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Prepping The Garage Floor – Why Its Not As Easy As Painting It

So you’ve decided to give your garage floor a new, clean look and feel? More and more homeowners are opting for making their garage look a little better, and the easiest place to start is with the floors.

But if you believe some do it yourselfers, its as easy as applying a quick coat of paint – and voila, a great looking garage floor will be yours.

Not so fast.

Prepping The Garage Floor – Why Its Not As Easy As Painting ItYour garage floor isn’t like the walls in your living room. A simple coat of paint won’t do the trick. Paint it the wrong way and you’ll quickly find a floor with chips and smudges, one that won’t withstand the elements of our Colorado winters and summers, or even a floor that becomes slicker every time a little water is spilled.

Before a garage floor is ever finished, a professional installer knows the prep work is the most important part. There are three parts to the prep work – having access to the right tools, completing the job thoroughly, and removing dust and debris before the final paint is applied.

Unless a garage floor is brand new, it will invariably have things that need to corrected before application. Cracks, stains, oil, moisture problems – all of these and more an cause your final product to not adhere properly, and therefore cause your final results to be anything but perfect. Since the last thing you want is a garage floor that immediately shows wear and tear, its best to start at the bottom in the right way.

Diamond grinding is one of the easiest ways to complete the process and have your garage floor in the best shape possible before final application. A series of diamond coated blades are attached to a buffing wheel, which then abrades the surface of the concrete, providing a proper surface that will be easily adhered to. Its also important that all paint, epoxy, oils and stains are removed from the surface. And finally, a thorough cleaning to make sure all dust is removed from cracks and corners, to ensure a complete seal when the final product is installed.

Because most homeowners simply don’t have the tools to perform all tasks, its easier to have a professional help you from the beginning. You won’t be relying on rental equipment that may have been damaged from a previous rental, and you’ll ensure that every surface is prepped and ready to be the best it can be.

Add in the huge amount of time savings you’ll see by not doing it yourself, and its easy to see why more people are relying on professionals to give their garage the best look possible.

Give us a call today.


Epoxy Coatings For Your Garage: The Perfect Gift For Christmas

What can you get the car buff in your life for Christmas this year? If he spends more time in the garage than any other room in the house, a shiny epoxy coating on the garage floor may be just the thing he’s dreaming of.

Epoxy coatings have been used for years to seal concrete flooring in commercial and industrial buildings. But increasingly they’ve been showing up in residential garages as well.

Epoxy Coatings For Your Garage: The Perfect Gift For ChristmasAnd why not? If you’ve ever admired the shiny glossy slabs on a car dealerships floor, why not bring that same look home? It improves the look of your garage tenfold, makes it more comfortable to walk on, and is easy to maintain.

Epoxy floors are easy to clean and durable – they can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years in a residential garage, depending on the care. Epoxy flooring protects the concrete from salts and some solvents, and though it will sometimes stain, the stain will only impact the actual pigment of the flooring, not the performance of the coating. And depending on the condition of your garage, it can help it take on a whole new look, covering up small cracks and defects, making it look brand new.

Sounds good for any car enthusiast, right? What else should you know?

Just like any painting project, the key to success is in the preparation. If you are working with a new slab of concrete, it will have to cure for at least 28 days before application. For older floors, it will need to be patched and prepped, including roughening up the concrete to make it adhesive. Once the epoxy is applied, it will need to fully dry before you use your garage – three days at a minimum; up to two weeks for fully curing.

While your new epoxy coating will last 5 to 10 years, it is easy to reapply. When you’re ready for an update, a simple washing is necessary before the epoxy is reapplied. Its that easy to keep your garage looking its best all the time.

And what makes it even more attractive to homeowners is the color and pattern selection. Epoxy flooring comes in a wide array of color choices, as well as decorative patterns. Epoxy coatings can take on a speckled, terrazzo, marble like or even granite like look. And because a smooth epoxy flooring will be slippery when wet, here in Colorado its also necessary to add skid resistance aggregate to the flooring, such as sand, pumice, ground walnut shells or even colored quartz granules.

If you’re ready to surprise that special someone in your life with an epoxy coating on a garage floor, give us a call today.