There are many different manufacturers of epoxy floor coatings. Some companies make different grades or qualities of this floor coating, typically one for residential use and one for industrial and commercial use.
While there is a price difference in the two options, it is important to understand the benefits of using industrial concrete floor coatings for all types of applications. For residential garages and concrete floors, basements, kennels or for industrial applications where heavy equipment and chemical spills may be a concern, the industrial grade of floor coating will make a difference.
Designed to Withstand Wear
Most of the do-it-yourself epoxy floor coating kits sold at hardware and building supply stores are designed to be very thin, which makes application extremely easy for people with very limited experience working with the coating.
The obvious drawback to a thin floor coating is the lack of durability over time. Additionally, with the thin types of epoxies there is very limited ability to fill in minor surface imperfections, which means that a level, smooth floor surface will be dependent on surface prep and sanding, all which can be time-consuming.
With industrial concrete floor coatings, the epoxy is much thicker, which still allows easy application, but also provides a self-leveling feature. This means that the epoxy sinks into the porous surface to bond with the concrete, but it also lies on the top, creating a smooth, plate-like surface. This surface will be highly resistant to wear and tear as well as surface damage and stains.
Faster Drying Times
Another critical advantage for residential, commercial and industrial floors is the speed of drying with industrial concrete floor coatings. With concrete that has been filled and sanded, it is possible to complete the full application process and have a flooring of your color and finish that is drivable in about 12 hours.