Commercial Epoxy Flooring


FULL BROADCAST EPOXY FLOOR

SHOULD YOU DO A FULL BROADCAST EPOXY FLOOR?

The short answer is no unless you’re a professional and have done it many times before. Many customers call us and state they would like to do a full broadcast color flake epoxy floor for their garage or shop. Then after speaking with us for a few minutes they change their minds.

Epoxy Flooring ChipsIt may seem like a good idea when you read about it but doing it is much harder than it sounds. First off you need a tremendous amount of flakes, 70-75lbs of flakes for a typical 2 ½ car garage. Trying to do it with less chips and your floor will come out blotchy! Then you have the problem of applying so many flakes without them piling up in uneven lumps. If you’re not experienced in applying the color flakes they will end up in uneven layers and piles. Other companies trying to sell you on this will tell you that you can scrape the chips down. Again easier said than done and even after scraping and even sanding, the floor won’t look right.

So in addition to having your brand new epoxy floor not looking right, you’ll have to spend additional money to purchase a lot more topcoat. When you do a full broadcast, all those chips piled on top of each other create lots of nook and crannies. Those nooks and crannies have to be filled with topcoat, so plan on spending a lot more money on topcoat and time applying it in at least two coats or maybe three.

How do we know this? We know this from the thousands of floors we’ve done with our own guys. They have to know what they’re doing and even they screw it up every now and then. Which means they have to grind the floor off and start over. That’s why over 90% of the floors we do are not full broadcast. ArmorGarage offers two color flake floor options. The Armor Chip Garage Epoxy Flooring kit which provides you with about 75% chip coverage. Our Armor Granite kits provide you with 90% coverage. Both of these floors use the base epoxy color as one of the background colors. They both provide a beautiful finish that looks like you had a Pro do it for you even though you did it yourself for a fraction of the price. In fact, most customers don’t use all the color flakes we provide in each kit. We provide you the most color chips of any company so that you can apply the color chips until you like the pattern without having to worry about running out.

So why spend extra time and money and run the risk of having your floor not looking the way it should when you can get a gorgeous looking floor every time with our Armor Chip or Armor Granite Epoxy flooring kits.


Before you buy an epoxy floor coating

KNOW WHAT YOU’RE BUYING

Whenever you are buying anything it helps to know what exactly it is you’re buying. By that we mean not simply knowing you’re buying a certain product such as a car, a steak, or an epoxy floor coating. A question that we get asked a lot is why is your epoxy coatings or garage flooring more expensive than the other coatings and flooring products out there.

Garage Floor Epoxy

To answer that the best way we can; lets use the analogy with the items above such as the car and a piece of steak. If you’re car shopping you can ask why is a Mercedes so much more than a Toyota? Well as we all know the Mercedes is a higher quality vehicle with much more expensive components and options. But why is a Mercedes S class so much more than a C class. Well again it’s a higher quality car, it’s bigger, with a bigger engine, more horsepower and has a lot more expensive options. Now lets take a piece of steak as an example. You can buy a nice Ribeye for about 9 bucks a pound and you can buy one for 29 bucks a pound. Why the difference, they’re both steaks? People tend to think that way with their epoxy flooring and garage flooring purchases. Why is one garage tile or epoxy floor paint so much more than the next one, they’re both tiles and paint. Well with the steaks, the $9.00 a pound steak is probably Choice grade, the $29.00 a pound steak is Prime grade, big difference. The more expensive steak may also be Dry Aged and Hormone free. We could go on but I think you get the picture.

