Does My Garage Need a Concrete Top Coat?


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Your garage provides essential space for projects, hobbies, and storage. Keeping your garage floor safe from spills, damage, and deterioration proves difficult if you frequently use your garage. Concrete top coats protect your garage flooring by repelling moisture, resisting stains, and withstanding heavy pressure from machines and equipment. Concrete garage coatings also provide an option for unique and beautiful designs, allowing customers to choose from various vinyl flakes and colors to customize their space.

When considering a new topcoat for your garage, check out the products and services your local concrete coating professionals offer. Different concrete coating options ensure your garage floor stays perfectly intact during the upcoming winter season. Explore all your topcoat options to keep your garage floor safe for years to come. Continue reading to learn why your garage needs a concrete top coat.

Why Choose a Concrete Top Coat?

Concrete garage floors become easily damaged from hot tires, chemical spills, and daily use. Moisture trapped in concrete floors causes cracks, bubbling, spalling, and discoloration. Holes in your concrete floor pose serious safety risks to essential workers, family members, and friends. The best way to avoid damaged concrete floors requires the use of topcoats. A garage top coat effectively resists chemicals, moisture, and accidental damage. The three most popular garage topcoats include:

Epoxy Top Coat

Epoxy topcoats provide superior protection for your concrete floors. Epoxy consists of resins and hardeners that, when combined, create an incredibly durable, plastic-like film around your concrete floor. Many industrial and commercial operations utilize epoxy topcoats for their unmatched ability to withstand the heavy weight of forklifts, trucks, and constant foot traffic. Store-bought epoxy coatings provide modest protection from stains, but always entrust professional flooring companies for all your floor coating projects.

Polyurethane Top Coat

Polyurethane topcoats remain a popular option for garage coating projects. Polyurethane, like epoxy, consists of various resins and hardeners to form a transparent, durable film over a substrate. The most highly touted characteristic of polyurethane coatings includes their remarkable ability to resist stains. Laboratories and industrial facilities regularly utilize polyurethane top coats to protect their flooring from chemical spills and moisture damage.

Polyurea and Polyaspartic Top Coat

Polyurea and polyaspartic top coats provide the many benefits of epoxy and polyurethane coatings with additional value. Polyurea creates a brilliantly shiny finish that significantly enhances the appearance of your garage floor. Many polyurea coatings contain low VOCs(volatile organic compounds), ensuring the safety of your family or employees. Polyurea has UV-resistance properties and effectively protects your garage floor from stains, cracks, and deterioration. Polyurea coatings’ drying and curing time offers the shortest of all three coating options, thoroughly drying in less than one day.

Benefits of Garage Top Coats

Your garage experiences many sources of distress. Car tires filled with moisture and debris constantly put pressure on concrete slabs. Heavy rains and high winds force water deep within your concrete’s foundation. Everywhere you turn, environmental conditions seem committed to damaging your concrete flooring. Garage coatings provide ideal protection and style for your concrete floors. The main benefits of choosing a garage top coat include the following:

Improved Style

Whether you choose epoxy, polyurethane, or polyurea top coats, your garage will never look better. The high gloss, clear finish of concrete top coats enhances the appearance of your garage. Vinyl flakes add an element of style to any garage needing an update. Many epoxies, polyurethane, and polyurea top coats mix well with various colors, allowing customers to create the garage floor of their dreams. You’ll never have to worry about your garage’s discoloration, cracks, and spalling when you use topcoats.

Improved Functionality

Cracks and holes in your garage cause an unsightly appearance and make performing projects and spending time in your garage tricky. The tires of your car risk popping if concrete floor damage spreads out of control. Top coats protect your garage floors from wear and allow homeowners to spend less time worrying about their concrete floors and more time utilizing them. Anti-slip and fire-resistant properties of top coats keep your family safe, especially during times of inclement weather and emergency.

Trust Coating Designs for All Your Garage Top Coat Needs!

Coating Designs provides exceptional concrete coatings services. Our team offers friendly customer service, competitive prices, and years of experience installing concrete coatings. We offer generous 25-year warranties on all standard flake floorings.

To learn more about our garage coating services, contact us at Coating Designs at 888-837-6998 to speak with our friendly staff and receive your free quote today!

