Garage Floor Epoxy


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


Use Garage Epoxy Flooring for your Parking Garages

Garage epoxy flooringThe list of uses for garage epoxy flooring continues to grow day by day and in this case we’re going to discuss the concept of using it for your parking garage. Let’s be honest here: parking lots get a lot of traffic, and when we say that we’re not trying to make a pun, it’s the truth. One of the most interesting things about a parking lot is that you would be hard pressed to control the type of traffic that comes in and out. One day you could be dealing with small cars, the next, trucks, and the worst part is you can’t control the condition of the cars.

Your floors are eventually going to reap the ‘benefits’ of every single mechanical problem that your visiting cars have, and these problems aren’t few. Oil leaks, for example, are a common problem with any car and this can easily contribute to the not so gradual degradation of your concrete floor. As we have said many times before, concrete is a porous material, and the more liquid that seeps into it, the bigger the problems you will have. Something important to remember, is that while liquids like oil and antifreeze might not cause immediate structural problems other corrosive fluids from vehicles or run off from vehicles can cause severe pitting down to the rebar. Once this corrosion gets to your rebar, you have some serious issues to worry about.

Remember, concrete is not invincible, despite initial appearances. If you want to avoid these problems, we would strongly suggest taking a look at our epoxy coating systems.

What’s the Best Garage Epoxy Flooring for a Large Parking Garage?

If you take a look at the Home Page of our website you are going to find a video of a parking garage in which our epoxy flooring with a military topcoat was utilized while some directional blue arrows were done with a hybrid type all in one epoxy. The latter wore out the former still looks new after 9 years, which is to say that the former did not wear out at all. As we said, don’t let your floor get that bad in the first place.

Garage epoxy flooringGarage epoxy flooring isn’t invincible, but you will find that it’s a better solution than the big box brands, especially if you choose to utilize our military grade topcoat. A topcoat is a protective coating for your garage floor that will add many years of life to its lifespan, and it is great for covering the color chips if you choose to use them on your floor.

Take a look at your parking lot right now and ask yourself this very important question: could it be better? If the answer is yes, then you’ve got a decision to make to create a better environment and protect your facility structurally. Not only will the floor be much more durable, it will be easier to clean, and it will be quite a bit brighter. Any interior parking space can benefit from these features and we’re certain that it won’t be too long before you’re buying epoxy and coating the entirety of your parking lot. Don’t worry; it’s not incredibly expensive, nor is it incredibly hard to apply. You just need a bit of time, some determination, and a desire to see your parking space become better. Armor Garage will can supply the materials and information you need to get the job done right and at a price you can actually afford.

 


How to Tell the Difference Between High Quality Epoxy Paint and Floor Paint

Difference between Garage Floor Epoxy Paint and Garage Floor Paint

If you are a homeowner with a garage, there is a good chance that you want to apply garage floor epoxy to keep it properly protected and defended against every day wear and tear. If that is so, then there is also a good chance that you’ve heard all kinds of myths and rumors about what a garage floor epoxy coat actually is. For example, there has probably been at least one person who has told you that epoxy coating is just paint. We’re here to tell you that you can’t just slap a coat of paint down and hope for the best – it doesn’t work like that. So here’s the big question: what is the difference between a coat of garage floor paint and garage epoxy coating? Which one is best? Let’s take a look!

Garage Floor Epoxy is Not Paint

This is without a doubt one of the most common misconceptions that we deal with – epoxy coating is NOT paint, not by any means. Much of this confusion comes from the fact that manufacturers offer paint with epoxy in the mix, and they refer to it as 1-part epoxy. Why? Because it creates better adhesion. If you’re not looking for the best in garage floor protection, then this might be a great option for you. If you want to take your garage flooring to the next level however, you’re going to need something more.

Quality Epoxy Paint

What is Epoxy Coating?

