There are many options for choosing the right garage flooring, as there are many factors that may go unnoticed until months after the application. The 3 important qualities to look out for are durability, maintenance, and safety.
Typically, when it comes to coating the garage floor, using paint may be the first thought that comes to mind. However, lower quality coatings are susceptible to stains and peeling from just hot tires alone- they’re a slippery hazard and paint easily chips from normal impact.
Weigh the Pros and Cons of Garage Flooring Types
Going through the project of decluttering your garage and moving everything out just to use a lower quality garage floor paint will waste more time and energy in the long run. It’s not uncommon to need to repaint your garage on a yearly basis. Add up all the time and resources spent over a few years and you can easily see that having a temporary fix is not a sustainable solution. So let’s explore epoxy garage flooring.
Durability and Spill Proof
The garage usually stores much heavier items and is generally the place where you shouldn’t have to worry about damaging the floor. Therefore, when considering the type of coating, make sure that it’s durable and spill proof.
With epoxy garage flooring, you won’t have to worry about chipping or surface abrasions from falling items such as a hammer or a bike, due to its chemical structure. Epoxy is formed by mixing one part epoxide resin with one part polyamine hardener, and the curing process is what gives epoxy its superior strength and durability.
As we all know, cars can sometimes leak and if you’re doing your own car maintenance, you’re usually very careful where you use to do your work in consideration of these leaks staining the floor. Well with epoxy flooring, chemicals and fluids simply do not stick as epoxy is chemical and stain resistant. No need to worry about oil, brake fluids, anti-freeze, or gasoline because they can be easily wiped away, even after they’ve been sitting there for a few days. This quality alone makes this garage flooring type attractive.
Let’s face it, whenever we buy something or plan to upgrade, the last thing we want is increased maintenance, although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Here’s a quick little known fact about concrete flooring: concrete constantly sheds layers of powder on the surface (called concrete dust), so no matter how much sweeping you do, the floor is never fully clean.
Temperature variance in the climate changes with your added car weight almost guarantees cracks over time, which will require sealing. With some professional epoxy garage flooring installations, your current cracks and minor imperfections get covered first so that the end result is perfect. The only maintenance you’ll have with epoxy is sweeping with a soft broom and a mop.
Safety and Enhancements
Epoxy Coating is not only slip-resistant, it also brightens up your garage. The garage is more than just a place to park your car if you set it up properly. Alongside garage storage systems, a garage floor can add the showroom effect where you may see yourself spending more time without disturbing the rest of the family. And if you’re a real car enthusiast, you can exponentially rise above the ranks with a garage autolift. There’s a lot you can do to complete your dream garage makeover.
If you’re looking to recoat your garage flooring, do it the right way the first time and choose epoxy garage flooring. They last over a decade and once installed, you’ll be able to enjoy it instead of constantly repainting your garage floor.
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