If you are looking for a way to protect your garage floor and keep it clean, then consider garage epoxy flooring. It prevents stains and cracks while enhancing the look of your garage.
Epoxy also increases visibility in your garage space, which can help you keep your belongings and yourself safe. It is also shock resistant, meaning that any heavy items dropped on the floor will not damage it.
Easy to Clean
One of the best things about epoxy garage floor coatings is that they are easy to clean and maintain. A simple mop and a bit of mild soap is all you need to get rid of any mess or spillage. This is a real benefit, especially in winter states that deal with road salts and deicing chemicals that can damage concrete.
Regular sweeping keeps the epoxy flooring clear of dirt, dust and other debris that can scratch or dull the finish. It’s a good idea to sweep it every other week or so. If you have heavy equipment or vehicles that need to be pushed on the floor, put down plywood or mats to prevent scratching or other damage. If you weld in the garage, use welding mats to protect the floor from scratches or damage from the hot metal.
For any oily or chemical spills, wipe them up immediately with paper shop towels or rags. Antifreeze, engine oil and other automotive fluids that can be slippery when wet can also cause a hazard to the flooring.
A quick scrubbing with a kitchen scrubbing sponge or deck brush and some commercial rust, lime or calcium remover will usually do the trick for any spots on an epoxy flooring surface. Avoid power washing the floor as this can cause accidental damage to the finish. If you do want to use a power washer, only use the appropriate cleaner and NEVER use any with citrus or vinegar in it.
Epoxy garage floors are generally not slippery when they are dry, but they can become very slippery if they are wet. This is why it’s important to wash your garage floor regularly with a non-abrasive kitchen or deck cleaning brush and a little non-toxic soap and water. This will help keep your floor safe and in great shape for years to come.
If you’re interested in a professionally installed epoxy flooring for your garage, call us today for a free estimate! We can design the perfect floor for your space and give you a price that fits your budget. Don’t forget to ask about our excellent warranty and ongoing maintenance and repair services.
Resistant to Scratches
Epoxy coating is a durable floor surface that resists scratches, scrapes and damage from heavy objects. It also protects against chemicals that can harm concrete flooring, including acetone, caustic drain cleaners and oily solvents used for automotive and household maintenance. Epoxy floor coating is also fire resistant, so it can help reduce the risk of injury from burns. It’s also a safe flooring choice for children’s play areas, because it can be easily cleaned and is stain resistant.
The epoxy coating is thicker than paint and creates a strong bond with the concrete surface. If the surface is not properly prepared, however, it can peel or chip. To avoid costly repairs, hire a professional to grind and acid etch the garage floor prior to application of the epoxy coat. This can be a time-consuming process, but it is necessary to ensure that the final product will look its best and be durable.
A quality garage epoxy coating is highly resistant to stains and will not be damaged by spills or mud. If stains occur, they can be removed with a mild cleaning solution or water. Some stains, such as rust or oil, may require light scrubbing with a kitchen scrubbing sponge or a soft deck brush and warm water. It’s important to use a non-acidic cleaner, because citrus cleaners can break down the epoxy catalyst and cause the coating to fail.
Because of its strength, durability and resistance to chemicals, epoxy flooring is a popular choice for auto shops, mechanics, and other types of commercial businesses that need a hard-wearing, long-lasting flooring material. It is also a good choice for residential garages where vehicles are stored and maintained.
Epoxy is an affordable and durable material that can transform the look of any garage. It’s easy to clean, stain resistant and scratch-resistant – it even provides an attractive, shiny finish that can brighten up the space and make the area look more appealing. The price of a garage epoxy floor varies, but it starts at around $6 per square foot and goes up in cost depending on how many top coats are required, the amount of color flake added, and whether an anti-slip additive is needed.
When you have an epoxy floor coating installed, it will add a polished look to the garage or workshop. It also increases visibility by reflecting light around the room and making it easier for you to see what you’re doing on the floor. This can help keep you and your family safer, as well.
You can choose from a wide variety of color flakes to create the ideal look for your garage floor. You can even have a custom mix made just for you. The flakes can be blended in with the epoxy to create a more uniform look or they can be placed randomly to give your floor a more natural granite or stone finish. You can even opt for a solid metallic look if you want something more modern.
In addition to looking great, epoxy coatings provide durability and a long-lasting shine that lasts longer than many other flooring options. These coatings are highly resistant to shock, water, chemicals, and stains. They’re also very easy to clean and maintain, saving you time and money.
The best epoxy garage floor coatings are chemically bonded with concrete, which means they can actually repair cracks in your existing concrete. This can be a significant advantage when you’re working on vehicles or heavy equipment in your garage. They also protect the concrete from damage caused by salt, oil and other chemical contaminants.
A good quality epoxy floor coating will also have a very low abrasion loss rating, which will prevent the need to replace it for a very long time. This is a key difference between true epoxy coatings and low-cost epoxy paints.
If you have a busy shop, such as a mechanics garage or metal fabrication workshop, then consider an upgraded topcoat for the ultimate protection. We recommend the Military Grade topcoat, which is a one-coat product with an incredibly low abrasion loss rating of only 4mgs. This makes it an ideal choice for industrial environments, as it can withstand the impact of rolling tool chests or other equipment.
Welding is particularly hard on floor coatings, as the hot slag can burn and pit them. However, you can still get excellent performance out of your epoxy garage floor if you ask for an anti-slip additive to be mixed into the final coat.
Easy to Maintain
If you are looking for an attractive, durable floor coating for your garage, workshop or warehouse, an epoxy garage floor system is a smart choice. Not only will the epoxy resist scratching and damage, but it is easy to maintain and keep clean. The key to a beautiful garage floor is proper concrete preparation and then applying a quality floor coating system that will last. This will protect your concrete investment and add value to the home or business.
Garages can be messy places, especially if you use the space for vehicles or equipment repair and maintenance. Keeping an eye out for spills and cleaning them immediately will help prevent the floor from becoming discolored or damaged. This also applies to chemical spills such as oil, gas, antifreeze or other automotive fluids that can stain the epoxy if not cleaned up quickly.
Regularly sweeping and vacuuming will help to remove dirt and debris that may be tracked into the floor coating. This is particularly important in areas that see a lot of foot traffic or vehicle movement. Dirt and grit that is allowed to remain on the surface can cause scratches to the coating and eventually break it up.
Another common issue with garage floors is chemical stains. This includes gasoline, diesel fuel, oil, antifreeze, battery acid and more. These stains will damage the floor coating and even penetrate into the concrete beneath. Fortunately, commercial grade rust, lime and calcium cleaners can usually be used with hot water to remove these types of stains.
It is important to avoid soap based floor cleaners as they will leave behind a film or haze on the epoxy that will dull its shine and make it much more slippery when wet. We recommend using a degreaser that will not only do a great job of removing oil and other liquid spills, but can be rinsed off thoroughly with clean water to prevent the creation of a soapy film on the surface.
Once the stains have been removed and you are happy with your clean epoxy garage floor, it is recommended to wash the entire floor every three to four months. This can be done with a high-quality industrial strength floor cleaner that does not contain any bleach, citrus or acidic agents, as these can damage the epoxy and etch the concrete underneath.