Can Epoxy Flooring Be Used on Wood?

If you have a wood floor that you love but want to give it longevity and shine, you might be considering epoxy flooring as a solution. Epoxy resin gives floors an attractive look that is perfect for a number of ideas and designs, from reclaimed wood floors to hardwood floors.

For wood flooring that is existing, you are probably looking for some of the other benefits of epoxy flooring and are wondering if epoxy can be used on wood in the first place. The good news is that it can!

Epoxy Resin Benefits

Epoxy resin has several benefits that make it an ideal choice for residential garage floors, inside flooring and commercial floors:

  • It repels dust and liquids
  • It is easy to keep clean and maintain
  • It is impact resistant
  • It can bear heavy weight such as those of vehicles and equipment
  • It helps prevent slips and falls
  • It has a seamless finish and sheen
  • It is attractive and looks expensive
  • It is affordable
  • It is a greener choice than many other flooring materials

Epoxy Resin and Wood Flooring

Epoxy definitely works well over wood flooring. There are a few reasons, however, that it is important to hire a professional to do the installation.

Installing epoxy floors on your own may seem simple, but there are many things that determine whether or not the epoxy flooring looks well when you're done — or even adheres in the first place.

Bubbling, blistering and bad bonding can all occur, and the reason why they do comes down to science. Whether it's temperature, humidity, ingredients, time, materials, tools or the person doing the work, anything that is off-kilter throws the entire epoxy installation project off-course.

How These Issues Occur

There are a number of reasons why you may experience problems with epoxy resin and wood flooring.

Flooring that is not properly prepared can lead to bad bonding to the substrate. This leads to further issues like discoloration, peeling, cracking and a subpar appearance.

Another problem that can arise is bubbling, which is caused by trapped air within the epoxy layer. This is often due to temperature variations. If the temperature in the room when the epoxy is applied happens to be cooler or cold and then the temperature increases, this leads to air rising and then bubbling. Also, direct sunlight and trapped warm air leads to the same problem.

Blistering occurs when liquids pass through the “membrane” created by the epoxy coating. The liquid either tries to push up or evaporate, causing a blister.

Hiring a professional to install your epoxy flooring means that you do not have to get everything down to an exact science. You simply leave the work to the professional and get to enjoy the beauty of your wood floor with an epoxy resin coating that makes it last longer, look more aesthetically pleasing, and has a wealth of other benefits.

A Professional Team

At Pittsburgh Garage, our employees are all trained under our guidance, and our work is never subcontracted. This means you get a job professionally done without any of the mess or frustration of DIY epoxy floor installation.

If you’re wondering if epoxy is the right solution for your wood surface, get a free consultation from Pittsburgh Garage today.