Before we go any further it would be beneficial to explain precisely what epoxy coating is and why it is different. First of all, epoxy coating is a two-part product consisting of the following:

  • Epoxy Resin
  • Polyamine Hardener

In order to achieve a full epoxy coating, you will need to mix these two parts together and apply them within the time specified by the product itself. When the epoxy dries, it will provide a hard surface that unlike paint is resistant to abrasion, chemicals, staining, etc. Also keep in mind that the amount of resistance provided by the flooring is going to be determined by the quality, so remember that when you’re shopping for your new epoxy coating solution.

How to Determine the Quality of your Epoxy

Making a quality determination doesn’t necessarily have to be difficult. All you need to do is take a look at the percentage on the side of the product can. If you have 100%, then you have 100% of the product on the floor after it cures. The same goes for 50% and so on.

When you’re applying your epoxy coating, you will find that those with a 100% rating are much thicker and will require more time to apply. Not only does it have a thicker viscosity, it will dry faster, meaning you have to be absolutely ready to lay it down the moment you begin the mix.

You Get what you Pay For

In the end, to put it simply, you get what you pay for. Our garage floor epoxy price is reasonable and provides you with a quality product that will last for ten to twenty years. In addition to that you’re going to have a product that is resistant to chemical abrasion, stains, and even light impacts. Finally, consider that there is an energy efficiency benefit to your new epoxy flooring, particularly in that it reflects light much better than its bare concrete counterpart. This will allow you to use less electric lighting and ultimately save you money.

As you can see, there are a number of different benefits to the installation of an epoxy floor coat, and it won’t be long before you’re using it in your home garage floor. Now would be a great time to take a quick look at our residential garage floor epoxy products and see what would work best for you. It’s time to protect your garage and make sure that it is ready to withstand everything you have to throw at it. After all this is your garage – make sure it lasts for the foreseeable future.

 

 


From Here to There – Get your Floor Covered with Garage Floor Epoxy Coating

You have a garage and you want it to look great. Who can blame you?

If you have bare concrete then there’s a good chance that your floor looks just awful as is prone to happen to concrete after a significant period of time. Did you know that concrete is actually porous? The implications of this are immense;  prolonged water exposure on the floor could cause significant damage, especially if it’s full of road salt, which is why garage epoxy is so incredibly important. You do, after all, face the prospect of far more than water damage, especially if you  work in your garage. Things are going to happen and you’re going to need to protect your floor from things such as oil leaks, battery leaks, chemical and solvent exposure just to mention a few.

How does Garage Floor Epoxy Coating Work?

It’s pretty much like any other type of paint, though it definitely has more benefits. You can pick out the color you want, and apply it to the floor in the same manner you would any type of paint, but you need to make sure you’re choosing a high quality epoxy. In other words, try to avoid visiting your local home improvement store. It might work for a time but it’s not going to look nearly as good as an ArmorGarage epoxy floor, and it’s not going to be nearly as durable. Trust us, you’re going to notice wear and tear within a month if you use store bought epoxy and it will probably start the first time you try to park your car on it. Tire abrasion does a lot to a floor and it’s simply not worth saving a few dollars.

A Coating you Can Trust

Once you lay your garage floor epoxy  down you don’t want to do it again, that’s for sure. ArmorGarage products are able to help you to avoid the nightmare of  having to recoat your floor again entirely, and we’re able to do this thanks to our years of experience.

Armor Chip Garage Flooring Epoxy – It’s the Way to Go

 

Garage Floor Epoxy CoatingWho can apply a garage floor epoxy coating? Anyone! There is a common misconception that only a team of trained professionals can effectively perform an installation but that is absolutely untrue. Armor chip epoxy flooring is designed for the raw novice with these benefits:

 

  • Available at a very Low Price
  • 100% Military grade Ingredients
  • High Gloss Floor
  • Hot Tire Lifting Prof
  • 5 Year Guarantee Against Wear

 

 

The Armor Chip garage floor epoxy kit comes with everything you need to finish off your floor including  a protective topcoat. When held in comparison to other kits on the market, you’re going to see that this one really takes the cake.

