Trying to determine which garage floor coating is the best for your garage is difficult. There are many options out there, and each has their own benefits. To determine which is the best floor coating, learning more about these options is the best thing to do. Here is some information that can help.
Epoxy Floor Coatings
There are several options available in the epoxy style floor coatings. One of the most popular is a water based epoxy. These types are easy to apply and offer a fantastic shelf life. In fact, this kind of floor coating is almost as easy to apply as paint, which is why it is often referred to as epoxy paint.
One of the downsides of this type of epoxy covering is that it is not as durable as other epoxy options. They are also not as resistant to stains and chemicals and are susceptible to hot tire lift. They are rather cost-effective, though, so some homeowners still prefer to use this coating.
Another option is a high solid epoxy. This is a commercial grade epoxy and is more resistant to stains and other issues. The coats are much thicker than the water based versions, and they offer a great color base coat. There are also many color options available with this epoxy. If you do choose an epoxy, you will want to add a clear epoxy or polyurethane top coat to the upper part of the floor.
Polyurea and Polyaspartic Coatings
Over the past few years, these types of floor coatings have become more and more popular. This is a relatively new type of coating and is quickly becoming a favorite alternative to epoxy floor coverings. One of the great things about this kind of floor covering is that it cures very quickly. In fact, it can become completely hard within 5 minutes.
It is similar to epoxy in that it is a 2-part component. Resin and a catalyst are mixed together so that the material will become hard when it cures. VOC’s are small, and some options actually have none of them. It is also more flexible than epoxy and is sometimes used for spray-on bed liners and other similar items.
One of the benefits of using this type of coating is that you can apply it in extremely cold and high temperatures. With an epoxy covering, you typically need to wait until the temperature outside is rather mild. Since it cures quickly, it is also something that can be applied in one day. You will also be able to use your garage the next day, as compared to the 3-5 day waiting period with an epoxy covering.
There are some downsides to this covering, however. For example, it is more expensive than epoxy coverings. It also requires specialized equipment to apply it, so it is not something you could do on your own. Also, the materials needed to apply this coating are about twice as expensive as epoxy.
In addition to choosing the right type of floor coating, there are other things you will want to consider. For example, you should consider whether you need to add an anti-slip additive to your floor covering. This could help make your garage floor safe and help you avoid slipping and falling when you are walking around in it. This is especially beneficial for commercial businesses and those who frequently work in their garages.
If you are considering garage floor coating, be sure to contact us today, and we will be able to help you determine what type of coating will work best with your garage and which will make it look its best.