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Epoxy Garage Floors

An epoxy floor is by far the most durable choice for a garage. It is also the most expensive and the most difficult to install. Unlike PVC flooring or vinyl mats that are quick and easy to put in and take out, epoxy is a permanent finish that involves a labor intensive process, usually done by a professional. The result is an industrial strength, high quality finish that is harder than the concrete it sits on. The process consists of applying a primer, followed by several layers of epoxy, a coat of texture such as sand or urethane chips, and several coats of a sealer.

If you are thinking of installing an epoxy floor in your garage, consider the following:

  • Newer epoxies are acrylic based rather than made from solvents, so they are less toxic. This makes them much safer to work with and far more pleasant to be around during the application process. The newer types are just as strong as the old varieties.
  • The best results will be achieved when the epoxy is applied to a new concrete floor that has been properly and completely cured. Cracks larger than 1/8 inch need to be repaired before the epoxy goes on; cracks smaller will be filled by the epoxy itself.
  • Some floors may have to be prepared by scarifying them before they are coated. Moisture conditions may also affect the installation process. It is important not to proceed until the concrete is properly prepared, as fixing a bad epoxy job is difficult and expensive.
  • Epoxy yellows when it is exposed to sunlight. The final coats of sealer used should be a UV blocking clear urethane to prevent this from happening.

If properly installed, an epoxy garage floor will last forever and be extremely easy to maintain.

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