If your garage is a multifunctional space, it is likely that this room, more so its floor, has taken a beating over the years. Whether you use the garage to host your friends or simply use it to shelter of your vehicle, the flooring may have succumbed to damages from scuff marks, fluid spills, the weight of your car and even tyre tracks! After a while, the concrete will not only look worse for wear, but its integrity will be compromised too.
Rather than engage in regular concrete repairs and occasional replacement, you should look into investing in an epoxy coating for your garage floor and any other concrete floors around the residence! If you have never encountered this coating before, here are a couple of answers to questions that you may have regarding epoxy coatings.
What will epoxy do for your garage flooring?
Epoxy coatings may sound too good to be true since they stand to prevent a host of concrete-related damages, but this is not an exaggeration. Comprising of resin compounds and curing agents, this adhesive coating creates a hard, impenetrable layer over the concrete. To begin with, the epoxy is resistant to chemicals, and this means it will not be reactive to any of the fluids that leak from your vehicle.
Secondly, the epoxy is also load resistant, so it will not succumb to cracks at the same rate at which concrete does. Thirdly, epoxy coatings are available in an assortment of colours, and this allows you to customise your garage flooring to your taste.
Not to mention that ability of the epoxy to camouflage any cosmetic damages on the concrete's surface once it has been laid! Hence, not only does the concrete floor in your garage look better, but it becomes resistant to premature damage too!
How long does the epoxy installation take?
The epoxy installation process will take a little under a week to be complete. The reason for this is that in its original state, the resin is in a liquid state and several coats need to be applied to the concrete floor. Therefore, the prepping of the floor and application of the coating will take a couple of days.
Once the epoxy is in place, it needs time to cure so that it can harden and gain its dimensional stability. The curing process will take several days. It is worth noting that the curing process can be accelerated when the temperatures are warm, so you may want to consider coating the garage floor with epoxy during the summer months.
Take heed, however, that this installation process should never be a DIY project. If the epoxy is not applied and cured professionally, it is vulnerable to air bubbles. As a result, the coating will eventually detach from the garage floor.