Should I use epoxy or polyurethane on wood floors?

I just bought a house and I want to refinish the wood floors. I've received quotes from two different companies. They offer different types of f...


I just bought a house and I want to refinish the wood floors. I've received quotes from two different companies. They offer different types of finishing processes. One uses epoxy; the other uses polyurethane. Epoxy cost about $800 more. ($2200 vs. $1500) Is it worth the price difference? Please advise.

Danikka

Polyurethane has been the standard floor finish for many years. I wouldn't spend the additional money for epoxy. I finish several floors every year and have done a few with an epoxy type of finish. I prefer the looks of a urethane finish. I think oil base poly is better for floors than water base.

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6 Responses to “Should I use epoxy or polyurethane on wood floors?”

  1. ben s says:

    epoxy would be a harder finish, but the polyurethane will also be very durable. if you want to spend the extra cash, then go with epoxy, its better but not neccessary
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  2. judy_derr38565 says:

    I use a good exterior polyurethane, more durable, thin the first couple of coats by 30% with mineral spirits, you will have less bubbles in the finish and probably won't have to sand between coats, after the first two coats thin by about 20% and apply several more coats, I put five coats on my hardwood floors, you can also buy the same sealer they use on basketball courts which is really durable….Ace Hardware use to carry the sealer used on basketball courts.
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  3. captsnuf says:

    polyurethane is the traditional finish for wood floors, i have been in the painting business 40 years and have never heard of putting epoxy on a wood floor,
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  4. winterrules says:

    Polyurethane has been the standard floor finish for many years. I wouldn't spend the additional money for epoxy. I finish several floors every year and have done a few with an epoxy type of finish. I prefer the looks of a urethane finish. I think oil base poly is better for floors than water base.
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  5. ballerina_24 says:

    Polyurethane will give you a nice finish, just make sure you let it dry completely before you put your furniture back in the room. Always go with the grain of the wood when putting your finish on and stir your polyurethane gentle so you don't get bubbles in you finish.A lambs wool applicater is the best thing to apply the finish with.
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  6. msquire98 says:

    I've been in the contracting business for many years, and I must disagree with those who say polyurethane is the better choice. It's NOT the better choice, for a number of reasons. 1) It's not durable. If it's a high traffic area, it's very quick to peel, pop, bubble, and come off. Not good.
    2) The solvent smells will linger in your room for possibly months.
    3) It's not eco-friendly.
    4) Polyurethane is great for walls, doors, roofs, fences, tanks, etc. It's horrible for floors. I've had to re-do so many jobs, and offer many refunds as a result of Poly-based paints. I won't recommend, nor use them any longer.

    As far as those estimates go, those prices are outrageous. How big are the floors you'd like to do? The company I deal with for my Epoxy products cover about 350-400 square feet for $150. It's as easy to put down as normal paint. Sure, I'm a contractor, and I enjoy the massive profits, but it's really easy to do yourself. You can probably save $1000 if you do it yourself. My usual job is 80% profit, so my guess is that your area is no bigger than 600-800 square feet. Is that about right?
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