Epoxy garage floors have one of the toughest and most durable finishes. Since the garage is fast becoming more than just a place where you park the car, the benefits of epoxy garage floors have quickly made it one of the top choices for garage flooring. Not only does it protect your garage floor, it can instantly transform your boring or ugly cement into a professional looking floor of beauty and function.
Used for both residential and commercial applications, epoxy garage floors will give that showroom shine. Depending on which application you choose, there are a variety of solid colors and hues, to custom colors and blends of color flakes that match your style or even your favorite sports team.
What are epoxy garage floors?
An epoxy garage floors coating is not paint. Epoxy is a two-part component, and when mixed together, it starts a chemical reaction that hardens. Paint for garage floors is a latex acrylic product. Some paints will have a small percentage of epoxy added to the mix to make it more durable than standard paint, but it is still paint. These are known as epoxy paints or one-part epoxy paint.
Benefits of epoxy garage floors
Besides looking nice, the hardened and thick application that you get from epoxy creates a coating that is very durable and resilient to impacts, chipping, chemicals, stains, and surface abrasion. You don’t have to panic about damaging the floor if you drop a wrench or a bicycle falls over.
The thicker coating also does a great job of covering over minor imperfections such as small spider cracks and flaws in the concrete. Because epoxy is a topical sealer, it is also anti-dusting. Much of the dust in a garage is created from the powder that a cement floor can shed. Normal traffic on bare concrete can kick up this dusty powder that has a tendency of collecting on cars, tool benches, and storage items, as well as being tracked into the house.
How is garage floor epoxy applied?
Epoxy garage floors require good floor preparation which is critical for a successful coating. This usually involves some form of either floor grinding or shot blasting of the floor to prepare the concrete for the epoxy. It’s critical that it is done right, or the epoxy coating will not adhere properly. Patching or repairing any cracks or other damage to the concrete before the epoxy is applied is required as well.