Epoxy coatings have quickly become a favorable option for home owners and businesses for garage or shop floors. The finish that epoxy provides is by far one of the most durable and toughest finishing you can apply. Not only is it easy to clean, water and mold resistant, and scratch resistant, it looks fantastic when applied correctly. The days of living with drab gray concrete as flooring is coming to an end. Epoxy garage flooring provides an attractive, professional finish and design options can be quite stunning. And since garages are more functional than just a place to park your car, this flooring is a great improvement and can really add to property value and resale appeal.
Did we mention that epoxy flooring is a great option for both residential and commercial flooring? There are so many different options available that will simply add to the wow factor of your business or your residence. Just like you can have color options for paint, epoxy flooring can be applied in different hues and effects. Wouldn’t it be great to park your vehicle in a garage that had the clean shine of a new vehicle showroom? Epoxy can get you those results.
While there are paints out there that do contain a small amount of epoxy, they are not a substitute for the real thing. Paints cannot produce the same kind of durability or strength to their finish. This is due to the reaction between epoxide resin and the polyamine hardener. When the two components are mixed, an exothermic curing process is initiated. Epoxy will be much thicker than paint and will strongly bond to the surface being coated.
You can throw a lot at an epoxy floor coating without causing any damage to it. It is very resistant to chemical stains, scratches, chipping, and any other surface abrasions. If you have a habit of dropping tools and such, you will not need to worry about damaging the flooring. It is that strong.
Epoxy is very resistant to moisture and any dampness will not penetrate to areas underneath. Clean up is super easy, using mild soap and mop. And epoxy does not produce any dust. Concrete flooring, overtime and use, will break down somewhat and cause dust to vehicles and surfaces. Epoxy does not break down like that, so it does not create anything that will make your vehicles dirty or dusty.
To achieve the perfect results with epoxy coating, the original flooring must be prepped correctly. This will ensure that the epoxy adheres correctly. For concrete floors this may involve floor grinding, acid etching, or shot blasting. Multiple layers of epoxy should be applied to ensure a long-lasting product. This may start with an epoxy primer, which will work as a moisture barrier to any floors susceptible to moisture vapor. This then is followed by the base coat that provides the color desired. You can add colored acrylic paint chips to this coat to add density and effect. And then the clear coat is applied, which will give the floor that super attractive glossy finish desired.
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