Top 5 Myths About Garage Floor Coatings

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

These are the top 5 myths I’ve heard over the past 10 years working in a garage floor coatings business.  Some from customers, some from people in the industry. Here we debunk the top 5 most common garage flooring myths. 

Myth #1 – Professional Garage Floor Coatings are VERY expensive!

beforeafterfloorcoatingWell, if you call some of the shadier garage makeover businesses in our service area, you will get quoted a very expensive price.   Some of our customers got quotes from our competitors who wanted to charge $8 - $12 per square foot to coat their garage floor.    That’s almost criminal.

A professionally installed, epoxy/Polyaspartic decorative chip floor coating need not cost any more than $6 per square foot for a two car garage with good condition concrete.    Our warrantied, easy to clean decorative chip floors are even less than that. I admit it’s not cheap. But neither was that SUV that will look better on a beautiful (well done) garage floor coating.

And, don’t get fooled by the # of layers some other companies talk up, the math doesn’t always add up (see Garage Coatings Math: When 3 is Greater Than 5).

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation

5 Things to Consider Before You DIY Concrete Floor Coatings

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 7, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We all hear the jingle "“You can do it, we can help."” on TV and many get the urge to play with power tools.  I’'m no exception. But, before attempting a Do It Yourself project, I apply 5 criteria to determine if I’'m setting myself up for trouble.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation, Basement Floor Coatings, Metallic Epoxy

7 Reasons Why Epoxy Coatings Fail

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Sep 11, 2014 1:15:00 PM

7 reasons why epoxy coatings failOur team gets asked all the time about why floor coatings fail.   Sometimes it’s for a garage floor that was painted with a big-box store’s epoxy kit.   Other times it’s a commercial service garage where the epoxy just won’t stick.   The reasons can vary, but I’m going to attempt to describe the most common reasons why epoxy coatings fail (this will typically hold true for other types of coatings such as polyaspartic or polyurea). 

Improper Surface Preparation

Too often, an epoxy paint kit from a big box store will instruct the DIY user to just clean the floor or etch it with muriatic acid.   Cleaning along is NEVER enough.   Acid etching, while a valid preparation method, will only work if the concrete’s pores are open enough to allow the acid to react and remove the laitance (the thin cement paste on the very top).  Acid etching will also not suffice for areas of the concrete which are sealed, oil stained, painted or contaminated (with wax, tire shine or other chemicals).

To ensure a proper concrete surface profile (CSP 2 or 3), we normally utilize our shrouded concrete grinders. On rare occasion, we may also shot blast the concrete.  For more information:   Epoxy Floor Coatings: Concrete Surface Profiles Explained

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Commercial Flooring, Industrial Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation, Basement Floor Coatings

Garage Floor Coatings Criteria Part IV: Selecting the Coating System

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jun 20, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Evaluating floor performance criteriaWe are now in the home stretch. So far, we have covered:

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation

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