Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy flooring, also known as epoxy resin flooring, has industrial and home applications. It can be used to protect flooring, or fix flawed flooring, in warehouses, shipping and receiving, or showrooms.

This flooring choice is common in industrial or commercial locations, but is often overlooked or never even considered for home use.

However, the final finish of epoxy is seamless and has a shine to it that really increases the high-end look of the room.

As the industrial style is more often brought into homes and luxury apartments, epoxy flooring starts to gain a specific appeal.

Add to this luxury aesthetic the ease of cleaning and maintaining these floors, and you may want to consider epoxy flooring. Imagine how great an epoxy stone, aggregate, or pebble flooring would be in your entry, laundry, or even kitchen to provide a durable that looks great too.

What In the World is Epoxy Flooring?

If you have a hard concrete surface that you want to protect, then epoxy flooring can be the answer to your prayers.

Not only is it an inexpensive way to mask any flaws, but it also creates a safe and durable surface for your chosen area.

Epoxy itself was first used in aerospace facilities back in the 1950s.

With all of the advantages to this DGEB A/F Epoxy Resin, Polyoxyalkyleneamine, and silica sand blend, the uses have multiplied over into the electronics industry and flooring. 

Because epoxy floor covering works well to resist water and other materials, it is most often seen as industrial/garage epoxy flooring.

Easy to keep clean and tough under pressure, this floor covering is non-flammable, which is a great advantage when working in extreme conditions.

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Some manufacturers have found ways to incorporate epoxy into wood flooring as well — to ensure that fires are limited should they start.

This has found a lot of takers especially in places which are prone to accidents caused due to fire.

For instance, there has been a spike in the number of restaurants that have opted for epoxy flooring in the last decade or so.

The numbers are set to rise with it gaining more popularity.

Why Choose Epoxy Flooring?

Don’t let the idea of industry scare you off though, decorative epoxy covering is available, with the ability to create aggregate, pebble and resin flooring with the epoxy fillers.

Since it’s such a good adhesive, these mixtures perform quite well in home decorating durable and attractive.

It's arguably the best type of flooring you can use for your garage for those reasons.

 If you are considering renovating your home in the near future, it would be a good idea to check out epoxy flooring as well.

Better still, you can ask your friends or relatives or do some online research to get first hand opinions from those who may have already gone for this durable, modern flooring finish.

When trying to select a flooring from the countless options available out there, it’s smart to start by weighing the pros and cons.

 Every flooring has advantages and disadvantages. 

The right choice for your home, your lifestyle and your room in particular is not going to be the same as for others.

Make your list of wants and needs and compare them with the following pros and cons of epoxy flooring to see if this could be the right choice for you!

Epoxy flooring has the following main advantages:

  • Strong adhesive properties: This means the flooring won't peel up or chip overtime.
  • Chemical and liquid resistance: Chemical spills won't damage the epoxy and this flooring can stand up to a lot of different kinds of messes, making it a fantastic choice for restaurants, gyms, kitchens, and work spaces.
  • Doesn't shrink: once the epoxy has cured, it doesn't flex with changes in temperature or humidity.
  • Durable: The strength of epoxy flooring is one of its greatest attributes. You can drop weights on the flooring or drive a car over it and it will not chip or crack.
  • Non-flammable: Due to the non-flammable nature of epoxy, it has become a great choice for restaurants and kitchens. Some companies have even started mixing epoxy with other flooring materials to attempt to reduce the flammability of the flooring.
  • Easy to use: Chemical and liquid resistance mean you can use anything to keep the floors clean and well maintained. Epoxy flooring is naturally shiny and, so, basic cleaning will keep them looking fabulous.

Disadvantages of using epoxy flooring in your home:

  • The curing process requires that the area be unused for at least twelve hours (or in some cases, even longer) after application.
  • Chemical compounds may cause irritant and/or allergic contact reactions.

How is Epoxy Flooring Installed and Maintained? Can I Install it Myself?

One of the greatest advantages to decorative epoxy flooring is that it is applied as you would apply paint to the floor.

The epoxy is brushed on (after a primer coat, of course) and left to dry.

