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Garage floor coating: should I use floor paint or epoxy coating?

Epoxy floor coating for non-slip effect. May 22, 2020

As a homeowner, what are you doing to protect the longevity and appearance of your garage floor? If you’re considering a floor coating, there’s a few things you need to know.

A floor coating can extend the life of your flooring and improve the aesthetic of an usually fairly lacklustre room. Garage floors in particular need to be able to withstand a substantial amount of wear and tear, with the frequent traffic in and out from cars and bikes, which can cause stains and marks on unprotected floors. So what are the best products to protect your floors?

Garage floor coatings: what are they and what do they do?

As the name suggests, garage floor coatings are applied to a floor in order to protect it from stains and tyre marks.

There are several choices when it comes to floor coatings. Two of the most widely-trusted options are garage floor paint and epoxy floor coating. Both come with their pros, cons, costs and applications.

What is garage floor paint?

And why is it different to the stuff that goes on your walls? Garage floor paint is a latex acrylic paint, a slightly tougher paint to what you would put on your walls, but just like wall paint, it is available in myriad colours.

Some manufacturers offer paint products that contain a certain amount of epoxy, and will refer to this as 1-Part epoxy paint. Floor paint that contains some epoxy offers more consistent adhesion and will be more durable than paint without the epoxy.

In terms of cost, floor paint can be the cheaper option. However, it will likely require more frequent touch-ups.

What is epoxy floor coating?

Epoxy floor coating is made up of two-components: epoxy resin and polyamine hardener. Epoxy can be coloured or clear. If you have a coloured epoxy, it’s the epoxy resin that the colour is applied to.

The nature of the two components means the final product is a hard, very durable surface coating that provides a protective seal to the concrete floor as well as a stain-resistant barrier (perfect for grease, oil and rubber from the cars).

While you can purchase epoxy floor coating at hardware stores, there is value in having a professional supply and apply the epoxy coating for you. One key reason for this is because the higher the epoxy content, the higher the viscosity (read: thicker and stickier). So while DIY epoxy paint kits may sound very appealing and easy to use, if you want a high-quality result, it’s best to leave it to an expert epoxy flooring specialist, such as Kleenit.

In terms of cost, epoxy requires a higher up-front investment but will usually last at least 3 to 5 years before needing to be touched up.

What are the advantages of epoxy coating over normal floor paint for your garage?

All in all, when comparing epoxy coating to normal floor paint, it’s clear from our experience that the epoxy floor coating provides a superior and longer-lasting finish for your garage floors. The key benefit of using an epoxy floor coating over floor paint is durability.

For a garage floor coating that looks better for longer, professionally applied epoxy floor coatings help avoid the trap of ‘buy cheap, buy twice.’

Choosing a professional epoxy floor coating service.

Want advice from an expert in epoxy floor coatings in your area? Call Kleenit for the know-how and experience to “get the job done!”

Oh, and you can get a free quote for epoxy garage floor coating in Australia by getting in touch.

 

 

 

Garage Floor Coating FAQs

What are epoxy resins?

Epoxy resins are adhesive synthetic thermosetting polymers containing epoxide groups. They are one of the simplest ways to improve your floor and protect it, provided application is carried out by a professional.

How does floor epoxy coating work?

Epoxy floor coatings work through a special chemical reaction caused when a resin and hardeners are mixed. The result is a robust and rigid plastic surface that binds incredibly well to most floor substrates.

How is floor epoxy coating applied?

Epoxy can be poured onto a level or semi-level surface and spread across cracks and other floor abnormalities. Epoxy coatings can also be coloured before application, or mixed with small particles to create a vibrant flake flooring effect. Epoxy might also be mixed with graded sand or quartz crystals to create a hardwearing, non-slip surface. Mortar epoxy flooring is thicker than the self-levelling mix and is usually troweled into place and levelled manually.

How long does it take to cure floor epoxy coating?

Once professionally mixed, and the chemical reaction is complete, the epoxy needs to be cured. After 24-48 hours (temperature/humidity dependent) it becomes a strong, stable, non-reactive barrier for flooring. Once hardened, epoxy is known to withstand reactions with most common chemicals, making it the perfect choice for industrial floor applications.

What are the benefits of epoxy floor coating?

Most formulations have a paste consistency and can be applied by trowel or extruded as beads. They easily fill gaps and provide excellent sealing properties particularly against harsh chemicals. Correctly applied, epoxy coatings create a hard-wearing and long lasting barrier for industrial spaces and even garage floors.

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