Having an epoxy coating installed over your garage floor allows you to get longevity in the floor, as it helps to seal it. Aside from the sealing quality, epoxy can also help you get a clean, shiny surface. It becomes easier to clean and maintain, not to mention better to look at. Here are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to epoxy flooring.
The first thing you should do when you are considering epoxy flooring in your garage is to look for a warranty. Whether you are purchasing a DIY kit or having it installed professionally, ensure the product being used is covered by a warranty. This allows you to get free labor work if there is an issue with your garage floor within that period of time.
Also ensure you are keeping up with maintenance of the epoxy floor after it has been installed. This is not a do-it-and-forget-it type of sealant. You still need to keep the floor cleaned on a regular basis. While the flooring does become low-maintenance as opposed to the garage flooring before, it still needs regular inspections. Clean the floor regularly by sweeping it and washing it. Once it is clean, you are able to look for any signs of damage, such as cracks or holes in the surface. Epoxy floors can handle a good amount of heavy objects, but you should still place a pad or similar item underneath motorcycles and other objects that might scratch the flooring. Avoid using cleaners that contain vinegar or citrus, since the acid can ruin the epoxy.
When you are applying the epoxy flooring, make sure you don’t apply it without first correcting current issues. If your floor already has hairline fractures, they need to be repaired first. If you are using a contractor for the epoxy sealant, they will likely do this for you. However, if this is a DIY project, you need to purchase a filling product for the cracks and holes. Concrete filler is available if you have a concrete floor in your garage. Look closely at the floor before applying the epoxy and ensure it is completely clean and dry before beginning.
Unless you are 100 percent confident in your ability to do a flawless job, don’t install it yourself. You will be much happier with the results if you pay a little more for a professional to install the epoxy floor. They can inspect the floors, complete repairs and do the installation all at the same time. You will know you are getting the best result possible when hiring a professional.