Benefits of Epoxy Garage Flooring
Most people mistake epoxy to be paint, which is practically wrong. It is a thermo-setting resin (epoxide resin + polyamine hardener) that is applied as a coating. The hardener acts as a catalyst and gives the coating its strength. Ordinary garage floors are just plain gray concrete which stains from oils, chemicals, and grease over time, causing plain gray concrete to become an ugly eyesore.
However, epoxy does not have to dry like paint. Instead, it cures! This curing process also adds to the strength of epoxy. It results in a coating much thicker than paint that is strongly attached to the surface of the floor. An epoxy garage floor coating is long-lasting, durable, beautiful, and resistant to most stains; as well as provide you with a flawlessly, finished surface to preserve the value of your home or office.
- This Coating Is Naturally Moisture Resistant
This coating makes it easy to clean road salts that accumulate during the winter. It is particularly beneficial for those who live in snowy areas. A little water and soap is all that is needed. Adding color acrylic paints to your coating can be somewhat slippery when wet, however, adding epoxy means adding slip resistant aggregates which will create a non-slide surface. Furthermore, being moisture resistant makes it mold resistant as well.
- There are a range of dazzling glossy finishes, seamless finishes, contemporary designs, and sparkling epoxies to choose from.
- It protects and extends the lifespan of your concrete.
- Epoxy garage floor covering is simple to clean, highly durable, easy to maintain, and is bacterial resistant.
- Reduces radon gas emissions.
- It will reduce dust and debris tracked into your home or office.
The most common epoxy floor coating systems
There are three common systems available that will protect, beautify, and enhance your garage floor:
- “Neat Floor” systems have a smooth surface with with a solid color of your choice. These are great for basements, commercial floors, bond many indoor applications, but not functionally the great for a garage.
- “Stout Floor” systems are also solid color, but utilize a full broadcast of silica sand under the final top coat of colored epoxy. This turns a “Neat Floor” into a very functional, extremely slip resistant floor with a gritty textured surface. Highly recommended for garage floors, this is out number one choice among customers.
- “Multicolor Quartz” Floor systems are very similar to a Stout Floor, but instead of being a solid color, this system uses a multi color granular silica sand, top coated with clear epoxy resin. It’s functionally the same as a Stout Floor but it’s slightly more decorative.
- “Full Broadcast Flake” floors are similar to a Quartz Floor, but instead of using multicolor sand, we use multicolor acrylic chip flakes. The floor has a textured surface, but not quite as much as the above mentioned floors. This system is our second most popular option.
Here are some possible problems associated with epoxy flooring:
- Salts used to cure the concrete can effect the bonding of an epoxy garage floor.
- If the concrete was not completely dried, water can be a major problem.
- The epoxy must cure quickly; else, blisters may appear in the floor.
- Surfaces generally contract and expand with heating and cooling. These contractions and expansions can cause cracks in the epoxy flooring. These cracks make the floor lose its protective coating and beauty.
- Humidity can be a major problem with epoxy as it causes the floor to fail.
Epoxy floor coatings protect your garage floor surface, and provide an eye catching view. For those considering a floor coating with epoxy polymer, you need to understand that the best results can only be achieved if the solution of epoxy has been properly prepared and applied by a certified expert installer. Not only are we certified installers, but we also prep floors for other installers. The key to a lifelong floor is the initial grinding and / or Shotblasting to prep the surface.