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What is garage floor epoxy?
We will start by ending the confusion about epoxy. Epoxy coating isn’t paint. Paint for garage floors is made from a latex-acrylic product. There are some paints that will have some epoxy added to it to make it much more durable than your standard paints, but it is still considered paint. These are called 1-part epoxy paints or just epoxy paints.
Epoxy is a thermosetting resin that gets applied as a coating. It is formed when you mix polyamine hardener and epoxide resin. The hardener becomes a catalyst and that is what gives the epoxy strength.
Unlike paint that needs to dry, epoxy actually cures. Whenever the two parts become mixed, a chemical reaction happens which creates what is known as exothermic curing. This process creates polymer structures that are similarly linked that gives epoxy its superior durability and strength. This causes the coating to be quite thicker than paint would be and it bonds fiercely to a prepared surface.
Why Epoxy Is The Best Garage Floor Coating
A tough and durable finish that can applied to any garage flooring is going to be an epoxy coating. This coating will protect your floor and even transform that ugly or boring cement into a professional looking floor of function and beauty. Because garages are becoming more than just where you park a car, the benefits of epoxy floors for the garage have made it a top choice for flooring today.
It is used for both commercial and residential applications, epoxy will giver your shop or garage floor that showroom shine that is screaming look at me. Depending on the application that you pick out, you will be able to pick from a variety of hues and solid colors, to custom blends of color flakes and custom colors that will match your favorite sports team or your style.
So, let’s take a look at what epoxy coating is, how its applies and what benefits it can give you.
The benefits of epoxy coating for garage floors
What actually makes epoxy coatings the best finish for garage floors? Besides just looking great, the thick and hardened application that comes from epoxy will create a coating that is resilient to chipping, impacts, stains, surface abrasions, and chemicals. So, you no longer need to panic about damaging the floor if you happen to drop a heavy wrench on it or if a bicycle falls over.
The thick coating is able to cover up those minor issues like flaws or spider cracks in the concrete. Since epoxy is a topical sealer, it means that its anti-dusting. A lot of the dust in the garage comes from the powder that cement floors shed. Basic traffic on these floors can cause a dusty powder that collects on tool benches, cars, and other items in your garage, and it can be tracked into the house.
The topical coating is also moisture resistant. This is great for those who live in snowy areas. It is also easy to clean especially when road salts and icy brine that collects on the floor during winters. All you need is some mild soap and water. Debris and dust may be collected by using a soft broom or dust mop whenever the floor is dry.
Depending on if you have added color acrylic flakes and the type of top coat that has been used, some surfaces may be quite slippery when it is wet. For those who happen to live in drier climate that doesn’t seem to be an issue. If you are wanting more grip, then just add slip resistant aggregate to the final coat which will create a nonskid surface.
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Epoxy coatings have received high reviews from hobbyists and mechanics. Since it is stain and chemical resistant, antifreeze, gas, oil, brake fluids and other car chemicals can be cleaned up without issues, even if it has sat for a while. Rolling jacks, toolboxes, and jack stands won’t damage the floor. It will brighten up the environment because it is very reflective depending on the finish that you select.
Even though it is one of the toughest garage floor coverings, it isn’t resistant to everything. Welding is quite hard on epoxy because it can cause burn marks from the hot slag that falls on it. It is also best to not use epoxy in areas that have moisture issues. The rate of moisture vapor from under the slab could cause the epoxy to delaminate if the moisture rate is too high.
Reviewing different coating options for epoxy floors
One common question that comes up about epoxy flooring in garages is hot tire pick up. This happens when the hot tires soften up low quality epoxy coatings. The tires then cool and contract and it causes the tread to grab and pull the surface of soft coating. This can cause epoxy to delaminate as the tires pull up on the floor.
This is something that happens to low quality products like store bought epoxy paint. These are normally just water based coatings that are only 50% solid and around 3 mils thick, when compared 100% solid that would be 10 mils + thick. This is found in quality commercial products or a professionally installed coating.
Due to the thicker, multiple coat epoxy floors wearing so well, a warranty up to 15 years or more is quite common for professional installers. Most manufacturers will warranty the product against any defects for the life of the floor.
How garage floor epoxy is applied
Epoxy floors need to have a well prepared floor, which is important for critical for successful coatings. This does involve a form of shot blasting, acid etching, or floor grinding to profile the concrete for epoxy coating. It is vital that is done properly or the coating will not adhere right. Repairing or patching cracks or other damage is done as well before epoxy application.
Quality systems for epoxy floors normally involve applying several coats to ensure that it is a resistant and tough coating that will last for years to come. Most times, this will involve applying an epoxy primer that are applied first.
The primer is what will bind to concrete in order to cause adhesion for the epoxy layers and create a higher build. There are some primers that will become a moisture barrier for cement floor that can have moisture vapor that will move up through the soil to the concrete to the surface.
The next coat will be the base coat or color coat. This can be applied without a primer depending on the recommendations from the manufacturers. This coat will receive the colored acrylic paint chips application which will add texture and density if you want it. The final coat will be a clear top coat. That is what will give the depth and glossy look that epoxy floors are known for.
Epoxy coated garage floors in various paint chip and color applications
An option for this system is including a polyurethane top coat. Epoxy will eventually amber or yellow when it is exposed to sunlight over time. Polyurethane is a 2-part polymer that will harden like epoxy and it is used as a protector and sealer. When it is used in the color coat and top coat along with epoxy, it will help to resist the yellowing that happens.
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