Is It Worth It to Epoxy a Garage Floor


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Does your garage need an update? Investing in an epoxy garage floor offers a wealth of benefits. But every garage is unique, and what works for one application may not apply to another.

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Is an epoxy garage floor worth it?” you’re not alone. This post highlights the pros and cons of an epoxy garage floor to help you make informed decisions about epoxy coatings.

Why Epoxy Your Garage Floor?

Here are a few reasons to consider epoxy coating systems.

Durability

Epoxy floors have a reputation for lasting longer than other flooring options. If properly installed and maintained, epoxy floor coatings can look as good as new for years after application. These coatings protect against wear and tear and resist damage, chipping, stains, abrasion, and chemicals.

Enhanced Property Value

Adding epoxy to your garage floor gives it a shiny, attractive appearance that adds value to your property. Property buyers will find your garage floor attractive and potentially pay more to reap the benefits of an epoxy floor.

Affordability

Comparing the cost vs. benefits of epoxy reveals epoxy floors’ inherent value. The relatively low installation costs that come from the fact that you can install epoxy over your existing floor make its affordability a prominent benefit.

Safety

An epoxy garage floor holds up well against impact, resists fire, and decreases slipping risks. Overall, you’ll enjoy a safer garage floor for you and your family.

Aesthetics

An epoxy coating can transform your garage floor’s appearance significantly, with several color and texture options available. For example, you can choose from a range of solid colors available in various hues or pick decorative chip finishes.

Epoxy also does an excellent job of hiding floor defects before the final application.

Protection

Once epoxy cures, it creates a tough layer that protects your floor from damage. Garages take on a lot daily, whether dirt and grime from tires or snow and mud from your family’s shoes.

Since most garages function as workshops, chemicals, oils, and paint can easily spill on the floor.

With an epoxy coating, you don’t have to struggle with stubborn stains. Dirt, grime, oil, and other materials lift up quickly for easy cleaning.

Minimal Dust and Allergens

Bare concrete floors shed over time, creating dust. Regular traffic in the garage can kick up this dust, which settles on cars, benches, and other items in your garage. Adding an epoxy coating seals the concrete and eliminates dust issues, reducing allergens.

Moisture Resistance

Adding epoxy to your garage floor protects it from moisture. However, remember that some epoxy surfaces get slippery when wet, so you should consider adding anti-slip additives to the final coat.

Drawbacks of Epoxy Garage Flooring

While there’s a long list of benefits to enjoy from an epoxy garage floor, it may not work well for every situation and has certain drawbacks that you should consider before making a final decision.

Temporary Results

While epoxy may last long and resist damage, you’ll eventually need to replace it. Epoxy flooring systems degrade over time, so you should apply a new layer of epoxy every so often to maintain your floor’s beautiful appearance.

Slippery

When wet, oil-covered epoxy gets dangerously slippery. However, you can reduce the risk of slips and falls by texturing your floor.

Lengthy Preparation and Application

Immense time and effort go into preparing your floor for epoxy coating. The capital- and labor-intensive nature of the preparation process makes the process hectic.

Applying epoxy coatings also takes time and requires several days to dry and cure.

Should You Invest in Garage Epoxy Floors?

The key to determining the best garage flooring option for you is to seek professional advice. Understanding the pros and cons of each material goes a long way toward helping you make the right decision.

Ultimately, an epoxy garage floor coating makes it easy to modernize your garage and protect your floor from damage.

Contact Us for a Free Estimate

As an owner-operated company, Coatings Designs stays committed to your satisfaction. We use the highest quality equipment and stay up to date with the latest industry standards to deliver exceptional results. Our precise attention to detail allows you to enjoy quality concrete coatings designed to save you time and money.

Need help choosing an epoxy type for your garage floor? We can help; we have years of experience and vast industry knowledge, so we can help you make the best decision for your home.

Call us today at (888) 837-6998 to discuss your epoxy garage floor coating needs and request a free quote.

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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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