When it comes to installing new epoxy floors in your commercial, industrial or manufacturing facility, you may be asking yourself, “How thick should my epoxy flooring be?” The thickness of the epoxy depends on the current conditions of your floor, the “decorative” look you want and the type of business.
How Is Epoxy Floor Thickness Measured?
Epoxy floor coatings are measured in mils. One mil is 1/1000th of an inch.
How Thick Can You Pour Epoxy Resin?
Epoxy thicknesses can range from .2 – 3 mils to 250 mils (1/4”) or thicker, depending on the application. The thinner epoxy floorings are typically used for new concrete or concrete that is in decent shape and does not need a lot of repair work. The thicker coatings are used to repair and rebuild concrete floors that are in bad shape.
Thin Epoxy Floor Coatings
Thin epoxy coatings are great for industrial and manufacturing areas that want to brighten up their areas and make the floors easier to clean. Thin epoxy floors are quickly installed, which means your company will experience minimal downtime during your new flooring installation.
Pros of Thin Epoxy Floor Coatings
- Installed with Minimal Down Time
- Great for Surfaces that Simply Need to Remain Dust-Free
- Non-Skid Surfaces Available
Cons of Thin Epoxy Floor Coatings
- Cannot Repair Deep Holes and Blemishes
- Scratches May Show the Concrete Underneath
What Is the Minimum Thickness for Epoxy Resin?
Epoxy floor coating systems typically start at a minimum of 10 mils.
Thick Epoxy Floor Coatings
Thick epoxy coatings are needed for areas that are heavily eroded or damaged. Thick epoxy floors require significant floor preparation because they need to be anchored deep into your concrete in order to achieve maximum adhesion.
Pros of Thick Epoxy Floor Coatings
- Extremely Durable
- Great for High Traffic Areas
- Can Support Heavy Equipment
- Scratches Typically Do Not Penetrate To Concrete
Cons of Thick Epoxy Floor Coatings
- Detailed Floor Preparation Needed
- More Epoxy Layers Needed
- Longer Installation Process
What Happens If You Pour Epoxy Too Thick?
When epoxy is poured too thick, the flooring may not cure properly. This may result in cracking, bubbling, and other imperfections in the floor coating. That’s why more epoxy layers are needed and the installation process is longer for thick epoxy floor coatings.
Choosing the Right Epoxy Floor Thickness & Flooring System
Starting the process of choosing an epoxy flooring for your industrial or manufacturing business involves evaluating your floors and the nature of your business. Epoxy floors are durable and long lasting. They can even improve the aesthetic value of your property. However, choosing between a thin and thick coating can be difficult. That’s why our professionals at Liquid Floors offer free consultations. Contact us to get started today!