By Lifetime Epoxy Expert Guest Author: Richard Alone
Attention Huntsville-Madison Homeowners, you can make your garage a beautiful place by installing garage floor coatings. They can protect your garage and also look great. Many people elect to make their new garage floor coating a DIY project in order to save money. This article explains that process. There are several things you must remember about the DIY Box Store Kits. First the life-expectancy is short and the durability is low on such installs. Second, you will notice below the word paint appears quite often. Professionally installed garage floors do not go down at room temp like "dip and roll" paint. Third acid etching does not "profile" the floor adequately to create a "solid state" floor. Professional installation does cost much more, but in the long-run, its the absolute best lifetime solution. Lifetime Epoxy Floors is the most trusted name in our area when it comes to professionally installed garage floors.
Garage floor coatings have epoxy like substance. The finishing results in ceramic like finish. Epoxy is a liquid mixture of two substances which acts like a sealant and protective finish. The result is a great option for garage floor coating. Garage floor coatings are becoming popular due to visual and protective benefits that it offers. If you notice more garages are being renovated into workshops, offices etc. Due to this reason, there is an increasing demand in keeping garage floors a tidier place. An epoxy garage floor can withstand water, oil, dirt and grease without being harmed.
Due to increase in demand for this product, various options like quartz and black marble can give a nice finish to the floor. Black marble can give a showroom type finish to your garage. The protective benefits of garage floor coatings are unrivaled. The sealant will protect against weathering, cracks, oil, dirt, grime, grease and anything else you can throw at it. Floor coating are considered stronger than a regular concrete floor coating. The result of this would be a profound extension in the longevity of your garage floor.
Garage floor coatings takes relatively less time to complete. It does not take more than a week's time to complete the project. The longest step in the process is to prepare the garage floor for coating. First floor should be completely cleaned and then roughed up a bit for the epoxy to bind to the concrete floor coating. Then, there are options of adding what you want for the floor to provide a custom, showy piece of work.
Epoxy based coatings are hard and durable enough which will last for several decades. If you follow certain steps you can apply epoxy paint very easily.
1. Work area should be well ventilated
To have a beautiful garage floor you have to apply paints and cleaners which involve harmful fumes. To protect yourself and others from harmful fumes, work area should be well ventilated. Wear goggles and protective gloves to protect you from fumes and harmful chemicals.
2. Clean the Concrete floor:
Before starting the painting work, sweep and clean the floor. To remove stains either use commercially prepared concrete or driveway cleaner. Spray cleaner on the stains. Within a few minutes, stains will absorb the cleaner. Then, scrub the stain with the help of stiff-bristle brush. After scrubbing the floor, rinse the entire area with the help of clean water.
If there are any cracks repair the concrete using concrete/mortar-repair compound for smaller cracks or concrete patches for smaller ones.
Etch the surface:
Then you have to etch the surface of the concrete - a process that opens the pores of the concrete surface so that the paint can be absorbed better. After etching, allow the floor to dry thoroughly before you start the painting work.
Apply the Primer:
Before applying the paint, apply a primer coat with the help of a long-handled paint roller. Allow the primer to dry for nearly 8 hours before applying the paint top-coat.
Various types of paint are available in the market like epoxy, polyurethane etc. Apply the first coat and let it dry for nearly 24 hours before deciding whether you want to apply a second coat. Don't apply more than two coats.
If you follow these steps you can make your garage floor look beautiful.
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