5 VITAL Keys to a Long-Lasting Epoxy Garage Floor

Durable epoxy garage floor

For decades now many homeowners have decided to turn their garages from a place to park vehicles and store items, to high-end workshops and “man caves”. Whether you are looking for a complete garage makeover, or simply looking to increase your property value, having your garage floor properly coated is the answer.

There are 5 vital keys between a “painted” floor and a masterpiece like those installed by top-notch flooring contractors throughout the U.S.

  1. First, make sure you understand the proper methods to prepare your garage floor.  Like most things the concrete poured in your garage is unique.  Various aggregate and additives make concrete in Ohio and concrete in Florida two totally different substrates to work from. Sandpaper/sanding, acid washing and power washing are not acceptable methods of adequately preparing your concrete garage floor. Choose a contractor who will use the newest diamond technology to properly open up the pores to produce a super bond profile.  Acid washing, sanding with sandpaper, and power-washing will NOT provide the long-term adhesion profile you need.
  2. Second, realize any control or expansion joints that were originally cut are there for a reason.  Expansion and control joints are utilized to handle the expansion and contracting that concrete goes through.  By making a place that is not as strong as the surface, the hopes are that when the concrete cracks, it is controlled in these areas below the surface.  Have your contractor do a thorough inspection of all cracks and joints to make a recommendation to repair that will last for years.
  3. Third, select a system that is comprised of various products that will finish up at approximately 30-45 mils thick.  There are various products that when applied either contain water or solvent.  This means that they may be applied at one thickness, but when cured they are much thinner.  The technology in coatings utilized in residential garages has changed about as fast as cellular phone technology.  Make sure again you understand the products being used in YOUR HOME.
  4. Next, the topcoat of your garage floor.  Like the surface prep, selecting a top coat that will be resistant to common automotive fluids and hot tire pick up will ensure long-lasting results.  Insist on a topcoat that is U.V. tolerant and is resistant to hot-tire pick-up.  Quality contractors will install topcoats that are designed for automobile showrooms and aircraft hangars, providing your residential project, high-end industrial protection floors fail in most cases from the topcoat down, make sure you are getting the best available.
  5. Lastly, keep your floor properly cleaned.  All flooring looks the best when it is new.  I’ve had this type of system personally in all my properties, a quick mop with Simple Green or my favorite Dawn dishwashing detergent, a rinse and squeegee the excess down the driveway or into a drain upon completion.  An annual or semi-annual cleaning and rinse will keep your floor looking brand new for years to come.

Contact us at Thermal-Chem to connect you with one of our Factory Authorized contractors.

Applying Thermal-Chem’s portfolio of high-performance concrete coatings can be difficult if the applicator is not well informed.  Please check our Technical Data Sheets, or contact your Thermal-Chem representative for any questions.

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