Today, Behunin Industrial Flooring in Arvada discusses the debate of epoxy industrial flooring vs. concrete staining. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two and see which fits the needs for your industrial floor. Our goal is to provide industrial, commercial, and decorative flooring engineered for versatility and functionality specific to your facility and industry.
We will start out by asking you some questions regarding if your concrete will be exposed to chemicals, what type of traffic it will experience, if will there be heavy loads or direct impacts, and the possibility of thermal shock, among other considerations.
We united function and design to deliver the very best industrial flooring with these qualities:
- Ability to withstand compression from heavy equipment
- Odorless, zero-VOCs, contains no solvents or toxic materials
- USDA, FDA and other regulatory agency compliance
- Slip, skid, impact, and puncture resistant options available
- Decorative flooring in a variety of colors and finishes
- Flexibility to withstand extreme thermal shock and impact
- Corrosion control and resistance to extreme chemicals
- Seamless and resistant to bacteria
- Easy to clean
- Fast installation for minimal line disruption or downtime
So which is better: epoxy industrial flooring or concrete staining? Let’s talk about each one.
Staining concrete refers specifically to the process of applying a colored acid-based or water-based stain to the floor. These vary in appearance and durability and must be regularly treated with waxes or other sealers to keep their appearance.
This process actually penetrates the concrete with a chemical mixture of water, metallic salts, and hydrochloric acid. It is absorbed into the surface and reacts with the calcium hydroxide in the concrete. The results of concrete staining will depend on the kind of floor you have, the colors you choose, and the application techniques that are used. Colors that look like wood, stone, or marble, seem to be the most popular, but there are other brighter color choices, like reds, yellows, and purples.
Concrete staining is a good option if you want a beautiful floor finish for low traffic areas that don’t experience erosion or staining. It is also usually a little more budget-friendly but may not offer the protection your floor needs.
This is a liquid coating that is applied directly to the existing concrete and leaves a nearly seamless surface. Floors with epoxy finishes are easier to clean, need very little maintenance, and are slip resistant. They can withstand thermal shock and extreme temperature cycling common in industries such as food, beverage and meat processing. It can be used to repair and refurbish existing slabs. Although concrete staining must start with a floor that is in relatively good condition, the epoxy finish can be applied to concrete that is uneven, cracked or damaged.
This permanent coating goes on top of a concrete surface and gives your floor color and protection, including waterproofing and sealing. The strong epoxy finish will help keep your concrete floor from breaking down and will protect it from staining. An epoxy finish helps resist damages caused by abrasions, impacts, and moisture. Epoxy floor finishes have more color options than concrete staining.
An epoxy finish is good for industrial floors in high-traffic areas that need a lot of protection. It gives a reliable and consistent outcome for your floor and protects it from weathering and color fading. Epoxy may cost a little more than concrete staining but it could pay off in the long run.
Our flooring experts can help you look at the options of epoxy industrial flooring vs. concrete staining. Behunin Industrial Flooring in Arvada has more than 40 years combined experience in installation of all industrial flooring solutions. From the beginning to the end, our dedicated team of experts at Behunin will directly manage your project to ensure the job is done right.