We totally understand that your choice of floor coating isn’t only a matter of taste — it’s also a matter of use. But assume for a moment that we’re talking about a general-purpose home shop, which is commonly a re-purposed garage.
Would you enjoy an epoxy finish on your garage floor if you were doing some basic woodwork, metalwork, and automotive work?
We have our own opinion, of course. We have an epoxy finish on the Toolmonger shop floor and we’ve come across a few pros and cons. On the pro side, it’s almost impervious to most chemical spills. We’ve cleaned up gasoline, brake fluid, and other nastiness without any negative effects on the coating. It’s also a very light gray color, which means there’s a lot more light underneath vehicles. On the con side, though, it scratches pretty easily. It’s also hard to clean paint overspray off of it, though that’s pretty easily avoided.
Ours is a Sherwin Williams two-part product, professionally applied. I’m a little more doubtful of the less expensive Rustoleum product, and I hate the “paint chip” finish they always show in their ads.
What do you think? Let us know in comments. (And when you comment, please let everyone know your specific experiences with your floor!)