Disadvantages of Epoxy Flooring: Why You Should Stop Using Epoxy

Nov 22, 2023 | Epoxy Floors, Polished Concrete Floors

Epoxy floor delaminating

Epoxy floor delaminating.

What are The Disadvantages of Epoxy Flooring?

There are two primary reasons why you should stop using epoxy floors:

The first disadvantage of epoxy flooring is that epoxy is plastic so it has inferior durability and a high cost of ownership. It needs to be regularly applied to maintain its appearance and protective properties.

Secondly, the epoxy danger resin is that it is not a sustainable or environmentally friendly material. Toxic pollution is created during the manufacture of epoxy and it has a global warming potential 189 times greater than polished concrete.

I will break down both reasons in more detail.

The Most Incorrectly Used Flooring Type

While epoxy has certain advantages in protecting concrete, it is one of the most incorrectly used flooring types.

Epoxy is designed to completely seal off concrete, protecting it from chemicals like oil, acids, and other harmful substances. This makes epoxy floors beneficial in manufacturing environments with chemical exposure or food processing.

Unfortunately, most epoxy installations are in high-traffic, dry facilities with no chemical exposure. Epoxy performs poorly in high forklift traffic areas and requires constant maintenance.

Dry Manufacturing & Logistics

Most logistics and manufacturing facilities have no exposure to liquids or harsh chemicals. Epoxy adds little to no value to these facilities while increasing costs and maintenance requirements.

  • Epoxy floor coating is easily chipped and scratched by forklift traffic
  • The color and gloss of the epoxy floor can fade up to 40% in the first year. 
  • Epoxy attracts forklift tire marks and scuffs

The ideal floor for a high-traffic industrial facility is non-marking, high wear resistance, and low maintenance; only polished concrete fits these requirements.

Poor Sustainability

Epoxy is an environmentally harmful material. The manufacture of epoxy is an energy-intensive process that is toxic and polluting. It has a high global warming potential (189 times) when compared to polished concrete and provides inferior performance in dry environments.

There are very few scenarios where epoxy flooring is the optimal solution for industrial or commercial facilities.

disadvantages of epoxy flooring

Worn epoxy floor.

Alternative to epoxy flooring

Polished concrete provides a sustainable alternative to epoxy floors for environments with no chemical or liquid exposure. A few of the benefits are:

  • High durability
  • Non-marking
  • Sustainable & environmentally friendly
  • Low cost 
  • Low maintenance
  • Good long-term appearance
  • High light reflectivity creates brighter spaces

The catch? Concrete polishing is an unregulated industry. The skill of the contractor will determine the quality of the floor. 

Choosing the right contractor is an important factor in achieving a successful floor. Polished Concrete 1 can help you select the best flooring type for your facility. 

Contact us via email or phone and we will be happy to provide a free assessment of your floor.