Epoxy Garage Floor FAQ’s

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Why should I choose epoxy flooring over other flooring options?

Epoxy flooring offers several benefits over alternative floor systems. It has a low lifecycle cost thanks to its longevity and durability. It’s easy to maintain and, unlike many commercial systems, never needs to be polished or waxed. It doesn’t even require special care instructions aside from mopping and sweeping. It’s one of the few floor systems strong enough to withstand even the most demanding factory and commercial settings without deteriorating. Thanks to its attractive design options, it can be used in public commercial settings as well as in your home.

How long can an epoxy flooring system last?
The longevity of epoxy flooring depends on the quality of the epoxy product, how well the concrete is prepared to ensure a strong bond, where the epoxy is installed, and how well it’s maintained. Professionally installed epoxy floor coatings can last up to 8 years in harsh industrial environments with adequate protective measures and care. In low-demand commercial settings, epoxy flooring can last longer. Garage and basement epoxy has even been known to last up to 20-25 years as long as a new clear topcoat is added every 5 to 7 years or so.
What are the benefits to epoxy flooring?
No matter where it’s installed, epoxy floor coatings have a lot to offer. Here are the biggest reasons facility managers and homeowners invest in epoxy flooring.
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  • Withstands heavy-duty wear and tear including heat, extreme cold, road salt, gas and oil spills chemicals, abrasion, impact, and vehicle traffic
  • Isolates spills on the surface for fast and safe cleanup
  • Slip-resistant surface when wet but skid-resistant additives can also be added
  • Seamless and nonporous surface protects your concrete from damage
  • Stops moisture from seeping up through a concrete floor in a basement
  • Can last 10-20 years when installed by professionals on prepped concrete
  • Very little maintenance required
  • Easy to clean with sweeping and mopping. Even pressure washing is possible in industrial settings with cove protection
  • Increases the brightness of the floor to make any space look larger and brighter
  • USDA approved seamless surface can be used in commercial kitchens, public restrooms, and more
  • May increase the value of your home with a high return on investment
  • Easy to customize the look of epoxy with endless colors and design effects
Where can epoxy flooring be used?

Epoxy flooring has many uses in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. In Columbus homes, it’s frequently used in the garage and basement but it can also be used to cover concrete floors anywhere on the main living floor. A wide range of commercial and industrial settings can also benefit from an epoxy floor coating. Popular applications for epoxy flooring include:

  • Grocery stores and retail
  • Food service, including commercial kitchens
  • Processing plants, factories, and warehouses
  • Medical facilities such as physician offices, veterinarian offices, and hospitals
  • Public safety buildings and correctional institutions
  • Breweries and distilleries
  • Hotel lobbies, bars, and clubs
  • Office buildings
  • Auto shops and showrooms
Should I have epoxy flooring installed in my basement?
An epoxy concrete coating is actually one of the most practical flooring solutions available for your basement. It won’t suffer from mildew, mold, or warping due to moisture problems, unlike carpet, laminate, and hardwood. Epoxy is commonly used to seal concrete and waterproof a basement floor to stop moisture from coming up through your basement floor. It’s also a cost-effective way to transform an unfinished basement into usable living space.

One of the most unique benefits of epoxy flooring in Columbus is it dramatically increases floor brightness while stopping concrete dusting. Your basement will look brighter, larger, and cleaner instantly. You can customize the appearance of basement epoxy to get any look you’re going for in your basement from solid colors and neutral epoxy flake flooring to sophisticated metallic epoxy that adds movement and depth to the floor. Epoxy flooring even offers a long-term solution to basement flooring with a seamless and durable surface that can last up to 20 years.

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What different types of epoxy floors are there?
Epoxy flooring comes in many varieties, both in terms of the formula and its appearance. Here’s a brief overview of the types of epoxy floor systems used today and terms you may hear.
  • Self leveling epoxy. The most common type of epoxy is self leveling epoxy flooring which is easy to level to create a smooth surface in office buildings, garages, and other settings.
  • 100% solids epoxy. The most durable form of epoxy is 100% solids which can last up to 20 years even in the face of heavy abuse. DIY garage kits, by comparison, may be only 30-40% solids and only last a couple of years at the most. 100% solid epoxy floor coatings cure into a solid and durable surface with a layer up to 2mm thick.
  • Water-based epoxy. Water-based epoxy coatings are useful in some applications but they work more as sealers and primers because they spread thinly and do not offer the durability of 100% solids epoxy.
  • Epoxy mortar flooring. This is the most durable type of epoxy available. It’s made up of 100% solid epoxy with ground quartz. Mortar epoxy is best used in industrial settings where extreme chemical resistance and impact resistance is needed
  • Quartz epoxy. This type of epoxy combines epoxy polymer resins and colored quartz for a decorative floor system that’s also sanitary and durable.
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  • Anti-static epoxy. Also known as electro-static charge (ESD) epoxy, this type of epoxy is made with a conductive compound that holds static electricity that dissipates any discharge. It’s used in areas containing flammable materials and sensitive electronics.
  • Epoxy flake flooring. This type of epoxy concrete coating uses colorful epoxy flakes to add a multi-colored and textured effect to your epoxy floor. These flakes offer a skid-resistant surface and come in a huge array of colors and textures.
  • Metallic epoxy flooring. This form of epoxy flooring creates a one-of-a-kind visual effect thanks to metallic pigments in the epoxy that are agitated in various ways before the epoxy cures. The end result is a floor with the illusion of depth and movement that may resemble lava, flowing water, lightning, smoke, or marble.
Is epoxy good for garages?

Garage floor epoxy is an excellent application for epoxy flooring. It’s a surprisingly affordable way to stop concrete dusting and give your garage floor an attractive, low-care floor system that can resist stains and damage from gas and oil spills, dropped tools, hot tires, moisture, and other perils. With garage epoxy, you can finally use your garage for anything you’re imagining such as a personal workshop, clean storage space, or even a fitness center. Garage floor epoxy in Columbus also offers an excellent return on investment and may help boost your home’s value

How long does it take to install an epoxy flooring system?
The amount of time necessary to professionally install an epoxy floor system depends on the size of the floor area and the condition of the concrete. Prepping the concrete typically takes more time than the epoxy installation itself. Professional garage floor epoxy in Columbus usually takes just 1-2 days. For large areas and custom epoxy designs, it may take several days to install the floor system. In commercial and industrial settings, we can use a fast-cure epoxy formulation to reduce downtime.
Is epoxy flooring affordable?
An epoxy concrete coating in Columbus is actually very affordable, especially in terms of garage epoxy flooring. Even commercial epoxy in large facilities can be much more affordable than alternative floor systems. In addition to an affordable upfront cost, epoxy flooring requires no expensive maintenance and it can last up to 10 years or much longer to deliver a low lifecycle cost.
Does epoxy flooring work well in a commercial setting?
Absolutely. In fact, epoxy floors were developed for use in commercial environments that are subjected to heavy wear and tear. Commercial epoxy flooring can withstand forklift traffic, constant foot traffic, chemical spills and moisture, cart wheels, heavy loads, and more without showing its age or deteriorating. It’s attractive enough for areas open to the public yet strong enough for areas in which forklifts and heavy machinery are used.
What do I need to do in preparation for your arrival?
There isn’t much you need to do to get ready for our Columbus epoxy flooring contractors. Because prepping your concrete floor for the epoxy takes longer than the epoxy installation itself, it’s important that the entire floor be cleared of any furniture or clutter. There should be absolutely nothing on the floors that will need to be moved once we arrive. We also recommend a good sweeping of your concrete before your scheduled epoxy installation.
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