Epoxy versus Concrete Stain
Many families are now beginning to opt for concrete stains over an epoxy flooring due to the immediate price value. However, even though concrete stains have a face value that is “cheaper” they are also cheaper quality. Concrete stains have hardly any of the benefits that Epoxy does. From durability to protection, strength, or even the formation of mildew, Epoxy should always be the top choice because, for a small increase in price, you receive a floor that looks great, not just today, but for many years to come.
Concrete stains do not provide long-term protection for your concrete because these stains can wither away quite quickly, leaving your concrete prone to growing mildew, staining and cracking. In fact, some concrete stains can even damage the very concrete it is intended to protect! They can damage the floors by shortening their lifespan through decreased protection from water and corrosion in comparison to epoxy garage flooring.
Stains penetrate concrete through a chemical mixture. This mixture is typically composed of water, hydrochloric acid, as well as salts. This chemical reaction will permanently alter the color of your concrete, which might look great! Or, you might end up with an uneven color! A sealant is always applied after a stain. However, concrete is porous and nature so if any breaks are made in the sealant, then the chemical reaction will alter your concrete to a different color in different parts of your concrete! That is not the best look, which is why Epoxy is highly preferred over concrete stains.
Epoxy flooring works much differently. Epoxy is layered on top of your concrete and provides a much stronger protection for your concrete floors compared to stains. Epoxy doesn’t have a sealant that can break and leave you with multicolored concrete. It works more similarly to a paint instead, ensuring even color across your entire space.
In addition, Epoxy is waterproof and will protect your floor from any kind of water damage. With this new layer of Epoxy, you can also choose from a very wide variety of colors and trust that your concrete will neither stain nor corrode.
As you can see, Epoxy provides a lot of protection for your concrete in addition to being waterproof, stain resistant, all while combatting corrosion. Unlike concrete stains, which can damage your concrete and leave it prone to cracking, staining, and mildewing. It is safe to say that while concrete stains are immediately cheaper, choosing Epoxy will give you more bang for your buck in the long run.
My garage was so cluttered and a total mess, I was always embarrassed to have the door open! Not anymore!! Floorguard® helped me design a perfect system for my family, it’s amazing!! Now I keep my garage door open for all to see, it’s organized, and absolutely beautiful!!!
- 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.
The garage looks so good! A+ company on every level. Wish I had another garage to resurface!
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
When it comes to adding value to your business, you can’t go wrong with the superior technology and materials from Floorguard
- 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
Great eexperience. Quick and dependable service. High quality. Fair cost.
- John H.