Garage Epoxy Floor
Or how bout this?
Right now though, You are probably staring at a version of this.
Even though it may be new, it doesn’t look good.
If it is old, well, it may already be cracked, dirty and dead looking.
Heck, even if it is new, it may already be cracked and dirty by the time we get to it.
Check the video below out!
And how exactly do we transformed a cracked, dirty, dead looking garage floor into a beautiful, stronger and longer lasting garage?
Look no further than our garage epoxy floor service!
Table of Contents
What Exactly is it?
Garage epoxy floor uses materials that will coat over the garage slab, bonding to it and creating an exceptionally strong coating. To put into perspective, As per Nevada Ready Mix, the compressive strength of concrete tends to be around 2,500 to 4,000 psi, meanwhile an epoxy coating hovers at around 8,000 psi to 11,000 psi. Thus, making it anywhere from twice to three times stronger than the concrete in place.
Some of the most common materials used for a garage floor are epoxy, polyaspartic polyurea and polyurea base coat. We’ll dig a little deeper into each material down in the styles section. And probably the most used, and most well known is the RapidCast system; or simply, the flake floor. When installed correctly (which of course, by us, it is), it serves more than just something pretty to look at.
Two things to remember when doing epoxy over your existing concrete garage floor; it is ONLY as good as the concrete it is bonding to AND the preparation done beforehand. These two cardinal rules must always be kept in mind.
In just about everything that you do, there is a process to ensure that your task is successful. Garage epoxy floor is no different.
There may be more than one correct and effective way to do a task, your garage floor included, but this is how I go about it.
Here’s a brief overview;
- Prepare the surface.
The concrete needs to be prepped in order for the epoxy to adhere to your garage floor. Have you ever tried to stick tape to a dirty surface?
No good, right?
This is no different. That’s why this is probably the most important step.
- Vapor Barrier.
As far as we’re concern, this step is just as crucial. The purpose of the vapor barrier is to help mitigate moisture. Industrial grade garage epoxy floor materials are not breathable, thus, overtime, water issues may arise. We don’t like issues; I’m assuming you don’t either. Thus, why we consider this step exceptionally important.
- Lay down the base coat.
Once the surface is prepped, vapor barrier installed, and ready to go, time to go to work!
Time to lay down the epoxy material on your garage floor as per agreement. Then, flakes over it.
Base coat is on, Sweet!
Now on to with flakes!
Let’s make it happen!
- Top coat
Once that is all done and good to go, time to put on a top coat. Once the right top coat is put on, job is done!
There’s a lot more to it, do not get me wrong, but this is just so you get the gist of it.
Now that you have an overview of our garage epoxy floor process, here are a few different systems that can be used.
Aesthetically speaking, they will all look the same.
The process remains virtually the same; prep, vapor barrier, base coat, flake, top coat.
With said, we will not push to sale you something that you do not need (unless you want it, of course).
Therefore, your needs/wants will dictate which system we believe is best suited for you and why that is.
System #1 – 100% solids epoxy
This garage epoxy floor system is probably the most well known, the most searched online, and the most mixed up as far as information goes. It was started back in the 1970s when contractors started laying this stuff down in garages. Word got around of its benefits, and boom, the demand grew; along with misinformation and some deception. More on that later.
This garage epoxy system is a 2-component, 100% solids epoxy system. 100% solids mean that nothing will evaporated, it will maintain it’s thickness throughout its curing process. This would be used as a base coat. Flakes will go into it, then top coat with either another coat of epoxy OR a coat of polyaspartic polyurea.
Job is done.
System #2 – Polyaspartic Polyurea
Most of you probably know this one as the famous “1 day install” or “transform your garage floor in one day!” or “4x stronger than epoxy”.
Polyaspartic (a type of polyurea) was invented back in the 90s by Bayer MaterialScience LLC , as a protective steel coating for bridges. It’s purpose was to prevent corrosion and protect it against harsh chemicals. Well, if it can handle outside well, it can handle inside your garage, no?
This system will use polyaspartic polyurea for a base coat, then flake, then another coat of polyaspartic polyurea.
System #3 – Polyurea base
This garage epoxy floor system is new to us.
We actually had a long conversation with a manufacture about it. From our conversation with them, this is the “improved” 1 day install. Without getting too deep into it, the way that it is chemically made, it makes for a much better product to bond to the concrete than the original “1 day install”; thus, the improved version. Either way, it is available for those that want to the 1 day install, but, a better version of it. We have not tested this out, therefore, we will not comment on how good it actually is.
There are a few different epoxy garage floor coatings out there to choose from.
Contact us today to find out which one is best suited for you!
There are plenty of benefits to getting a garage floor done with epoxy, regardless of which system you (or we) deem best suited for your needs.
Here’s to list a few:
Benefit #1 – Strength
Most concrete slabs will cure at somewhere around 2,500 to 4,000 psi. And as stated up top, most industrial grade epoxies will cure at around 8,000 psi to 11,000 psi. Depending on each mix scenario, that could be a four fold increase in strength. Realistically though, you’re probably looking at somewhere around two, may three time stronger. Either way, your new garage floor will be much stronger than the garage concrete that you stare at every time you open your garage to go to work.
