Using An Epoxy As A Garage Floor Covering

Garage floors are traditionally constructed as a one-piece concrete foundation. Although, concrete is extremely strong and durable, it is also very porous and stains easily; therefore, many homeowners are opting to apply an epoxy garage floor covering. Epoxy is a compound that comes in two parts: part A (the resin) and part B (the hardener). When these two parts are mixed they create a chemical reaction. The end product of this chemical reaction is a sticky, non-porous, long-lasting coating. Once dried, this type of coating is resilient and effortless to keep clean. Its chemical make-up prevents oil, paint, and other stains from setting in and creating unsightly spots and smudges throughout the base of the garage.

Before application of this floor covering can begin, the concrete garage floor must be properly prepared to accept this layer. A profile needs to be created in order to get the epoxy to adhere to the concrete. Creating a rough surface by means similar to sanding the floor will accomplish this initial step in the process. This technique creates an imperfect, but smooth canvas in the mineral rich concrete that will allow the compound to bond with the garage foundation. After the canvas is properly prepared, the area needs to be made clean and are dust free. In addition, the areas not being treated can be masked off with painter’s tape for protection.

The compound is then mixed into a five-gallon bucket and rolled on exactly like paint using painting poles and rollers. Epoxy comes in a variety of sheens that add shine to the product, which in turn adds shine to the epoxy garage floor. The type of sheen used is completely dependent on the taste and preference of the homeowner.

While the additive is drying, one could sprinkle colored flecks to provide additional texture and color. In addition, during application one could use painter’s tape to create a pattern, such as the popular checkerboard pattern. Furthermore, there is also an epoxy based, stamped concrete product on the market. This item uses the standard A and B parts, but adds Part C for thickness. After this thicker epoxy is applied pre-made stamps can be used to create the appearance of marble, flagstone, or even tile finishes.

An epoxy garage floor covering adds a touch of class and elegance to the traditional garage. This additional layer is virtually painless to apply and to maintain. Oil, paint, and other liquids can simply be wiped up with a soft cloth, and the entire floor can be made spotless by the use of a simple, store-bought, floor cleaner and mop. Applying an epoxy floor would be similar to blanketing the floor of the garage in a thin, but unbreakable piece of plastic.

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