 The video below shows the entire process of applying a luxury epoxy coating to concrete flooring by a professional.

The initial hardness can be felt at twelve hours after application, and at twenty four hours, you’re able to feel the real strength.

Over the course of the week, the total strength and firmness will be evident. Owing to the above, in most cases, you wouldn’t need an expert to do that for you.

 Most people can do this on their own if they have an understanding of floor painting and the necessary equipment.

However, if done incorrectly, the main appeal of epoxy-it’s seamless shine-can really fail. For this reason, I strongly recommend you hire a contractor who is familiar and experienced with epoxy flooring installation.

Regardless of who does the install, it is strictly advised that the floor is not used before at least 24 hours for best results.

But waiting for this length of time results in the aspect of epoxy most find attractive: for the day of sacrifice, you get a surface that can handle truck traffic and chemical spills.​

And in the industrial arena, these are well worth any initial investment.

While this finish is strong and durable, it is not infallible. Epoxy can be scratched and may yellow over time, especially in an area exposed to a lot of sunlight.

The seamless look makes it more difficult to make small repairs and damage is not easy to hide.

Now, For Some Technical Specifications

And here are some technical facts about epoxy finish: the bond strength (ASTM C-882) is 2110 p.s.i., which is much stronger than any other floor covering. Its flexural strength, or ability to move without breaking, (ASTM C-580-68) is 6,075 seven days after application.

The compressive strength (ASTM D-695) is 9,910 p.s.i. — extraordinarily high, and though it shouldn’t be a shock, the hardness, Shore D, is 65 in the 24 hours after application and goes up to 75 in the 7 days after applying.

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  • Flexible
  • 100% Solids
  • Odorless
  • Impact Resistant

Even if you don’t know what all these numbers mean, you should be able to understand that epoxy is well worth the time that you can’t walk on it.

 Most traffic needs to be curtailed for at least twelve hours after application.

The longer you wait the better. Scheduling the epoxy flooring for a holiday or a Sunday is definitely the better choice owing to the low traffic or footfall.

Where Would You Put Epoxy Flooring?

  • High ended gym
  • Industrial style, modern looking basement
  • Professional garage/ workspace

I shy away from recommending epoxy flooring in kitchens or other main areas of the home.

 Because the curing process takes place in the location where the epoxy is applied (as opposed to any kind of prefabricated flooring which is cured in a strictly controlled environment), there are many factors which are difficult to control and can have a negative effect on the final flooring.

Temperatures, humidity levels and even insects can impact the final product.

For this reason, limiting the locations for this flooring to areas that are easier to control is the best way to ensure you’ll be pleased with the final result.

I am also not convinced that outdoor applications are the best place for epoxy, as any flaws will be easier to see in the sunlight and yellowing will happen more quickly.

 I really see epoxy flooring as the right choice if you are more than just a hobbyist. If your gym is where you spend a lot of your time, if it’s a part of your life, a room you care about, and somewhere you want to be not just functional but truly a conversation piece, epoxy flooring is the right choice.

Similarly, if your basement or garage is your sanctuary and you want to elevate the beauty so that the room feels like a high end luxury showroom, epoxy flooring is going to be a smart decision for you.

If you have an area that needs to stay tough, like a garage, driveway, or carport, seamless epoxy flooring is one great way to go. It is also finding increased application in gyms and other places that witness regular physical activity.

For durability, attractiveness, and ease of application, decorative epoxy flooring is a very interesting option.

85 thoughts on “Epoxy Flooring

  1. I’m not sure we are using the concept of epoxy flooring in the same way. Why would you want to put epoxy, as discussed in this article, on a linoleum floor?
    Linoleum flooring will last a long time with proper care — without putting an epoxy finish on it. Or any finish, for that matter.

  2. How well does epoxy perform over a plywood surface? Concrete is a better choice but when you can’t add a concrete base over plywood, how long can you expect the epoxy floor to hold up? Will it crack?

  3. You don’t say what room your plywood surface floor is in or what the room is used for. The answer is going to have to be as vague as the question and information provided.
    Epoxy can be a good finish on a plywood surface, if the plywood surface and flooring joists are solid and in an enclosed area. If the joists are too far apart and/or the plywood is thin, floor flexing could cause any flooring surface installed on top to have problems.
    If, on the other hand, you have a solid subfloor you can expect the flooring material to hold up as designed.
    Epoxy flooring is a durable surface when applied right and to a good subfloor.

