface which is smooth to a very highly polished surface that may almost look wet. Often showrooms use the highly polished look to provide a highly reflective surface.
With the use of epoxy floor coating, the same surface shine or more matte look can also be achieved based on the top protective coat. With professionally applied epoxy there is also the ability to add anti-skid and anti-slip surfaces, which may be critical in workplaces or even in a home garage. This can be very important in Nebraska for retail outlets or other types of public buildings and facilities where snow and moisture on footwear can create the risk of slip and fall injuries on highly polished surfaces.
With professionally applied and industrially formulated epoxy floor coating there is very limited maintenance. Sweeping, mopping or vacuuming to remove surface dust and grit as needed is all that is required. Spills can be wiped up with a soft cloth when they occur without any staining of the surface. When needed, wash with a recommended cleaners and water, then remove the excess moisture for a streak-free surface.
Polished concrete requires additional care as any scratches on the surface will show up on the reflective surface. Most companies offering this flooring option recommend daily dry mopping and routine wet mopping with clean water. Stains will absorb into the surface, so spills need to immediately be removed to prevent discoloration.
When comparing the epoxy and polished concrete flooring options in Nebraska, take the time to consider the basics and the maintenance for both. There is a difference, which will be essential to the long-term durability and appearance of the floor.
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