Traditionally, the term epoxy was used to describe a mechanically bonding agent that was added to flooring and acted as a membrane over it’s underlying surface. A mechanical bond is not as strong, durable and long lasting as a chemical bond – which is how more modern epoxy garage flooring is applied. This bond is so strong, it doesn’t flake, chip or begin to adhere to car wheels in hot weather and UV light. Some distributors and installers may use the term epoxy but actually mean a product with a chemical bond. Be sure to make this distinction when selecting a floor coating.
These terms can refer to either a mechanically or chemically bonding epoxy garage flooring protectant layering system. While a mechanically bonded membrane seal can do a good flooring job for a while, remember that a chemically bonded flooring system will last much longer, won’t flake off and is UV stable in the heat and sun.