  4. Sorry for being vague. This application is for the first floor of a 1 story small office building (3000sqft; built in 1970) that has a plywood floor over wooden joists. I imagine there is some motion caused by traffic and wooden floor, but I don’t have a way to quantify that. What thickness would you recommend for the subfloor? And what are the ways that epoxy can fail? Thank you!

  5. Regarding subfloor thickness it really depends on what kind of flooring is being applied. For heavy flooring materials — tiles, flooring bricks, stone — I think a 3/4″ subfloor is the absolute minimum. For carpet, linoleum and wood flooring 1/2-3/4″ is most typically used
    But your subfloor is your flooring, from what I understand you to say and it is what it is, and that’s probably 1/2″. There will be some give in the flooring as people walk across it, but I think the epoxy flooring you seem to be considering should hold up fine. But ask your installer and even the manufacturer.
    Linoleum would also be a good flooring choice for you to consider. I’m pretty sure it would hold up nicely too.

  6. I too am interested in an epoxy floor over wood subflooring.
    I’m interested in failure points. With application being with a roller, I don’t see thickness as being an aspect I should count on, and am concerned with cracking. Solid subflooring is an absolute must. But wood absorbs water seasonally, and can be subject to minor swelling. Does the epoxy flooring have fibrous fillers to help with expansion/contraction laterally?
    Is this a material where I should consider building up a “frame” around the entire room and “pouring” in an epoxy floor, or is that cost prohibitive?
    Where can I find the raw materials, any tools necessary for application, etc? I have local stores that market epoxy flooring for garages for a very pricey sum! Are there expected “barriers” for purchasing materials for application sort of like certain counter tops which require “factory training”?
    I also think that a valuable addition to your web site would be to have a matrix that has materials on one axis, and a number of qualities/attributes on another axis (durability, cost, variety, experience for application, special tools required, area of application (all rooms, garage, kitchen, entry, etc), susceptibility to damage (water, stains, heat, dents, sharp objects, etc).
    Perhaps also have links to how-to sites or industrial suppliers (you can make money via advertisements and referrals).
    While I see an effort to be vendor neutral, independent and free of marketing hype, your site and descriptions often prompt more questions than answer them. Having pictures of samples may also help to visualize what some types of material are or what they might look like. Reading about bamboo flooring is interesting, but what does it look like?
    Anyway, I’d like to hear more about epoxy flooring and durability of it over wood floors. We have lots of kids and traffic is horrible over vinyl flooring. Too many spills lead me to shy away from wood flooring products that may swell around seams or where sharp objects have penetrated the top layer finish.

  7. I am pulling the vinyl up in my bathroom. Under it is finished 80 year old quarter sewn pine. I am pretty serious about finishing it and have a pine floor. We have had all kinds of spills in the rest of the house and mop it up and the pine is fine. I am looking for a clear epoxy to( like you would see on the deck of a boat) to water proof the floor.

  8. I am interested in using the garage epoxy for my sons bedroom floor. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s what he wants and I know where I can get it at a fraction of the price. The subflooring is plywood. I’m assuming I need to prime it first. What would you recommend to prime it with, Kilz, flat paint? Also, should I be concerned about chemicals in the epoxy causing any problems for my son? We will not be moving into the home for a week or so after applying the epoxy.

  9. For sealing your old pine flooring you could use Defy Epoxy, though it doesn’t come in clear anymore, or Diamond Coat Varathane Urethane. The Diamond Coat is a low VOC product, unlike the Defy, making it better for indoor use in my book.
    A basketball court finish would also give you the durability you may be seeking. Just watch out for the air quality impact.

  10. Read the directions on the can to see how to apply the epoxy to a plywood subfloor. The can will also tell you about the offgassing of the product. But yes, I’d be concerned about the air quality for your son, and everyone else in the house..
    You can try to force the offgassing, which you can then vent, by closing off your son’s room after the epoxy application and turn the heat on high, baking the chemicals. That will go a long way to getting rid of some of the chemical compounds, but it could offgas for years.
    I think the concept is great for your son’s room. See if you can find a low VOC epoxy to use. And let us know what you do, and how it turns out.

