When it comes to garage floors, naturally you want to seal it with some kind of covering. Today the most popular choices are epoxy floor covering and concrete paint.
There is a great deal of difference between the two products and you should be aware of the pros and cons prior to purchase.
INDUSTRIAL EPOXY FLOOR COATING
• Made of one part polyamine and one part epoxy resin
• Must be mixed immediately prior to using
• Cures, does not dry like paint
• Makes a hard, durable surface
• Works especially well on a rough surface
• Is chemically resistant
• Not porous so is easy to clean
Epoxy was first patented in the 1930’s and has improved over the years. Currently, it is used in different forms throughout the manufacturing industry.
This includes things such as washers and dryers, airplane parts and many other things. It is desirable because of its ability to set up quickly and produce a strong, hard surface.
Currently, it will be found on the floor of automobile showrooms, in commercial buildings, warehouses, manufacturing plants and many other locations. It is especially popular for garage floors.
Epoxy consists of two parts, epoxide resin and polyamine hardener. The two must be mixed together prior to being applied to the floor. It comes in a wide variety of colors which makes it easy to match the surrounding area.
The thickness of the application depends on the percentage of the mix. For example, you can get 100% solids or 50% solids. The 100% is more difficult to apply as it cures faster. There are DIY kits available in home improvement stores with full instructions regarding epoxy application, or you can contact a professional concrete contractor to do the job.
CONCRETE FLOOR PAINT
• Garage floor paint is latex acrylic
• Acrylic-epoxy blends are available
• The a/e blend resists water, grease, oil and gas
• Paint dries, does not cure like epoxy
• Less expensive
Straight latex acrylic paint will not last as long as straight epoxy. However, it is possible to purchase garage floor paint that is 1-Part epoxy.
It is agreed that this is the best type to purchase because it provides a much stronger coating that will be more resistant to oil, gas, chemicals and other things commonly found on a garage floor.
In addition, straight latex paint is inclined to peel and stain easily and will need to be re-touched or re-painted at least once a year depending on how much your garage is used. A 1-Part epoxy paint will last much longer and is easy to apply.
1-Part epoxy paint comes in a wide variety of colors making it is easy to find one that will match the interior of the garage. In addition, it can be easily cleaned with soap and water, resists peeling, is easy to apply and provides a satin finish.
Whether you decide to use epoxy, 1-Part epoxy or concrete floor paint, it is important that you examine the features of each. This would include such things as difficulty to apply, how much the building is used, how difficult cleaning up might be and so forth.
It is possible to get 1-Part epoxy paint, depending on the brand, for as little as $10 per gallon.