The point we are trying to make here is that knowing the details about the products you want to purchase will give you a better understanding about the price levels of each product. For instance, before you buy an epoxy floor coating you should know whether it’s water based or not. If you buy an epoxy that’s water based you can be paying for water that comprises up to 50% of the product versus a high quality epoxy that is 100% epoxy. Lets say the 100% solid epoxy is like the Mercedes, now you have a C class epoxy and an S class epoxy. What’s the difference, they’re both 100%? One way to know is does the epoxy come with a true topcoat that has a hardened finish and not just a clear version of the unhardened epoxy? A true Topcoat is a hardened epoxy. To find out, check the abrasion rating, the lower the mg loss rating the better the coating. An abrasion rating over 20 means the Topcoat or epoxy is not hardened and it will not last. Check the impact rating, check the thickness of the coating. Thinner coating will obviously wear out faster than thicker coatings especially if they do not have a hardened finish with an abrasion rating of 20mgs or less. These are critical things to know. Knowing these facts will make sure you are buying an epoxy that will be up to the traffic load on your floor. It will also make it easier for you to make the purchase knowing that you are getting a much higher quality product.

The same can be said for garage tiles, some tiles are hollow core and made from recycled soda bottles versus our tiles that our solid high quality PVC. Again, a big difference. A hollow tile weighs less than a pound of the cheapest quality plastic while our tiles weight 4.5 lbs each of high grade PVC. So there is a perfectly good reason for the price differential just as there was for the steaks and the Mercedes. You just need to know there’s a difference and what that difference actually is.

So before you buy, check the specification, ask questions and make sure you know what you are buying and that you are satisfied with the level of quality you are purchasing.


Show Off your Classic Car Collection the Right Way with Garage Floor Epoxy

Show off with Garage Flooring Epoxy

Classic cars. Everyone loves them, everyone wants them, and not everyone can have them. If you’re lucky enough (or rich enough) to have a collection then you want to show it off. You want to show it off in grand style and you don’t want to skimp on the details. You want all of your cars front and center whether you’re showing off an old Model T from the dawn of the modern car, or a classic 1956 Chevy with its sleek painted exterior. The choices are limitless and they vary from collector to collector.

With your car collection aside for a moment however, you might want to start thinking about how you want to finish your garage floor. Maybe you’ve already set your cars up and have decided that you can do better with the floor, or maybe you’re just starting out and know you need to take your floor to the next level. No matter which it is, you know that garage flooring epoxy is the way to go, and with good reason. Let’s spend a few minutes talking about just why garage floor epoxy is the way to go and how it can help you show off your classic car collection in best possible way.

Garage Floor Epoxy – The Perfect Way to Make your Cars Shine

Your cars shine by themselves but let’s be honest, there’s something cool about having them sitting on a high gloss epoxy floor. It’s shiny, it’s bright, and you can even broadcast chips over it to make a terrazzo or granite look. So you can a solid color floor or a floor with color flakes that can blend with or accent colors in your garage. The choice is yours and you can customize any of our epoxy flooring kits anyway you like.

Easy CleanupWe’re not going to mince words here, if you’re moving classic cars in and out of the area there is a good chance that you’re going to end up with scuff marks, tire marks or oil leaks on the floor. You’ll need to be able to clean them and if you have a naked concrete floor it’s going to be not so easy. With an epoxy floor, on the other hand, you’re going to find that cleaning up anything on the floor is as easy as getting a mop and wiping it up.

Liquid CleanupYou know what the really cool thing about epoxy is? You can spill pretty much anything you want on it and it’s just going to pool at the top rather than soaking into the concrete if its uncoated. This is going to be especially helpful when you find yourself dealing with vehicle fluids – the last thing you want in your showroom  is  oil stains or corroded concrete. Our epoxies are impervious to all vehicle fluids.

A Garage Flooring Epoxy for A Better Display Overall

Your garage floor epoxy coating is definitely going to make for a better display. The floor will be shiny, and it will be better at reflecting light than a bare or conventionally painted concrete floor. It’s going to add to the aesthetic of your cars, and it’s going to make the room a much more fun place to be – that’s definitely an improvement over the norm.

If you’re going to install garage flooring epoxy in your classic car showroom, then we strongly suggest using a topcoat! You could apply just one layer of epoxy on your floor as some of our competitors suggest, but that would be a big mistake, You’re going to find that adding a topcoat can add many, many years of life to the epoxy finish. When the topcoat starts to break down after many years of service, all you need to do is add an additional coat of the topcoat and you’ll be good to go again. The base epoxy should stay unaffected. If that doesn’t sound good, then we don’t know what does.