  11. i’m a 1st time homeowner and would like to epoxy the living & dining room floors. My concern is applying it to the hardwood floor and then not liking it(I’d like to get a little creative with the colors). If i put down vinyl flooring and then epoxy over top of that, would that work?

  12. I’m not sure what you are trying to accomplish. Are you trying to cover over the hardwood flooring? Why are you going to put epoxy over vinyl or linoleum? What do you have in the living and dining rooms?

  13. I just bought a house with an aging epoxy pebble pool deck. The pebbles are coming loose and I wanted to know if there are any new techniques to cover and seal it, as I’m in Florida the UV is a major detriment.
    Can the epoxy be tinted? Is there a rubberized coating that can seal over the pebbles? Any information on the best approach would be appreciated.

  14. I actually haven’t heard of anything to do for resealing that epoxy pebble pool dock. There are various rubberized coatings that are supposed to be UV resistant (though very little actually is), but I don’t know if that’s the best approach.
    I’m thinking of doing something like I see in restaurants and bars where they put things on their tables and then pour epoxy on it to keep it safe, but don’t know if that would work in your case. And that stuff can be bad for the environment, and the people working with it.
    Let us know what you learn and do.

  15. pebble flooring on pool deck…I think I can help you! I,lock down the pebbles with a moisture insensative uv epoxy.then,you may apply a polyurethane..I have done this many times before,with great success..For help with epoxy flooring,call or e-mail me at 412-478-1328 or e-mail me at pete.pawlikoski@nationalpolymers.com
    thanks,pete pawlikoski (npi sales rep.)

  16. I just got epoxy floor with all the extras done in my Garage. I hear a light cracking sound when I walk on some parts of the floor, not other parts. There are also patches missing the top shiny coat exposing loose color chips. My contractor says he will sand and redo. Does that make sense ? with all the color chips, it is hard for me to picture repairing.

  17. Something’s not making sense here. I can see that sanding and redoing will take care of the imperfect top surface, but I don’t see it taking care of the cracking sound.
    Have your installer figure out what the cracking sound is about. My hunch is the epoxy hasn’t adhered to the concrete and the sound is a reflection of the epoxy moving. Or the epoxy wasn’t mixed thoroughly and you are finding the bad spots through the sound.
    What kind of warranty do you have with this installer? If he can’t fix the sound issue and the floor goes bad a few years down the road, will he repair it then?

  18. I have a pebble pool deck. I want to change it to a paver or tile type surface. Is it possible to lay the pavers or tile over the top of the pebbles without removing them from the entire pool deck since removing them will be a massive job?

  19. I believe you can, if the substrate that will hold the pavers or tiles will stick to the epoxy. And if it will, then be sure to put a thick enough material down to give you a smooth surface for the tiles or pavers to adhere to.

  20. Cracking flooring: 3 year warrenty. yes, that is exactly my thinking, not stuck to the floor. It is a brand new “never used” concrete floor. The frustrating part is the contractor not even coming over to see – just want to send his guys. I suppose, I should insist on getting him to come. it does not feel loose, but just that sound. floor looks and feels good.

  21. I agree with your thought you should insist the contractor visit personally. The concrete may not have been clean — either from dirt/dust, moisture or chemicals — before the epoxy floor was installed.
    After you’ve been using the floor awhile, let us know how you like it. I’ve thought of doing that to my garage floor.

  22. If the tiles are in good shape I don’t see why you couldn’t. Be sure to properly prepare your floor. If the tiles are breaking and crumbling you won’t really be able to cover that.
    If the epoxy isn’t low VOC be sure to keep the house aired out, especially during the application and curing time so you don’t create air quality problems in your home.

  23. I put aggregate throughout my home but the bathroom is now one big hard water mess. Is there a good way to clean this and then possibly have a better sealer applied? Also, are there any home shampoo machines that can actually tackle the cleaning?

