The decision to apply an epoxy floor coating in the garage is sure to make you love the space even more. Epoxy creates the perfect backdrop for your prized antique care or motorcycle collection. It creates a durable surface to park your car and an aesthetically pleasing entrance to your home.
Investing in custom garage flooring is a great decision, but you must do it right for the best results. Here are the top do’s and don’ts of choosing epoxy flooring for your garage.
DO purchase a coating with a warranty.
Even though installation is pretty straightforward, coating your garage floor is something you don’t want to redo for many years to come. If you choose a DIY epoxy floor coating kit, there’s no warranty to speak of. You’re responsible for the installation and anything that goes wrong in the process.
Even if you opt for a professional product, that doesn’t guarantee longevity. When you work with an installer, make sure you ask about the warranty so you know you’re getting a quality product.
At Boston Garage, our residential epoxy floors come with a 5-year warranty, which covers peeling, lifting and delaminating from the concrete. We’re so confident in our products and application procedures that we tell clients to expect the coating to last 15 years or more.
DON’T assume all coatings and installers are the same.
There are many different types of epoxy floor coatings out there with varying degrees of quality and durability. We employ an incredibly robust topcoat called polyaspartic epoxy. This product is strong enough to withstand commercial and industrial applications. Other coatings can’t compare.
In addition to choosing a quality product, make sure the installers know their stuff. Drill them with questions during the design consultation:
- Are you licensed and insured?
- Do you have a good reputation?
- Do you have any references I can contact?
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you use subcontractors, or does your company do all the work yourself?
DO follow the cleaning and care guide for the floor coating.
Epoxy coatings are durable and low-maintenance, but you can help yours last longer by treating it well. For example, if you spill something, wipe it up quickly to help prevent staining. Keep sharp objects away from the floor coating to help keep the surface scratch-free.
DON’T use harsh cleaners.
In your efforts to keep the epoxy coating clean, you may be tempted to use abrasive cleaners. However, water soluble, inorganic or crystallizing salts, harmful alkali or acids could be harmful to the coating.
If you’re ready to have custom garage flooring installed, please schedule a free on-site design consultation with Boston Garage.