Garages today, more than ever, are a cherished, appreciated and loved part of the home. Now, people care about the look and function of their garage space! They desire it to be a “happy place” rather than a dark, drab, messy, and embarrassing eyesore.
The majority of today’s homeowners spend their precious time, researching every large purchase or home improvement project they plan. Garage floor coatings are one of the most researched such topics. Here I have compiled 7 important garage floor coatings facts that every homeowner should know.
1. Beautiful Garage Make the Home a Better Place!
Most homeowners enter their homes through the garage. Many visitors to a home also enter through the garage space. It’s a fact that the garage’s condition and appearance make an impression on those passing through it.
It’s an absolute great feeling to travel through a well organized and beautiful garage every time you walk through the garage. It’s especially nice to be greeted daily by a well organized and beautiful garage that is a true sense of pride for the whole family. Let’s face it, who wants to come home, have to park outside, and navigate through a treactherous maze of an unorganized collection of “stuff”.
2. It’s Not Safe to Continually Neglect Your Garage Floor
Neglected garage floors are often a safety hazard. It is not safe to walk in your garage because the surface is uneven, damaged, slippery, and covered with clutter. Applying a coating to your garage flooring will leave the surface smooth, unbroken, and safer. Some coatings even allow an anti-slip additive to be mixed in that improves foot traction. Another option is to use a coating that has decorative flakes broadcast on the floor before a top coat is applied. This creates a textured surface that provides even better traction.
3. Coatings Provide Vital Surface Protection
Upgrading the appearance of their garage floor will be one of the main motivators for anyone looking to get a floor coating. But it’s the protective benefits of floor coatings that warrant an equal amount of attention.
Better quality coatings provide a stronger bond with your existing cement floor and have a higher percentage of solids by volume. A high quality floor coating should have excellent resistance to chemicals, abrasions, and impact. Also look for a floor coating that has a higher heat tolerance (to minimize tire marks) and can provide a waterproof floor seal.
4. Proper Surface Prep is a Must!
The only reliable method of floor prep is to mechanically grind every square inch of the surface.
Chemical or acid etching is considered as a method of cutting corners and will inevitably lead to poor results.
Using state-of-the-art equipment, our floor coating application experts have an efficient and highly specialized process that allows floor projects to be completed in as little as a day.
Temperatures also need to be taken into account with any floor coating application. A freshly applied epoxy or polyaspartic floor coating can peel and bubble if temperature conditions aren’t optimal. One of the advantages of using a polyaspartic coating is that it can be applied in a much wider range of temperatures and humidity conditions.
Professional flooring applicators often make adjustments to the formulations of the base coat and top coat and the floor’s curing times to properly adjust to varying conditions.
5. Garage floors with coatings require less maintenance
A clean seamless, wall-to-wall, floor surface drastically reduces the required time to clean and maintain. Properly applied coatings eliminate cracks and “blemishes” that gather dirt, grim and filth. Most homeowners with professional grade floor coatings simply use a leaf blower to blow the dirt out of their garage. The clear-coat prevents stains and dirt from penetrating the surface. It the floor coating is professionally installed to create a “solid-state” surface coating, often times it can be power-washed should mud or heavy dirt be tracked inside.
6. Professional Floor Coatings add to a Home’s Value
If you’re looking for one more reason to justify getting a new garage floor coating, how about the fact that it can boost your home’s value? A professionally applied high-end coating will serve you well for years to come with a high gloss flooring finish that won’t peel, flake, or yellow. And when you eventually sell your home, a nice garage floor really stands out to prospective buyers who already place a high value on the garage as a home storage space.
7. Quality Varies Among Installation Companies
It’s a fact that the Epoxy Flooring Business is a difficult business in which to succeed. The average new floor coatings company stays in business less that 11 months. In this business, you are either really, really, really good at what you do or you disappear. Homeowners should always investigate a company’s history. How long has it been in business? What are their reviews? Have you seen legitimate pictures of their work and quality? Do they have professional grade equipment? Are their crews professionally trained and highly skilled? It is nothing more disappointing and frustrating to make a huge investment or purchase for your home, to find out three months later, the company has gone “belly-up”. And because of that, the warranty you were promised is absolutely worthless!
ABOUT LIFETIME EPOXY FLOORS
Lifetime Epoxy Floors is a 10 year-old company located at 200 Elizabeth Street, Boaz, Alabama. The company has 15 employees. It is licensed, bonded and insured. It’s company homepage, http://www.LifetimeEpoxyFloors.com . Their facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/EpoxyFlooringCompany.
The territories they cover are all of North Alabama including Metro Birmingham, Huntsville Metro and all areas in between. Their crews travel up to 75 miles to do installs. So, if you live within, or close to, 75 miles from Boaz, Alabama. You can call them to schedule a free estimate. Their sales staff can be reached at 1-800-214-4311.
Owner of Lifetime Epoxy Floors and Garage Shapeups, LLC of Boaz Alabama.
The author of this page is Nick Dixon, owner of Lifetime Epoxy Floors.
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