Lifetime Epoxy Floors: Choosing Quality Garage Flooring is the Best Investment
By Expert Guest Author: Edward Winslow
Concrete epoxy floor installation is the absolute best way to add value and a beautiful appearance to your garage. When purchasing an epoxy garage, it always pays to do your research to determine which among the products available in the market are more practical. Epoxy floor coatings come at a variety of price points and in a variety of quality levels. Knowing what epoxy floor coating to buy is extremely important.
Know what type of flooring system to use
There are several types of garage flooring available in the market today. You can browse through the internet for the different types. There are decorative concrete floorings, non slip garage flooring, epoxy coating and many more. Whatever it is that you opted to install on your garage floor, be sure to identify which garage floor product is suited for you. If you intend to have your garage as a mere parking area for your motored vehicles, there are available garage floorings for such or if you intend to make your garage a workshop also, there are specific garage floors for that purpose as well.
Research The Benefits of Different Flooring Systems
Apart from knowing the type of garage floor suited for your taste and needs, consider also the benefits of your chosen garage floor. You might opt for a flooring that has poor quality and high maintenance needs so it is better if you inquire the different quality and benefits.
Get the right professional installers
Installing garage flooring may sound easy but it is very important to hire the right professionals to ensure quality and durability. Why would you entrust an important task to an inexperienced worker? Instead of saving your hard-earned dollars, you would be wasting your money on garage floor repair should you get the wrong service providers. So contact only the experts. Call the right professionals and make sure to ask the right questions. Just because some applies coatings doesn't mean they are professional.
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By Expert Author: Frank Russman
Installing new garage Epoxy Floors are a very popular growing trend! Garage floor epoxy beauty, durability and overall quality is best when the garage epoxy floor installation is done by a professional residential epoxy floor coating installation company. Lifetime Epoxy Floors, for over 10 years, has been installing top quality epoxy and polyaspartic floor coatings. They are well known and respected for installing top quality residential epoxy, commercial epoxy, and industrial epoxy floor coatings. They have earned and maintained a high level of customer satisfaction and an A+ BBB Rating.
Why have an epoxy garage floor? Ordinary garage floors are just plain grey concrete. Over time, stains from grease, oils, and chemicals cause plain grey concrete to become an ugly eyesore. Having an epoxy garage floor coating will give you years of service, durability and will resist most stains; as well as provide you with a beautifully, finished surface to preserve the value of your home.
The Most Common Epoxy Floor Coating Systems
There are three common systems available that will enhance your garage floor:
1. Epoxy & Polyurethane Solid Color System
2. Epoxy Chipstone (partial vinyl chip broadcast) with Polyurethane Top Coat System
3. Epoxy Granitex (100% vinyl chip broadcast) with Polyurethane Top Coat System
Keep in mind that with these three epoxy systems, you have 'good', 'better' and 'best' types of epoxy garage floor systems.
The Good System
The epoxy polyurethane solid color system will last approximately 5-7 years, maintenance free, but will require a maintenance coat of pigmented polyurethane. This garage floor coating is usually a two-coat, thin film system; ranging in thickness from 4-20 mils. It is applied by roller or airless sprayer.
The Better System
Epoxy garage floor system typically consists of one pigmented primer coat of epoxy; a pigmented color coat with a partial/light broadcast of vinyl chips into the wet epoxy; and a single coat of clear polyurethane for protection. The thickness is approximately 20-30 mils.
The Best System
The epoxy system can last as long as 12-15+ years, maintenance free before needing a maintenance coat of polyurethane. This epoxy floor coating is typically one pigmented primer coat; a pigmented color coat with a 100%/full broadcast of vinyl chips; and two coats of clear polyurethane.
Proper surface preparation is vital to the long term success of the installation. All surfaces to be coated must be cleaned of contaminants which may interfere with bonding. Concrete must be acid-etched, shot-blasted or diamond-ground to achieve a profile similar to 120 grit sandpaper. After preparation, the concrete surface should be inspected for holes and cracks. If holes or cracks are prevalent, then patchwork should be performed. Once preparation is complete, installation is ready to begin.
Installation of Granitex Epoxy Garage Floor System:
1. Surface preparation, patchwork and roll one coat of pigmented epoxy primer.
2. After epoxy primer is dry, inspect, prep and roll one coat of pigmented epoxy over primed area. Work in 10x10 or 12x12 sections at a time. While epoxy is wet, broadcast vinyl chips into wet epoxy. Be sure the area receives 100% coverage. When all sections are completely covered, let dry thoroughly.
3. Once all sections are dry, scrape, sweep and vacuum all excess Granitex vinyl chips from the surface. Apply a thin coat of polyurethane to lock and lay vinyl chips down.
4. When the polyurethane is dry, apply a second coat for a final top coat. As an option, non-skid resin sand can be added to increase the slip resistance.
All epoxy garage floor coatings can be easily cleaned with mild, liquid detergents; then mopping, hosing or even "swiffering". Grease, oils, and most chemicals will not stain or absorb into the epoxy coated floor.
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By Lifetime Epoxy Floors Expert Author: Victor Pachade
The sealers used over concrete floors should be safe, chemical and stain resistance, abrasion resistance and UV resistance. Here are brief descriptions of different sealing materials - and some of the qualifications property owners or specifiers should consider when dealing with products in each category.
Concrete is a material well suited for floors and it is gaining popularity everyday among property owners both residential and commercial. To keep concrete floors functional as well as beautiful, there are certain performance requirements property owners want from a sealer.
a. Acrylic Sealers: Acrylics are easy to apply and relatively inexpensive. They bond well to concrete and offer some stain resistance. They will not darken the color of the concrete. they are not particularly durable or scratch-resistant, so they are often used as a base for other sealers, including wax or polyurethane.
b. Epoxy Sealers: Epoxy sealers exhibit excellent adhesion to concrete and exhibit very good chemical resistance. They are optically clear, high-gloss and build to a thick film, so their aesthetics appeal to those who like the look of a glass surface. Since most of the epoxy sealers are two-part systems, only trained contractors can apply them. Epoxies scratch easily, so they are often topped with a scratch-resistant polyurethane topcoat.
c. Polyurethane Sealers: Polyurethanes are usually more scratch resistant and applied at a thinner film-build, so they look a bit more natural. Like epoxy sealers, they must be measured and mixed precisely. They are sensitive to surface preparation and alkalinity of the concrete. Therefore, it is recommended that a acrylic or epoxy based sealer be used as a primer before applying polyurethane topcoats. Polyurethanes show excellent abrasion, stain and UV resistant.
d. Polyaspartic Sealers: Polyaspartic sealers are relatively new in the market. They show excellent abrasion, stain and UV resistance. The hallmark of polyaspartic sealers is quick turn around time. Concrete floors sealed with polyaspartics exhibit excellent hot tire pick-up resistance. This is a must where ever vehicular traffic is expected like garage floors, automobile showrooms and service areas.
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Nick Dixon Jr.
Owner of Lifetime Epoxy Floors and Garage Shapeups, LLC of Boaz Alabama.
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