Concrete garage floors go through a lot of abuse. Your garage floor is subjected to vehicle and pedestrian traffic every day. This traffic exposes it to dirt, dust, grease, chemicals, and automotive fluids. As if that's not enough, add hot tires, road grime, moisture from rain and snow, and, depending on where you live, extreme temperature fluctuations.
Your garage floor usually receives more wear and tear than any other surface in your house. Still, it's often the most neglected surface and taken for granted. Over time, any garage flooring that is not properly maintained will begin to show signs of wear, such as cracks and pitting. In addition, spills, leaks, and moisture can cause stains and uneven surface color. This can lead to expensive repairs, resealing, or replacement, which can be extremely costly.
Epoxy flooring is the ideal solution for garage floors
When it comes to garage flooring systems for your home, epoxy flooring stands out from other flooring options for many reasons. Epoxy garage floors are a highly durable, customizable, sustainable, and decorative option. What makes epoxy flooring so appealing is its resistance to heavy wear and tear.
Garage floor epoxy coatings are known for their resistance to oil, gas, and most chemicals. Unlike raw concrete, which can absorb spills and discolor, the depth and layering of epoxy flooring cause spill to gather and puddle on top without damaging the coating. When cured, epoxy is resistant to heat and can withstand temperatures of 200 degrees Fahrenheit or more.
Epoxy can also withstand the effects of oil, gas, chemicals, and heat avoiding cracking, moisture buildup, and staining. These qualities make epoxy garage flooring a perfect choice for areas where vehicles and outdoor tools such as lawn care equipment are stored. Additionally, epoxy flooring is remarkably shock and impact-resistant. As a result, impacts that would affect unprotected concrete such as dropped tools, machinery, or recreational gear will not damage the epoxy coating or the concrete below.
Installation of garage floor epoxy
While many of the tools and application processes appear similar, epoxy flooring is an entirely different product than paint. Garage floor epoxy is a two-part system consisting of a combination of polymer resins and hardeners. When mixed and applied correctly, the polymer resin and hardener react, producing heat, and creating a chemical bond between each other and the floor itself
What makes epoxy flooring so unique is that, unlike regular floor paints that harden as they evaporate, the hardness of epoxy comes from a chemical reaction. This complex chemical reaction is affected by the amount of polymer resin and hardener used and environmental factors, such as air temperature.
While epoxy may appear to go on like paint, it does require caution when working with it. In addition to the intense heat generated by the process, safety equipment such as gloves, eye covering, and a breathing apparatus is required. Garage floor epoxy takes special skills to mix and apply correctly and requires personal protective equipment.
The best way to ensure that your epoxy garage flooring provides you with years of service is to have it installed by an experienced professional. While it may look easy, installing an epoxy floor is a complex project. A skilled professional will have the experience and knowledge necessary to get the job done right.
Routine maintenance and cleaning of your epoxy garage floor
One of the major benefits of professionally installed epoxy garage flooring is its low maintenance, but the key to keeping your floor looking great is to keep it clean. Just like any other flooring surface in your home, a simple cleaning routine will protect your investment and keep your garage floor looking new for years.
A soft bristle broom or a dust mop is enough to remove most day-to-day dust and debris easily. Dust and dirt basically sit on top of your epoxy garage floor, and if not removed, can build up to a film that leaves your floor looking dull and dingy. How often you need to sweep depends on traffic through your garage, but at a minimum, sweeping the floor every week will remove dust and debris before it builds up.
Even though you sweep every week, you may find that dust and dirt accumulate along the walls and corners of your garage or have collected in the floor's expansion joints. Unfortunately, brooms and dust mops don't always reach into every nook and cranny. Still, since the dirt doesn't stick to the epoxy, you can easily vacuum these areas when needed.
Wiping up spills and leaks is essential for keeping your floor looking new. However, spills that are left attract dirt and can become difficult to remove. Still, a soft cloth or paper towel is typically all that is needed to wipe up oil leaks or other fluids from an epoxy floor. If residue is left behind, cleaning with a wet cloth or window cleaner will remove all evidence.
Removing tough stains and deep cleaning your floor
In addition to regular sweeping and vacuuming, an annual or semi-annual deep garage floor cleaning will remove any dirt accumulations or stubborn stains. In most cases, mopping with hot water is enough to loosen any dirt or spills. However, if hot water alone doesn't cut it, a soft nylon brush and a natural degreaser will.
Be careful not to scrub your epoxy floor with an abrasive brush or pad or use citrus-based products, as they will hurt the finish and dull your floor. It may be tempting to use soap to clean your epoxy floor, but soap can be difficult to rinse and remove and often leaves a hazy film or streaks. In addition, soap film on the floor surface will make your floor much more slippery when it gets wet.
Protecting your garage floor
While your garage floor has to deal with some harsh conditions, you can take steps to protect your garage floor from wear and tear and get the most out of it. Your garage can be a valuable asset, and maintaining the space can help extend your garage floor's life and the functionality of your garage. At Tailored Living, we can help you find a professional that can transform your garage floor and help you create a space that will make you proud. To learn more about epoxy garage flooring and schedule a free consultation contact us today.