How to Repair a Damaged Epoxy Floor


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If you have an epoxy floor, you know what’s so great about them: high water resistance cost effectiveness, easy to maintain—you name it.

But you’re probably aware of the caveats, too. Cut the curing too short? Forgot to regulate humidity? Didn’t hire a professional?

Now you have a chip. Or a crack. Or air bubbles. Or maybe it even starts to peel. Your extravagant, smooth floor is completely ruined . . . right? Not exactly. It’s an inconvenience, sure. But don’t throw in the towel just yet. You may be able to fix it with a few steps.

If Your Floor Has a Crack or Chip

This is probably the most common issue seen with epoxy floors. A little crack here or there is absolutely nothing to worry about. A high-quality epoxy patching kit will make it seem like it was never even there.

Mortar will also get the job done quite well, but it will take a little longer to apply. Let it cure completely; this will usually take around 60 days or so, and it is not recommended to wait for any less. Once cured, apply a new coat of epoxy.

If the damage surpasses a small crack or chip, it is most likely better to be completely resurfaced. Before this process, you must prepare the floor by sweeping it so that no debris remains, and then applying a grease-cutting cleaner. Fill in the crack(s) as described before, but with a fast-setting patcher. Once that is cured, you are clear to apply a new coat of epoxy.

If Your Floor Has Bubbles

These are usually caused by an incorrectly mixed epoxy solution, a smooth surface below the epoxy, or a change in temperature through a process called “outgassing” where air escapes from the concrete layer below the epoxy.

Unfortunately, the best way to repair the cosmetic damage caused by outgassing is to relayer the epoxy, and it will take some time. Make sure the current layer is set before removing the epoxy with a grinder or scrubber and wipe down the applied area with an epoxy remover. Then, make sure the problems stated above are taken care of before reapplying.

If Your Floor Is Discolored

This is also a fairly common issue with epoxy, as there are many reasons it can happen, such as sufficient exposure to UV rays. Luckily, it’s also an easy fix. Use a tinted sealer to patch spots or treat the whole floor. Let it dry for 3-4 hours, and it should be good to go after.

If Your Floor Is Peeling

This is a problem that occurs more frequently if your floor is in a garage. The cooling of tires causes peeling and weathering on the epoxy floor. It also may occur due to improper installation or old age.

As with the solution to air bubbles, the best result will come from removing the current coating with a scrubber or grinder and cleansing the floor with an acidic cleaner before redoing the coating. Unfortunately, this is, again, a must if you desire an aesthetically-pleasing floor.

So, Should I Replace My Epoxy Floor?

If you’ve just got a small chip or some light spots, it’s an easier fix than you think. And as outlined above, you can get the job done yourself and enjoy your epoxy floor almost as good as new as it once was.

If there is major cosmetic damage to the floor, such as air bubbles or a large fissure, then the best course of action is to redo the epoxy coating. If you worked with the right team from the start (such as Coating Designs), then you might be in luck, because we offer a 25-year warranty on our floors. Whether or not you’ve worked with us in the past, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free quote to repair or replace your epoxy floor.

About Coating Designs

We are a locally owned group of trained and certified professional installers of decorative finishes such as Epoxy, Polyaspartic, Acrylics, and other resins. We implement a 6-step process when coating your floor which is not only cutting-edge but also highly cost-effective. Installations are complete in one day, and we back your coating with a 25-year warranty to ensure great service for a lifetime.

Visit our website or get in touch today to learn more about why Coating Designs is the #1 concrete coating company in Orange County, FL.

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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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