Can I Use Epoxy Coating on My Garage Floor?

Epoxy Coating

Many people choose epoxy floorings in Ottawa for garage floors since they can handle car tracks, oils, grease, chemicals and scraping.

Epoxy coatings will protect the garage floor from oil and other substances and will leave the area clean and durable.  Not all garages are suited for an epoxy flooring.  If it has a tendency to be moist or wet from the ground beneath, the epoxy will not create a sufficient bond and would not be a good choice.  Also, if the floor has also been treated with a concrete sealer, epoxy is not an option.

If you have painted floors, be sure to remove all the old paint before applying any epoxy.  If your concrete slab is new, wait a minimum of one month to be sure the concrete has cured and will absorb the epoxy appropriately.

As with so many projects, the prep work is equally as important as the final application.  Remove all oil and grease, even those tiny spots.  Scrub with a mild acidic cleanser, rinse thoroughly, and dry.  Vacuum to remove any dust or grit.  Fill all cracks and be sure the filler is completely dry before applying any epoxy.

There are three types of epoxies to choose from:  100% solid, solvent based and water based.

The first option, 100% solid, is just what it sounds like.  It is almost pure epoxy and has no solvent or liquid.  Since it dries very quickly, it is difficult to work with.  Prices are determined by the amount of epoxy in the mixture.

Solvent-based epoxies are usually the preferred variety.  It will have a ratio of 40 to 60; that means it is 60% solid matter.  It penetrates and adheres quite well.  It is also available in a wide range of colors.  However, and this is a big however, you must use a properly fitted respirator when working with this product.  It is also recommended that the garage be very well ventilated.  Solvent-based epoxies are strong and can be hazardous.  Extreme care must be used.

Water-based epoxies also have a 40 to 60 ratio of liquid to solid.  It is nonhazardous and widely available.

Solvent and water-based epoxies should be applied in two coats, waiting at least a day before the second application.  Two coats will increase durability and lifespan.  Also, for optimal drying the air temperature should be between 60 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit and the concrete at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you have more questions or need help, just contact Ottawa epoxy flooring expert Concrete Fusion. They are there to help you.