  24. Hmmmm……have you tried cleaning it with a vinegar/water solution? Vinegar will tackle lime, which is what hard water leaves behind when it evaporates. For cleaning floors, I usually use a 1:10 ratio (one part vinegar to 10 parts water). You may need to go stronger than that though. Give it a try and let me know how it does for you.
    Be sure to check with the manufacturer to see which sealers are recommended.

  25. Since water seems to be Debbie’s problem, maybe she should use distilled water, or store-bought water for her floor cleaning. That’s what I had to do with my hard-water issues before I bought magnets to put on my incoming water line — the hard-water stains are hardly an issue any more.

  26. Our kitchen has ugly tiles placed over hardwood that is rough and used. We were wondering whether it might be feasible to put epoxy over the rough hardwood floors (which is rather distressed) to create a smooth even layer once we’ve removed the tiles. In other words, would the epoxy bind well to a distressed hardwood floor (which we would of course sand and clean beforehand)? Thank you for your advice.

  27. most cleaning compounds will not adversly affect epoxy floors if they when used properly and the you rinse the floor thoroughly afterwards. Some cleaners contain chemicals which may can damage low quality epoxy floors, like water-based epoxy floors, especially if cleaners are left on them for a longer time. It’s a good idea to do a small cleaning test in an inconspicuous area before the use of any cleaning product.
    Using soft bristle scrub brushes, (either hand types or mechanical types) with a product specifically made for cleaning epoxy flooring will be the best.
    After the surface has been scrubbed properly, you then remove remove the emulsion of the cleaning solution and soil that resulted. To do this, you simply rinse the surface thoroughly with clean water and wet-vac it, or use a squeegee to remove if there are floor drains. It is recomended to do a second rinsing with clean water to minimize the possibility of leaving any residue.

  28. I have a sunroom that used to have indoor/outdoor carpeting. I removed the carpet to find a black foamy underlayment and adhesive. I have used a 4 inch scrapper and adhesive remover to take 99% of the materials away, however there are many very little “stuborn” spots of adhesive that remain due to the floor being unlevel. Can I apply the epoxy over this?

  29. It may or may not cause problems, it’s one of things where you don’t know until after you do it. I’ll bet you can dissolve it with a bit of acetone (you know, nail polish remover!). Not exactly the environmentally friendly thing to do and the stuff stinks to high heaven. I presume you’ll be cleaning the floor well too before you apply the epoxy, right?

  30. Love this site! Two questions: Thinking about this in kitchen – if I did it myself should I look like an astronaut when I apply it, if I do it myself? And should I (due to allergies) stay somewhere else for a day?
    Secondly, could I apply this to my front porch? I had a smooth particle board surface put down two yrs ago. What do you think?

  31. Hi Carole,
    Chances are you won’t need to look like an astronaut when using an epoxy coating. Eye protection is a must, wear old clothing and clean it off of your skin as soon as possible if any gets on you – remember, this stuff hardens. Gloves wouldn’t be a bad idea. Ok, I guess you need to be as covered as much as possible, but not quite as much as an astronaut! ;~)
    Depending on how sensitive you might be to the product you might be better off having somebody else do it and stay away until it’s fully dried.
    Unfortunately, there won’t be any way to tell if you are sensitive to the chemicals in it until after you’re around it. Many products are low VOC. The “Part B” is what can irritate skin.
    Epoxy coatings best on concrete, I don’t know how well it would work (if at all) on particle board. I do know that it can be used on wood floors, but I don’t have specific data to compare concrete vs. wood.
    I hope that helps you, if you have any more questions, feel free to drop back by.

  32. I would like to replace the flooring in our motor home with the epoxy/pebble flooring. Any thoughts on this? Should we put down a thin wood base before applying the epoxy/pebbles? Or should the sub floor in the RV be OK for bonding?

  33. Do you know what brand you intend to use? A new ‘sub floor’ would be best as the old one probably has grime on it that would interfere with the adhesion of the epoxy. Without knowing what brand you’re thinking of using, I can’t tell you for 100% sure. It’d be close, but not 100%. ;~)
    Most of the time, this product is used on concrete flooring, so it’d be best to check with the epoxy manufacturer to make sure it’ll work for your project.

