Epoxy Lasts Longer
Both epoxy floors and stained concrete last many years if you clean and maintain them periodically. They are both great as flooring solutions for commercial properties like restaurants, factories, garages, warehouses, and any other high traffic surfaces.
But you can trust epoxy to be less involving throughout its life and more durable than stained concrete. The reason is that while epoxy permanently adheres to the concrete surface, stained concrete uses a sealer over it, which wears out within months. So, you’ll have to seal stained concrete once or twice every year. That adds to your expenses over time. If epoxy is properly installed, it forms a surface that is resistant to abrasion, solvents, and capable of withstanding thermal shock, and remain steadfast during temperature changes.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Epoxy floors and stained concrete are both resistant to stain and only require a wipe if they get soiled. At worst, you’ll need mild soap, water, and a mop to get rid of the toughest soiling. The only difference is that epoxy is slightly textured than stained concrete and so requires a little more effort to clean. But you’ll hardly notice the difference when cleaning these two surfaces.
As the sealer on your stained concrete fades, you’ll have to bear with the chemical staining. If you take too long to reapply a sealant, you’ll notice changes in the color of your floor. These changes can be permanent. Taking care of the discoloration will need a lot more time and investment to get it back in shape.
Epoxy is much safer to install and use. On the other hand, the safety of stained concrete depends on which method you choose. Acid stains require a lot of care (use protective gear) during installation because they can easily cause bodily harm. You must also dump their waste carefully to avoid affecting the vegetation and plants. If it gets its way into a water body, you pose danger to aquatic life as well. Water-based staining is easier to handle and way safer to apply on concrete surfaces.
After installation, epoxy might look glossy but is not as slippery as it might seem. You can add anti-slip additives in the last coat of epoxy to make the floor anti-skid even in wet conditions. The same applies to stained concrete. Including these additives in the sealer makes the floors slip-resistant. Whether in a commercial setting or at home, you won’t need to worry about people falling and causing costly accidents.
Commercial, industrial, and residential property should look good. And that involves painting the walls and making the floors beautiful. For businesses, this is not just to impress guests but also to brand your space. Both epoxy flooring and concrete staining offer a wide range of colors and patterns you can use on the floors of your property.
From our experience, epoxy offers the best floor aesthetics. With the right contractor doing the job, you can achieve amazing 3D patterns on the floor and mimic anything you wish. Acid staining on the other hand will limit you to a few earthy colors because the chemical reaction only improves the existing concrete color instead of changing it. Water-based staining will on the other hand have a range of bright colors but nothing like the visual effects you get from epoxy.