What to Know Before You Epoxy!

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Q. Why shouldn’t I use the DIY or Home Improvement Store Epoxy floor products?

A. From personal and professional experience and seeing many other do it yourself floors, there is really no comparison. These floors are not built to last. They also typically do not have a clear coat with them that prevents hot tire pickup. Your end result with these? Unsatisfied and continuously re-applying more coating to fix the defects.

 

Q: Epoxy Floor Coating Benefits Are?

A: Epoxy is a thermosetting polymer which is available in three different formulations for a garage floor coating and sealer; water based, solvent based, and 100% solids. These formulations allow for varying degrees of thickness from 3 mils to over 10 mils for a single coating for a garage floor. They also allow for ease of application, special bonding characteristics, and VOC considerations. Epoxy bonds extremely well to properly prepared concrete and can sometimes be used as a resurfacing agent for old or worn concrete that need a new garage floor surface.

The best epoxy formulations are 100% solids and provide for an extremely hard, thick, and impact resistant surface. This self-leveling thickness contributes to filling in the small hairline cracks and imperfections of the floor as well as providing protection. It also works well against hot tire pick up, scratching, and wear from abrasion. Though some epoxy formulas come with U.V. inhibitors, they will still eventually yellow or amber as the industry calls it when exposed to sunlight for any length of time.

Q: What Exactly Is A Metallic Floor?

A: Metallic epoxy floor coatings are a hot new trend that is a very high tech and exotic looking flooring option. These coatings create a glossy and deep looking floor with a variety of different colors and visual effects. Some even create a beautiful three-dimensional appearance that gives the illusion of craters, ripples, and swirling rivers of metallic looking plasma.

Metallic Epoxy is a line of metallic mica pigments designed to be dispersed in a variety of binders to create seamless floors with a unique three dimensional appearance. These floors are perfect for retail establishments, night clubs, automotive showrooms, residential interiors and garage floors. The use of the high-performance epoxy/polyurethane resins makes the Metallic Epoxy System an exceptionally durable long-lasting flooring system.

Metallic floors do not look like solid pigmented floors. Metallic floors are created by the artistic ability of each and individual installer. If you have five installers doing the same colors on five different floors, you will see major differences on all five floors. Metallic floors are strictly an artistic system with so many different options that one can do. The options are endless.

Q:Are Metallic Epoxy Floors Durable?

A: As beautiful and stunning as these floors look, they are considered a high performance floor coating that is designed to last for years. For the first coat they require an epoxy primer to be installed. The second coat involves the actual metallic epoxy coating followed by a third coat of clear on top. It’s not unusual to add a fourth coat if applying polyurethane as a top coat. As a result, you end up with a very thick coating due to the amount of coats involved, especially from the metallic coat. These metallic coatings are just as resistant to oil, salt, chemicals, acids, water, and wear as any other high performance epoxy garage floor. Maintenance is easy and the amount of light they reflect is outstanding due to the glossy nature of the surface. Like any other epoxy coating, they can be a little slippery when wet if you don’t use an anti-slip additive in the final top coat. These metallic coatings are just as resistant to oil, salt, chemicals, acids, water, and wear as any other high performance epoxy garage floor. Maintenance is easy and the amount of light they reflect is outstanding due to the glossy nature of the surface. Like any other epoxy coating, they can be a little slippery when wet if you don’t use an anti-slip additive in the final top coat.

Q: What Kind Of Options Do I Have With Metallic Epoxy?

A: You have many options. With Metallic Epoxy you can just have a metallic look that is created from the chemicals of the product that is created once the floor is cured out and the chemicals react with each other, you can have the hammer and crater looks that is caused from spraying different types of chemicals on it, you can do multi colors drip, pour or splatter wet on wet. Or you can have a base color with pigmented metallic powder mixed in your spray to get a different color or colors sprayed all over your floor. The Metallic Epoxy look and effects are endless.

 Q: What Are The Benefits Of A Garage Floor Epoxy Coating

A: So what makes garage floor epoxy the best flooring options for your garage? Besides looking nice, an epoxy garage floor has an abundance of benefits. Because of the hardness and thicker application that you get from epoxy, this type of concrete coating is very durable and resilient to impacts, chipping, and surface abrasion. You don’t have to panic if you drop that wrench or a bicycle falls over. The thicker coating also does a great job of covering over minor imperfections such as small surface cracks and flaws in the concrete. It is also anti-dusting. Much of the dust in a garage is from the cement floor itself and has a tendency of collecting on cars, tool benches, and storage items as well as being tracked into the house. And finally, it is light reflective. It will brighten up the look of your garage without having to add additional lights.

For the mechanics out there, a garage flooring option such as epoxy is both chemical and stain resistant. That means oil, brake fluids, anti-freeze and other caustic car chemicals can easily be wiped up without worry – even if it sits for a while. Rolling tool boxes, jacks, and jack stands will not damage the floor. It’s naturally moisture resistant which is great in the snowy seasons and makes it easy to clean as well. Just a little mild soap and water is all it takes. Depending on whether you added paint chips or not and the thickness of the topcoat, some surfaces can be a little slippery when wet. If you want some extra grip you can add slip resistant aggregate to the final coat.

Q: Why should we use Concrete Resurfacing Solutions?

A: There are many reasons. All jobs are done by professionals who have many years of experience and the highest quality standards. We use the best product currently on the market and all floors are a resin base epoxy floor system. We have more information on our website than any floor coating company. We will explain to you in full detail from start to finish what product we use and what is included in our pricing for your sq. ft. We provide all material data sheets so anyone can read up on all products. Every job is UV protected which ensures you the prevention of fading, caulking, oxidizing and yellowing from the UV rays over time.

Recommended cleaning procedures:

1) Back out your cars and remove any objects that are on your floor.

2) Use a leaf blower to blow out your garage floor.

3) Use an industrial mop and mop your floor.

4) Let floor air dry.

*Never use anything abrasive to clean your floor because that can scratch the surface.

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