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Epoxy Vs Polished Concrete – A Comprehensive Guide

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Epoxy or Polished Concrete?

As a decorative concrete flooring contractor, one of the most asked questions is, “Which is better? Epoxy or Polished Concrete?” The question is best answered by taking a look at what the floor is going to be used for.

Epoxy Coatings

In some cases, such as restaurants. epoxy flooring not only looks beautiful, but if maintained properly, it can last for 20 plus years. That’s in an environment that is just about as abused as any floor you will see. From the constant sliding of chairs and bar stools to the necessary cleaning that takes place several times per day.

Keep in mind that an epoxy floor designed to last more than 20 years needs to be installed by a professional installer. Harmon Concrete goes through extensive training in order to stay one step ahead of the competition. With constantly changing technology, it’s important that your epoxy flooring installer have the required knowledge.

Epoxy floors in a residential setting are some of the most beautiful floors you will ever see. From the vast array of colors to the combinations of colors, having an epoxy floor in your home can show just how unique you really are.

Here are a few things to ask if you are thinking about getting an epoxy floor in your home;

  • Do you have animals that could potentially scratch the floor? Epoxy floors can be scratched.
  • Do you want your floor to have a gloss or satin finish?
  • Are you able to provide monthly or weekly maintenance?
  • Are you willing to wax 1-3 times per year?

While an epoxy flooring system can look beautiful in a picture, most restaurants will need to have a semi-gloss finish in order to have a scratch protecting coat. The scratch protecting coat does not prevent scratches, but it does an excellent job minimizing them.

Polished Concrete

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Polished concrete, unknown to many people, isn’t just plain grey concrete. Polished concrete can be stained just like, well, a stained concrete floor. It can have designs, colors, logos and more. The Harmon Concrete team does many types of floors based on need and desire from our customers, but polished concrete is one of our favorites.

If you want a floor that is virtually indestructible, polished concrete is the way to go. With polished concrete, you never have to worry about something peeling off or lifting. You never have to wonder if someone is going to trip on your uneven floor.

If it sounds like we’re a little partial to polished concrete floors, then you’re probably right.  However, there is good reason to favor a polished concrete floor vs epoxy floor if you’re in the restaurant business; Food and drinks that are being spilled on the floor are easily cleaned without staining! Depending on what was dropped on the floor, an epoxy coating may not recover as well.

Just like a stained concrete floor, polished concrete can have beautiful, non-fading colors that will last virtually a lifetime. With a little creativity, you can have a polished concrete floor with all the style and beauty you need to match your existing home or business decor.

Here are just a few things to consider with a polished concrete floor;

  • Would you like to have a gloss finish?
  • Are scratch resistant floors important to you?
  • Are you able to provide weekly or monthly maintenance?
  • Would you like to have stain resistant floors?

When considering a polished concrete or epoxy flooring, both have their advantages and disadvantages. It really comes down to personal preference.

If you would like to have your concrete polished or an epoxy floor installed, please feel free to contact us at any time. We want to be your polished concrete and epoxy flooring company for all of Northwest Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri.

If you would like to see how your floor would look with polished concrete, visualize your polished concrete with our polished concrete visualization tool.

For your convenience, you can request a bid right online. Pick a day and time most convenient to you and someone will show up to give you a 100% free polished concrete or epoxy floor estimate.

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