Armor Chip epoxy flooring kits come with the distinction of a guarantee against hot tire abrasion, and if you take a look at our epoxy comparison chart you will find that when held in comparison to other epoxies on the market, and in the end, it’s just more cost effective. The 10 year guarantee against hot tire lifting is great but it also comes with other guarantees including those against:

 

  • Yellowing
  • Fading
  • Cracking

 

 

When you buy cheaper epoxy flooring products one of the problems that you’re going to run into is the fact that it doesn’t hide all of the concrete or all of the imperfections. In that instance you would be forced to buy more floor epoxy to cover up the rest of the imperfections, at which point you would have to question whether or not you were saving money. The average garage floor epoxy price should cover enough material to make your floor look absolutely amazing.

Top Coat – For Looks and Protection

The last point we’d like to make is that your garage epoxy floor needs a topcoat. The first benefit is that it will make it look better than just the epoxy coating on it. Commonly, people think that a topcoat can be substituted with another coat of epoxy, but if you want your floor to look absolutely amazing then you’re going to need a real topcoat product. Secondly, it will protect the epoxy beneath for the foreseeable future. Simply because a real topcoat is much harder than any epoxy paint and is also UV resistant which 100% solids epoxies are not.  So don’t make the mistake of applying an epoxy floor coating without a good quality topcoat.

The Armor Chip & Armor Granite  garage floor epoxy coating kits are a great way to give your garage floor the protection it needs for the foreseeable future. Don’t settle for less!

 


Ready to Install Garage Flooring? Make sure you Read this Checklist!

Installing Garage Flooring

garage floor epoxy coatingSo you’re ready to install garage epoxy flooring, but you’re not quite sure how to go about it. Don’t worry, you’re not alone! The first thing you need to do is make sure that you have the right materials, and that means buying a high quality epoxy flooring. Once you have it properly applied to your floor you will experience a number of different benefits. Most notably, your floor is going to look a lot better than it did as just bare concrete.

Along with that, it’s going to protect your concrete floor from the elements and harmful vehicle fluids. There are many other benefits, such as greater reflection (it’s going to be brighter), greater resistance to scratching, and of course, easier cleaning. Before you can apply your new flooring however, there are a few things that you will need to get out of the way. Take a look at our checklist and make sure you’re ready to give your floor the upgrade of a lifetime.

Preparing your Floor

The first and most obvious thing you will want to do is to properly prep your concrete for the new garage floor epoxy. You will need to start by clearing it out, obviously, and then you can move on to the more important business of cleaning it. The idea is to get your floor back to the condition it was in after it was first laid – it’s a bit of a chore but totally worth it. To get it done thoroughly, we strongly recommend that you do a thorough acid etching. It’s a procedure that might take two passes, but it is a critical step to get the proper bond between the epoxy and your floor. Of course if your floor is really dirty and in poor condition, shot blasting or grinding might be needed to get you a better profile. You can also try the combination of a tornado diamond buffing pad and super blue cleaning solution from Concrete Floor Supply Inc.

Get the Right Tools

You need the right tools for the job, and when it comes to epoxy flooring, that means making sure you have rollers (multiples if you are having someone help you), jiffy mixer, duct tape but perhaps the most important, and the most overlooked piece of equipment, is the calibrated squeegee not just a flat squeegee, this helps spread the epoxy at the right thickness. For more detailed application info see our How To Prep and Epoxy Paint Your Floor Page. Make sure you use a good duct tape tape and some Xylene for cleanup. Painter’s tape is too thin for our epoxy, duct tape ensures that you do not inadvertently get epoxy seeping over or through the tape. In most cases, especially with paint, you could simply ‘wipe it off’ if you made a mistake, but our epoxy is a bit different. As we like to say, once it’s on, it’s on. That said, if you make any mistakes, wipe the epoxy clean immediately with Xylene – otherwise you’ll have to sand or grind it off.

