What to Consider in A Residential Garage Floor Coating
Making a choice to add an epoxy garage floor coating is an investment in the appearance and the value of your home. Through the professional application of an industrial grade epoxy, you will have a lifetime of great flooring without the worry of damage from hot tire pick up or flaking and peeling.
When choosing any residential garage floor coating, there are several factors to keep in mind. Comparing all of these factors and not just focusing on one ensures you get the floor that offers the appearance, durability, and practicality that is the right match for your needs.
Thinking backward from choosing a look you like and then comparing options in companies offering that same finish is a good place to start. Some companies just offer the basics with their installation while others can create customized flooring that looks like granite, quartz or terrazzo, which is a great look in any home.
In most cases, the cost of professionally applied garage floor coating will be competitive with top companies. This can be more expensive than epoxy kits you can do yourself, but the results are very different as to the quality of coating as well as the long-term durability of the floor coating.
Prep and Installation Time
Most professional services can prep the garage floor and complete the installation of the epoxy coating in one or two days. The floor then needs to dry for about 24 hours for light traffic and up to seven days before heavy traffic or vehicles should be on the floor. Companies that offer much shorter times are using thinner epoxy which wears faster and may be prone to hot tire pick-up.
Durability and Life Cycle of the Floor Coating
Professionally installed garage floor coating options can last for decades. Do-it-yourself epoxy floorings with little use may last up to 10 to 12 years and then may need to be replaced. Garage paint often lasts only a couple of years before it begins to peel, flake and wear.