Epoxy Flooring FAQ
What is the difference between Epoxy and Polyaspartic?
Both epoxy flooring and polyaspartic flooring are a great option for car garages.
Epoxy coatings have been around for years, compared to the newly developed polyaspartic floor coatings. Here is a quick compare between the two:
Epoxy dries hard so it can withstand the high traffic and demands of your garage, but it'd still vulnerable to abrasion. Polyurea/ Polyaspartic dries hard, but maintains some flexibility, and won’t chip, scratch or scuff, making it more durable.
Epoxy is more budget friendly than Polyaspartic. which as a material costs more than epoxy.
One coat of epoxy takes around 12 hours to dry. Minimum two coats of epoxy are required for a garage floor.
One layer of Polyaspartic takes an hour or less to dry. If you are the impatient type, polyaspartic is for you.
Some epoxy coats can fade or yellow over time when exposed to direct sunlight. Polyaspartic is always formulated to be colorfast, and it won’t fade or yellow.
It's a good idea to use anti-slip agent to add texture and traction in the polyaspartic coating, as when wet it gets very slippery. Epoxy is not as slippery, but can still benefit from added traction.
How long does epoxy lasts for?
If installed correctly and with proper care, your new garage epoxy floor can last 10+ years.
Compared to other flooring options, epoxy is extremely easy to clean and maintain. If you follow some basic cleaning schedule and some preventative measurements, you can make sure your epoxy floor is looking like new for longer
What are other advantages of the polyurethane UV treatment, other than protecting from colour fade?
Given that this is a garage job, can warm/hot tires after a routine drive damage the epoxy floor?
We spend a lot of time grinding the floor, making sure that all dirt, grime, oil and etc have been removed before we move on to the next stage. When we grind the concrete, we make sure we open the pores of the concrete, so when applied the epoxy can create good bondage with the concrete.
We use 100% solids epoxy rather than water-based epoxy. Their formula provides for better bonding characteristics. 100% solids epoxy has a high-temperature tolerance and it provides for a much thicker coating.
Why do you grind the concrete floor before applying epoxy and Polyaspartic?
Epoxy and sealers adhere best to clean surface, free from contaminants.
We diamond grind all concrete surfaces with two cuts to remove any dirt, oil and grime and open up the pores of the concrete, to ensure a bond forms between the exposed concrete and the floor coating.
Whether old or newly poured, all concrete needs to be opened to have the pores exposed and an ideal texture created for the floor coating to penetrate and bond to the concrete.
Diamond grinding provides more control over the surface and can achieve the exact texture needed. The texture is important when it comes to applying a floor coating as the proper texture can be the difference between a bond that lasts a lifetime and one that fails shortly after installation.
How long after my new floor is applied, I can start using it?
However, the general curing times are:
After 24 hrs light pedestrian traffic.
After 48-96 hrs light mechanical loading.
Full cure 7 day
If you choose Polyurea/Polyaspartic flooring coating, the turn around time is just 24 hours.
What are the benefits of epoxy for my garage floor?
- It's Eco-friendly.
- As it is non-porous, epoxy protects the concrete floor from damage, moisture, stains and your garage and house from concrete dust.
- It is highly durable, scratch resistant, acid and chemical resistant and easy to clean and maintain.
- It is slip and fire resistant.
- You can choose from a range of colors, flakes and finishes.
- Applying epoxy to your garage, can increase the value of your property.
- Epoxy floors are affordable and one of the most cost-effective flooring choices available today.
Why should I choose a floor installer and not a DIY epoxy kit?
Whichever technique you choose, if not done properly, your finish is destined to fail.
Finding a team of professionals may seem more expensive up front, but it can often save you a lot of money in the long run.
Many DIY projects fail in a short period of time, leading property owners to call professionals to do the job correctly.
This leads to you paying for the flooring solution you want three times.
First for the DIY kit, second in the form of higher floor preparation costs for coating removal, and a third time for professional installation.
Why is my brand new epoxy floor peeling?
The truth is that just about every epoxy problem can be avoided by paying attention to the details.
Some of the reasons why your new floor can be peeling are:
- Poorly prepared concrete surface.
If there are any dirt, oil or grime residue left on the surface and if the concrete pores have not been open enough, for the epoxy to create a bond with the concrete.
- Moisture buildup underneath the concrete.
When laying your brand new epoxy floor, you need to make sure your concrete is completely dry. Moisture under the concrete slab can cause pressure that forces the epoxy to separate from the concrete’s surface.
- Sealed Concrete Floor.
If your concrete has been previously sealed, it needs to be firstly ground before applying epoxy. This removes the sealer and gives you the correct surface profile.
- Not enough epoxy.
DIY epoxy floor kits generally won’t cover many garages. A properly prepared floor will absorb some of the epoxies. If you have a 40 square meter garage and you buy a kit that says it covers 30-50 square meters, you will run out. If you try to stretch the product to completely cover your floor, the result can be an epoxy coating that is too thin or not hard enough. This will decrease its durability and longevity. In the long run, you will end up re-applying the epoxy a year later.
I have a newly build garage. Can I install epoxy flooring?
If the concrete slab is newly pour, you will have to wait at least 28 days for the concrete to dry.
This ensure that when we install the epoxy, there won't be any moisture trapped underneath, which can potentially damage the epoxy in a long run.
Can I DO epoxy on my driveway/outside area?
We recommend doing epoxy flake, as it has two layers of UV stable topcoat to prevent yellowing and it is also moisture resistant.