ArmorGarage has many different products available, all of which are able to meet your flooring needs. Choose your color and coat your floor in the best floor epoxy on the market. It’s a quick solution that is undoubtedly going to last for many years!


Stu’s Ultra Industrial epoxy review

We used your Ultra Industrial epoxy in our Joe Canal stores and it’s held help nicely under tremendous foot, forklift and shopping cart traffic. Just finished the floor in my new venture Tackahoe Brewery with your commercial epoxy floor system. Came out great and have no doubt it will last like the Ultra has.

Stu S, NJ


Install Commercial Epoxy Flooring in your Dog Grooming Service

Commercial Epoxy Flooring for your Dog Kennel

People will come from all over bringing their beloved animals, all to put into your care, and it is your responsibility to make sure they look and feel their best when they leave your facility. While making the dogs happy should be your number one priority, it is also of the utmost importance that you make you facility look great too. Remember: no one is going to trust you with their pets if you can’t keep your own building clean and a big part of that is your floor. Let’s face it, the floor is the biggest part of the entire thing and it’s the first thing that people will notice when they walk in.

That being said, what can you do to make sure it looks its best? There are many who will use vinyl tiles to keep their floor looking great, and maybe that’s a start, but there are some serious problems with this approach. First of all, they are far too absorbent especially when you consider how many things are going to be spilled on it during the course of a day. Over time the adhesive between the tiles and the floor will loosen which causes the tiles to float, eventually causing a serious hazard. Typically a concrete floor is the answer but it suffers from the same absorption problems as any other type of floor. This is where commercial epoxy flooring will come into play.

Commercial Epoxy Flooring

Commercial Epoxy Flooring is the Right Choice for your Business

So why exactly is commercial epoxy flooring a solution that you will want to explore? We mentioned spills earlier and you’re going to have a lot of them. One of the most important things to remember about concrete is that it is absorbent and the moment you spill something it is going to start seeping into the porous surface, which will eventually cause some rather serious problems. Not only will it potentially cause a permanent stain, it will expand beneath the concrete and may even cause cracks – it’s not a situation that you want to find yourself in, especially in an indoor office. Epoxy flooring can make all of these problems a thing of the past.

While concrete is horrendously absorbent, epoxy coating will seal it 100%, causing any liquids spilled on it to pool instead of being absorbed. This will make it much easier to clean, and it will of course be stain resistant. It is important to understand that as a dog kennel service you are going to be dealing with far more than just water spills – you’re going to be dealing with a number of different chemicals, some of which have more detrimental effects on floors than others whether it’s shampoo, conditioner, or something equally nasty. Also remember that many of the dogs that enter your facility will be in less than pristine condition, meaning you’ll definitely have other things to clean up after when you’re running your facility.

Casting a Light on Things

Armor GarageFinally, epoxy flooring can be augmented with an anti-slip additive which is very useful in a grooming situation. There is little doubt that your floor will be constantly wet and the last thing you want is for your workers or your furry clients to slip! It’s definitely going to help you, and the best part, is that the commercial epoxy flooring is incredibly easy to install whether it is during the initial build of your facility or a later addition. Check into our commercial flooring epoxy products today and get your floor ready for the inevitably messy future.

 


Commercial Epoxy Flooring – For Commercial Kitchens

Commercial Epoxy Flooring A Must do

The restaurant industry can be pretty cutthroat and sanitation requirements are strict to say the least. You are of course maintaining an establishment where people consume food, and as such, there is always a chance that their health will be at risk. That being the case, you need to ensure that the area is sanitary throughout every single room, which might not always be the easiest thing in the world. As you probably know, many upscale restaurants still use tiles with grout joints.

