Unfortunately, garage floors are exposed to dusty tires, their friction on the surface, mechanical stress and strain, greasy oil and other fluids that make it a surface that requires daily cleaning to keep it dust and stain free. Most garage floors regain the stain and dust and make the cars and tools dusty in no time. This is where epoxy garage floors should be used to minimize the dust buildup on the garage floor and to keep the machines and vehicle clean.
Epoxy garage floor is a coating which is available in a variety of colors and blends for you to choose from. In fact, epoxy garage floor professionals can use multiple colors to create designs on the surface making it unbelievably appealing.
Epoxy, unlike paints, is a thermosetting compound that is applied as a coating that cures. Epoxy is created by mixing a resin compound with a hardener. The resin is mostly epoxide based and the hardener polyamine, the combined strength of this compound once set on a prepared surface is multifold.
Advantages of Epoxy Garage Floor
- Epoxy is applied as a liquid form and if thin coating is applied it can fill up minor cracks and pits in the concrete floor. However, a thicker coat can correct minor imperfections in the level of the concrete surface. By giving a thicker coat over it, you can create a glossy surface out of the drab and dusty concrete. Since the coat fully covers the concrete floor, you should seal the concrete until it cures. This way you can prevent it from generating dust during all the traffic over it. When epoxy is laid over a well cleaned and dust-free concrete floor, it becomes a hardened coat that is shock and stress proof.
- The epoxy floor is able to prevent damage to the concrete floor by absorbing shocks such as if you drop a heavy duty wrench. The coating also acts as an insulation that is not affected by oil, grease, or other caustic chemicals which are used routinely for automobile repair or service. All it needs is some mild soap, water, and a washing cloth to wipe the surface clean. This coating also prevents moisture from rising to the top, especially in cold or wet climates. The smoothness of the epoxy surface facilitates better removal of icy brines and road salts.
- The epoxy floor tends to be very smooth and could be slippery when wet. Depending on the type of traffic and the climate, you can opt for slip resistant aggregates to be added to the epoxy to prevent slipping, as this gives a coarse or textured feel to the surface.
- If the traffic on the surface is very mild and soft, you can opt for epoxy paints, which are water-based coatings, but these coatings easily delaminate when exposed to strain by hot tyres as they tend to contract and the coating tends to stick on to the contracted and cooled tyre.
Different types of acrylic paint chips are available, in a wide variety of colors, which can be layered during the epoxy coating to customize the color of the floor as well as to add texture and grip to the floor. Good floor preparation using either grinding, or shot blasting, or acid etching can lay a good foundation permitting the epoxy to have a good grip over the surface and goes a long way making the floor more durable.