Over the past few decades, the Franklin garage has undergone a considerable number of changes. Whether it houses the family car, serves as a work room or craft corner, or offers extra space for entertaining and recreation, the garage has been adapted to serve as an extension of the home. If you are like most Tennessean’s, your garage is the primary entrance to your home. It makes functional sense to treat your garage floor like other floors in your house.
One of the toughest and most durable finishes that you can apply to a Franklin garage floor today is an epoxy coating. Not only does it protect your garage floor, it can instantly transform your boring or oil-stained garage floor into a professional looking floor of beauty and function that is impervious to all auto fluids. And since the garage is fast becoming more than just a place where you park the car, the benefits of garage floor epoxy have quickly made it one of the top choices for Franklin garage flooring today.
Used for both residential and commercial applications, epoxy will give your garage or shop floor that showroom shine that and initiate a “Wow” to anyone who sees it! Depending on which application you choose, you can select from a variety of understated solid colors and hues, to custom colors and blends of color flakes that match your style or even your favorite sports team.
Aside from looking nice, the hardened and thick application that you get from epoxy creates a coating that is very durable and resilient to impacts, chipping, chemicals, stains, and surface abrasion. You don’t have to panic about damaging the garage floor if you drop a wrench or a bicycle falls over.
The thicker coating also does a great job of covering over minor imperfections such as small spider cracks and flaws in the concrete. Because epoxy is a topical sealer, it is also anti-dusting. Much of the dust in a garage is created from the powder that a cement floor can shed. Normal traffic on bare concrete can kick up this dusty powder that has a tendency of collecting on cars, tool benches, and storage items, as well as being tracked into the house.
One of the problems associated with homeowners using an epoxy garage floor kit from Home Depot or Lowes is that they come with a very weak citrus acid for etching the concrete. Not only is this citric acid weak but using even a strong acid is not adequate. Most Franklin contractors use a sealant on the garage floor to prevent stains as the house is being built. The acid is likely to remove some but not all of this sealant causing spots where the epoxy does not adhere with strength. The best way to prepare a concrete garage floor for an epoxy coating is by using a grinding process. It’s very critical that the grinding is done right or the epoxy coating will not adhere properly. Patching or repairing any cracks or other damage to the concrete before the epoxy is applied is required as well.
Quality Franklin epoxy floor systems usually involve multiple coats to insure a very tough and resistant coating that will last for years and this process starts with an epoxy primer. The primer is what binds to the concrete to provide adhesion for the subsequent layers and provide for a higher build. Some primers will also act as a moisture barrier for those cement floors that are somewhat susceptible to moisture vapor that moves up from the soil through the concrete to the surface. Beware of companies that brag about getting in and out in 24 to 48 hours because this is not enough time for the epoxy coatings to fully dry in between layers.
The next coat is the base coat and provides the color of choice. This may sometimes be applied without primer depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations however, we highly recommend against it. This coat will also receive the application of colored acrylic paint chips to add density and texture if so desired. The final coat is the clear top coat. This is what gives the finish that glossy look and depth that these floors are known for.
If you live in the Franklin, Tennessee area and are considering coating and sealing your garage floor, give Garage Floorz a call. We have installed epoxy, stained, textured, solid color color chipped, and polished garage floor coatings all over the United States. Our consultation is free and we have decades of experience and knowledge to help direct you through the garage floor sealing choices to come.