Everlast® Epoxy vs Neverlast Flooring Episode 8 :

Are There Outdoor Weather Resistant Flooring Options Around That Don’t Require Constant Maintenance?

When it comes to outdoor weather resistant flooring, the majority of outdoor flooring solutions cannot handle the tough exposure often experienced by flooring systems that are exposed to the elements. The result is eventual chipping, cracking, discoloring, and erosion. To top it off, most flooring manufacturers claim that their systems will last outside… when they don’t.

“What about UV-resistant epoxy flooring?”

We hear this all the time. Being an epoxy floor manufacturer… I do not recommend epoxy when it comes to outdoor floors.

Although there are many companies that claim to have UV-resistant epoxy flooring, when put to the test, they last for a very short time. You often need to sand the floor down and re-apply the coating after a couple of years.

Even if you put UV absorbing material into the epoxy, it will eventually use up all of that material and then it is no longer UV resistant. Even if you put stabilizing material into the mix, it can only take so much before it loses its protective properties.

The problem is not that certain manufacturers are using low quality epoxy… it’s just that epoxy is not designed to handle UV rays in general. Its a bad material overall for outdoor use.

After only a few months, many epoxy outdoor floors start to yellow, i.e. they are slowly losing their strength, and rocks start popping up because the material is failing.

And the sad thing is that most people just accept that their floors will be ugly and need to be fixed every couple of years.

 

There Are Two Types Of Epoxy Outdoor Material Manufacturers

  1. A manufacturer that promises its waterproof outdoor flooring option will not yellow, even when it does,
  2. And those that KNOW it’s going to yellow and require you to complete maintenance work every couple of years.

The maintenance crew needs to clean off the loose rocks by sanding it down and then recoat your traditional pebblestone floor. That should last you another 2 years. But it starts to yellow quickly and you can’t recoat it until it’s become almost white.

So, you need to calculate how much it will cost you to have your floor recoated every two years when you estimate the cost of installing an epoxy-based outdoor flooring system.

It’s important to understand the real cost of value shopping. You cannot look at the initial installation price alone. You need to factor in the cost of maintaining the floor over the years… not to mention the beauty cost of having a floor that starts to become yellow and then white.

And even if you use a urethane solution to help fix the floor after it’s started to discolor, your epoxy flooring is still breaking down. The pebbles are still coming loose and eventually the floor will start to look bad even if the urethane prevents the color deterioration from happening.

You are now caught in a fix-it cycle.

 

Now Let’s Look At The Outdoor Tough System

Even if the cost of going with an epoxy outdoor floor is 50% less than what it costs to use an Outdoor Tough floor, you will end up paying the other 50% and even more, when you have to fix your epoxy floor a few years down the road.

When it comes to swimming pool deck flooring, if you’re using traditional Cool Deck material around your pools, it will crack and develop heat bubbles… eventually the material will come off in patches.

Even the manufacturers of Cool Deck tell you to constantly repaint your deck. They tell you that you need to keep maintaining your Cool Deck material so it doesn’t break down.

With Everlast® Epoxy’s outdoor tough floors, you don’t have to repaint or reseal the deck. It simply lasts you for a very long time.

An Outdoor Tough floor uses a two-part polyavastic that allows it to maintain its strength for many years. You don’t have to keep maintaining it every couple of years and it keeps it’s beautiful look for the entire time.

As a bonus, there are numerous different color options and styles for you to choose from.

You can also choose between natural pebblestone or granite stone by using Everlast® Outdoor Tough polyavastic as the binder instead of Everlast® Natural Stone epoxy… or choose one of the the Everlast® Outdoor Tough broadcast coatings.

In fact, an Outdoor Tough pool floor is so tough… it can handle prolonged exposure to pure chlorine. We sunk it into a bowl of chlorine for 14 days and left it there. It didn’t look any different and the weight was the same. This told us that there had been zero deterioration. And mind you, this was pure chlorine. The amount in your swimming pools is much more diluted.

We go above and beyond the strength required for our flooring materials for swimming pools to handle any outdoor and chemical exposure.

And what’s cool is that you can easily perform this test yourself when researching swimming pool flooring options.

Just take the samples flooring manufacturers will send you and soak them in chlorine for a week or two. Measure the results yourself before making a decision.

And if you need a non-slip surface, you can go with the Outdoor Tough Quartz material. It’s like colored sand. It’s not rough enough to hurt your feet but it prevents you from slipping if water is on the surface.

And to top it all off, it is freeze/thaw resistant for those pools in regions that don’t have year-round summer conditions. The problem with many pebble systems is that water will accumulate between the pebbles. When the water freezes, it expands and starts popping up the pebbles.

This can happen a little bit with the Outdoor Tough System… but at a much lower rate than our nearest competitors.

 

So, It’s Beautiful And The Weather Doesn’t Faze It!

Always do your own research before selecting the right outdoor flooring option for your needs.

But…

… Of course, we here at Everlast® Epoxy firmly believe that we have the right solution for your needs. We can confidently say this because many of our past clients either have a backyard pool, or they operate large, outdoor swimming pools.

However, we understand you have many questions before making your decision. Why not give us a call and talk to one of our friendly floor experts today?

“Are you searching for a flooring solution that will last outside? Give us a call and have one of our floor experts recommend what options are available for you and your budget.

Visit Everlast® Epoxy’s Outdoor Tough Flooring Options for more information…

… or call 800-708-9870 now.”