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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Installing
Epoxy Flooring In Basement

In a recent blog, Top Ten Benefits Of Epoxy Basement Flooring, we spoke of the ‘basement monsters’ inhabiting the deep, dark, damp home foundation of an uninsulated basement. ‘Monsters’ in the form of mold and mildew from the dampness of such space, dust from concrete floors breeding the microscopic dust mites that rise through the heating vents to bring allergies and respiratory illnesses to the family household, and the monstrous sounding ‘roar’ of the heating system working hard in the cold, uninsulated basement to keep upper floors cozy and warm. Jersey Epoxy professionals wrote of the ‘power’ of adding epoxy flooring in the basement to ‘slay those dreaded basement monsters’ and listed the top ten benefits for an epoxy basement floor renovation project.

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Installing Epoxy Flooring in Basement

Avoid Mistakes With A Professional Installation

Jersey Epoxy technicians strive for satisfied customers and always let their clients know what to expect with respect to any epoxy floor renovation. The expectations for basement flooring renovation was explained in our blog Pros and Cons Of Basement Epoxy Flooring In New Jersey. Hire the pros who know how to avoid five commonplace installation mistakes of epoxy basement flooring.

5 Mistakes Of Installing Epoxy Flooring In Basement

1. Development Of ‘Bubbles’ In Epoxy Flooring

The appearance of bubbles after installation of an epoxy resin basement floor is usually due to improper assessment of the moisture condition of the basement. Avoid bubble trouble with proper moisture control procedures.

2. Long Curing Process Of An Epoxy Floor

Curing refers to the time it takes for the liquid epoxy resin and hardening agent mixture to transition to a solid state. While curing and drying may sound the same, they are not. Drying requires the liquid property of the epoxy mixture to be depleted, and not feel tacky or sticky. Avoiding a lengthy curing process requires paying close attention to the proper application of the epoxy paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

3. Floor Cracks After Installation

Cracking of epoxy flooring may be due to the incorrect measuring ratio of the resin and hardening agent, or improper measuring ratio of the added chemical anti-slip and UV protection aggregates. Epoxy basement floors can also crack after installation if the epoxy material is not applied with a uniform viscosity, or thickness, across the entire floor surface. 

4. Floor Begins To Show Signs Of ‘Yellowing’

Yellowing of an epoxy basement floor may be due to a lack of knowledge of varied epoxy paints that prevent the occurrence of yellowing, the contractor failed to take the preventative step of adding a UV-resistant aggregate to the epoxy resin mixture, or failed to apply a polyaspartic clear paint topcoat to the cured and dried epoxy basement floor

5. Epoxy Flooring Begins To Peel

There’s nothing worse than a peel to mar epoxy’s aesthetic appeal. Proper surface preparation of the basement flooring is essential to the epoxy adhering and bonding to the concrete substrate basement floor. Avoiding the peeling of epoxy basement flooring requires thoroughly cleaning the floor of oil, grease, dirt, and chemicals and eliminating moisture issues. Peeling of an epoxy floor can also occur because of failure to ‘roughen’ the basement floor with specialty grinding equipment.

The 3 P’s To Epoxy Basement Flooring Success

There are 3 Ps essential to epoxy basement flooring success: preparation of the floor surface, professional product knowledge, and patience with the epoxy application process. Jersey Epoxy technicians, servicing New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania residential and business clients for 20+ years, have experience and knowledge of best practices and techniques to ensure efficiency in epoxy floor curing and drying, which provide our clients with a one-day epoxy basement flooring service. Contact Jersey Epoxy for a free evaluation and price quote of epoxy flooring in the basement or the garage, pool deck, patio, or any room of your home.