Have a Topcoat Ready

Install Garage Flooring

The biggest mistake people make, aside from forgetting to tape off their walls, is not applying a topcoat. Your floor needs a topcoat for several reasons! First of all, it makes the floor look even better than it would with just a layer of epoxy coating on it since it has a higher gloss finish. Another great reason to apply a topcoat rather than just a clear epoxy is that a real topcoat is much much harder than an epoxy. Remember – epoxy is NOT a topcoat and you can’t make an epoxy into a topcoat by just adding in some UV or other additives like some of our competition claims to do!

The above information will go a long way toward helping you to successfully apply your epoxy coating, and you will quickly find that your floor is much more enjoyable. Once you have applied your floor coating, however, do try to remember that it’s not completely impervious to damage. It cannot take massive impacts, such as dropping an engine block onto it, but it can should withstand dropped tools and parts. That being said, now would be a great time to start looking into epoxy flooring and making sure that your surface is ready for what’s coming.

Remember, a properly applied high quality epoxy coating will last for a long time, and in most cases, for at least ten to twenty years. If taken care of properly, the sky really can be the limit as far as longevity is concerned. The most important piece of advice that we can give you in this regard, is to avoid purchasing discounted or store bought epoxy. Buy the best and reap the benefits for many years to come.

 


Garage Flooring – Are you Broadcasting your Chips Correctly?

Garage Floor Epoxy

To put it lightly, garage floor epoxy is something that can completely change the look of your floor, and it comes with many other benefits as well. For example, with the right epoxy, your floor is going to be shiny, tough, and it’s going to last for a very long time. Did you know that the a high quality epoxy coated floor is capable of lasting for at least ten to fifteen years? That’s pretty impressive, if we do say so ourselves. The epoxy will be able to protect the concrete floor from the effects of age, but most importantly, it is going to protect it from external damage.

When most people think of ‘damage’, they think of direct impacts, but damage can come from so many other sources. Vehicle fluids and water are just two of the most common sources, and for this reason, you need to invest in garage floor epoxy. You know that you need it, but if you are like many other garage owners, you probably get a little bit confused on the chip broadcasting step. Most owners have two very important questions:

  • What are these Chips For?
  • How do I Broadcast Them?

These are two great questions that beg answering, and throughout this article, we’re going to do our best to provide you with those answers. Let’s start by explaining what these chips are for, and what role they play in garage floor epoxy.

Garage Flooring Chips Explained

There are two sides to the flooring chip coin. First of all, they serve mostly an aesthetic purpose, giving a garage floor the vibrancy that it really needs to stand out. That’s a great thing, of course, but on the other end of this argument, the chips keep the floor looking nice by hiding certain imperfections. As the eye is drawn to the chips, it is drawn away from any other issues that the floor might have.

These issues, while nearly imperceptible in the beginning, will be almost invisible once the armor chips are properly broadcasted. In addition to that, it will be great for hiding dirt and dust that gathers on the floor. As you can see, these chips do a lot for your floor aesthetically.

Laying your Chips Properly

The most common question that homeowners ask, is whether or not they are laying or broadcasting the chips correctly. Spreading the flakes evenly is the key to making sure your floor looks like it was done professionally, and it’s easy if you know the trick:

There are quite a few different spreading techniques, with some people throwing overhand, and others just tossing them at a 45 degree angle away from you. Remember – if there are too few flakes on the floor, you can always spread more, so tossing a little at a time is best. If there are too many, you’ll have raised piles or blotches in your garage floor. Take a look at our ‘How to Prep and Epoxy Paint Your Floor Page, for a technique our customer showed us using a plastic jug – it was simple and produced a perfect result..

Limit your ThrowingThe most important piece of advice that we can give you is to use small finger fulls of flakes when you are tossing. It is going to go a bit slower, but it will be well worth it in the end. Having a set of the spike soles lets you walk in the wet epoxy while you broadcast the chips. This will eliminate what we call chip pile ups.

