Epoxy FAQ Garage Flooring
How long can I expect an epoxy floor to last?
Generally 10-15 years with normal traffic. Solvent based epoxy systems are not sold through home hardware stores, which is the form of epoxy that is the most durable and offers the longest life. Only water based epoxy systems are sold through Home Depot and Lowe's, which will work for most residential applications, but do not offer the longevity of solvent based epoxy systems. We use epoxies with an industrial solvent base that offers the durability that industry and homeowners are comming to demand. If you are considering doing it yourself with a store bought kit be aware of the life expectancy of this product in comparison to professional grade coatings and installation thereof.
How long does a typical installation take?
Most installations are completed within 2 to 3 days depending on the size. How long do I have to wait before I can walk or drive on the surface? You can normally walk on surface 24 hours after installation. Depending on the time of year and temperature, we'll ask you not to drive on surface for 3 to 5 days.
How is the garage floor prepped prior to putting down the epoxy?
Preparing the concrete is the most important step in the installation process. First the entire floor is shotblasted to create a rough and porous surface allowing the epoxy primer to penetrate deep into the concrete allowing both a mechanical and chemically bond to the concrete surface. Any cracks or holes in the concrete will be repaired using a high quality polymer-modified patching compound, then diamond grinded smooth along with any areas that are hard to reach with the shot-blasting machine. Acid washing used by some do-it-yourself kits and other installers is inadequate.
Will the finished epoxy surface be slippery?
Epoxy flooring can be slippery especially when wet, a nonskid aluminum oxide grit can be added to create a higher grip factor in the floor. A higher grip floor, however, can hold dirt and is harder to clean. In most cases the vinyl flakes alone covered with our polyurethane top-coat creates happy medium texture that has some grip, but is still easy to clean.
How do I clean my new epoxy floor?
For a light cleaning just use a broom, dust mop, or leaf blower. Simple ammonia water applied with a mop works great for a deeper cleaning. You’ll want to stay away from soaps because these leave a film, which can dull the shine and increase the slip factor on the floor when wet.
What do I need to do in preparation for your arrival?
We need to have everything off the floor before we arrive so we can do the work. It is also helpful if you can locate your electrical panel and help us identify which outlets have at least a 20 amp circuit (a standard 110V outlet).