PROFESSIONAL EPOXY COATINGS VS. THE COMPETITION

May 1, 2015

Painted Concrete Floor

Used in both residential and commercial applications, epoxy garage floor coating is one of the toughest, most long-lasting floor coverings you can choose. It protects the garage floor and transforms it from drab and dull to a thing of beauty.

Since the garage is fast becoming more than just a place to park your car, it’s important to take your floor coating selection seriously. Learn about epoxy flooring and see how it compares to other floor coating options.

WHAT IS EPOXY FLOOR COATING?
It’s important to understand that while garage floor epoxy is applied like paint, it isn’t actually paint at all. Epoxy is much thicker and stronger, the result of mixing one part epoxide resin with one part polyamine hardener. This combination creates a thermosetting resin, which cures in place as opposed to just drying like paint does.

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO EPOXY FLOOR COATING?
Plastic floor tiles: Several drawbacks exist with floor tiles. First, seams between the tiles make them more difficult to clean. These seams are not airtight and allow liquid spills and oil to seep through, potentially damaging the concrete floor beneath. Also, if you want to replace one tile, you must disassemble several squares surrounding it to get at the tile in question.
DIY epoxy flooring kits: Epoxy is not meant to be a do-it-yourself job. The project requires proper floor cleaning and etching to ensure proper adhesion. It involves properly mixing the two epoxy components and applying the coating swiftly so it doesn’t begin to cure before you’re finished. A top coat adds to the project’s complexity. On top of all this, you need a quality epoxy product to begin with or the coating will fail and ruin your garage floor. No, it’s best to leave the job to a professional.
Garage floor mats: Rubber wall-to-wall floor mats seem comparable to epoxy flooring, but they have a few drawbacks that don’t exist with epoxy. First, mats are vulnerable to petroleum products and could be permanently damaged if exposed to them. The material is also prone to sticking to car tires on hot summer days, which could damage the floor coating or the tires. You also have to replace the entire floor to repair damage.

WHY EPOXY FLOOR COATING IS THE BEST
As long as it’s professionally installed, garage epoxy flooring crushes the competition. Besides looking nice, epoxy floor coating resists chipping, impacts and staining. It’s also moisture resistant and anti-dusting. The coating is easy to clean, effortless to maintain and will look new for years to come.

If you’re interested in having epoxy flooring installed in your garage, please contact Lux Garage & Closet to learn more.

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