A Simple Guide to Installing Garage Floor Epoxy Paint
If you are looking forward to increasing the resale value of your home, then one of the many things that can help you with that is using epoxy concrete paint on the floor of your garage. This will not only add an aesthetic value to your house, which will make your garage stand out from the rest as it will also provide it with a great level of protection.
It will also make it much easier to maintain and clean the floor. The best thing is that applying garage floor epoxy paint is not that hard and you can apply it yourself for an affordable price. Before you decide to make that decision, it is important to preview the entire installation process so you do not start something and find out that you are in way over your head.
The following steps are for a garage floor that does not have an existing paint or any other kind of coating. You should also add this knowledge with the steps that are found on the product itself for extra tips or instructions before you start to apply the coating; this is because each product can be different.
The first thing is prepping the floor. You can start by removing any clutter in the garage before vacuuming and sweeping the floor in order to clean up any dirt and dust. After you are done, you have to check if there is an existing sealant on the floor, this is because epoxy garage floor coverings do not stick well to concrete floors that have a sealant, so you will have to rip out the sealant before applying the epoxy.
After you are done, hose down the floor and then you are clear to move on to the next step, which is acid etching the surface. This will give the epoxy the ability to grip to the floor. The muriatic acid can be bought from any hardware store. You mix it with a big bucket of water (ten to one, water to acid). Make sure to wear a mask and cover the walls and any furniture because the fumes are strong. Evenly distribute it on the floor by using a push broom then rinse it off before repeating this step on more time.
After the acid etching is done, the prep work is over, which is the hard part. Now comes the time to apply the epoxy garage floor resurfacing layer. This is best done within the first forty-eight hours from the etching process. After you choose the epoxy you want to use, you will mix the 2 parts and start laying it down. The epoxy mixture will harden within four to twelve hours, so try to finish it as soon as you can so it does not harden before you apply it.
If all of this seems complicated and time consuming, you can always hire a professional concrete resurfacing company that can handle everything for you. This includes all of the needed prep work and the installation of the epoxy system itself.
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- Pam Orland Park, IL
Really Pleased! Our garage needed some major help – not only was it a mess but the floor was just ugly with all the stains and such. I will agree with the reviewer below – do not go with the cheap imitators! Floorguard not only has a great product, but their installers and service is well worth any extra cost, which is minimal anyway. Our neighbors have commented on how good our garage looks and we’ve recommended them to Floorguard without hesitation.
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My neighbor had a floor done by another company that was new to the industry, boy were they sorry. I went with the experts, Floorguard did an incredible job!!
- Tom T., Orland Park
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- Jenny P.
Covering our old, gray garage floor was a great aesthetic and functional improvement. This project requires 2 days: first day preparing the surface (major job requiring right equipment), putting down first coating and sprinkling the flakes. This requires about 4 hours. After this dries, they come back next day and apply the topcoat. They notified us when they would start the work and arrived as promised. They worked diligently, completed the work efficiently, left the work areas and our driveway clean. The owner Steve is a great guy to deal with.
- Bob H.
It was a pleasure dealing with the company’s owner Steve Chaloult. When we called him to give us an estimate, he arranged to come within a few days. We have a very large two car garage. His estimate was a bit more than the first company we called but he seemed very well prepared in showing us samples and very knowledgeable about his product and we just liked him. For personal reasons , we had to delay installation for about a month and he could not be more accommodating. we finally we able to have it done this past week and it was worth the wait. The garage floor is just beautiful and I never would have thought I would say that about a garage floor! We also had the lower walls around the floor done and very glad we did. At one time we were thinking we could do this ourselves using a kit. WHAT were we thinking? This is a job for a professional and we are so glad we used Steve.
- Moira J.
The owner Steve Chaloult was easy to work with and he’s very good at what he does. I highly recommend Floorguard as your contractor if you’re wanting to have a garage floor finished with a durable epoxy like colored finish. Floorguard came when they said they would and cleaned up after they were finished. Floorguard also installs garage storage cabinets.
- Andrew A.
Very responsive, good communicator. Was on time and did a top quality job. Very happy with the outcome.
- Anonymous Homeowner
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- John H.