The garage is a place where we store our car, keep our gardening tools and get away from the wife and kids. The last thing that we are thinking about is making our garage floor nice and shiny. For some people, the look of their floor is a high priority. They feel if they have garage floor epoxy applied it will be a greater benefit then having a standard concrete slab.
The epoxy we will use is a mixture of solvents, resins and fillers.
This type of coating is ideal for areas that are subjected to heavy foot traffic. Some applications may include: School halls, shops, factories, sports centers, garden centers and food preparation areas. It comes in different colors to match your décor.
The flooring process involves application of a thin coating to a hard and solid concrete surface. The epoxy can be applied to bare floors, concrete that has been covered with paint or sealer. In most situations, the first thing that you will want to do is remove your old paint or sealer from the floor prior to applying the epoxy.
The epoxy is applied with a brush, roller or sprayer. If this is done properly the floor will be smooth and glossy. But you need to know that it does not provide any protection from impact or abrasion and it has no waterproof qualities at all. The surface only has a low coefficient of friction so care should be used when walking on the surface.
The color of epoxy will sometimes fade or change in reaction to certain products like cleaners and other chemicals that may come into contact with the floor. It is not safe to drive cars, motorbikes or bicycles across the surface and it is advisable to keep pets off the floor.
It’s a good idea to prepare a small area of the floor and let it cure for at least 48 hours before applying the entire surface.
Once the epoxy is applied you have some time to walk on it before installing your new floor covering. This will give you an idea of how well the process has worked and any adjustments that may need to be made.