One of the most beautiful items in many people’s homes is hardwood flooring. Unfortunately, over time wood flooring degrades from use. This is why it is important to use something to protect wood floor surfaces and keep them looking nice for years to come. There are many options out there for protecting wood flooring, but epoxy stands out as an excellent choice.
Why Use Epoxy on Wood Flooring
Epoxy can give an amazing glossy finish that really brings out the beauty of your wood. Since it also is waterproof, it will protect your flooring from day to day spills. It also is super easy to clean, just requiring soap and water. Epoxy is long-lasting and can maintain its shine longer than other floor finishes do. It is easy to maintain and cost effective as well.
How to Use Epoxy on a Hardwood Floor
To use epoxy on a wood floor, you must first sand the floor. Then, thoroughly clean the floor from dust and debris. Once that is done, you stain or paint it, then coat it with an acrylic latex primer. You must allow the primer to dry for a minimum of three hours. After that, you can roll on your epoxy coating.
It is important to use a roller that is shed resistant, so you don’t end up with debris in your epoxy coating. Also, you must coat the entire floor at one time because the epoxy only has a couple of hours before it hardens. Be sure to plan out how you will roll the floor out before you start, so you do not get stuck in the room.
Of course, if you want to paint your floor with a pigmented epoxy, you can do that as well. You would still want to use a primer to ensure that the colored epoxy coating will adhere to the wood surface. You then roll on your colored epoxy to get a unique look for your wood floor!
DIY Cost of Using Epoxy with Wood
Cost can vary based upon your choice of epoxy to coat your flooring with. A gallon on acrylic latex primer will run around $20 and covers between 300-400 square feet. A gallon of pre-catalyzed epoxy is around $55 and will cover up to 400 square feet. This means that most rooms can be covered with epoxy for around $75 plus the cost of sanding the floor.If you want to use other kinds of epoxy, you can purchase kits that cost around $70. They do not cover as much, but also provide a thicker coating of epoxy than the pre-catalyzed epoxy.
Durability of Epoxy Coating on Wood Floors
Epoxy creates an amazing finish that is very durable. People report wood floors that have looked like new for over seven years with epoxy. This is a much longer lifespan than more traditional wood floor sealants, which often have to be redone every 5-6 years or so. The fact that it is so long-lasting is a huge win for using epoxy since redoing wood floors is a lot of work.
Epoxy on Hardwood FAQs
You may have questions about using epoxy on hardwood flooring. Let’s look at some frequently asked questions.
What supplies do I need to epoxy a wood floor?
In order to put epoxy on a wood floor, you will need the following supplies:
- Random orbital sander
- Acrylic latex primer
- Shed-resistant roller cover
- Paint roller
- Cleaning supplies
You may need additional supplies depending on your project, but this is a minimum to help you get started.
Can I get different finishes using epoxy?
Yes, you can! You can have matte, semi-gloss, or high gloss floors using epoxy. You just need to purchase the proper epoxy to achieve your goal. Many people using epoxy prefer the high gloss sheen that epoxy is known for, but you can choose any of the options available.