Installing a smooth epoxy garage floor over our concrete slab is an incredibly appealing home project, especially if you like spending time in your garage. But one of the most important questions you can ask before choosing your epoxy and installation process is how long it will last. Naturally, no matter how beautiful that epoxy coating is, you need to know if you’ll be maintaining it more or less often than the concrete, and if so, how much maintenance it will need.
Today, we’re here to answer the question of how long epoxy garage floors last to your full satisfaction. But first, we need to establish that there are two very different answers to this question. One answer for DIY installations with box-kits of epoxy and one answer for professional-grade multi-layer epoxy installed by a trained team. So if you’re finding wildly different answers on the internet, look closely. You’ll see that the very short time spans are almost always in reference to DIY projects (or by epoxy-alternative competitors) while the long lifespans are quoted in reference to professional installations.
Professional Epoxy Installation: 10 to 30 Years
Professional-grade epoxy installations involve multiple layers that cure together to make a thick, flexible, and highly durable floor coating. Here at Poly Tek, we apply a single-comp base primer to seal in the concrete and smooth over any underlying flaws. This is then layered with high-build epoxy color coat and a glossy high-performance topcoat. Together, applied correctly by professionals, these form an epoxy garage floor that can last for decades.
Many homeowners find that a professional-grade epoxy floor installation lasts for ten to thirty years without needing maintenance and we are rarely called to maintain the floors we or other professionals have installed. When we do, this maintenance usually only requires a cleaning and reapplication of the topcoat with no damage to the lower layers.
DIY Kit Epoxy Installation: 1 to 5 Years
On the other hand, homeowners to take garage floor epoxy installation into their own hands, often using kits found in the hardware section of their local department store, see far less satisfactory results. Box epoxy kits rarely include the professional-grade epoxy layers included in an expert installation, and the DIY homeowners do not have the experience necessary to seal concrete flaws and create a smooth even floor surface.
This is no slight on the homeowners, it takes years of careful practice before epoxy application is perfected. And homeowners cannot be expected to know or have access to the right mix of epoxy layers for optimal performance. DIY epoxy applications tend to last no more than years, and rarely more than three without showing wear and tear.
Epoxy Lifespan Influences
Of course, there are always a few factors that can influence the lifespan of your epoxy garage floor. High-traffic areas are more likely to see the topcoat wear through earlier than garages that are rarely walked or driven through. If your floor sees very light use or is limited only to foot traffic, your epoxy floor will last it’s maximum possible lifespan, whether professionally or personally installed.
While a garage floor that is constantly used for the commuter car coming and going, as a family gathering spot, or as an indoor-outdoor bicycle arena for your children may begin to wear down a little sooner.
Epoxy Lifespan Maintenance
Finally, remember to take care of your epoxy floor. Many homeowners mistake a floor that has become grimy with dirt and automotive spills with a floor that has taken damage. Remember to sweep up and do some serious mopping at least once a year and you’ll see that your professionally installed epoxy floor is still in good condition.
If you do see real signs of wear or tear, chances are that your floor merely needs a little buffing and a new topcoat to renew its long life of attractive and high-performance garage support. For more information about epoxy garage floors to install or maintain in your home, contact us today!