  34. Hello to everyone. I am an installer of epoxy and other polymer floors and liners and thought I might ad some advice here.
    Most epoxies can be applied over wood subfloors – I have installed many residential jobs over wood subfloors. Having said that, I recommend using a solid wood subfloor and be sure to screw both the old subfloor and then the new one to ensure as little movement as possible.
    Make sure that any surface whether concrete or wood is profiled (light sanding for wood and etching for concrete (diamond grinding is best for concrete) then cleaned properly to make sure there is zero dust or lose particles. Epoxy is very strong and will last a long time ONLY if the proper prep work is done. A primer can also be used – it is a little thinner and soaks in to the surface to seal – this gives a good solid base to apply your coverings to.
    You can get some very unique designs with epoxies as there are many additives and colors you can use.
    There are many different epoxies out there and you should seek a 100% solids product so that you do not have to worry about flames and your brain cells! But I would still advise a Organic Vapour mask. Nitrile gloves are best protect as epoxy will eat through latex and vinyl gloves.
    100% epoxies are 2 part mixtures and harden quicker than solvent or water based. Keeping your epoxy in the mix can with speed up hardening so it is best to pour a bead on the floor or if you have to use a paint tray but try to use a couple of them so the material volume is less.
    One helpful tip is to use a rubber squegee to move your material quickly then back roll with your LINT free paint roller to remove lines and puddles. You will get a smoother surface in the end.
    Tape walls and other areas where you do not want coatings as it gets messy.
    clean up while wet with xylene or toulene sometimes laquer thinners work. Once dried, you will have to grind/sand of any materials.
    I hope that helps someone but if you have any specific question feel free to ask.
    Steve – liquidfloors@sympatico.ca

  35. I am looking to do a “pebble” type of floor in my bathroom, but I know the downfall of grout in a bathroom after several years have passed. I’d like to put something like a thin, clear acrylic over it. Any suggestions?

  36. What kind of pebble type flooring are you referring to – something along the lines of Epoxy Chattahoochee? It’s usually covered with something along the lines of Rock Glaze – a urethane product that is specifically formulated for sealing the new pebble/epoxy floor.

  37. We are preparing to do a garage floor with “Roll On Rock” with the chips coating product. The floor was originally painted with epoxy paint and then had peel and stick tile over the paint. We have been able to remove the residue tile adhesive, but we’re having trouble removing all of the original (30yr.old) epoxy paint to get to the bare concrete. Can we apply the product on the roughed up surface if we can’t get all the epoxy paint to come off. Is there a product that would remove the old paint. Thanks Gary

  38. Hi Gary,
    Might be best to give the manufacturer of Roll on Rock a call to see if this is feasible. As far as removing epoxy paint, methylene chloride will remove it, but the room must be well ventilated and it takes about
    one to two hours to remove all the coating. Acetone can also be tried as well as commercial “cured-epoxy dissolvers” – they’re both dangerous to use too.
    Dynaloy has developed a line of safe, effective epoxy solvents specifically for the removal of cured and uncured epoxies (according to their website). You can view the products and MSDS sheets at the link provided.
    You can also use an abrasive to remove it, with dust mask & proper ventillation of course. Good luck!

  39. Why would an epoxy floor be put in a daycare center kitchen that is only used for distribution of food items. Food is catered in. Isn’t it quite a bit more costly? How much so?

  40. Hi Laurie,
    Epoxy floors are super durable for starters and easy to clean. For such light traffic as you’re referring to, the floor could very well last the lifetime of your business.
    I don’t know if it would be more costly, mainly because I don’t know what other options you are considering — more costly than *what*?

  41. i amgoing to apply epoxy to a wood floor what primer can i use. i was going to put on rust-oleum epoxy shied premium clear coating for a finish coat

  42. We have off-white porceline sp? tile with antique white grout in out kitchen…horrible mistake, as the floors look dirty all the time and this is a high traffic area. My husband is not in favor of ripping it up and putting down a more dirt- concealing vinyl alternative as I would like.
    Is it possible to do an epoxy flooring coat over the existing tile?

