By Lifetime Epoxy Guest Author: Al Barnes
Do you have a basement with a concrete floor that you simply can not understand how to seal? If the answer is yes, then explore epoxy flooring as a remedy that looks great and protects the floor against abuse. At this point, an epoxy covered floor is perhaps not for every basement; however it worked out well for mine. Children can be quite rowdy on long days when all it does is rain outside and that is why we use our space primarily as a playroom. With the floor coated they have an ideal playground for all they want to do, but they aren't exactly on the wet concrete. The sealant also keeps the floor warmer believe it or not.
An epoxy floor coating is really composed of two liquids; the resin and the hardener, which when mixed together form a very tough, solid surface. Fiberglass construction uses similar materials so if by any means you have been near fiberglass projects, these ingredients are known to you. The only dissimilarity is when you build with fiberglass the strength is provided by a mesh cloth while when you apply a layer of epoxy to the floor the strength really emanate from the underlying concrete. Epoxy just flakes away it there isn't some material to offer lateral strength.
When applying the coating to concrete no primer is required but the floor must be cleaned of any dirt, grime, and contamination. In a garage this can be a problem because there usually are oil drip spots that need to be removed with a de-greaser. In a basement though you will more than likely only need to worry about using a good detergent to get up any dirt that has been tracked in. Once cleaned, the floor must be left to dry completely before rolling out the epoxy or it will not adhere properly.
Be certain to apply some non-slip materials before the covering cures fully when you apply your coating. Epoxy cures very hard and tough so it can be slippery if water or juice spills out on it. You have an option of a sand like material, which is actually too rough for my choice, or color chips. I love the chips as they add another aspect of color to the surface. Either you can opt for a complementary hue or a totally different color from the base material. Whichever choice, it makes the floor appear much better than that unappealing gray from the concrete and it addresses the sliding problems. Ensure you can leave the windows open for one or two days if you choose to apply an epoxy floor because the fumes can be very irritating. However, you will have a nice floor surface for life once it cures.
If you have a damp concrete floor in your basement then sealing it with an epoxy floor paint can make a big difference for the usability of the space. For more tips, visit us at the Garage Floor Paint Blog.
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