Best Garage Floor Coating

Are you tired of that old gray, boring, dirty looking concrete garage floor? So you decided you want to cover it.

There are a number of products you can use to do this.

  • A clear sealer will get rid of the dust the concrete produces and make it easier to clean the floor. You will still have the same look. and it will wear off over time.
  • Painting the floor will help made it look nicer while making it easier to clean. The paint will wear off and will not hold up to many chemicals you could have in your garage.
  • Staining the concrete and then a urethane sealer over it will make the floor look great. You will still have an issue with cracks and expansion joints.

So which is the best? In our opinion, epoxy coating is the best product you can use. Epoxy certainly is not the cheapest to install, but over the life of the floor it will come out to be the most economical.

Epoxy is harder than any paint and will hold up to most things being dropped on it.

It make your garage look like a show room for many years to come.

 

WHAT IS GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY?

We’ll start by ending some confusion about epoxy right now.  An epoxy garage floor coating is not paint.  Paint for garage floors is a latex acrylic product.  Some paints will have a small percentage of epoxy added to the mix to make it more durable than standard paint, but it is still paint.  These are known as epoxy paints or 1-part epoxy paint.

epoxy garage floor with contraction joints

Epoxy is an actual thermosetting resin that is applied as a coating.  It is formed when you mix one part epoxide resin with one part polyamine hardener.  The hardener acts as a catalyst and is what gives epoxy its strength.

Unlike paint that has to dry, epoxy cures.  When the two parts are mixed, a chemical reaction is started which creates an exothermic curing process.  This curing process produces polymer structures that are closely cross-linked giving epoxy its superior strength and durability.  The end result is a coating that is much thicker than paint and bonds tenaciously to a properly prepared surface.

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