Benefit #2 – Chemical, scratch, slip resistant
There is a zero change that your garage floor is chemical, scratch and slip resistant.
Have you ever changed the oil in your car inside the garage and accidentally spilled some over?
Concrete is exceptionally porous, so it absorbs everything.
The more things it absorbs, the higher the chance to shorten the life of concrete.
If only you had something to protect the concrete from foreign substances…. Yeah….
Oh yeah! Our garage epoxy floor coating system!
Benefit #3 – Longevity
We all want the things we buy to last, right?
Protecting it our things is usually the best way to go about it.
Since our garage floor epoxy coating can be made to be chemical, scratch and slip resistant, the less foreign objects getting into the concrete, the longer it’ll last.
Benefit #4 – Low maintenance
Most people are busy; period. We as humans like things that are easy and low maintenance. Nothing wrong with that.
Quick sweep and mop, done.
Benefit #5 – Beauty
This one is kind of goes without saying, but hey, we’ll state it anyways.
Not only do we all want our things to last, we also want them to be pretty and aesthetically pleasing.
Concrete is a material that is used to build foundations of buildings, sidewalks, driveways, etc., not because it’s pretty, but because overall, it is the best bang for the buck. With that said, it is not very pretty to look at.
Concrete tends to be gray, dull and dead looking; and when dirty, exceptionally ugly as well. Dirt just so happens to show really well on dead concrete. our floors most definitely changes that. I mean, take a look at out work, it speaks for itself.
There are many benefits to having an epoxy floor coating for garage, from slip resistant to protecting the concrete to its beauty.
Contact us today to to get a quote on our garage epoxy floor for your garage!
Great! Where can I get this done?
And the answer to that is kind is everywhere, but kind of just inside.
Confusing, we know. We’ll explain.
If you gave us a blank check and that came with a “I want this here, make it happen!” kind of attitude, then, absolutely!
We will make it happen; and it’ll last.
If you asked us “Hey guys, does it make sense to put this stuff on my patio?” we will probably turn around
and say “how about a decorative concrete instead?”
I’m going to keep this really short and really sweet. None of these materials used for garage floor epoxy coatings are breathable.
What does that essentially mean?
There’s a good chance that your outside concrete (driveway, sidewalk, pool patio, etc.) does NOT have a vapor barrier.
If we put a none breathable material over a concrete slab with no vapor barrier, moisture could potentially build up. Once enough moisture builds up, it’ll pop through the coating. You’ll have these “bubble” looking spots.
Have you ever heard of a time where mankind has EVER won against mother nature?
Yeah, neither have we. This is no different.
NOW, that is NOT to say it CANNOT be done.
This is where the whole blank check and “I want this here, make it happen!” attitude comes in!
It’s not that we cannot or will not do it; we could and we would. Money talks though.
If you want this on surface and are not really sure if you should, give us shout so we can discuss it!
Everything sounds great! Now, how much is it going to cost me?
Another great question!
This one is much easier to answer than the decorative concrete cost one.
Because there is really one option (flake) and a 2 car garage tends to be roughly the same size.
We were once told this a long time ago; “Good, fast and cheap. You only get to pick two.”
And I tend to agree; “Good work ain’t cheap, cheap work ain’t good”, am I right?
As with any project that uses good materials and done right, it is not cheap.
For your standard 2 car garage WITHOUT vapor barrier you are looking at around 7 dollars a square foot.
For your standard 2 car garage WITH vapor barrier you are looking at around 9 dollars a square foot.
– Keep this in mind; bigger surface = lower per square foot price. Why? Volume.
– Keep this in mind; the more prep = the higher the cost.
Want to know exactly how much your garage floor will actually cost?
Contact us today so we schedule an estimate and get you an exact number for your investment!
If you read the whole article, great! I hope I was super detailed and informative.
if you kind of skimmed through it, that’s fine too, I’m sure I’ll go over everything in detail when I give you a quote for your project.
Either way, if I missed something here or there is something else that you’d like to know, please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience so we can clarify your question(s) for you.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Question #1 – My concrete is badly damaged. Will epoxy solve my problem?
– No! It most definitely will not!
If the concrete is failing, has sunken, clear signs of being that badly degraded, your best bet is to rip out and replace.
All things have an expiration date, and such said concrete has most definitely reached it.
Question #2 – If I do have to replace the concrete, will you do it?
– No, I will not. I do not pour concrete.
Question #3 – My concrete is cracked. Once filled and epoxy applied, will it crack again?
– In short, maybe. We fill the cracks with the best materials we can get our hands on. With that said, due to so many variables, those cracks may come back or, they may be formed in a different area (I want someone to tell me when has mankind ever won a fight against mother nature. This is no different.
Question #4 – You spoke up top longevity as a benefit. Well, how long will this last?
