Epoxy Floor

Absolutely breathtaking!

Here at Rossi DCE, we place quality as our #1 focus in everything we do!
With our epoxy floor, you can transform your basement, kitchen, “caveman” floor, or any room you’d like, from boring, weak and high maintenance to a strong, beautiful, chemical resistant and virtually maintenance free in order to complete your oasis!

Let’s not forget those commercial spaces!
Barbershop, Saloon, Tattoo shop, the list goes on!
Perfect appearance to give your clients that “wow” factor as soon as they walk in!
And even better on handling the day-to-day grind! 

Epoxy Floor - OVERVIEW

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What Exactly is it?

100% Solids epoxy, some may know it as concrete epoxy floor, commercial grade epoxy, epoxy concrete floor, epoxy resin floor, and the list goes on, is not a new material and it is not new to the flooring scene.
Our epoxy floors are chemical, scratch and if you’d like, slip resistant; that cannot be said about LVT, hardwood or laminate flooring.
Thus, these floors thrive in kitchens, basements, and just about any other area, whether cooking, small children or if you have pets, they handle really well beating given by our loved ones. We love our children and pets, and well, cooking is a necessity, but that doesn’t mean our floors need to show the everyday abuse, right?

Our commercial grade epoxy will cover your existing floor, bonding to it and creating an exceptionally strong new floor that will last years to come!

Two things to remember when doing epoxy over your existing floor; it is ONLY as good as the surface it is bonding to AND the preparation done beforehand.

Process

In just about everything that you do, there is a process to ensure that your task is successful. Our epoxy floors are no different.
There may be more than one correct and effective way to do a task, your floor included, but this is how I go about it.
Here’s a brief overview;

  1. Prepare the surface.
    The floor needs to be prepped in order for the epoxy to adhere to it. 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.
  2. Vapor Barrier.
    Depending on the location, 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 epoxy is not breathable a material. 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. 
  3. Lay down the base coat.
    Once the surface is prepped, vapor barrier installed (if needed), and ready to go, time to go to work!
    Time to lay down the epoxy material on your floor!
  4. Neat floor? Metallic? Multi color metallic?
    Base coat is on, Sweet!
    This next step may differ depending on the floor.
    If it’s a neat floor, the base coat is the floor; Go to step 5.
    If it’s a metallic or multi-color metallic, time to lay that down and go to work!
  5. Topcoat
    Regardless of it being a neat or a metallic floor, once that is all done and good to go, time to put on a topcoat.
    Once the right topcoat is put on, job is done!

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There’s a lot more to it, do not get me wrong, but this is just so you get the gist of it.

Styles

Now that you have an overview of our process, here are a few different ways we can go about it.
As far as durability goes, they will all be the same.
Aesthetically speaking, they will NOT all look the same. 
The process remains virtually the same; prep, vapor barrier (if needed), base coat, metallic (if that’s the option), topcoat.
Without further a due, here are our options!

Style #1 – Neat Epoxy Floor

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Aesthetically speaking, this one is the most basic of them all. This is a single solid color floor.
Simple, yet, as strong and effective as all the next possible option.

Style #2 – Metallic Epoxy Floor

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Metallic Epoxy floors are probably one of the coolest looking indoor floor options out there.
They are beautiful and elegant, while being able to take the day to day beating from life itself.
We believe this option is so awesome that we’ve made a dedicated page just for it.
Please check our dedicated page to this wonderful and beautiful floor. Click on the link below.

Metallic Epoxy Floor

P.S. here’s a quick 30 second video teaser.
totally worth the watch.

With a few different options to choose from, contact us today to find out which one is best suited for you!

Benefits

There are plenty of benefits to getting your floor done with our commercial grade epoxy, regardless of which style you prefer.
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 fourfold 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, and if you want it, slip resistant

There is a good change that your current floor is NOT chemical, scratch and slip resistant.
Laminate floors scratch, hardwood floor chip, and if you have tile, it may not be chemical resistant.
Ours, chemical, scratch and slip (if you want it), check, check and check!

Benefit #3 – Longevity

We all want the things we buy to last, right?
Our floors are made to last! Kids, pets, cooking, no problem!

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.
Next task!

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, but we also want them to be pretty and aesthetically pleasing.
Our epoxy floors totally knock it out of the park!
Yeah, sounds kind of bias, but hey, we believe it to be so regardless!

We believe it’s hard to argue with the benefits; from chemical, scratch and potentially slip resistant, to its low maintenance, durability and of course, its beauty.
Contact us today to get a quote for your epoxy floor!

Great! Where can I get this done?

Good question!
And the answer to that is kind is everywhere, so as long as it is inside.
Kitchen epoxy floor, epoxy floor basement, even metallic epoxy countertops, some of the great places we’d recommend!

