Garage Floor Coatings Criteria Part I: Evaluating the Current Floor Condition

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jun 10, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Evaluating Garage Surface ConditionIf you have decided on a garage floor coating, we recommend considering 3 items before selecting the coating system:

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation

Materials & Maintenance of Garage Floor Coatings: DIY vs Professional

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jun 2, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Last week, we published an article on the differences of surface preparation by a professional floor coatings company vs. a Do-It-Yourself homeowner, painter or general contractor. In this article, we will expand the differences between professional and DIY with respect to the coatings materials and subsequent coatings maintenance.

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation

Surface Preparation for Floor Coatings: DIY vs Professional

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on May 29, 2014 1:30:00 PM

DI Vs Professional Surface Preparation“A house is only as strong as its foundation.”  It’s a quote we have all heard at one time or another. Its core idea is very appropriate to epoxy floor coatings.   Regardless of whether it’s a professional, like us, installing a commercial grade polymer or a homeowner installing a garage floor, epoxy paint kit, the success of either is entirely dependent on the foundation.  In this case, the foundation is the preparation of the concrete slab.

Whether the concrete is new or decades old, the longevity of any coating system begins with the preparation of the concrete surface prior to the application of the actual chemicals. Many methods exist to prepare concrete for a coating.   For the Do-It-Yourselfer, the typical method is acid etching or sanding.    For the professional floor coatings installer, mechanical diamond grinding or shot blasting is the norm.

DIY Methods – Acid Etching & Sanding

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation

Epoxy Floor Coatings: Concrete Surface Profiles Explained

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on May 23, 2014 11:00:00 AM

In epoxy and other polymer coatings, there is always the question of whether the concrete has been properly prepared.   Is the surface rough enough to allow the coating to soak in?  Is it too rough so that the ending surface is not the desired or specified texture?

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

Project Profile: Prince George’s County Garage Coatings Install

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Apr 22, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Before Garage Coatings InstallationWe recently installed a decorative chip, garage floor coating in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.   This private residence in Prince George’s county had a floor that was in desperate need of help.

So, let’s use a Before & After approach to show the depth of the transformation that took place.

The Before Coatings Picture

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation

5 Myths about Garage Floor Coatings

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Feb 18, 2014 9:00:00 AM

These are the top 5 myths I’ve heard over the past 10 years working in a garage floor coatings business.    Some of them are propagated by Do-It-Yourself sites, others just by word-of-mouth.   Here goes…

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 needs 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

Epoxy Floor Coatings: What about the Cracks? What if I have a Joint? (Part 2)

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 22, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Again, sorry if the title threw you off.  This is not a blog poking fun at plumbers’ beltlines or the new Cannabis laws in Colorado.    It deals with common questions we receive about epoxy floor coatings.     Many of these questions come from residential homeowners concerning their garage or basement floors.   So, I’ll concentrate my answers to garage and basement coatings.    Much of the information is applicable to the commercial environment as well.

concrete floor jointsIn part 1 of this blog, I discuss some of the common questions concerning cracking of the concrete surface. Here in part 2, I’m discussing the types of joints used in residential construction and how they impact the installation and performance of an epoxy or other polymer floor coating system.

Question:  Why do the cracks in my garage floor have white plastic strip in them?

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

Epoxy Floor Coatings: What about the Cracks? (Part 1)

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jan 16, 2014 8:30:00 AM

concrete_coating_crackThe purpose of this blog is to deal with questions we get so often when it comes to epoxy floor coatings.     Since these questions most often come from residential homeowners concerning their garage or basement floors, I’ll concentrate our answers to this audience.   A fair amount of the information is applicable to the commercial environment as well.

Here in part 1 of this blog, I’m tackling some of the common questions concerning cracking of the concrete surface. Next week in part 2, I’ll get into the types of joints used in residential construction and how they impact the installation and performance of the coating system.

Question:   Why did my concrete floor develop cracks?

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Topics: Residential Flooring, Concrete Repair, Garage Floor Coatings, Surface Preparation, Basement Floor Coatings

Project Profile: Customized Epoxy Coatings for sweetFrog of Carlisle

Posted by Gary Utter on Nov 7, 2013 10:00:00 AM

During the last couple of months, I have had the pleasure to work on a variety of different epoxy flooring projects, such as single family garages, commercial warehouses, food production facilities and public retail buildings. Each of these flooring jobs has its own challenges and rewards but one in particular got me fully involved from start to finish.

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Topics: Commercial Flooring, Surface Preparation

Epoxy Floor Coatings: 10 Tips for New Construction of Concrete Floors

Posted by Mike Mincemoyer on Jul 25, 2013 8:00:00 AM

Planning ahead can save a lot of time, money and frustration.  Frustration that usually is tied to money wasted.    When pouring a new concrete floor, a little planning can save a lot of time, hassle and money when applying decorative and protective epoxy coatings.

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

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