– This one is hard to say as there are various factors to it, but, with that said, as far as your garage goes, under normal conditions (You’re not running bulldozers through your garage. You are parking your car, changing your oil, storing your pedal bikes, maybe cutting some 2×4) should last a decade or more.
IF well maintained, of course.
Question #5 – Got it! Since you’ll take care of the “well installed”, I must take care of the “well maintained.” What exactly do I need to do?
– Just clean it; sweep and mop.
Take care of it as you would with anything else. If you change your oil and spill some on it, don’t let it sit there for a week and expect it last as long as some would keep the garage floor clean.
Question #6 – Vapor barrier, in your professional experience, luxury or required?
In short; both.
We’re writing an article about it to better explain this. Check back soon.
Do not worry though if you don’t see the article here.
We will MOST DEFINITELY, IN DETAIL, explain this part of the process when giving you your estimate.
Question #7 – I’ve seen other companies do “lifetime warranties.” Why do you not?
– Simple; because we don’t believe in gimmicks. That sounds like a sales pitch from the gecko!
You really think someone is going to come out and fix something, anything, for you 30 years from now?
Who knows, they might; we’re just not holding my breath.
Also, “lifetime”, lifetime of what exactly? Your lifetime? the company’s? the material’s? the floor’s? the ceiling’s?
Nothing has to be shown to us, mainly because we do not worry about how others do their jobs and/or conduct themselves, but, with that said,
if anyone offers you guys a lifetime warranty on a garage floor, ask them for their warranty paperwork; see what they really cover.
Question #8 – One day garages, do you recommend them or do you not?
It truly depends on what your needs are, and most importantly, time frame AND time of the year (temperature).
Concrete is exceptionally porous. Even at a lower viscosity, polyaspartic sets very fast. There is not a lot of time to work with it once it is on the floor.
Epoxy on the other hand, even though it has a higher viscosity, it takes much longer to set up. You have more time to work with it once it is on the floor.
Less rushing = less chances of making a mistake.
Let’s be very clear about this; YOU CAN DO A ONE DAY INSTALL.
We want that to be crystal clear. There ARE scenarios where we would recommend them.
With that said, we just do not believe your garage floor is one them.
Question #9 – Then why do companies offer them?
– That’s simple; profit.
The company installing can save a lot of time (thus, money on labor) if they are in and out in one day.
If they take 2 days to do your garage, that cuts into profits.
Also, one of the reasons we particularly do not like it is, since time working with polyaspartic on the floor is so short, any little mistake and we would have to repair your garage for free.
THAT IS NOT TO SAY YOU CANNOT DO IT. WE WANT THAT TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR.
WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO THINK AT ALL THAT ONE DAY INSTALLS HAVE NO PURPOSE AND ARE BAD FLOORS.
WE WANT TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR ABOUT IT. CRYSTAL CLEAR.
There ARE scenarios and locations where a one day install IS needed, make no mistake, no questions about it. PERIOD.
We just cannot picture your garage being one of them.
Question #10 – Let’s talk about the material you guys use. Can I get them at Home Depot or Lowes?
– ABSOLUTELY NOT.
The materials we use to do your garage floor is NOT some diy garage floor epoxy you purchase at your local box store for a couple to a few hundred dollars; not even close.
We use industrial grade materials in order to ensure the longevity of your investment.
Question #11 – We have seen the “X times stronger than epoxy” or “X times harder than epoxy”. Why use epoxy then?
– Here is what we want you do to.
Go on google right now and search the following;
– “100% solids epoxy data sheet” (no need to include the brackets, that’s just what we want you to search)
– “polyaspartic data sheet”
– “polyurea data sheet”
Don’t take our word for it; look it up.
Want to take our word for it?
Here is what we got; OUR findings (YOURS MAY BE DIFFERENT, and if it is, let us know) was that the compressive, tensile, flexural strength, adhesion and hardness of the polyaspartic and polyurea were NOT twice, or three times, or four times, or whatever, stronger than the epoxy’s.
We’re not 100% sure exactly what parameters were used when making such claims.
We used compressive, tensile, flexural strength, adhesion and hardness cause they made sense.
We are not saying anyone is lying by any means.
We use commercial grade materials that are readily available to companies that install epoxy and polyaspartic.
Some companies may have their own chemists that do make their own mix and thus, can tweak it in order to make such claims; we are not one of them.
Therefore, we cannot (nor would we ever) make such claims because well, the materials and parameters we use does not make such statement true.
If you as the client were told that and want to make sure, just ask them for THEIR data sheet in order to prove it.
And if they refuse?
Well, we’re NOT telling you what to do, but would you believe someone that says something that they refuse to prove it?
Question #12 – What about the cool epoxy floor with the waves and clouds and beautiful swirls?
You mean metallic epoxy?
In short, if you keep your garage close 99% of the time OR due to where your garage is facing, it gets virtually no sunlight, then sure, it’s a good option.
Otherwise, stick with the flakes. More on that later (writing article for exactly that; epoxy floor.)
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