Most people will refer to a floor coating as Epoxy, however epoxy is only one type of floor coating that can be used and is commonly used in garages and basements. There are other types of floor coatings that have more benefits than an epoxy coating such as Polyurea and Polyaspartic. Here at Top Shelf Painting we offer epoxy and polyaspartic coatings. See comparison chart below:
It is important to hire a professional to complete your floor coating project whether it is for your garage, basement, or patio. Using the proper equipment to prepare the concrete will have a detrimental effect on the overall look and longevity of your floor coating. The surface must be properly cleaned, stripped, ground down and cleared of all debris and contaminates before laying any floor coating for proper and even adhesion. Epoxy and polyaspartic are both semi-permanent coatings, unlike paint they dry hard and once applied are extremely difficult to remove or repair if installed incorrectly.
Adding a floor coating to your space will give you many benefits aside from the aesthetic for years to come. The less known benefits of these floor coatings include resale value, slip resistant, ease of cleaning, cement protection, and the customization of the colors and patterns. With our polyaspartic coatings we can add a floor coating to your garage, basement, outdoor patio, or any space you want a customized one-of-a-kind look that will last for years to come.
The process for installing a floor coating is a similar to any painting project consisting of preparation, repairs, base coat, and topcoat. Proper preparation of the surface is the most important step in applying any floor coating. Step one is to inspect the space for any imperfections in the concrete or existing floor and repair any holes, gaps, cracks, or pits to ensure an even final coat. Next the floor will need to be ground down to a level, course, contaminate free surface. Then we will remove any and all particles from the floor and prepare the base coat. Once the base coat is down, we will apply a full flake broadcast with your chosen colors. That will need to cure for a couple hours then it will be scraped and vacuumed in preparation for the final topcoat. Finally, the topcoat will be applied and will need to cure for a few hours before you are able to enjoy your new floor coating. If any of these steps are done incorrectly or not completed repairing the floor will be a labor-intensive mountain of a project to repair, which is why hiring a trained professional is a must with any semi-permanent floor coating.