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Floor Coatings 101 – The Basics

epoxy garage floor coatingFloor coatings are a great way to improve the look of your garage while protecting your floor. Although RedLine garagegear does not distribute or endorse any floor coatings, many of our dealers professionally apply coatings in residential garages as well as commercial applications. The following will give you a basic understanding of floor coatings. To find a dealer in your area, go to “find a dealer” and enter your zipcode.

Why epoxy?

What’s the big deal about having an epoxy floor coating? Most garage floors are just plain, simple gray concrete. Eventually garage floors become stained from grease, oils, and chemicals, turning that smooth concrete into an ugly eyesore. Transforming that plain old concrete floor to an epoxy garage floor coating will give you years of service, durability and high stain resistance, and will enhance your home for years and increase your property value. While there are many different types of floor coatings, epoxy floor coating is widely used on residential garages, basement floors, floors of large industrial facilities, and can also be used in office facilities.

What is epoxy?

Epoxy is made from two different liquid polymers that change into a solid when mixed together in the correct amounts, causing a chemical reaction which changes the liquid polymers into epoxy. Epoxy is made of two components; the resin component, which is light, odor-free and colorless, and the hardener component, which is usually dark in color and has a strong odor. Epoxy is chemically resistant to almost any form of decay, is mechanically tough, and highly adhesive to the surface with which it bonds. Through this chemical reaction the epoxy becomes very heat resistant and is also an extremely good insulator for any kind of electrical purposes.

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Are there advantages to epoxy
floor coating?

Epoxy floor coatings are very reliable and durable in all kinds of environments. The resin mixture can be adjusted to meet the required hardness or elasticity needs of your personal garage or facility. And color can be added to the mixture to create a completely custom style and color for your floor. Using epoxy floor coating, you will achieve a highly durable, long-lasting flooring that is unique and looks great.

Preparation of surface

Proper surface preparation is critical to the long-term success of any installation. All surfaces that will be coated must be cleaned to remove any contaminants that may cause a problem with the bonding process. Concrete must be power washed, acid-etched, shot-blasted or diamond-ground to achieve a surface that is similar to 120 grit sandpaper. After cleaning and grinding down, the concrete surface must be carefully inspected for any holes or cracks. If any are found on the surface, they will have to be promptly filled and ground level. Once the final preparation is completed, the installation process is ready to start

All epoxy garage floor coatings can be easily cleaned with mild, liquid detergents, hosed down or dust mopped. Now that the floor is protected, grease, oils, and most chemicals will not stain or mark the floor at all.  See if the Redline Garagegear dealer in your area is a floor coating expert and get the best garage floor coating for your home.