Looking to trick out your workshop or garage? Put in a new floor. Most garage floors are with concrete or epoxy. Both stand up well to stains and debris. Epoxy is more colorful and easier to sweep and vacuum. Concrete can be acid washed, stained or polished for a clean, fresh look.
This product is waterproof and resistant to mold and mildew. It's available in a myriad of colors, we can even add flecks to it, for a more high-end look. It's also exceptionally durable, which makes it ideal for garages. But, not all epoxies are created equal. We do not recommend water-based kind because it just does not measure up. It is lesser quality in every measurable way except ease of application. We also prefer to use a primer. It guarantees proper adhesion and provides a moisture barrier to the concrete slab. Epoxy has two parts, a resin mixed with pigment and a hardener. A topcoat is always necessary, and a clear epoxy cannot be used as a topcoat. It lacks the proper hardness. Topcoats are designed to be harder than the epoxy surfaces they protect. Epoxies and topcoats are measured by an abrasion test called the Taber C-17. It's measured by using an abrasion wheel at a constant RPM and set time. Then the residue that is rubbed off is weighed in milligrams. We recommend under 20mg for residential and under 10mg for commercial use. The strongest is under 5mg. There is also an adhesion rating. We recommend at least 350 psi for adhesion, anything less and the epoxy can separate from the concrete. Then there is the impact rating. You want an impact rating of at least 125-inch pounds or more. The higher the number, the better. The whole point of getting a strong epoxy is to make sure it stands up to the weight of cars and equipment. Lesser epoxies and improper applications can lead to what is called tire pick up. Friction from the tires of your car meeting with the road at high speeds makes them hot. That combined with the weight of your vehicle can cause imprints in the floor. Add to that the South Florida hot summer temperature of the asphalt, and you have a higher likelihood for damaging your floor. We use high-grade epoxy, properly applied with a thick topcoat that will keep your floor looking new. This is another type of floor that is not for the DIY. Epoxies with a longer pot time (how long you have to apply it before it hardens) are an inferior product. By definition, they're not as hard and can lead to tie pick up. A quality epoxy will have a pot time of 30-40 minutes, which makes it difficult for the do it yourselfer to apply correctly. Make it easy on yourself. It's relatively inexpensive compared to other types of flooring. Hire a professional with experience installing epoxy floors. Hire us to make sure your epoxy floor is done right.
Most garages are have a concrete slab, which can crack and get stained over time. We'll apply a degreaser, and give it a thorough cleaning, and make necessary repairs before putting on the overlay. We can also stain or acid wash it to give you the look you want. If you want a cleaner more finished look, we recommend polished concrete.