Epoxy coatings are great for industrial and commercial applications. They can also provide a practical option for coating garage floors in residential properties. These coatings provide a smooth and durable surface that can withstand heavy loads. Epoxy is not a good solution for exterior concrete surfaces that are exposed to the sun because it is not UV resistant. If your garage has windows or if you like to keep the door open, epoxy may not be the best fit for your garage floor. The tan colors will turn more yellow over time and the grays will turn a greenish color over time. Sun exposure is the enemy of epoxy. This being the case do not use epoxy on exterior surfaces that has any sun exposure.
Epoxy can come in many different looks like marble, metallic, solid, and chip flake. Epoxy may have more style options than other coatings, but it is not the most durable application for high traffic areas or garage floors.
The material does not hold up well when applied to a polished or sealed concrete surface. The concrete must be fully cured which takes around 30 days and the application of epoxy is a long one. It takes on average, 5-8 days for the application and cure time. Not only does it take longer than other coatings, it releases strong fumes. Epoxy is also known to be vulnerable to “hot tire pickup”. This is when tires get hot from sitting in high temperatures and driving.
This product is more prone to scratching and becoming dull over time
This product is more prone to scratching and becoming dull over time. It needs to be sanded and recoated every 5-8 years, depending on how well you care for it. Because epoxy is smooth, it can be slicker than other floor coating options.
Epoxy bonds well to concrete surfaces that are properly prepared. Prep work can include cleaning, acid etching, and/or grinding the concrete surface with diamonds.
Epoxy is an awesome solution for indoor areas in your home and commercial spaces. It is also an option for garage floors and other commercial spaces that are driven on or high impact, but it is not the best solution for them. If you are dead set on an epoxy coating, we are not the best option for you. We would advise you to look for a company that specializes in epoxy.
- Durable and easy to clean
- Chemical resistant
- Creates a high gloss surface
- Variety of finishes
- Great for indoor commercial and residential spaces
- Time consuming installation process
- Strong odors and VOC’s
- Requires precision installation
- Curing complications
- More expensive long term
- Not UV resistant
- Hot tire pick up
- Scratches easily