Why is my epoxy floor peeling?

If you love your epoxy floor but you notice that parts of it are peeling up, it’s probably because it wasn’t installed properly.

Epoxy is a tough polymeric resin that hardens into a smooth surface and is applied to floors to create waterproof coatings.

It can be used in many applications including kitchens, garages, bathrooms, etc. The resins used to create epoxy floors have the potential to last for decades when applied properly but if not installed correctly you may end up with an unsightly mess on your hands.

There are several reasons why epoxy floors might peel off after installation and there are solutions available for each one of them so let’s get started!

How do you fix a peeling epoxy floor?

There are several methods of fixing a peeling epoxy floor.

The first, and most common, is to retouch the floor. This means that you apply another layer of epoxy directly over the top of any areas where it has come off previously.

You will want to use a brush or roller with a solvent-based product (this is more effective than water-based) and then allow it plenty of time for curing before walking on it again.

Another option is to sand down all loose sections and then apply fresh coatings after cleaning each area thoroughly with soap and water or an appropriate cleaner.

This method also allows for better penetration into cracks and crevices so they will not peel up again later down the line.

A third option involves applying two separate coats: one primer coat followed by an epoxy finish coat; this gives greater protection against future wear as well as helping cover stains from dirt getting onto your flooring surface over time

How do I stop my epoxy from peeling?

To prevent your floor from peeling, you need to be sure that the surface is clean and free of grease, wax, oil, and other contaminants. Use a degreasing cleaner and wipe down the area with a rag.

If using epoxy paint on a bathroom floor or other areas where moisture can become trapped within it (i.e., near sinks), it’s important that you use an epoxy that has been formulated to withstand high-moisture conditions so as not to compromise its integrity over time.

Make sure your floor is level before applying the coating —you should also make sure that any joints between boards are tight and sealed—and don’t use more than one coat of epoxy paint over existing surfaces as this will cause them to become uneven and give rise to cracking down the road

What causes epoxy to peel off?

If your epoxy has started to peel or if you have a pucker, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Epoxy is sensitive and requires a high level of care in order to stay in good condition over time.

Here are some common reasons why your floor may be peeling:

  • Excessive heat and humidity can cause the epoxy itself to expand and contract, resulting in cracks that can lead to delamination around edges or corners.
  • Poor installation will result in an uneven surface, which makes it more vulnerable to cracking as well as peeling off of certain areas more easily than others (usually around seams).
  • Poor quality epoxy will begin cracking sooner than higher-quality products would; however, even if your flooring is made from high-quality materials but not applied correctly by professionals or yourself with insufficient knowledge/experience/skillset (or all three), then you’re still at risk for premature failure due to improper installation techniques being used during installation.*

Can you repair peeling epoxy?

Whether you need to repair or replace your epoxy flooring, there are a few things you should know before you get started.

  • You can repair peeling epoxy, but it’s not always the best option. The most common reason for peeling is that it wasn’t applied correctly in the first place. If your contractor didn’t use a high-quality epoxy coating and adhesive, then there’s a good chance that the floor will peel off at some point down the road. However, if this is not the case and it was just poorly installed (or if moisture has damaged your epoxy), then repairing your floors may be an option worth considering.
  • Why do I need to remove my old flooring? Removing old surfaces such as linoleum or tile before installing new ones will make clean up easier, reduce costs and help ensure that they’ll stick properly to whatever surface they’re mounted on.

Can you put new epoxy over old epoxy?

You can put new epoxy over old epoxy, but I don’t recommend it.

  • The first reason is that it just doesn’t look as good. The older coat will show through the new, creating a patchy appearance and visual distraction.
  • Second, the strength of your floor will be compromised because you have multiple layers of material on top of each other instead of one thick layer underneath and one thick layer on top like you would have had otherwise.
  • Third, durability will also be lower because there are more weak spots in your coating (if you’ve ever seen concrete with cracks in it, that’s what happens when water gets into them).

In short: if you want an epoxy floor that looks great and lasts a long time, don’t try to save money by putting two coats over an existing coating!

Can I recoat my epoxy floor?

Yes, you can recoat your epoxy floor. There are several options available to you for recoating your epoxy flooring, including:

  • Epoxy paint – This is the most popular way to cover up old floors and make them look new again. You can buy ready-made paints at hardware stores or home improvement centers.
  • Epoxy sealer – This type of product works well on floors that have been damaged by water or other liquids but aren’t too scratched up. It’s similar in form and function to polyurethane sealant but has a different base material (epoxy) and therefore a different appearance after it dries.
  • Epoxy coating – A coating won’t repair scratches on your flooring; it’s intended instead as an alternative to sealant products when you want something more durable than just applying another layer over an existing coat of paint or varnish without changing its appearance significantly (which would require stripping off everything down first).

Why is my floor peeling?

  • Moisture from the concrete slab is seeping into your floor and causing it to peel.
  • Poor ventilation, poor drainage, or an improperly installed floor can cause moisture to build up in your basement, which will in turn lead to peeling.
  • If you have a maintenance plan that includes regular inspections and cleaning of your epoxy floors, then there’s less chance of this happening since it’ll be easy for you or your contractor to catch any problems before they become big ones

What are the disadvantages of epoxy flooring?

While epoxy flooring is a great option for some spaces, there are a few disadvantages to consider before deciding on it. Here are some of the most important things to know about this type of flooring:

  • Noise: Epoxy floors can be loud when you walk across them. This is especially true if your kitchen has tile floors because tile resonates more than it absorbs sound and will amplify any noise from your new epoxy flooring. You may want to consider putting down rugs or sound-proof materials between your kitchen and living areas to reduce the noise. If you have kids who play in their rooms, they may not be able to hear what’s going on in another room because of the poor acoustics created by an epoxy floor (such as a child trying desperately not to fall asleep while studying).
  • Repairability: While epoxies don’t scratch easily, they do scratch if something heavy is dropped on them (like furniture) or if something sharp hits them (like nails). Because they aren’t very flexible yet have high durability levels, they won’t bend with impact like wood floors do—they’ll just break instead! So make sure that anything you put on top of your new shiny surface will hold up under pressure before installing one yourself!


We hope this has been a helpful resource if you’ve ever wondered “why my epoxy floor is peeling” or “how can I fix my peeling epoxy floor”.

We’ve learned that there are lots of reasons why your floors may be peeling and lots of ways to fix them. Whether you’re looking for an easy fix like using sandpaper or need some help with removal and reapplication, our expert team will be able to assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions about how to repair an epoxy floor when it starts peeling, let us know by leaving comments below!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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