New business has concerns on how to layout the design of their showroom, warehouse or offices. And not only in business, but people are also concerned about their garage flooring. There are many options for flooring, including carpet, tile, hardwood, laminate, linoleum, marble, concrete and other types. Anything can be done to differentiate from one business to another, but the benefits must coincide with the attractiveness. The carpet will attract dirt and dust, tile can break easy, hardwood and marble flooring is expensive and laminate can look too cheap. The base concrete floor is already there, so why not dress that up? Many new businesses are turning to an attractive, durable and low maintenance selection of epoxy flooring.
Epoxy flooring for garage has many advantages. One is that an epoxy floor will repel water, dirt, dust, chemicals and any other type of stain that carpet will soak in. Carpet stains effectively and traps dirt within. Tile repels most stains and dirt, but is very brittle and can break easily. Hardwood floors are expensive and can be easily damaged by water. The marble looks attractive and beautiful but is more expensive than decorated concrete.
Epoxy resins are used in a number of applications for construction from floors to countertops. It has become very popular in the past few years due to its durability and appeal. It’s very easy to apply and has virtually no maintenance.
Applying epoxy flooring to garage surface is fairly easy. Putting an epoxy coating on your garage floor is indeed a great solution. An epoxy coating is resistant to oil stains; it beads water and is also very easy to clean. The intended area for the application must be cleaned. The next step is to etch the concrete with chemicals designed for epoxy flooring. A base color (as in a garage floor) is applied first, as the epoxy is usually clear. This base is as easy as painting on wall paint (be sure to cut in the corners). If desired, flakes or other fillers can be added for color and style. After the base coat has dried, it is time to roll on the epoxy resins. The epoxy can be dyed different colors to match the owners’ desires. The entire process can be completed usually within 48 hours, with no messy carpet strands, sawdust, glue or waste material to clean up.
Epoxy floors can withstand high pressure and weight. This is ideal for warehouses, garages, industrial plants and other high traffic areas. Depending upon the mix and style of epoxy, the durable finished product can withstand between 800-4000 psi.
What is epoxy paint?
Epoxy is a copolymer, which means it is formed from two different chemicals. In this case, the chemicals are referred to as the resin and the hardener.
How the coating of epoxy paint is applied to a garage floor?
Just like when you paint a wall, applying an epoxy coating to the garage floor will require some prep. The floor must be clean and slightly rough for the paint to bond well. To make this happen, any patch imperfections and the patches are to be completely dry before beginning the process. Also, if the garage floor was already once sealed, this material will need to be completely stripped off. This is an important element that helps the epoxy bond. Stripping and cleaning are two different steps. Once the floor is stripped of any other sealants, still there is a need to thoroughly clean it. This includes eliminating oil stains and getting rid of dirt.
After having immaculately clean the garage floor, it is ready to get started with this project. It is best to apply the epoxy coating on a day when the weather is between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit and when no rain is in the forecast, as moisture, heat and cold affect the paints ability to bond properly. Applying the paint outside of these conditions can cause bubbling and peeling.
Keep in mind that it takes only about two hours to work with epoxy paint. With that said, a clear plan is needed as to how the garage will be painted. Once it is figured that out, begin the painting process. Then, once complete, the first coat is allowed to dry for 12 to 24 hours. If a second coating is required, then let the first dry thoroughly and give the same amount of time for it to dry. After the floor is completed, it still needs to allow 72 hours for curing before you can start to park your car in the garage again.
Epoxy paint can be different colors and you are able to texturize it with granules to give it a better grip. This is a great option to consider if you live in a state that has aggressive winters. Regardless of your personal preference, applying an epoxy coating to the floor creates a strong, durable seal that really makes space look nice
If your garage needs new flooring and you are planning for a new design or wanting to renovate the old style, epoxy floors can be very beneficial to your plans. There are many different flooring companies specializing in the applications of epoxy resins.