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What are concrete coatings?

Our epoxy floor coatings are a concrete resurfacing option that is installed over existing concrete floors for both interior and exterior concrete. All of our coatings are installed by hand (we do not use any stamps), thus giving our clients a true, one-of-a-kind floor. We install a wide range of flooring systems such as: 100% solid epoxy, concrete stain, acrylic cement, and rubber based products.

Clients have the ability to customize any coating with our various color options and design techniques. Concrete Coatings are used not only in residential, but industrial and recreational settings as well. Premier uses only the highest quality, industrial products on the market to ensure every customer is getting the best value.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Durable Are Your Epoxy Concrete Coating Systems??

We use only industrial products on all of our epoxy floor projects. They are designed to give clients the most value and longevity over any other coating material on the market. Just to give you an idea of how strong our products are, we installed an epoxy flake floor in the garage of a Fire Station in 2008 to protect the firehouse’s garage from dirt, debris, salt, and the extreme work environment. Due to our expertise and industrial coatings, we have yet to receive a repair call. Those same products are used in all of our residential projects.

How long does a typical epoxy flooring project take to complete?

A typical residential project takes approximately 3 – 5 days to complete depending on several variables. Variables include, but are not limited to: size of job, repairs and/or preparation requirements, weather, additional design details, customer requests, etc.

What if I already have an existing concrete coating?

Unfortunately, we must grind off any existing coating and repair materials before we can install any of our concrete coatings. This ensures the integrity and longevity of our flooring systems. If you have stamped concrete that has faded, please contact us for options in reviving it.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

If using 100% solids epoxy, your floor will be cured and walkable in about 12-18 hours. You can return to full heavy traffic after about 24 - 72 hours. Wait for at least 24 hours before moving light weight furniture on your brand new concrete coating flooring. Before moving anything heavy (car, equipment and furniture).

How do you prepare concrete for resurfacing?

We start every project by first preparing the concrete for our products. It is imperative that we have a fresh concrete surface before installing our concrete coatings on your project – this will allow our products to have only the BEST mechanical bond.

We spend approximately 66% of the project prepping your floor which may either be by diamond grinding or pressure washing the concrete (depending on the location of the project) and in some cases we do both! Most contractors will come in and just acid wash or not even prep your floor – we get calls all the time about botched installs with customers asking if we can save their project; we must start fresh every time.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

What If My Concrete Floor Has Cracks, Chips And Is Old?

No worries, we are experts in repairing existing problem areas of concrete. In some cases we have been found to be a cheaper alternative over tearing out and replacing existing slabs of concrete. Once we have saved your concrete we then install our decorative designs to hide the flaws and repairs.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping, mopping or steaming. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Epoxy floor coatings are extremely resistant to most hazards, including cleaners, gas, oil, transmission fluid, and even most industrial chemicals. Our epoxy concrete coatings system is both oil and moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyurea Coatings?

Andy Phelan, director of business development and training at Rhino Linings Corporation, explains, “Polyurea was invented in the early 1980s when a less moisture-sensitive form of polyurethane was desired. By replacing the hydroxyl group in the urethane with an amine group, a product we now call polyurea was formed.

What Are Polyurea Concrete Coatings?

Polyurea is useful for concrete floors, as it quickly and strongly bonds to concrete while providing a smooth, virtually impermeable surface that protects the floor from impact, water damage, chemicals, heat, and sunlight.

What Types Of Environments Can Epoxy Floor Coatings Be Used?

Epoxy flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts, patios, or even driveways or garages.

How Are Epoxy Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Epoxy Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, prime floor with epoxy primer, fill all cracks, holes with epoxy grout, then apply epoxy paint. 

Can I Apply Epoxy Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Epoxy can be used at cold temperatures but must be handled and applied with techniques adapted to cold temperatures.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Epoxy Floor Coating?

Installing Epoxy Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! 

Does My Concrete Floor Coating Come With A Warranty?

We provide a 5 year warranty on your concrete floor coatings against peeling, delamination and wear for as long as you own your home.

Where We Service

We service Orange County, FL cities and the surrounding areas including:

Orange County, FL

Location

Coating Designs of Orlando, FL

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