Get a Professionally Applied Epoxy Garage Floor
An epoxy garage floor is anti-skid, resists oil stains, and wipes clean with the same ease as a kitchen counter. Epoxy flooring comes with enough variety; you’re bound to find something that appeals to your aesthetics. Choose from different colors and a wide selection of textures and additives.
Most people’s impression of an epoxy floor stems from the industrial epoxy floor which consists of at least three layers of epoxy with a total thickness of 2 millimeters and at least two layers of solid epoxy. The epoxy resin is applied on concrete floors that are in good condition, well sweep and free of dirt with no cracks, chips or grease stains. After the floor is coated and allowed to dry, it is extremely durable and resistant to damage caused by foot traffic, heavy equipment and spills of grease, water and chemicals.
The application of epoxy coatings is best done by professionals as many different problems can develop throughout the whole process. Mixing the epoxy, if done incorrectly could result in unwanted variations in the floor’s color as well as bubbles and pinholes: mix at the wrong speed and bubbles and pinholes could result. Mix your epoxy in small batches and you could wind up with an inconsistent floor color. If the floor isn’t prepped properly, small craters or fisheyes can develop from dust or grease still remaining on the surface of the floor.
Poor adhesion is another problem that might be encountered with an incorrect application. The surface bond is reduced significantly by direct exposure to sun light and high humidity. The bond is also jeopardized if it is applied onto floors that still have water, dirt, dust, oil or grease on them. The fact that the actual application requires expertise to get a smooth flawless finish also makes it preferable to hire professionals to apply the epoxy coating.
The application process
1. Check for moisture content: too much moisture and the floor is not suitable for an epoxy coating.
2. Start by cleaning the floor: vacuum any debris or dust.
3. Use a degreaser and a scrub brush to clean grease or oil stains
4. If needed, use a power washer to remove dirt and stains. Allow the surface to thoroughly dry.
5. Fill in small holes and cracks with concrete patch.
6. Prep the floor by using a shot blaster or diamond grinder to roughen the surface until it is the texture of fine sandpaper.
7. Apply painter’s tape along the bottom of the walls. (You may also tape plastic on the bottom two feet of the walls.)
8. Mix the epoxy’s two parts: the hardener or catalyst and the paint or resin. While stirring the paint add the hardener.
9. Immediately start applying the epoxy to the floor. Complete the entire application in two hours or less. Ht weather requires an even faster application time.
10. Work in 10 foot by ten foot sections and keep the edges wet by painting over them when you move to the next section.
11. Wait 12 hours between applications.
12. After applying the last layer wait 24 hours before walking on the surface and a week before driving the car onto the surface.
Your professional will know all these steps and some hidden tricks that he uses to insure an expert finish. A novice will not know these hidden steps and therefore, will not get the same flawless result. If you want, perfection, hire the professional epoxy garage floor installers.
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.