What Time of Year is Best to Epoxy your Garage Floor?

DSC00228Many homeowners want to use the summer months to epoxy thier garage floors. This makes sense since we live in a climate that can be unforgiving in the latter part of the year. Keep in mind that the temperature of the concrete must be at least 55°F so the air temperature should be somewhere between 60° and 90°F for optimum drying. The concrete must also be dry so a sunny weekend without high levels of humidity is probably best.

BENEFITS OF A GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY COATING

Makes Surfaces Smooth and Easy to Clean

Dirt and dust can easily be wiped clean if you have your concrete floor coated with epoxy. For this reason, epoxy floor coatings are perfect for facilities such as food and beverage plants, pharmaceutical plants and packaging plants. An epoxy floor coating makes a concrete surface hard and durable, which makes it a wise investment for just about any business.

Creates a Beautiful Floor Surface

Another huge advantage with epoxy flooring is that you end up with a surface that has an attractive high-gloss shine. Epoxy coatings can be found in different colors and styles. Therefore, you can be certain that there is a color available to suit your taste.

Makes Floors Chemical Resistant

One of the reasons that many of those who own factories, warehouses and industrial plants get their floors covered with epoxy floor coating is that it makes their concrete floor chemical resistant. If you run a business where chemicals are involved, investing in epoxy floor coating is really a wise decision.

Helps to Improve Safety

Safety must be a top priority with any home or business. As a home or business owner, you have to ensure that you create an atmosphere that is safe for your family and visitors.

So, how exactly does epoxy floor coating improve safety? Epoxy coatings are formulated to resist impact, slip, heat or fire.

Epoxy coatings can promise you a more robust floor that may last for many years. Additionally, it offers flooring surfaces that are chemically resistant and ideal for garages, basements, and warehouses. Call today for a FREE estimate!   630-448-0317 http://concreteresurfacingchicago.com 

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.

Care and Maintenance of Epoxy Flooring Systems and Coatings

25-Concrete-Resurfacing-Solutions-Serving-Chicagoland-630-448-0317Regular maintenance is key to a lasting and superb-looking floor coating. Make sure that you do it properly and address the problems of your floor promptly. You should also know what to do and what to avoid when it comes to dealing with different floor problems.
Here are the top tips and solutions on how to clean and maintain epoxy garage floor coatings:

1. Use A Dust Mop To Keep The Floor Clean.

Do this at least once a week and whenever you find it necessary. You can get a quality dust mop in many home improvement stores or you can also order it online. A dust mop can also be used in maintaining floors with a polymer anti-slip additive in the exterior. If your floor has a strong anti-slip aggregate, you can use a broom that has a soft bristle brush.You can also hose out the floor to remove all the loose dirt. Use a squeegee to remove excess water and simply allow it to air dry.

You have to perform a thorough cleaning ritual once every three months if your garage floor is exposed to regular foot traffic and dirt. Use a mop with hard foam and a cleaning solution. Dawn dish soap is gentle but has the grease cutting ingredients needed.

2. Spot Cleaning And Minor Spills

You can spot clean minor spills and fluid leaks using a paper towel or a soft cloth. Do it as soon as you notice the dirt. If a film was caused by the spill, you can clean it by using a shot of Windex.
For dirt and stains that are too hard to remove, deal with it by using a stiff nylon brush and water. Use a cleaning agent if the dirt still won’t come off. While a green scrub pad can work very well in removing stubborn stains, this can cause the gloss of the floor’s surface to fade. Always remember to be gentle and never scrub too hard when using this tool on your floor.

3. Cleaning Heavy Soiled Floor Area

Soiled floor requires heavy cleaning. You can use a DIY cleaning solution by mixing 5 oz. of ammonia per gallon of hot water. Sweep the floor to remove loose dirt and mop it using hard foam type and the ammonia mixture.

4. How To Clean Rust On Floor

Rust and other kinds of stains can be removed by rubbing it lightly using a regular kitchen scrubbing pad and hot water. Use a Soft Scrub if the first combination did not work. Never use abrasive chemical agents on your floor because this will do more damage than good to the epoxy coating.
If there are still traces of stains, you can use a CLR cleaning solution. Mix it with warm water in a 1:1 ratio. Use a scrub pad in order to apply the solution directly on the stains. Do not wait for more than two minutes before you rinse it off with cold clean water.

The CLR cleaning solution can also handle stains that are caused by the condensation of your vehicle’s air conditioner. This can leave a white mark on the floor, which is hard to remove. Refrain from using denatured alcohol in removing stains. Although it is effective in clearing white marks, the alcohol will remove the gloss from the coating.

5. If You Have A Motorcycle In Your Garage

If you own a motorcycle, you can put a computer mouse pad under its kickstand. This will prevent any damages that the surface of the floor may incur from the kickstand.

6. Using Floor Mats

If there is an ongoing construction or repair and your people are using a welding, ensure that the floor is protected with a welding mat.