That’s a great thought if you have time to clean it properly but let’s face it, grout joints are porous and always end up with a stain(s) that you cannot remove, causing you to replace your tiles entirely. If you were to use our commercial kitchen epoxy flooring, this problem would easily be a thing of the past.  So what is it that sets ourepoxy flooring apart from all of your other flooring options?

Commercial Kitchen Epoxy Flooring: Clean and Clear

To put it quite simply, ArmorGarage epoxy flooring is far superior than most other types you might choose to utilize. First of all it’s much thicker and harder than standard epoxies. It also has a much brighter and better looking finish. With the addition of some heavy duty nonslip additive it can be very slip resistant and impact resistant.

In addition to looking good, the floor will be waterproof and much easier to clean, which  makes it simpler for you to keep up with the sanitation standards set forth by the health department in your area. The great thing about an epoxy floor is that it seals your concrete floor, meaning it will no longer be porous, and therefore incapable of absorbing liquids. That said, your floor will last longer than it otherwise might have, which is always going to be a plus. The epoxy can even be run up and over a cove base along the floor making your kitchen area a waterproof and stain proof tub. We like to use the cove base from www.easycove.com.

Longer Lifespan

We mentioned in the previous paragraph that commercial epoxy floor paint can last quite a bit longer than its counterparts, and by this we mean it will last up to ten years, if not more. This estimate applies only to floors that are applied with a highly abrasion epoxy, however! Using a high quality epoxy, you will  have a floor that lasts and is capable of withstanding anything, from impacts to constant caustic wash downs. You never know what’s going to happen in your commercial kitchen, your dining room, or your waiting area, so be prepared!

If your floor is already tiled and they have reached the end of their life span don’t worry. We can help with that. We have a proprietary primer that will bond to your tiles and allow our commercial kitchen epoxy to stick to your tile floor. You just need to get the tiles and the grout clean. We even have a super fast drying epoxy for restauarants that have to keep the downtime to the minimu. Our fast dry epoxy can have you back up in service the one day.

Get Started Today

Whether your restaurant has existed for several years already, or if you’re just getting started, now would be a great time to start looking at  epoxy floor products for your restaurant, particularly in the kitchen areas. Armor Garage has an outstanding selection, and it won’t be too long before you fully realize the incredible benefits epoxy flooring has for your restaurant both in the kitchen, and out. Take a look at our products and get started!

 


Commercial Epoxy Flooring for Locker Room Floors

 Epoxy Flooring for Locker Room Floors

Locker rooms are often known for being one of the most disgusting rooms in a building, and with good reason. We aren’t going to discuss everything that goes on in there, only that our Coat All Epoxy System is most likely your best bet to transform ugly worn out tile and grout into a beautiful and sanitary floor.

Concerns that Epoxy Floor Paint Can Address

Moisture is the biggest problem that a locker room floor is going to face. Think about it, whether it’s a swimming pool locker room, or one attached to a gym, perspiration and other liquids are going to find their way to the floor and when it comes right down to it, grout is porous. So what does that mean for you exactly? When we refer to a surface having a porous nature, we mean that it is not entirely solid. It does, in fact, mean that the surface is filled with thousands of tiny pores that you simply cannot see with the naked eye. As water leaks in between the tiles, the grout expands, eventually causing cracks. It won’t be long before your tile floor looks like a mess and a great way to find yourself spending a LOT of money having to replace it.

In addition to dealing with the potential for water damage, you also have to consider safety issues. A locker room floor is not exactly slip proof, and that creates a serious hazard. What can you do about it? Obviously you would encourage your members and patrons to wear shoes on the slick surfaces, but you can’t account for every single thing that’s going to happen. That being the case, you will want to consider commercial epoxy paint for your locker room floor. Let’s talk about some of the safety benefits!

Exploring the Safety Benefits of Commercial Epoxy Flooring

The following are just a few of the safety benefits that you will experience from your epoxy floor installation:

Slip Resistant Surface: Epoxy which means it great for locker rooms, especially if you’re adjacent to a swimming pool. One of the most common solutions for gyms is to install low tuft carpet to allow for low water absorption, but even this can become expensive. Epoxy flooring can be augmented with a non-slip additive and is therefore much safer.

