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Compare Swisstrax to Epoxy 10 Reasons to Choose Swisstrax Floor Tiles Over Epoxy


 

1 Swisstrax Has Lower Lifetime Cost

On average, a two-car garage at 400 to 500 sq/ft, costs $1,200 to $6,000 to epoxy, versus a Swisstrax at $1,800 to $3,400. National averages to epoxy are garage floor sit at $3,600.

You’ll also need to factor in preparation and long-term cost of maintenance when damaged by tools, vehicles, chemicals or natural movement of foundation. Here are some additional costs associated with initial set up and long-term costs of epoxy flooring.

Swisstrax can have a similar initial investment, but it requires virtually no long-term maintenance.

  • One-Car Garage that is approximately 200 sq/ft with a two-color checkered design and edges can average between $900 to $1,350.
  • Two-Car Garage that is approximately 400 to 500 sq/ft with a two-color checkered design and edges can average between $1,800 to $3,400.

Sources: Home Advisor, Home Guide

Additional Costs of Epoxy Flooring
Item Cost
Concrete Crack Repairs – varies depending on severity crack $25 - $300+
Concrete Foundation Repairs – varies depending on severity of damage $5,000 - $15,000
Garage Floor Resurfacing to Prep for Epoxy – second layer of concrete $300 - $2,500
Clear Protective Epoxy Topcoat – for a durable finish $125-$179
Epoxy Floor Resealing every few years $0.38 - $0.58 per square foot

 

2 Swisstrax Installs in Hours, Not Days

Applying an epoxy coating to a garage floor starts with an extensive cleaning and etching process to ensure the coating bonds properly. This process typically starts with sweeping, blowing off all dust and debris, but often also includes washing, sanding off existing paint, and spot treating any oil stains.

Depending on the type of epoxy you will be using (water-based, solvent, solid), you’ll want to apply anywhere from 2 to 4 coats. After applying the initial epoxy coat, you’ll need to wait an average of 5-24 hours until the first layer cures and is ready for a second coat. After you’ve applied the desired layers and allowed each layer to cure, you’ll need to wait an average of 2 to 7 days before allowing any type of traffic on the newly coated floor. Also keep in mind these additional factors:

  • Moving all items within the garage to new location and back once completed.
  • Preparation of the subsurface.
  • Time of actually applying the coats of epoxy.

Swisstrax floors take an average of 1-5 hours to install, depending on size of garage. While you have to factor in the time to remove all items on the garage floor, other than sweeping out the excess debris on the floor, you can install Swisstrax flooring as soon as the floor has been cleared of all items.

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3  Swisstrax Offers Simple & Safe Installation

Swisstrax is the safe and simple DIY alternative to Epoxy. When surfacing with epoxy, you often have to use harsh chemicals to prepare the surface, along with the toxic fumes that come from having to apply the epoxy coats. While epoxy can be a DIY project as well, Swisstrax modular flooring system is much easier and less time-consuming process compared to epoxy.

Safe & Simple Installation


 

4 Swisstrax Offers More Design & Customization Options

The two main features of epoxy flooring you can customize is color and whether you want a granite looking finish (adding flakes to the epoxy).

Swisstrax Offers More design Options

With Swisstrax you can control and customize the following:

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5  Inferior Protection Features with Epoxy

Epoxy flooring is susceptible to damage from everyday wear and tear like cracks, chipping and installation inconsistencies, and can endure imperfections from many situations post-application. Swisstrax modular flooring tiles help protect your garage floor from damage because they sit on top of your concrete floor, can withstand up to 3,120 psi in compressive strength, are heat and cold resistant from -22F to 248F, and are chemically resistant to liquids like oil, gas, acid or solvents including Skydrol and Alkalis.

Inferior Protection Features with Epoxy


 

Take SWISSTRAX with You If You Move

6  Take SWISSTRAX with You If You Move

One of the biggest benefits of the investment you’ll make with Swisstrax is that you can take your Swisstrax system with you if you move to a new home or move your business. With epoxy, you’ll not only invest money but a lot of time ensuring the proper application of the flooring. So what happens when you decide to move a year later?

As the world’s finest modular flooring tile, Swisstrax products can be portable and move with you.

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7 Ongoing Maintenance Investment of Epoxy Flooring

Every few years, epoxy floors require resealing along with touch-up of any damaged areas on the floor. In order to maintain epoxy flooring from everyday wear and tear, homeowners need to remember to:

  • Wipe all stains immediately or scrub with non-caustic cleaners.
  • Regularly mop the epoxy flooring.
  • Keep the garage door closed to avoid UV rays hitting flooring, which causes discoloration of the floor.

Swisstrax has little to no maintenance requirements. The tiles are impervious to staining, fading or harsh chemical or fluids.

Ongoing Maintenance Investment of Epoxy Flooring


 

8  Better Warranty Offer with Swisstrax

Better Warranty

Average epoxy flooring kits provide a 2-3 year warranty. Swisstrax offers a 7-year to a limited lifetime warranty that is not prorated, with no restocking fees and no hassles. To give additional peace of mind, Swisstrax also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for any garage flooring tiles that are in re-usable condition.

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9  Slip Resistant with Swisstrax Tiles

Swisstrax tiles are built with a self-draining design that provides a clean, dry surface. Along with the unique drainage systems, Swisstrax tiles were created to be slip-resistant when wet. With epoxy, you’ll need to be careful with all liquids spilled on the floor while working because the click surface can be hazardous to working conditions in a garage.

Slip Resistant


 

UV Stabilizer in Swisstrax Flooring

10  UV Stabilizer in Swisstrax Flooring

If you plan to work with your garage door open, be careful to not let the sun hit your stained floor. Stained concrete flooring is susceptible to discoloration from UV rays and will overtime cause a yellow discoloration. Swisstrax tiles have a UV stabilizer, making them highly fade resistant.

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