Shop floor - polished concrete vs epoxy

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Forum topic by UncleTu posted 08-22-2020 07:48 PM 253 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2020 07:48 PM

I am having a good time planning my new hobbyist workshop in the walk-out basement of my new home. I am leaning toward polished concrete floors since I like the aesthetics of this more than epoxy floors. While I know my preference in regard to form, I do not have a good handle on the function side of this decision. Is there a reason to lean toward epoxy such as easier clean-up, maintenance, etc?

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#1 posted 08-22-2020 07:58 PM

No matter what, a concrete shop floor needs to be sealed to prevent water wicking.

Polished concrete can be very slippery esp. if wet.

Personally my favorite looking floor is the epoxy with the color chips scattered.

Before we sealed the concrete floor in the biker clubhouse bar we had Caveman lay down and we outlined him with a fat sharpie. A few drops of red paint near the head area (ala Support Your Local Sheriff) and a cartoon speech balloon reading I shoulda tipped more! completed the scene.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#2 posted 08-22-2020 08:14 PM

I just have regular troweled concrete, its easy to clean dust up, sure it stains but I dont care. I suppose if you did that would be a deal breaker. Its really cheap too.

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#3 posted 08-22-2020 09:21 PM

The reason I would not want polished concrete is it tends to be very slippery, especially when there is sawdust on it. Mine is not really polished but has a pretty slick finish and anytime there is sawdust on it can get slippery. I’ve never had an epoxy floor but I do like the look of them though. But for a woodworking shop, I would want neither one. I like having something other than concrete where I stand. Wood or maybe dense rubber horse stall mats are what I want to eventually cover my concrete floor. Both are easier on the feet and when you drop a chisel or other tool are less likely to to damage the edge or break the tool.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 08-22-2020 11:45 PM

Perhaps the best advice I’ve ever seen about a shop floor was to make it any other color than grey. Ya know, the exact color of that tiny screw you just dropped.

-- ~Walker

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#5 posted 08-22-2020 11:52 PM

All good stuff. Now I’m leaning away from the polished concrete. Safety is a big concern for me and slippery does not sound good.

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