Concrete is a perfectly acceptable standard for your garage floor. When you are hoping to sell your home in the near future or just want an extra special look, an epoxy floor kicks it up a notch. There are several factors to consider when upgrading to epoxy in your garage.
High Performance Option
Not all epoxy is created equal. There are coatings that you can install yourself that will chip, fade, melt or wear out quickly. That is because they are not designed to withstand the endurance test that your garage floor encounters on a regular basis. The tires on your car get hot on the road, so the floor needs to be highly heat resistant. If you do any work in your garage at all, you will need a floor that can stand up to chemical exposure for a quick cleanup. You also need an epoxy floor that doesn’t take on water damage easily. When the technician who installs it suggests a higher grade of epoxy, therefore, these are probably the reasons why.
Proper Floor Preparation
Your installation professional should take great care to prepare the existing floor before applying the epoxy resin. Contrary to popular belief, the floor doesn’t need to be smooth. In fact, the epoxy will adhere better if the texture is a little grainy. You may see the technicians sand the concrete with a shot blaster or apply gel acids to get it ready for the resin. Then they will apply the coating, with or without decorative chips, and let it dry thoroughly before it’s ready to use. Ensuring that the floor is adequately prepared before the epoxy is applied can prevent chips and cracks, and adding extra touches can hide some of the floor’s existing imperfections nicely.
An epoxy floor in your garage is a fantastic way to add value to your home. Whether you are trying to make it more attractive to buyers or want to enjoy the effects yourself, the coating can make your floor look great for a long time.