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Epoxy vs Rubber Flooring: What is the difference?


When you’ve reached that point of interest to give your concrete floor that cosmetic appearance, there are a few things to consider while making your decision. Whether it is a commercial or a residential property, one of the main concerns that are addressed is: cleanliness, durability, and the cost of floor coating options. Rubber flooring and Epoxy flooring are highly recommended for floor coatings considering it is important to protect the concrete from any surface stains, future cracks, or any other imperfections. Overtime, Epoxy floor coatings have grown in interest twice as much in residential properties than it once was for commercial properties. Therefore, it has given NorthCraft insight into aesthetically pleasing homeowners to complete the finish touch to their garage, basement, shop, office, and any other concrete floor.

NorthCraft Epoxy Floor Coatings strives to help prospects become more knowledgeable about the decision they make for their garage floor coating services in any way possible. Besides, why pay money for a garage service that you don’t completely know how it will foreshadow the future? Depending on what type of work you do in your garage, or if you are simply pleased with the aesthetic appearance, it is vital to determine which type of flooring system works for you. Rubber Flooring can be used for many different reasons. One known fact that it is strong, tough, and resilient against a variety of conditions. If proper cleaning is maintained, rubber flooring can last up to twenty or more years. Also, as rubber flooring is available for industrial uses, it is surprisingly soft to the touch. Other than the longevity, softness, and resilience to a variety of conditions; rubber flooring for your garage has its down falls. In Illinois weather has a role in the life of a product.

Rubber flooring may be suitable for particular properties where homeowners are looking for something to still protect the concrete, yet unknowledgeable about maintenance and longevity of rubber flooring. As mentioned above, cleanliness, durability, dollars spent, and company background is quite important when choosing the appropriate flooring. Keeping the floor clean is a main concern on the surface that we step on, and also the concrete touching in between the rubber flooring. If it is not installed properly, the life of the rubber may not last. Overtime, the color could potentially fade depending on the environment and area of placement. In addition, bacteria may build up overtime, whereas epoxy has thick defensive barriers that ensure protection. Detergent and other abrasive cleaning liquids can be especially dangerous to rubber floors. Grease can also have a drastic negative effect if it is not wiped up immediately. Therefore, it is more difficult to clean your garage floor having to avoid detergents and harsh cleaning agents as they may discolor and over time create wear -and-tear. Also, keeping in mind that the cleaning agent used are rated to be specifically used on the type of flooring you purchase. It seems to appear that there are various types of rubber floor tiles; however, they replicate seamless flooring which homeowners often look for when coating their garage. Therefore, the ultimate decision is left to the remaining concerns of flooring.

Although rubber flooring looks tough but is soft to the touch, it is now available for industrial use. However, each tile is applied one at a time and sits together like a puzzle piece. So to speak, there remains that seam that creates a way for leaks and spills and moisture to build up on and under the flooring into your concrete, damaging it. In some climates, the heat from tires can affect the placement of hot tires onto rubber flooring. Not only will the heat melt away a little at a time but it can leave skid marks on the flooring. Other than the maintenance and structure of rubber flooring, it can be produced in many different ways. Recycled rubber is efficient in production to flooring companies; however, it all depends on the homeowners’ interest. Back in the 1970’s, rubber flooring came in more dark colors and only in single textile form. In today’s world, rubber flooring can be used as generic vinyl flooring, and also comparable to woodblock flooring.

Most homeowners seek for a preventative flooring solution that lasts and protects their garage floor from future cracks, stains, and other concerns that suits their garage floor needs. NorthCraft has perfected the process to install epoxy the professional and appropriate way that guarantees a long life of coating. Prepping the concrete would be the first step to start fresh and shaving away a fraction of the concrete by using a diamond grinder. It takes professionals to grind down the concrete in an even and smooth application. It is important to use a diamond grinder that has enough blades to tackle any thick cracks or imperfections. Using a diamond grinder also roughs up the concrete floor to open up the pores and let the epoxy coating absorb into the pores of the concrete. In contrast to rubber flooring, garage floors are typically coated in epoxy due to the known fact of durability. Diamond grinding the concrete is important in the process of garage floor coating; however, the many layers of applications are important as well. Rubber flooring does not have a polish or multiple coatings to ensure durability and any protection against UV rays. When epoxy garage flooring is applied with the many thick defensive layers, it is impossible for any surface stains or moisture to absorb or seep through the durable layers. The main attractions of epoxy garage flooring are the seamless finish and options of many different color micas to choose from. NorthCraft Epoxy Floor Coatings has hundreds of different color chips to choose from, so no matter how you use your garage, the colors are limitless when it comes to NorthCraft Epoxy chips. There are solid colors, mixed blends, small to large sized micas, Quartz, professional grade garage aggregates, and also different sport’s teams and the option to make your own garage floor color is endless.

NorthCraft Epoxy Floor Coating takes concrete coatings serious. We believe in pleasing our potential clients’ garage flooring needs to the highest standards. Garage floor epoxy is important to those who are constantly working in the garage, using it for motor maintenance, or any other garage needs. It’s as simple as taking the garden hose and cleaning out the garage with low maintenance. Everyone wants their own showroom that looks identical to car dealerships and it can easily be obtained by calling NorthCraft Services and receiving one of our free quotes. Not only do we match any competitor prices, but we’ve spent over ten years perfecting the garage coating system which brings us to our lifetime warranty. Rubber flooring may have a longer life compared to vinyl flooring or tiles, but it does not beat epoxy due to the two-part resin based epoxy and sealed with our high gloss liquid clear coat. It is one thing to hire a contractor to install an epoxy garage coating, but it is important to know the process it takes to appropriately apply a lifetime seal onto your floor. NorthCraft is growing throughout Chicagoland and many other Illinois epoxy companies have different processes of applying epoxy flooring that may not be as complete. That is why it is important being aware of the product and services are correct, it is just as important for customer communication and asking questions to get that garage floor coated properly. Some use acid washing which typically does not clean up the concrete as it is supposed to be.

It takes a professional that is knowledgeable in the specialized service than a handy-man whom is not educated on garage floor epoxy, alternately resulting in other techniques that could result in failure of the coating. All in all, rubber flooring and epoxy garage flooring has its differences and entitlement of opinion is left to be judged by others. There are biased opinions on which type of flooring suits best, but it is ultimately up the homeowner and the above mentioned concerns that would solve any potential issues in the long run. Either or, rubber and epoxy garage floor coating can be used in many ways but it is beneficial when looking for cleanliness, durability, and a non-expensive Chicago flooring option.



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