ArmorGarage Epoxy FlooringBrighter: You need to see what you’re doing in a locker room – any locker room. The natural instinct would be to install more lights, but if you want to skip that part, then you might consider the benefits of an epoxy floor. It is reflective, and it will make the room seem much brighter. Not to mention a lot better looking than a floor with black grout lines and broken tiles.

Easy to CleanYou’re going to need to keep your floor clean, and if you don’t have epoxy, you might as well through in the towel, so to speak. Epoxy flooring provides a solid coating over your porous concrete floor, meaning liquids will pool at the top rather than soaking in. You can easily clean your floor with a mop, no matter what the ‘damage’ is.

These are the three main benefits of installing a commercial epoxy floor coating. If you’re ready to get your floor into prime shape, take a look at our website and pick out the epoxy flooring that will not only suit you now, but for the next decade. That’s right, it’ll last for at least ten years, or  more with our military grade topcoat topcoat. The future of your locker room floor is in your hands – why not let us help?

 

 


Commercial Epoxy Flooring Doesn’t have to Cost a Fortune but can Last a Lifetime

Commercial Epoxy Flooring

How do you define a lifetime in a business? Is it the number of products you sell? The number of customers you please? The positive reviews and testimonials that you receive? No matter how you actually define the life of your business, the one thing you never want to measure it in, is the number of times that the concrete floor in your shop fails. http://blog.armorgarage.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=204&action=edit. This is where good commercial epoxy flooring can really make a difference.

Concrete – A Delicate Material

Commercial Epoxy FlooringWhen you think of concrete, you probably don’t think of it being fragile, but let’s be honest, it is. You can scratch it, crack it, and cause all sorts of other damage. Most commonly, these floors are corroded from salts or chemicals, which commonly make appearances in commercial facilities. You could be running an auto repair company, a private jet service, or any number of other industries that require the use of commercial epoxy floor coating. You know exactly what you need to do in order to protect your floor, but how do you go about it, and is it going to be expensive?

You’ve probably heard of epoxy, but you have probably also heard that it is indeed expensive. Products like Armor II are not prohibitively expensive, though we’re not going to say that they won’t lighten your wallet a little bit. The thing is, however, that it will be more expensive in the long run to go without it. What must be understood, is that a damaged concrete floor is going to cost you a lot of money to fix, while a simple coat of epoxy and topcoat is a one-time expense for the next ten to fifteen years. Which would you rather spend your money on?

The Magic of Epoxy

There are many things that a coat of epoxy will do for you. First of all, it’s going to protect your floor against scratches, which is a great thing in and of itself. Secondly, it will help to reject moisture, which is something that many concrete floor owners never actually think about. Concrete is porous, and it absorbs water like nobody’s business. What does that mean to you exactly? It means that as you concrete absorbs water it can expand, it can crack, and it can become pitted If you apply epoxy, however, you can prevent all of that very easily.

Epoxy will cover the floor, it will provide a beautiful high gloss showroom finish, and overall, it will ensure that you don’t have any damage for the foreseeable future. This is a great way to avoid spending more money on your floor than you have to, especially if it sees a lot of traffic.

Commercial epoxy floor coatings have many other benefits, for example, because of the moisture proof seal, it will have the ability to reject chemical spills that might have damaged the integrity of your slab and necessitated an entirely new pour. Their high gloss finish will brighten up any work space. Having your customers seeing and walking on a showroom finish greatly improves the image of your business. As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to consider the installation of an epoxy coating, and choosing the right one is paramount.

Getting the Right Epoxy Coating

ArmorGarageThere are obviously many different types of epoxy floor out there for you to consider, but the most important thing that you can do is choose one that is suited for the commercial industry. There are so many different types of floors that need epoxy coatings, from hangars, to show rooms, laboratories, and of course repair shops. You will find that there are more benefits than just durability, however. For example, an epoxy floor will make the room brighter, make the floor slip resistant, easier to keep and clean, and most importantly, it’s going to make the rest of your facility look better .

