Epoxy on Garage Floor
Epoxy coatings have been used for many years to seal concrete floors in commercial establishments and industrial facilities. At present, epoxy on garage floor is increasingly becoming popular.
Many homeowners admire the glossy floors at auto dealership showrooms and are willing to spend money to get the same appealing floor in their own garage. We at Epoxy Floors New Jersey have been addressing the high demand for an epoxy on garage floor installation.
Epoxy on Garage Floor
An epoxy on garage floor is one of the most durable and toughest finishes that can be applied on the concrete surface of your garage. It protects the concrete floor and instantly transforms your ugly floor into a beautiful and professionally looking floor with more function.
Since the garage functions more than just a place to park your car, the benefits of having epoxy on garage floor has quickly made this flooring option the top choice of homeowners.
Epoxy coatings for garage floors come in a variety of solid hues and colors. You can also create customized colors by blending two or more colors. To add more beauty, you can opt to add colored flakes or metallic pigments. Epoxy coatings for garages also come in various designs and textures.
Installing Epoxy on Garage Floor
Epoxy on garage floor can be installed over new or existing concrete floors. New concrete must be allowed to dry for about 30 days before an epoxy flooring system can be installed. Existing concrete, on the other hand, must be properly prepared prior to epoxy installation.
To qualify for an epoxy floor coating installation, the concrete surface must only have minimal damage and must be in good structural condition.
Installing epoxy on garage floor starts with the proper preparation of the bare concrete floor (existing concrete). All dust, dirt, debris, existing sealers and contaminants are removed. Cracks and chips on the concrete floor are repaired.
The presence of moisture also needs to be checked. Moisture issues can affect the proper adhesion of the epoxy coating to the concrete surface. High moisture levels can cause the epoxy coating to delaminate after installation.
Minor moisture issues can be resolved by adding a special type of primer prior to epoxy installation. The primer acts as a moisture barrier so it will not get to the epoxy floor coating and cause damage.
After the concrete preparation process is done, the garage floor is now ready for epoxy flooring installation.
After epoxy installation is completed the new garage floor is allowed to cure for a couple of days before foot and vehicle traffic are allowed.
How Epoxy on Garage Floor Works?
oxy is a material that is applied over concrete floor as a thick coat. An epoxy flooring system is a mixture of one part epoxy resin and one part polyamine hardener, which acts as a catalyst. The hardener in the epoxy on garage floor mixture is responsible for the strength of this floor coating.
When the two components of the epoxy coating are mixed, a chemical reaction instantly occurs creating the curing process. The curing process creates closely cross-linked polymer structures that give epoxy its superior durability and strength.
As a result of the curing process, a floor coating that tenaciously bonds with a properly prepared concrete surface is created.
Although the epoxy coating is applied on the concrete surface in the same manner as regular paint is, epoxy on garage floor is not paint. Paint on garage floor is a latex acrylic product. Additionally, regular paint goes through a drying process while epoxy coatings undergo a curing process.
There are floor paints though, known as epoxy paints, that come with a small percentage of epoxy material. This is to make them more durable than regular paint. Notwithstanding this fact, these epoxy paints are still not a flooring system.
Epoxy on Garage Floor Colors and Patterns
The increasing popularity of epoxy on garage floor is due to its aesthetic appeal. Epoxy Floors New Jersey offers a wide range of colors and decorative patterns.
Colors available are basic colors and customized colors. Customized colors depend on the look you want to achieve for your garage floor and they are created by blending basic solid colors.
Decorative epoxy patterns are created by sprinkling vinyl chips or flakes after the application of the first epoxy coating. They are available in different colors, shapes and sizes.
Colored quartz aggregates can also be added to the top layer of the epoxy coating. These quartz aggregates provide a terrazzo, granite-like or marble like look for the epoxy floor.
Metallic pigments can also be added on the epoxy coating to create a glass-like and smooth metallic finish. Our epoxy flooring installers are equipped with creative techniques to create one-of-a kind metallic epoxy floors.
Epoxy chips or flakes are not only for decorative purposes; they can also give the epoxy floor added texture to make them slip-free.
Why Choose Us?
Epoxy Floors New Jersey epoxy installers have the training, skills and experience needed to install durable and long-lasting epoxy on garage floor. We always make sure to deliver flawless results with all our epoxy flooring projects.