  43. Hi Kelley,
    I’m not really sure if epoxy would adhere to tile well. If you’re really set on vinyl, I’d suggest just grouting the tile to make it more even before laying the vinyl. Actually, I’d recommend linoleum as the colors go all the way through the material, rather than sitting just on the surface as with vinyl.
    Do you have a good sealer on your tile & grout? If not, I think you’ll find that it works wonders! Porcelain is rather easy to maintain so long as it’s been treated properly first. Cleaning is a subject that has been addressed previously, you can use the search function in the upper right hand corner and look for vinegar microfiber – you’ll get some handy tips to make cleaning your porcelain floor easy! Good luck!

  44. Hi Flooring Lady, Actually there is an epoxy flooring by Everlast Epoxy that does adhere to tile. It is made from natural marble chips, and would be a nauural stone-looking alternative to tile. It could also be used to overlay the tile in a shower to seal it up where there is water leaking problems.

  45. I have an Irish Pub that has 3/4 red oak flooring. The poly finish keeps coming off after 3-4 months. I am looking for a finish that will stay on the floor, resist liquor/beer spills, and stays shiny. I don’t care about a smooth household finish, just want something that is iron clad. What do you suggest that I use? Epoxy – what kind?

  46. Where can I buy just the resin and hardener? I have some craft projects I’m doing that I want to experiment with. My flooring guy charges WAY too much for this type of tinkering. :)

  47. Hi Flooring Lady,
    I want to paint our unfinished basement floor with an epoxy paint. The house is ten years old and the basement has never had a moisture problem. The concrete floor is not in great shape – rough in some areas and even chalky/dusty in some spots. Should I use some type of sealer first or just clean the floor and paint? Do you prefer a certain brand of epoxy paint? Thank you for your help.
    Harry Elam

  48. Hi Harry, it would probably be a good idea to patch up any rough spots in the concrete and allow those repairs to dry adequately before applying the paint. I don’t see any need for applying a sealer first and I don’t have any particular brand to recommend.

  49. I want to replace my porcelain tile floor with white resin epoxy. The room has lots of light and windows, can you confirm if the color will fade to yellow over time. Will I have a complete finish look of one big slab of glass?

  50. Christina,
    If considering a white resin floor a polyurethane resin that is totally UV stable would be required to prevent yellowing. I also suggest you contact a professional who is familiar with the installation of such a floor as it can be a wonderful addition to a home but if installed improperly can lead to several headaches down the road.

  51. Flooring Queen…
    I am purchasing a home that has expoxy pebble tech flooring throughout the living areas of the home. We would like to put hardwood flooring in the living/dining area. Would I have to float concrete or some sort of subsurface material over the pebble tech or can I install the hardwood right over the pebble tech??? Not laminate or engineered…but actual hardwood plank flooring.

  52. Jeff,
    That would depend on if you want to retain the epoxy pebble tech flooring for future use.
    I would contact a local professional and or the manufacturer to determine the installation needs of your wood flooring.

  53. What is the difference in epoxy chatahoochee and epoxy pebble stone? And where can I find it in Northern California?

  54. Leona,
    They seem to be the same and their names are different based on region.
    I would suggest looking for concrete installers or local professional in your area who specializes in epoxy flooring. They would be your best resource to find the flooring you are looking for!

  55. We have a kitchen floor done in Armstrong Impact in 1998. The surface is still good, but the image is worn off under the table and in front of the sink and refrigerator. Is it possible and realistic to put a epoxy floor over the laminate??
    What type would you recommend.

  56. Phil,
    From what I’ve read and understand, no, you can not put an epoxy floor over laminate. To install you would have to prep the surface, normally concrete. There is also the base coat, color coat, texture, and clear top coat. There are many colors vailable as well as textures! The standard finishes are smooth, glossy, and totally seamless. It looks great, and is very clean and modern!

  57. We just purchased a home that has 1000sq ft of pebble tech flooring and we want to put down tile instead….Do we leave the pebble tech and install over or do we have to remove it and how is the best way to do that?

  58. Ty,
    That would depend on if you want to retain the epoxy pebble tech flooring for future use. Floor height is another consideration. It will surely be easier to leave it than rip it up. I assume the pebble is in good shape.
    I would contact a local professional and or the manufacturer to determine the installation needs of your tile flooring.