Is that really something that you want to miss out on? Probably not! If you’re ready to make yours a great place to work, then this would probably be a great time to take a look at the website and view the different types of epoxy floor coatings that are available. Remember, you never want to choose the cheaper, lesser epoxy flooring that they sell in retail stores – always go for the best, and treat your floor the way it deserves to be.

 


The Best Floor Epoxy for Aircraft Hangars

Commercial Floor Epoxy for Aircraft HangarsIf you think traditional garages see a lot of action, then you haven’t seen an aircraft hangar up close.
Then again, maybe you have, and that’s why you’re here considering the commercial epoxy flooring cost to coat your entire facility. There are several things that a commercial hangar will deal with that a typical garage will never see. First of all, these floors deal with quite a bit more weight as airplanes command far more mass. In addition to that, they face chemical spills, along with considerably more foot traffic. In other words, hangar floors need to be the very best, and they need to serve a number of different purposes.

Armor II – Cleared for Takeoff

Are you ready to give your floor the advantage it needs? Armor II is an outstanding commercial epoxy floor paint that works as a two layer, single color product, perfect for the DIY crowd. In fact, you won’t need a single bit of experience to get the job done, making Armor II a great introductory package for those looking to get their facility in functioning condition. In today’s world, absolutely no hangar should exist without an epoxy flooring, and you couldn’t do much better than Armor II, we guarantee it.
So what is it that sets Armor II apart from all of the other epoxies on the market? It has a few distinct advantages:

  • Universal ApprovalAmor II is actually used by the United States Coast Guard and deployed in their hangars. If the military is able to trust it, why shouldn’t you?
  • Lasting AppealWhen you apply epoxy to your floor, you want it to last, and you don’t want to
    reapply it every two years or so. Sure, that might seem like a long way out, but your hangar can’t afford two to three days of downtime as you apply new epoxy. You need something that’s going to last, and Armor II is guaranteed to last up to fifteen years.

What’s Included

Armor II contains everything you need to guarantee quasi-immortality for your hangar floor. The 2 part epoxy base coat can be provided in any color you wish, followed by the anti-wear epoxy topcoat. The benefits are numerous but what it all comes down to, is you will have no streaks, no bleed-through, and most importantly, you can trust this coating to last for many years to come. Could you really ask for more when it comes to commercial epoxy floor paint?
The coating itself is rated for up to G-650 aircraft, but if you want to take it to the next level, you should have a look at the military grade variant.

Going Military

When you absolutely need to park a C-130 in your hangar, military grade epoxy will do the trick. This is a three layer commercial epoxy floor paint that provides for the greatest level of durability, being ten times thicker than any retail epoxies. This isn’t the stuff you’re going to find at Home Depot, it’s the best, and it will keep your floor in great condition for the foreseeable future. Some of the notable features include:

  • Water Proof
  • High Impact Resistance
  • Scratch Resistance
  • Long Lasting
  • Resistant to Fluids and Corrosives
  • Mold/Mildew Resistant

commercial epoxy floor paintAs you can see, there is plenty of reason to invest in industrial epoxy or even commercial epoxy paint whether the standard works for you, or you need to go with the military variant. Either way, now would be a great time to start considering a switch to the strongest epoxy on the market, and ultimately, a guarantee that your garage floor will stand the test of time.

Finally, consider the fact that your floor will be much easier to clean than ever before. You won’t need to sit on your hands and knees, scrubbing and hoping for the best. Instead, you will be able to use a simple mop and a push broom to get rid of any dirt or debris. Cleaning has never been easier, and keeping your floor in good condition has never been more important.

Not only will this upgrade make your floor more durable, you will also find that it creates a much cleaner work environment, which, in the end, should be the goal of any industrial facility. Prepare yourself for a much brighter work space and a floor that you can be proud of. It is, after all, one of the largest parts of your entire facility – make it something that you enjoy seeing every single day.