All kinds of public spaces with heavy foot traffic have epoxy floors. Epoxy is the material of choice for shopping malls, hospitals, auto repair garages, and civic centers. Builders choose it because it can be both beautiful and durable—saving money over the long run.
Epoxy is also a great choice for your garage floor. Here’s why.
- Epoxy is easy to clean. You can clean your epoxy garage floor with a power washer, if you don’t have drywall or wood trim to protect, or you can clean off your epoxy floor with a warm mopping with a grease remover.
- Epoxy comes in a variety of colors. Epoxy is applied to a concrete floor as flakes. You can tell your contractor to create a floor that looks like terrazzo, with gray, black, and white flakes, or you can choose a mixture of neutral colors to match woodwork, or you can get an epoxy garage floor in a single color.
- Epoxy can be made slip-proof. The size of the epoxy flakes determines the amount of grip your shoes and feet will have on the surface. Your contractor can help you choose slip-proof epoxy in the colors you want.
- It’s hard to damage epoxy. Dropping a tool, or a free weight, or even the jack for your car won’t usually dent or scratch your epoxy floor. Epoxy keeps its colors even when you spill bleach, motor oil, or gasoline.
There are even epoxy blends that are scientifically proven to keep your garage floor warmer.
The easy-application one-coat “epoxy” paints you can find in the big-box home improvement stores are really just latex paint with some epoxy flakes mixed in. They only last about two years. Then they will need touch-up every six months.
Real epoxy floors can last up to 50 years. Professionally installed garage floors are one and done, but there are a lot of things professionals will do that do-it-yourselfers don’t know about.
What’s the Process for Installing an Epoxy Garage Floor?
One of the big differences in a professionally installed epoxy garage floor is the attention to preparation. The pros will take several hours making sure they are not trapping any oil, wax, grease, or mold beneath the epoxy.
The next step is applying dry epoxy flakes. Flakes of epoxy come in sizes ranging from 1/32” to 1”. The installer makes sure the epoxy is distributed over the entire floor, before sealing the epoxy flakes with polyurethane or polyaspartic topcoat.
Putting in an epoxy garage floor usually takes two days. You will have to make sure you, your family, and your pets stay out of the garage until the work is done. If you are installing epoxy flooring in Atlanta, you might even have to wait three days when humidity is high. But you will be so happy with the results that you will be sure it was worth the wait.
Choosing the Right Contractor
Are you ready to Google for epoxy garage floor near me? First, make sure you can get the finish you want. The best choice for doing your garage floor will offer granite, stone, quartz, metallic, and terrazzo finishes.
It never hurts to shop around. Get multiple cost estimates for your next epoxy garage floor. Check out reviews. Make sure your contractor has a Georgia contractor’s license.
If the company promises your floor will last, for example, 10 years, ask if they will give you a warranty for 10 years. Or, even better, they will give you a written Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee. Most importantly, choose a contractor with experience in epoxy floors. Contractors who specialize in epoxy flooring and nothing else will always give you the best value and the best service.