Why choose epoxy/rubberized floor coatings?
One significant advantage of epoxy garage floor coating is it will enhance the look of your garage. Manufacturers offer large variety of epoxy flooring colors and styles.
Epoxy is virtually impervious, and highly resistant to oil, auto fluids, gasoline, acids, grease and other chemicals such as bleaches and daily cleaners.
Rolling tool boxes, jacks, and jack stands will not damage the floor. It withstands heat, cold and wet or dry weather conditions.
Epoxy floor coatings does not accumulate dust and do not create a favorable environment for a variety of pathogens / bacteria.
Key benefits of epoxy/rubberized coatings:
- Durable, non-Slip and stain resistant finish
- Increase the value of your home
- Engineered and highly functionally formulated
- Durable enough to withstand vehicular traffic
- Will not stain like tile, grout or carpet
- Does not easily scratch like hardwood
- Choose from different patterns, textures, colors, designs and more
- UV stable so your floor won’t fade over time
- Lasts for years, and of course are Anti-Slip!
What is Epoxy Garage Floor Coating
Epoxy is an actual thermosetting resin that is applied as a coating. It is formed when you mix one part epoxide resin with one part polyamine hardener. The hardener acts as a catalyst and is what gives epoxy its strength.
Unlike paint that has to dry, epoxy cures. When the multiple parts are mixed, a chemical reaction is started which creates an exothermic curing process. This curing process produces polymer structures that are closely cross-linked giving epoxy its superior strength and durability. The end result is a coating that is much thicker than paint and bonds tenaciously to a properly prepared surface.
What is 100% Solid Epoxy Coating
There are three main types of epoxy coating: 100% solid epoxy, water-based epoxy coating and solvent-based epoxy coating.
Water-based epoxy coating is considered to be an “Green” option but least durable. Unlike two-part 100% solid epoxy coatings, water-based epoxy coatings contain only about 40% – 60% epoxy. They are thinner and are thus easier, quicker and more convenient to apply.
Solvent-based epoxy coatings are slightly stronger, thicker and more durable. Like water-based epoxy, they are easier to apply. However, the use of respirators is required because of their high VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content.
100% solid epoxy coating is the toughest and most durable of these three. These are two-part coatings that result in very hard and thick flooring. 100% solid epoxy coatings are commonly used in professional garages for their ability to resist hot tires, scratches, oil and chemical spillage. They are also prized for their longevity and can last up to twenty years.
Another Garage Floor Coating Option – Polyaspartic
How to Clean and Maintain Garage Floor Coatings
If you have contraction joints or saw cuts in the floor that are exposed, vacuum these out monthly or use a broom to sweep them clean of debris.
Spot cleaning for spills and fluid leaks from cars are easily wiped up with a soft cloth. You can usually clean the area with a shot of Windex if the spill has left a film.
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