Before investing in a new flooring solution, it is best to determine how long the floor will last after installation. This is an important question that should be addressed prior to deciding whether epoxy flooring is right for your flooring needs.
The lifespan of an epoxy floor is determined by a variety of factors. Ultimately epoxy flooring is a durable, long lasting solution that can last years. Below are a few things to consider that will ensure the longest life out of your epoxy floor.
Who installed the flooring?
Epoxy floors and epoxy floor coatings can be installed professionally, or by weekend warriors and DIYers. There are pros and cons to doing the job yourself or getting it professionally installed. Having the flooring or coating installed by a pro will most certainly ensure your floor sees the longest life.
Not only will a professional do a professional-level job, but a main factor is the warranty that usually comes included with the installation. Many flooring installers guarantee their product for a year. At Liquid Floors, we guarantee our installed floors for 1-2 years, depending on the flooring selected.
If an epoxy floor is self-installed, it will not be under a warranty and the owner is fully responsible if the flooring is not installed correctly, or starts showing early signs of wear and tear. To ensure the longest life possible out of your floor, consider getting it professionally installed, in order to guarantee it’s covered by a full warranty.
Does the flooring see a lot of traffic?
Determining how much foot or vehicle traffic your floor sees may help determine how long the floor will be in tip-top shape. If the flooring consistently has heavy objects dragged or moved on it, there is a high chance for scratches, dents, and a loss of its sheen.
An epoxy floor is incredibly durable and can withstand a large amount of traffic, especially if it’s installed with specific coatings that make it even more durable. By considering the level of traffic the floor will endure prior to installation will allow you and the installer to make sure the flooring has the proper components for the level of traffic it will see. Determining this before installation will help the floor see a long life, no matter what comes its way.
How often and how well is the floor maintained?
Just like any other product, the better maintained it is, the longer it will last. If your flooring is consistently and properly cleaned, it will not show its age as soon as one that is neglected.
While we’ve talked about the proper maintenance of epoxy floors in a previous post, here are a few simple tips:
- Try to do a daily sweep to remove particles and dirt from the surface.
- Perform a thorough clean, including scrubbing with an auto scrubber, at least once a week.
- Recoat the flooring every few years to retain its shine.
Proper maintenance of the flooring will ensure it lasts and looks great as long as possible.
Epoxy floors are designed to be a long lasting flooring solution for a vast variety of industries. With proper installation and maintenance, you can count on getting years out of your epoxy flooring. However, if your installed floor is showing some wear and tear too soon, Liquid Floors will be able to help you get it back to its original luster.