  59. I have heard others say they put Expoxy over subfloor without issue. You say this cannot be done. I do not understand why not. You;d think it would adhere to subfloor better than concrete being more pourous especially when clean and dry.

  60. Jeff,
    I don’t know that I would agree that concrete is more porous than wood. I think there are a lot of different factors there that could vary.
    If the joists are too far apart and/or the plywood is thin, floor flexing could cause any flooring surface installed on top to have problems. Where this would not occur with concrete.
    I would read through this thread and see what others are saying.

  61. I have exposed aggregate decking in my backyard around my pool. It has large aggregate rock that is very hard on the feet. I am looking at some kind of epoxy coating or epoxy aggregate that can be installed over this that is inexpensive to cover a large area. Any ideas? What kind of epoxy is used with the aggregate?

  62. Aaron,
    Hi. I do not have experience with this process. Normally exposed aggregate is created with concrete, and the top is left exposed by wetting the top of the concrete before it is completely dry.
    I would suggest calling a local concrete mason, and asking what type of epoxy would work well to cover the top of this, or if there is better solution.

  63. Our garage has a lot of ugly oil stains. I’ve been spending more time in the garage since I started to work on some DIY projects, and really don’t like how dirty and ugly our concrete floor is. Epoxy seems like a great idea to make the garage more pleasant and comfortable to work in. I had no idea that Epoxy goes back to the 1950s and that it was so easy to clean and so forth.

    • Hi Leviticus,

      You are definitely right that using an epoxy on your garage floor is going to make it a much more pleasant place to be and work!

      Sometimes, the areas of our homes where we spend the most time are some of the most neglected. I’m a strong believer that making your surroundings pleasant and functional, especially in the rooms where we spend the most time, is important for one’s mental well-being! This includes the laundry room, basements, and in your case, your garage!

      Definitely try an epoxy if you’re seeing a lot of oil stains, as that will make those types of spills much easier to clean up.

      However, remember that even on epoxy, leaving the oil on can cause discoloration and staining, so don’t just let the oil sit. Not to mention oil spills on epoxy flooring will be slippery, so exercise caution!

  64. I have laminate wood flooring on an open floor plan living room dining room hall and kitchen and i would like poured epoxy over entire are is the okay to do? if so what type of epoxy do you recommend?

    • Hi Mechelle,

      I would not recommend epoxy over laminate. The epoxy would not be able to soak in to the laminate well and would bubble and peel. What types of issues are you having with the laminate currently? Maybe I can help troubleshoot a different solution for you.

      If you want an epoxy flooring, you could sand down the laminate completely to the porous wood underneath so that the epoxy has something to adhere to. You could also potentially try laying plywood on top of the laminate flooring if removing it is an issue, but I would say pulling up the laminate to get down to a subfloor would be your best bet!

      Good luck!

  65. Hi I love your webpage and all the great information you have but I have one question if you would please help I have it OCB flooring in my kitchen and I was wanting to do an epoxy coating on it do you know if I have to seal it first if so what is a good one and what is a good product to seal the cracks the joints I was looking at self levelers but most of the mix with water and I don’t believe I would want to put water on plywood before I put the epoxy I’d appreciate any help you could give me thank you Lisa

  66. I have an uneven Kitchen floor which needs to be replaced. Will an epoxy floor be a good choice? Can it be applied without first levelling the floor? Can the epoxy be used to somewhat level the floor?

  67. I am installing old barn wood for a floor and wanted to know if the epoxy would work as a covering to protect it and fill gaps?

  68. We ripped up our carpet in our house over a year ago now.
    We have just normal concrete slab with old paint stains from when they built the house on some parts of the concrete. I’ve done lots of research with photos of flooring to weigh up our options. And I’m really loving the look of shiny marble epoxy. Our house is 24 years old and has a few minor cracks in one lounge room. Other than that it’s in pretty good condition. How would we go about getting this marble look with our existing slab?

    I tried to upload a photo but it won’t let me of our existing slab.

    Please send me your email address so I can show you what I mean and what look I like.

    Thank you so much

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