Single Application vs. Broadcast Epoxy Floors: Which is better and why?

The difference between these two types of flooring is primarily the way in which they are installed as well as the types of material used. These attributes affect the overall performance of the floor as well as the required time for installation, maintenance, and the lifespan of the floor.

Single Application Troweled System

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What is it

a single application epoxy floor is a blended mixture of epoxy and quartz aggregate that is then poured and hand troweled to a consistent thickness

Materials

epoxy (can be in multiple parts) and natural stone aggregate

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Preparation: clean, grind, cracks filled

Installation: mix, pour, trowel, cure

Timing

Depending on the products used, most single applications are fast-curing

One layer, one cure time

Some flooring systems (see JetRock) are designed to go directly over existing floors cutting additional time and cost from demolition

Performance

Highest performing commercial floor in heavily trafficked areas

No maintenance required other than cleaning

No top coat resealing, no re-grouting

Extremely durable: cures 3x stronger than concrete

Chemical, heat, & stain resistant

Watertight & Seamless: hand troweled cove base tied into floor meaning no seams, ridges, joints of points of weakness for water and corrosion

Non-porous: both quartz and epoxy are non-porous materials 

Lifetime slip-resistance from coarse textured aggregate

Comparison Matrix

 

Epoxy & Aggregate Broadcast Floor

What is it?

A broadcast floor consists of multiple layers of epoxy paint and aggregate blend that is thrown on top of the epoxy then sealed with topcoat

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Materials

Epoxy paint in three phases

Base coat (can be pigmented)

Bed coat

Top coat

Aggregate: usually paint chips or natural stone or blend

Installation Process

Prepared: clean, grind fill cracks

Base coat applied then let cure

Bed coat applied

Broadcast thrown (like feeding chickens)

Excess chips are vacuumed 

Sealed with epoxy topcoat

Cure time depends on product used

Timing

Broadcast systems take a much longer amount of time due to the multiple layers and steps that go into laying the floor. Cure time depends on product used yet is required between each epoxy step meaning that each phase is piecemeal

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Depending on the application, broadcast can be high performing

Slip-resistance varies according to aggregate used; will wear over time

Top coat needs resealing meaning additional shutdown timebefore1

Watertight & Seamless as long as top coat remains intact

Easy to clean as topcoat creates smoother surface

Can peel if not prepared properly

 

Conclusion

Epoxy floors are effective in various applications yet depending on the specific needs of your space consider the pros and cons of each. Extreme durability and lifetime slip-resistance in a limited time frame? Choose a single application epoxy quartz floor.

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