An epoxy garage floor is a popular option among many households. Thanks to the durability, pleasing aesthetics, and resistance to foot and car traffic. Whether you need to refurbish outdated flooring for your garage or seal your concrete flooring, an epoxy coating can transform the look of your garage and make it more functional.
Epoxy coatings are surprisingly useful for preserving concrete surfaces like your garage and protecting them against harsh impacts – all while providing your garage with a classy and attractive finish that lasts years.
Using epoxy coating in auto shops, rooms, living spaces, and garages has many benefits that can actually increase the value of your home.
In this article, let’s look at the four main benefits and reasons why you should use epoxy for your flooring.
Aesthetics and Ability to Cover Imperfections
Epoxy floor coating can transform your space into a beautiful design that compliments your personality and lifestyle. Whether you need to spruce up your home garage or a part of your business, an epoxy coating will produce an elegant look that will please friends and family. The shiny, decorative surface of epoxy coatings can complement the lighting in your space and create a custom vibe that makes you feel good about coming home to your garage environment.
Epoxy is also very effective in covering previous defects on your concrete slabs. Applying an epoxy coating to your garage offers a variety of designs and color flakes. For example, you can add decorative chips on top of the coat for a speckled look in a multitude of color options. A single-tone or double-layered color flake such as brown, gray, or black can create a sleek look for your garage. Sporty colors ranging from orange, red, green, electric blue, and violet can also be added to the mix to add more life to the epoxy garage floor.
Professional epoxy floor installation is always worth your investment since the flooring application is done by experts who understand prep work, concrete conditions, and epoxy application. Although it may involve a higher investment for professional installation versus DIY application, properly applied epoxy has a long-lasting capability and can help you save on overall concrete maintenance and repair costs in the long run. Once epoxy flooring is installed, it’s relatively easy to maintain and keep the shine.
Moreover, concrete preparation is cost-prohibitive when seeking to achieve the garage floor of your dreams. Utilizing high-quality concrete sanding and grinding equipment, your garage floor will be done correctly and prepped. Typically, to achieve desired concrete floor substrates, simply using water blasting and grinding is all that is needed to get your floor ready for the epoxy coating. At Advanced Surface Solutions, we’ve completed many epoxy floors and warranty most all floor types.
Resistance To Elements
Epoxy coating is a great material for garages because of its strong resistance against staining and hard wear-and-tear. Epoxy floors can resist heavy shocks, heat, grease, chemicals, water, and many other elements making them one of the most resilient flooring options.
With a well-laid epoxy floor, your garage flooring can withstand heavy vehicle traffic without cracking and peeling. Another huge benefit is that your epoxy floor doesn’t need constant cleaning or maintenance, which adds to its reputation as a convenient flooring material.
Epoxy coatings are shock-resistant, which is a testament to their durability and longevity. If you want garage flooring that doesn’t wear out easily amid the variety of vehicles, an epoxy coating never disappoints.
An epoxy garage floor will not be affected by any tools, machinery, or recreational gear that falls on the ground. Unlike unprotected concrete slabs that chip easily when jarring crashes fall against it, epoxy floorings have a proven track record of extraordinary resilience against impacts.
Epoxy coatings are thin layers that can provide an effective add-on layer to your concrete flooring. Depending on the use of the epoxy flooring, epoxy thicknesses can come in a wide range of thicknesses from the thinnest epoxy at 10-20 mils (.393 / .787 inches) for typical household garages to 120 mils (4.724 inches) for industrial floors.
Once dried, epoxy garage floors can resist certain levels of heat, but beware, not all epoxies are the same.
Standard epoxies are okay around the house and garage, but keep in mind that these epoxies come with a lower-quality formulation not conducive for high-heat environments for long periods of time. The heat limit of standard epoxy is about 150-200 degrees fahrenheit but epoxy floorings can withstand even more than that.
Higher quality epoxies contain quartz and involve high-heat curing times that make these types of epoxy applications take more heat (up to 600 degrees) and stand up better regarding longevity and durability.
With a formulation that consists of higher purity and quality, consider paying the extra investment for a higher-quality epoxy. Not only will your floor be stronger, but it can withstand the harshest of environments and traffic. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or call us at 863.243.9508 to discuss your particular needs.
Epoxy garage floors are highly resistant to chemicals from household cleaners to car oils, grease, and other liquids. Without an epoxy coating, your concrete garage floor is exposed to the risks of staining which require extensive sanding and concrete prep to remove, namely, grease and motor oil. For small one-car stalls, or for multi-car showroom floors, epoxy garage flooring will protect your concrete from many chemical substances.
Since epoxy flooring is impermeable, the density of epoxy floorings helps keep chemicals from seeping through to the concrete floor. Simply brushing the floor with standard soap and water is really all it takes to remove grease and oils.
Pro tip: We don’t advise using cleaning chemicals when maintaining and tidying up your epoxy floors. A simple solution of warm water and dish soap will do the trick.
To prevent slippery epoxy garage floors if the environment is accustomed to being wet, your epoxy flooring can be made with anti-slip and anti-skid surfaces so that when there is water, you won’t easily slip and slide.
If an anti-slip application is what you would like on your floor, just let us know, and we’ll customize your epoxy garage floor with a grit level to suit your needs. And similarly to the resistance to chemicals, epoxy is extraordinarily impenetrable to a degree that water doesn’t seep into the floor.
If water does collect on top of your epoxy garage floor, you can simply wipe it up with a towel.
Durability and Longevity
We believe that the best benefit of epoxy coating is its longevity, which can last more than 15 years. Once epoxy flooring is installed, it doesn’t need to be redone for an extended amount of time depending on the level of wear and tear. The other nice attribute of epoxy floors is that even if your floors become scarred or blemished, applying a new top coating brings the brilliance of your epoxy garage floor back to life.
Epoxy naturally has durable and protective qualities that make the floor coating a valuable floor offering. That’s why it’s a favorite for many homeowners. If you want to establish a flooring solution that doesn’t need constant repair and maintenance, epoxy coatings will serve you well.
Professional Epoxy Garage Floor Installers
If you’ve considered the advantages of epoxy flooring and are interested in having an epoxy floor applied to your garage concrete, you can browse through our wide selection of epoxy flooring options.
Better yet, if you have questions that require a human voice, we would be glad to discuss your project needs and provide pointers on the best selection for your garage floor design. Just call us at 863.243.9508 for a free quote.