These are just a few of the tips that you will find useful when working on your epoxy floor, and you can be rest assured that you will come across many more. Flakes, while thought to be aesthetic, definitely have practical applications, and they’ll help you to create a floor that you’re proud of.

Quality is Everything

Armor GarageAs always, it is important to make sure that you are laying quality epoxy on your floor. Remember, there are many inferior products out there and you’re going to want the best you can possibly get. ArmorGarage not only provides a great solution for protecting your garage floor, but a great way to keep it looking amazing for the foreseeable future.

That being said, it’s time to stop worrying about what your floor looks like, or how long it’s going to last, and time to do something about it. Chip broadcasting is just a small part of the process, but it makes all the difference in your garage.

 


How Garage Floor Epoxy Creates a Brighter Cleaner Work Space

Garage Floor EpoxyThere are many reasons to like garage floor epoxy coatings whether you are trying to make your garage look better, protect your concrete slab or if you’re trying to increase functionality. Before we get into that, let’s talk about your garage. Let’s face it, you can put a lot of work into your garage to make sure that it is the ultimate work space. Maybe you’re working on restoring a classic car, maybe it’s a wood shop, or maybe it’s just a general workshop – there are many different reasons to use a garage as your workshop, and we would be hard pressed to list every single one of them here. The one thing that all workshops have in common, however, is that they need a high quality floor, which can contribute in more ways than one. Sure, a garage floor epoxy solution makes for a very durable surface, but most people think the benefits end there. Don’t worry, you definitely get more bang for your buck than you think.

A Cleaner Work Space

It’s a workshop; mistakes are bound to happen, whether you spill a cup of coffee or tip over a drum of industrial grade corrosive material. On a typical garage floor, both of these would present a serious problem; coffee would stain the concrete, and the corrosive, well, we don’t even want to discuss what that would do. This is where floor epoxy has the advantage – it might require a bit of an investment but it’s well worth the cost. Here there are two different benefits. First of all, epoxy is very durable, but you should also consider that it is stain resistant. It does a great job of closing the pores that would otherwise rather easily absorb and accept any number of materials. Instead of permitting damage or even a stain, the chemicals will remain on the surface, allowing you to clean them at your leisure. Protecting your floor from staining and corrosion plus having a dramatic porcelain like finish a great reason to consider ArmorGarage epoxy coatings.

In addition to the above it is far easier to clean. You can use a simple washrag or a bucket of soapy water to get your epoxy floor back to its original shine, and it really doesn’t take that much effort on your part. That being said, not only does it reduce the mess, it also takes the effort out of cleaning. You were, after all, planning to expend your effort on other, more important things, weren’t you?

One of the better side effects of being able to keep a clean work space is the ability to get rid of most germs and allergens. If you suffer from allergies or simply want to prevent illness, these flooring options are not only outstanding, they are completely mold and mildew proof. You will keep your work space clean, you will ensure there are no nasty allergens or airborne illnesses wandering around your shop or garage. It doesn’t get much better than that – unless you consider how much brighter your workshop will be.

A Brighter Workspace

ArmorGarageWhat many people fail to consider is how much brighter garage floor epoxy will make their work space. You will find that one of the many benefits is the floor’s ability to make your work space brighter. If you use standard fluorescent lights, you will discover that they reflect well off of your high gloss epoxy floor, making for a much brighter space. Not only is this aesthetically pleasing, it will be a great way to conserve on energy that you might have otherwise wasted in lighting. In the end, you’re going to save on energy you’re going to have a slip resistant surface, and most importantly you’re going to have a garage/shop that you can be proud of. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Take a look at the garage flooring prices today and get ready to give your work space the treatment it deserves. Installation is easy and lasts for up to twenty years.