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, for a while. We’ll explain why down below.

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?”

We’ll keep this really short and really sweet. Commercial epoxy coatings are NOT 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 nonbreathable 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.

Another issue is that epoxy isn’t exactly UV stable. The topcoat will be, but it doesn’t stop the epoxy from discoloring, it just slows down the process.
The reason why the garage epoxy floor, also known as the epoxy flake floor, will fare BETTER outside is because the actual epoxy is under the flake.
The epoxy under the flake floor will still yellow, but no one will see it. And the flakes well, they won’t yellow out.

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!
Not so easy to answer.

Some of the factors included are.
– Size of project.
– Style of project.
– Condition of current surface (meaning, is it brand new or will it need a lot of tlc).
– Is there already another floor coating (or type of floor that needs to be removed) or painting on it?
– Your timeframe (meaning, do you need it done yesterday or can it be added to the current schedule?).

Here is an example.
Person A could have a 300 ft2 kitchen while person B has an 800 ft2 kitchen.
Person A may want a neat floor while person B may want a metallic floor.
Person A may have an existing floor over it, while person B is building their home and it’s just bare concrete.

See how it’s not an easy answer?

Want to know exactly how much your garage floor will actually cost?
Reach out to us today so we schedule an estimate and get you an exact number for your investment!

Final Thoughts

If you read the whole article, great! We hope we were super detailed and informative.
if you kind of skimmed through it, that’s fine too, we’re sure we’ll go over everything in detail when we give you a quote for your project.
Please check our service areas to make sure we service your area and if not, what to do to get us out there! 

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 fix it?
 – 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, we will not. We 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 – How long will this epoxy floor last?
-This is always the million-dollar question that most people do not have the answer to; neither do we. A well-maintained epoxy floor should last at least a decade, maybe more. It may need a recoat somewhere around 5-10 years depending on the wear and tear on the floor.   

Question #5 – “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. Spill something on it? clean it up.

Question #6 – Vapor barrier, in your professional experience, luxury or required?
In short; depending on the location, both.
We will MOST DEFINITELY, IN DETAIL, explain this part of the process when giving you your quote.

Question #7 – Can this be done on the second floor of my property?
Absolutely!
The process will be a little different since odds are, unless it’s an apartment complex, the second floor is not a concrete slab.

Question #8 – Could you do this epoxy floor say, in my office?
Absolutely!
Commercial or residential epoxy floor, we got it covered!

Question #9 – How about in my garage?
Though we may recommend one of our different epoxy garage floor coatings, metallic epoxy garage floor would be ok, just remember to not keep the garage door open forever when the sun is out.

Question #10 – Can I get your materials at Home Depot or Lowes?
ABSOLUTELY NOT.
The materials we use to do your floor is NOT one of those “diy epoxy floor kits” or “garage floor epoxy diy” 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 – Could this be done in a day?
– Neat floor? Maybe. Metallic floor? Not a chance.
Say we do a metallic basement epoxy floor for you. The materials that you do a one-day garage with cures too fast and therefore, it cannot “melt” with one another to create the beautiful artwork that you are looking for. 

Question #12 – Why does my floor not look perfectly glass like smooth?
Two reasons.
– Reason One: while the topcoat is curing, there’s a good chance that dust will fall on it and settle on top. With time, as you use the floor, it will wear away. It’s normal.
– Reason Two:  that same “sandy” look would be if we make it slip resistant.
Aluminum Oxide is added to the mix in order to give it grip. With time, that will wear out as well.

The best way to attempt dust from falling into the topcoat as it is curing is to literally tape everything that could POSSIBLY cause dust to fall on it, ceilings, air conditioning vents, etc.
That step costs extra.

Question #13 – There is a bug stuck on my floor! How do we fix it?
Depending on the location, say it’s a basement or something, it is completely possible that a bug or a spider found their way to the working area and got stuck in the epoxy floor while it is curing or the topcoat while it is curing.
The solution would be to CAREFULLY remove the foreign object and sand it down lightly in order to not damage the floor. Though, there’s a good chance the “imprint” of the bug will show somewhat.

The bugs are harder to keep out, but the best way to attempt to keep them out would be to tape up everything best as possible and hope that keeps them out.
That step costs extra as well.

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Also, don’t forget to check out our other services!

| Concrete Resurfacing |
| Pool Deck Resurfacing |
| Metallic Epoxy Floor |
Decorative Concrete |
Garage Epoxy Floor |
| Self-Leveling Concrete |
| Sloping Concrete Cap|
| Seal Concrete |
| Reseal Concrete |
| Grind and Seal Concrete |

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