The Epoxy Garage Floor Coating Process:
Step One: The first step in our garage flooring coating process is the most important step in providing a long-lasting epoxy flooring system. We mechanically abrade or grind the concrete using diamond tooling to provide the proper texture of the epoxy system. Diamond grinding is the process of removing concrete surface contaminants and opening the pores of the concrete surface to create a profile to achieve a solid bond. Additionally, we also repair any cracks, joints, or divots prior to the installation of our coatings.
Step Two: Once all the repairs are completed the next step is the application of our epoxy primer coat or bonding coat. This moisture tolerant epoxy moisture barrier is the key for this system. It can reduce the high level of moisture traveling through the concrete, thus greatly increasing overall performance
Step Three: The next step is the application of an epoxy primer coat or bond coat. The purpose of the primer coat will penetrate into the pores of the concrete and seal them off. This will assure a solid bond of the base coat to follow.
Step Four: Once the primer coat has been allowed to sufficiently cure, the base coat is applied. The base coat can be a solid color or one of many decorative options. Decorative chips or a colored quartz broadcast, as well as multi-colored metallic and marbleized finishes, are all popular garage floor coating choices. The addition of non-slip additives is also something we recommend to reduce the chances of a slip and fall accident.
Step Five: If you choose a vinyl chip or colored quartz broadcast system, the next step will be to apply what is called a grout coat. The grout encapsulates the broadcast media.
Step Six: The final step of the process is the application of the top coat. We generally recommend an aliphatic urethane or polyaspartic top coat for a few reasons. The first reason is that these top coats are UV resistant. Without one of these coatings, your epoxy floor will “yellow” from exposure to sunlight. Urethane and polyaspartic top coats are also stronger and harder than epoxy. Either will be extremely durable and resistant to scratches and abrasion.