7. Using Walk Off Mats On Entry

Place a walk-off mat at the entry of the garage. This way, most of the dirt and moist from the bottom of the footwear will be lessened or removed when accessing the garage. During winter, replace the regular mat with the longer version.

8. Do Not Use Vinegar Or Citrus Based Cleaners

Never use vinegar or any kinds of citrus cleaners on the floor. These cleaners contain acids that will diminish the gloss of the epoxy coating through time. It is also not advisable to clean the floor with any cleaners that contain soap. Soap leaves a residue on the floor, which makes it appear dull and causes the floor to become slippery when it gets wet.

9. Removing Tire Marks From Floor

How do you remove tire marks from the floor with an epoxy coating? Soak the affected areas with a good cleaner or a concrete degreaser. Leave it for a few minutes. Gently scrub the marks using a brush with stiff bristle nylon. It will be easier to remove the marks if you will attend to the dirt as soon as you notice it. The longer you allow the marks to build up on the floor, the harder it will become to get rid of the marks.
If you have a vehicle that has been sitting in the garage for a long period of time, place a cardboard at the bottom of each tire to protect the floor.

10. Cleaning Floor With Contraction Joints

For the kinds of floor with exposed saw cuts or contraction or contraction floor joints, you can use a vacuum once a month in order to get rid of any collected dust and debris.It is not ideal to mop the floor every day. This may cause residues to build up, which can make the epoxy coating appear dull. This may not be evident during the first few months or years, but the result of what you have been doing wrong will eventually become quite noticeable.
You have to remember that while this coating is durable, it is still susceptible to incur damages. If you find yourself with any kinds of problem that you are unfamiliar with, it is best to contact the installation company rather than trying and testing certain methods to deal with the problem on your own.

What Dad’s Really Want for Father’s Day!

Screen Shot 2017-05-24 at 12.02.28 PM.pngYour husband is a great father, but you might be struggling to think of something to get him for Father’s Day. Since he works so hard, you might want to help him relax and reduce some of his stress; while a bubble bath or a day at the spa can help you decompress, this type of relaxation often does not appeal to men.

So, what’s the answer? If your husband is like many dads, he probably puts a good deal of time toward maintaining and improving your home. What if you bought him a home improvement that would appeal to him and even give him a place to kick back and relax? Have you considered custom epoxy garage floor for your husband (or your dad!) this Father’s Day?  Not sure whether this is the right gift for the special man in your life? Consider the following:

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  • Garage flooring raises the value of the home

    Whether you’re installing upgraded appliances in the kitchen or investing in landscaping, most home improvements are done with an end result in mind; that end result often includes boosting the home’s resale value. People who are looking to buy a home love seeing upgraded garages, and epoxy flooring looks great and improves overall function of the garage. You can look at this as an investment in your home.

  • Epoxy garage flooring is easy to take care of

    Unlike concrete floors, which absorb stains and can be difficult to keep clean, our epoxy floors are easy to maintain and look great all the time. All your husband needs to do is hose off the floor and use a squeegee or a damp mop to dry it off. The coating is stain-, fade-, and slip-resistant, so minimal care is necessary.

  • Epoxy garage floors shine

    Have you ever walked into a car dealership and marveled at the shiny floors? Those are epoxy, too; it’s a great material because it stands up to a lot of traffic, can be driven on and shines even when it’s not freshly cleaned. If your guy has ever admired that showroom shine, now he can enjoy it in his own garage.

  • Upgraded garage flooring lays a foundation for the whole garage

    With a shiny floor, the garage will be easier to keep neat and tidy. On its own, it’s an inspiration to keep the garage looking nice, but you can also combine a new floor with other custom garage features, like shelving, overhead storage, garage cabinets, wall storage and more.

  • Our garage flooring comes in different colors

    With many decorative chip shades to choose from, your husband or father can pick the flooring that will best suit his sense of style. One of our garage designers can help him choose what would look best based on his decorating style, if he doesn’t have a clear preference.

If investing in epoxy garage flooring for Father’s Day sounds like something you’d like to pursue, contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation, in-home consultation appointment. We can go over all of your options to make this a Father’s Day to remember. Call today!

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Why Use a Professional for Epoxy Flooring?

Go with a pro if you want your dream garage to last!

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First, the floor coatings used by a professional are so much more than garage floor paint and colored acrylic flakes that make up the epoxy paint kits. While DIY garage epoxy kits make the “after” pictures look beautiful, the product itself is actually far more inferior in strength to professional products. DIY kit materials are no more than fortified latex or enamel paints, and they lack durability and are inclined to chip and peel away. This will quickly leave you disappointed and frustrated.

When you hire a professional, you’’ll get true industrial-strength epoxy and polyaspartic floor coatings. The materials we use on your garage floor are the same as those used in fire stations and trucking facilities. If it can hold up to those heavy trucks, it can certainly endure the wear-and-tear of your vehicles.

Prepping the Space

The lengths a professional will go to in prepping your concrete floors before applying any floor coating is something that you simply can’’t achieve with a DIY epoxy paint kit. We use diamond grinders to strip off the top layer of concrete – they can rip off any previously applied coatings or sealants. This is a critical step because it makes the concrete porous and adds a deep scratch pattern, ensuring the floor coating adheres to the concrete – and not simply laying over the top of it.

