Epoxy floor coating can change you garage, office, restaurant, warehouse floors from dull to wow and make a person stop and say look at your beautiful floors. Installing an epoxy floor coating over your concrete floors will create an exceptionally durable and resilient surface.
What is an Epoxy floor coating?
An epoxy coating is a coating compound consisting of two distinct elements: an epoxy resin and a polyamine hardener (also known as a catalyst). When the epoxy coating is fully cured, the resulting product is a durable, rigid plastic coating with numerous desirable mechanical properties.
Epoxy floor coating is not paint. While there are paints that have small amount of epoxy in them and are sold as one-party epoxy system, it is not the same thing as an epoxy coating. One difference between paint and epoxy is that epoxy coatings cure, whereas paint dries. When epoxy is present, the paint will adhere to the concrete surface better and make the surface more durable. When epoxy is not added to the formula, the paint will eventually peel and crack, especially in high traffic areas.
What are the benefits of an epoxy coating?
Besides looking amazing, the hard, thick application you get from an epoxy coating creates an exceptionally durable and resilient surface that is resistant to impacts such as chips, cracks, grease, chemicals, stains and surface abrasion. You will not have to worry about damaging the floor.
And maintenance is as easy as sweeping or vacuuming and then using a mop and warm/hot water to get rid of all the built-up dirt.
Please make note that as tough as epoxy floor coating is, it’s not resistant to everything. For example, welding is hard on epoxy; it can create burn marks from the hot slag that falls on the coating. Also, it is not a right choice for garage floors that have moisture issues. If you have moisture underneath your garage slab, the moisture can cause the epoxy to de-laminate.
What is the process and application of epoxy coating?
An epoxy floor coating needs quality floor preparation like patching or repairing large cracks or other damage to the concrete. It may involve floor grinding or acid etching of the floor in preparation of the epoxy. It is imperative that the preparation is done correctly, or the epoxy will not adhere properly.
In most cases, we will apply a primer. The primer will guarantee better adhesion of your floor coats to the substrate. It achieves the maximum durability, strength, and bondage that will in-turn lengthen your floors lifespan.
After the primer is applied, the next coat is the color coat. The color coat can be a variety of colors and can be used as a solid color surface or you can add multi-colored flake. Flake is applied while the coat is wet, so the vinyl pieces settle into the epoxy coating. The benefit off flake is it can help draw the eye away from any mild imperfections in the concreate. It will give the surface a nice uniform consistency.
The final coat is a clear topcoat. This coat gives the finish that glossy look. Because of the curing process between coats, the total time to complete the job is approximately 3-5 days.
How much does an epoxy floor coating cost?
Our professional installation starts around $4.00 a square foot. This usually includes the minimum of 3 coats. The cost can increase depending on the number of topcoats involved and how much color flake is applied to the base coat. A typical 2-car garage is approximately 400 square feet and 3-car garage is approximately 500-700 square feet.
Whether you are turning your garage into a show piece for storage and cars or enhancing your businesses floors, you want to protect your flooring for years to come, a good system such as this will last years and give you best return for the dollar.