What are the most important properties to look for in concrete floor paint?

Posted in Firwood Hints and Tips by Firwood Paints Limited on September 25th 2019
You have made the decision that it is time to freshen up the look of your concrete floor, having grown tired of the old, unsightly bare concrete appearance. The most cost-effective and simple way to freshen up your concrete floor is to paint it, but which paint should you choose? Selecting the correct paint for the job will give the floor a new lease of life and ensure that the work has a longer lifespan.

The most important properties to look for in concrete floor paint

Concrete floors require a water-resistant, durable paint. Firwood's paints for concrete, timber & metal floors come in a variety of colours, which allow you to have a visually appealing colour to the flooring as well.

It is important to consider things such as footfall and whether light or heavy vehicle traffic will cross the floor when selecting the type of paint to apply. A more durable paint is important when vehicle traffic and heavy footfall is added to your considerations.

Epoxy Vs Polyurethane Concrete Floor Paints

When researching your choice of concrete floor paint it is important to make a decision on what type of paint you are going to use. This can be confusing and so it is important to distinguish between the two types and understand their differences so that you can make the right choice for your project.

An epoxy based floor paint is an excellent choice for a concrete floor painting project. It is highly durable and dries to a tough finish. Whether it is a garage floor or a basement floor that you are painting an epoxy based floor paint is a good choice.

An epoxy based floor coating also offers water resistance, and so it can act as a water sealant for your floor, helping to keep out excess moisture.

Epoxy paint has excellent properties for the painting of your concrete floor. It is water-proof, thick, and very durable. They are also available in a variety of colours.

Polyurethane-based concrete floor paints are generally oil-based and have a glossy finish to them. They are suitable for light to medium foot traffic. It is also UV stable. This means that it will not yellow under small amounts of sunlight over a period of time.

Another consideration for polyurethane coatings is that they are solvent-based, meaning that there is a stronger smell during application and ventilation of the area will need to be adequate.

At Firwood Paints we have a range of epoxy and polyurethane concrete floor paint along with several other types available for purchase.

Our expert team are available via telephone for further advice on 01204 525231 or via email to sales@firwood.co.uk

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