You can now convert your plain garage into an innovative workspace instantly. With advanced technologies today, installing your epoxy garage flooring is a breeze. You can achieve the same seamless results to your small residential spaces that match a professional quality. You may have all the time now and decided that instead of hiring contractors, you want to personalize installing your garage floors’ epoxy coating. The process of coating your garage floors with epoxy requires diligence and attentiveness to achieve best results. So before you decide if you will need professional help or create a DIY project in your garage, here is a guide on how to epoxy coat a garage floor.
Before Considering Your Own Epoxy Coating
The popularity of epoxy garage flooring today is an instant attraction for both business and homeowners. Probably, you have already done your research on how epoxy coatings can upscale the look of your interiors. Right now, you discovered ways to personalized designing your garage with epoxy. The best solution is to hire certified contractors or install the coatings yourself. If you consider the latter, then make sure you got all the time to put the work necessary for your epoxy garage flooring.
Basic Steps to Consider
Step 1: Preparing The Surface for Concrete Coatings
Having a well-prepared surface before coating the concrete equates building a strong foundation before making a house. Whether you are a professional contractor or an ordinary homeowner, the durability of epoxy floors depends on the work you put in the preparation stage. To prepare the surface, make sure you have all the appropriate tools for conditioning the slabs for coating. What you need is to cover up stains, cracks or holes, making sure that the surface is smooth and even. For repairing concrete faults or uneven surfaces, you can choose between a concrete-based filler for constant cement cracks and an epoxy-based filler for a more durable coating. Use a trowel for levelling the cement after treatment.
Step 2: Cleaning and Profiling the Surface
A second major step for epoxy coating is profiling the slabs. Here, what you need are special equipment to grind the cement for a fine finish of the surface. You might need the help of independent floor contractors that you can hire for this specific job. If you can rent a piece of equipment, for homeowners’ use, a 7-inch grinder is recommended for you, especially if the garage space is not too big. Clean the surface completely free from specks of dust, cement debris and any tiny elements and leave a clean surface.
Step 3: Epoxy Coating
For coating, the concrete with epoxy, first check for moisture formation on the cement. The surface should be free from beads or mists or water so that the epoxy coating will effectively hold on to the surface. Apply wax or grease on the area where moisture tend to build. Rewash it thoroughly and let it dry completely. Make use of leaf blower to assure any small solid particles do not linger on the floor. Now, the floor is ready for the epoxy!
Be patient for Curing Time
Proper curing is professionally caring for epoxy garage flooring. The amount of effort you put in the first stage during preparation should match the time and patience you give for waiting for the epoxy coatings to set in fully. Timing is important. Schedule the epoxy application during days where there is enough humidity, and the sun is hot and bright. It takes a total of 72 hours, or two days for the epoxy coating to cure completely.