Scratch-Resistant Clear Coating

Perhaps the biggest difference between a professional garage floor coating and the DIY epoxy paint kits is in the clear sealant we apply after the epoxy has dried. This special urethane or polyaspartic coating provides tremendous protection against scratches, chips and stains. Gasoline, oil, road salt and anti-freeze won’t leave a mark. Simply mop it up.

If you want a coating that is durable, you won’t find it with a DIY epoxy paint kit. A professional garage floor coating has all three elements to be long lasting: superior product, properly surface preparation and a scratch-resistant clear coating. It is going to last.  Concrete Resurfacing Solutions specializes in epoxy garage and basement flooring giving you high quality beautiful epoxy floors.

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Garage Organization for Your Kid’s Stuff!

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If you have kids, your garage probably looks like every other storage closet in your house a hodge podge of stuff! Our garages store all our kids fun stuff like bikes, scooters, roller skates, basketballs, tennis rackets, football… you see where I am going with this. Before you know it, you have a complete mess on your hands!  Coming up with proper storage and organization can be a tedious task. The worst part is that once you “organize” it just takes a few days to get ‘unorganized’ again- but you can change that by having set places for everything. Instead of just “cleaning” it, you need to “organize it.”

Before you begin, you need to think about your garage. Make a game-plan. Do you have set spaces for things or is everything just wherever it fits, without any rhyme or reason. What do you want for your garage? Storage? A place for your car? A work-shop? In most homes it functions as all of these things. Once you have decided what you want to do with your space, its time to plan it out and get working.

A clean garage looks like this: piles of things, the middle area cleared, stuff pushed to corners & walls.

An organized garage looks like this: A place for everything, surfaces clear, wall space being utilized.

1) Store sports balls using bungee cords. This genius storage solution allows you to easily access your ball collection, and it’s a cinch to put together.

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2) Outdoor Toy Bins 
Outdoor Toy Bins are a great way to organize toys, and are fantastic for the porch. The chalkboard labels are a great design feature, as they look good and can be easily changed. Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 2.19.04 PM

3) Large Toy Storage Bins
Large Toy Storage Bins are great for really outdoorsy kids who have lots of outdoor equipment and toys.

4) All Access Toy Storage 
This is a great outdoor toy storage option for the not so DIY savvy. It’s great for sports equipment, and is perfect for kids, as they can see what’s in the boxes without opening them.

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Have some unused space in your garage behind the garage door? Here’s what to do with it — install  shelving units, and kiss your outdoor toy clutter goodbye.

The whole family will benefit from a clean and organized garage.  Concrete Resurfacing Solutions specializes in giving families their dream garages with beautiful epoxy floors.  Now not only is our garage a perfect space for play dates but extra room for birthday parties and special occasions!

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Transform your garage or basement space!

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Are you still trying to find extra space to put a spare bedroom, home office or play area for the kids? Your basement or garage which is only being used for storage right now could be your answer.  Basements and garages are an excellent way to add square footage to your home and utilize area that ordinarily would just sit.  Before you set up the space, look at these tips to see how to transform the space first.  It will save you time and energy before you move the thousands of boxes!

Define what you want the space to become: When transforming your basement or garage into an extra room there are decisions to decide on first. What do you want the space to become? An exercise room or home gym may only need adequate lighting, electrical outlets and ample space to place equipment. While a spare bedroom will need drywall put up over the concrete walls, flooring, lighting and aesthetic touches to make it a livable space that one would enjoy. Plan ahead to save money and time on the back end.

Purge and store:  It will be important to clean out each space to prepare to transform into a living area.  Determine if the items are still needed, or if they were just moved to the basement or garage from your previous house. For the items you are keeping, find a home for them immediately. If they are truly storage items, for example holiday decorations and seasonal items, install an organization system.  This can be shelving, cabinetry, or creative storage solutions that look aesthetically pleasing.

Convert your space: The best part is to transform it into your final space that you envisioned.  Get inspiration from interior magazines and online basement remodels to see what the possibilities can be for your space. Ask home improvement store personnel for help if you plan to do it yourself. If you’re hiring a contractor, explain in detail what you want with pictures if possible. When converting your space, ensure there is proper air and heating supply. Basements tend to stay cold if they are underground, therefore air conditioning may not be needed in some homes.

Epoxy Flooring (A Smart Choice) :  Basement and garage floors that resists moisture are easier to clean and maintain. Epoxy resists moisture better than other substances because it is a topical sealer. The moisture resistant properties are also important for enhancing floor protection. Apart from moisture, epoxy is a highly effective dust resistant, which helps to keep the  space clean with minimal cleaning. The qualities of epoxy makes it easier for cleaning in winter, particular after dust and debris gathers on the floor. A great solution whether the end use of your new transformed space is for a man cave, kids play area or an extra space for entertaining.

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no-obligation quote: 
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