Epoxy garage floors Orange County are a great option for people who are looking for a durable and long-lasting floor. These floors are made from epoxy and can last anywhere from six to twelve months depending on the amount of use that is put into it. They can also be easily cleaned with a damp cloth and a little bit of soap.
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The vast majority of epoxy coating systems installed in residential garages are low solids, big-box retail epoxy flooring systems ripe for the DIY enthusiast. The allure of these garage floor paint systems is obvious—for a few hundred dollars a homeowner can make over their garage floor. Unfortunately, these systems are difficult to install properly and are simply an imitation of common industrial flooring installation. Generally, they’re nothing more than a single part latex paint with a small amount of added epoxy resin.
These systems don’t offer the benefits that a properly installed, high-quality epoxy garage floor system does. This article will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of our luxury garage floor epoxy system.
LUXURY GARAGE FLOOR EPOXY FOR ORANGE COUNTY RESIDENTS
Orange County homeowners often want a luxury look and feel. Unlike single-layer big-box retail systems, a luxury epoxy garage floor system is comprised of multiple layers of durable concrete coatings to protect your floor and provide an attractive, high-performance surface. These different layers are picked for their individual properties, providing an optimal system for performance and longevity.
Our system typically includes a 100% solids epoxy base coat, epoxy flakes broadcast to rejection, and polyurethane or polyaspartic topcoat.
GLOSS OR SATIN FINISHES ARE AVAILABLE
For most installations, we suggest polyurethane topcoats over polyaspartic. Many ‘one-day epoxy garage floor’ companies rely on a polyaspartic topcoat because of its very fast cure time, however, it is much more viscous as well, which will reduce the inherent slip-resistant nature of flake epoxy flooring systems.
Polyurethane topcoats are very thin by nature, which allows us to properly seal the broadcast flakes without sacrificing epoxy floor coating slip resistance. Better yet, polyurethane topcoats are available in both high-gloss and matte finishes, allowing us to have better control of the finished aesthetic. There’s nothing more modern looking than gray epoxy flooring with a matte topcoat.
FAST INSTALL TIME
Our standard garage floor epoxy installation time is two days. While there are many companies that offer one-day floors, as we discussed above, they simply do not perform as well.
Keep in mind that garage floor epoxy installations can fail prematurely if the underlying concrete floor isn’t prepped properly, so it’s important that they’re installed professionally. DIY concrete surface prep is rarely sufficient for garage flooring installations.
Drawbacks of Epoxy Garage Floors
HOT TIRE PICK-UP
When hot tires are parked on an epoxy coating, they can cause softening and weakness leading to a condition called hot tire pick up. Simply put, hot tire pick-up is when a garage floor coating separates from the underlying cement and adheres to vehicle tires.
This is most commonly a concern with big-box retail epoxy flooring systems and in installations where the concrete slab was improperly prepared for an epoxy floor coating system. The low solids epoxy paints used in big-box retail systems simply aren’t strong enough or thick enough to stand up to this persistent abuse. On properly installed luxury epoxy floors, hot tire pick-up is an unusual occurrence.
EPOXY IS NOT UV STABLE
Epoxy coatings are not UV stable, so they will amber with exposure to sunlight. To solve this problem, we install epoxy flake to full rejection and apply a polyurethane or polyaspartic topcoat. Both of these topcoat materials are UV stable and therefore will allow for an attractive, long-lasting garage floor coating.
EPOXY CAN BE DAMAGED BY WELDING
While not a common concern for most of our residential customers, heat from welding will burn an epoxy coating. If you need a concrete garage floor installation that can stand up to welding, polished concrete will provide the most durability.