 


Clearing Up some of the Most Common (and untrue) Garage Floor Epoxy Myths

Garage Floor Epoxy Myths

When it comes to epoxy, particularly of the floor type, there are an awful lot of misconceptions floating around that make many people hesitant to even give it a try. The big question you’re probably asking yourself, is whether or not it is actually worth it to even try installing epoxy. Well, there are several reasons for which you should give it a try, and we’re certain you’ll be happy with the results. There’s not too many flooring options that is as dramatic and beautiful as a high quality epoxy floor finish.

garage floor epoxy kit

 

 

 

Let’s take a look at some of the common facts and fiction about garage or commercial epoxy.

The Garage Floor Epoxy Cost Is Too High

Yes, you’re going to sink a bit of money into this project, no doubt, and if you call many of the services that do the job, you’ll probably find that they charge an arm and a leg. If they’re charging more than $6 per square foot, they’re probably padding their expenses, and quite frankly, you could do it yourself for far cheaper. Don’t fall into this trap! These people are only serving to perpetuate the myth that epoxy floors are unaffordable and may not even be doing a good job. The price should be somewhere in the neighborhood of $4-5 per square foot, though it will actually be quite a bit cheaper to do it yourself, depending upon the type of epoxy you choose to utilize. Know the facts and know that you don’t have to break the bank to get the best protection.

All Epoxy Coatings are the Same

Whoever started this myth really has no idea what they’re talking about.  Garage epoxy flooring comes in many different types and styles, and some are much better than others. One of the biggest mistakes people tend to make is choosing a water based polymer, which is DIY friendly, but has very little abrasion or impact resistance. Very often applying a water based epoxy will not be a good investment, so choose your floor protection wisely! Any quality professional would never use a water based epoxy and neither should you.

All You need to Do is Clean your Garage Floor and You’re Ready!

It’s going to take a bit more work on your part if you really want to be ready for your garage epoxy flooring. The most annoying myth that goes around is that you only need to give your garage floor a once over cleaning to get it ready. No, it’s not quite that simple. You need to remove all dirt, stains or oil and most importantly, open the pores. Remember, opening the pores promotes adhesion, and that’s exactly what you need to happen when you are laying down your epoxy flooring. A good acid  etch or diamond grind will  clean your floor and open the pores of the concrete allowing the epoxy to soak in and form an unbreakable bond.  Always try to do a power washing first to remove as much of the surface contaminants as possible. When rinsing off the acid etch solution scrubbing a little TSP powder in first and then doing a rinse with a power washer will yield the best results.

There’s a lot of Upkeep

Okay, there’s SOME upkeep involved, of course, but you don’t need to constantly redo your top coat to make it look good. With a properly installed topcoat and good preparation, your garage epoxy flooring should stand the test of time and look great for many years to come. It might be hard to accept, but as long as you follow the instructions and take the above into account, that epoxy won’t be going anywhere for the foreseeable future and all that will be required is routine cleaning with a cleaner such as Simple Green and water and in most cases just a garden hose will get your floor clean. A good urethane topcoat is like Teflon and not much should stick to it.

It’s just a Paint Job!

Something we need to address right now, is that paint is not epoxy. Paint is, well, paint, and epoxy is comprised of resins and chemically engineered hardeners. When compared to the low thickness of paint, epoxy might seem like some sort of miracle, being up to 25 mils thick while paint and low quality epoxies are 2-3 mils. You can even coat with several layers to make it thicker. Additionally, epoxy boasts higher adhesion ratings in addition to much higher abrasion ratings that will keep it intact for many years to come. A high quality urethane topcoat topcoat makes it an even harder finish then just an epoxy coating alone. A urethane based topcoat will provide UV Resistance against yellowing and fading, provide protection against scratching and impacts plus a give your floor a beautiful high gloss finish.

It is important for you to take these myths into account simply because not doing so would open you up to doing so many different things wrong. That being said, read over this post several times, and then try to determine what other things you might be doing wrong. Sometimes, the worst thing you can do is talk to people, because quite frankly, so many myths are handed down from person to person, it can be difficult to keep track of who is telling the truth and who has simply been fooled. Don’t worry, our Need To Know Page has plenty of information regarding all types of epoxy flooring epoxy and how to apply them – just make sure you’re using the right product.