When it comes to concrete flooring options, we know that it can be overwhelming trying to navigate the wide array of available choices. Not only are the sheer number of varieties confusing but also the various—most likely unfamiliar—names only add to this confusion.

For instance, you may hear or read about someone raving about epoxy floor coatings, and then somewhere else you may hear about chemical-resistant floor coatings. This can leave you thinking, you have to choose between the two. This, however, is not always the case. Not all commercial flooring options are mutually exclusive, and often times, people will refer to the base material for the floor system while other times they will just refer to the purpose, making it seem as though these are two distinct options. In reality, most epoxy floor coatings are also chemical resistant.

This is why if you are in the process of updating your facility and looking for concrete flooring contractors to help you turn your old, worn-out floors into shiny, durable, new floors, it is important to consult with your concrete flooring contractors earlier rather than later. If you are in the Denver area and in need of new commercial concrete floors, give us a call today. Whether you need concrete grinding, repairs, leveling, polishing, coatings, surface prep, or more, we are a professional concrete company who can handle it all.  Read on to get a better idea of some of the floor coating types available to you, and what might be best for your commercial or industrial floors.

Below are some of the various types of concrete coatings:

Epoxy Floor Coating

Epoxy floor coating is one of the most popular commercial and industrial flooring options. It is versatile, durable, safe, easy-to-maintain, and can be tailored to meet most aesthetic requirements. It is a thick flooring material—often added on top of a concrete subfloor—that can also function as a protective layer, shielding the floor from damage caused by heat, chemicals, impact, and more. However, in order for an epoxy coated floor to hold up in a demanding environment, proper installation performed by skilled epoxy floor coating contractors with industry-leading equipment is required. Read more about the benefits of epoxy floor coatings and contact epoxy floor coating contractors today to learn even more! 

Anti-Slip Floor Coatings

Anti-slip coatings are often added to epoxy bases. To create a surface that remains grippy and safe even when wet, a special aggregate is added during the epoxy coating process. Non-slip floors can greatly improve the safety of a workplace, and, really, any location where walking surfaces are regularly oily, wet, or greasy. From tile bathrooms to large heavy-machinery warehouses, anti-slip coatings can be a great choice.

Decorative Floor Coatings

Decorative floor coatings are a perfect example of a category of flooring that refers more to a purpose rather than a material. Decorative concrete coatings can be added to a number of bases including epoxy, and they even work in conjunction with an anti-slip floor coating. Using decorative aggregates of flakes, pebbles, dyes, and more, the options for texture, design, and color are seemingly endless. This means that for commercial spaces that get a heavy amount of foot traffic, like restaurants and retails stores, you can not only get a long-lasting durable commercial floor coating but also one that matches your design goals.

Polyurethane Floor Coatings

While polyurethane floor coatings are not quite as durable or as long-lasting as epoxy floor coatings, they are more elastic and make superb bases for a variety of coating purposes—e.g. decorative, antimicrobial, and more. For these reasons, this type of concrete refinishing is often found in hospitals, medical facilities, and spaces where sanitation is of the utmost importance.

Antimicrobial Floor Coatings

Antimicrobial floor coatings are non-porous surfaces that are used in a number of commercial facilities like food processing, pharmaceutical, and other USDA and FDA regulated industries. Not only do these floor inherently prevent contaminants and moisture from having a place to hide and grow, but they are also able to withstand high levels of cleaning, traffic, harsh chemicals, temperatures, and more. On top of all of this, they are also relatively quick to install.  Contact our epoxy floor coating contractors today to learn more about this type of flooring!

Thermal Shock-Resistant Coatings

As the name indicates, floors coated with thermal shock-resistant coatings are able to withstand thermal shock and many other hazards. Thermal shock occurs when a room that is typically kept at a constant cool temperature is shocked with hot water or steam, often as part of a cleaning process. If a floor is not prepared for this shock, the extreme chance will cause the coating to contract and expand, resulting in bubbling, cracking, peeling, or delamination. Similar to other commercial floor coatings, this type of coating can work in conjunction with other coatings.

If you are in the Denver, Colorado area and in need of new commercial floors, contact All West Surface Prep. Our team of commercial flooring contractors can handle all types of concrete floor repairs, replacements, and refinishings. When you partner with us, you get the experience and knowledge of a concrete company that has been in the business for over 25 years. We leverage this expertise and experience to find the best possible solution for you and your commercial floors. And above all else, we take tremendous pride in our quality work, customer service, and client satisfaction. Check out some of our recent projects! And schedule your free consultation today!