Epoxy floor coating is one of the best garage flooring options on the market for its durability, beautiful shine and low level of maintenance. However, if applied incorrectly, you can experience problems with your garage floor.
When an epoxy coating fails, it doesn't offer the protection and durability that usually comes along with this type of flooring. And once installed, epoxy is extremely difficult to remove. So if the application isn't done correctly, you could be left with a very unattractive floor that's nearly impossible to remove.
Here are some common problems with epoxy floor coatings and ways to avoid them.
1. Peeling Floors
Other factors than cause cause floors to peel include improper preparation of the concrete flooring. The floor must be clean and free of oil, grease and debris. Otherwise, as the epoxy cures, it will pull away from the floor, causing "fisheyes" or round holes in the finish.
And contrary to what you might believe, epoxy won't adhere to a smooth surface. That means even a brand new concrete floor needs to be properly prepped. That involves acid etching at a minimum. Grinding the concrete is the best option to prepare it for epoxy but it can be difficult for the average homeowner.
2. Moisture Buildup Underneath the Coating
Additionally, moisture under the concrete slab causes pressure that forces the epoxy to separate from the concrete's surface, often taking pieces of concrete with it. Avoid the problem by doing a simple moisture test to determine if the floor is right for an epoxy coating.
3. Air Bubbles Beneath the Epoxy
You may also see air bubbles if you don't mix the epoxy correctly. Mixing too fast with a paddle mixer traps air in the epoxy. This will make air bubbles appear in the finish when the epoxy is applied. Don't pump the paddle mixer up and down or run it too fast near the surface. This will create suck air into the epoxy and create an unsatisfactory finish.
You could also experience issues if you fail to mix the Part A resin with the Part B hardener in the right proportion. You must follow the mixing instructions carefully. Some products require the mixed batch to sit for an induction period. Not allowing for the induction period may cause your epoxy to fail to cure and harden properly.
Air bubbles can also appear if you apply epoxy when it's too hot outside. Hot temperatures give you less time to apply the epoxy, and air bubbles can appear in the finish.
4. Inconsistent Color
5. Running Out of Epoxy
Preventing These Problems
It may seem like you'll save tons of money by applying an epoxy floor coating yourself, but it's always best to leave this job to the professionals. You may save money in the short run, but you could run into problems down the road that end up costing you even more money.
The moral of the story is never apply epoxy by yourself. This is a job best left to the a professional.
Boston Garage's technicians are experts when it comes to applying epoxy floor coatings. Give us a call today at 781.836.5145 and ask for a quote for a epoxy floors in your garage. You'll be as thrilled with the finished product as with our quality workmanship and service.