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Pros and Cons of Epoxy Coatings for Garage Floors

On October 17, 2022

Every year, our technicians at Deluxe Garages answer hundreds of questions from residents and business owners about the pros and cons of epoxy garage floors. Some of them deal with whether they can park their cars and trucks with hot tires, muddy frames, or leaking oil tanks without damaging their brand-new concrete floors.

In this explainer, our flooring professionals outline whether an epoxy floor coating makes the most optimal choice for your intended application. We have decades of combined experience maintaining and installing these floors for homeowners and property managers, so we will discuss several long-term factors you might want to consider before pulling the trigger.

Why Get Garage Floor Epoxy?

Concrete is porous. It has billions of tiny holes that moisture, fungal spores, and mildew can penetrate and destroy.

Epoxy garage coatings combine hardeners and resins to plug these holes, making your concrete garage floor last longer without denting, scratching, and hosting infestations. Garage floors with no protectants will often look rundown after just a few years, but ones with epoxy, polyurea, or polyaspartic coatings can last decades looking brand-new.

Resinous epoxy coatings can also work for tile, wood, and a broad range of other floor types, making it a mainstay in numerous commercial and industrial spaces across Texas. Rarely will you find parking spaces and loading bays with no epoxy or polyurea-based coatings. Let’s review a few reasons why.

The Advantages of Epoxy Garage Floors

Unlimited Color Combinations and Textures

Epoxy garage coatings offer the broadest range of colors, textures, and artistic options among mainstream protectants.

At Deluxe Garages, our technicians and project planners often work with design teams using computer programs to create unique looks for showrooms and garages. Customers can also apply epoxy coatings over existing paintwork, saving them hours of labor and thousands of dollars in remodeling costs.

Epoxy coatings also remain the leading protectant for car dealerships, showrooms, and other commercial establishments where great aesthetics are essential. They can work for any brand-new or newly remodeled home.

High Microbial, Chemical, Stain, and Moisture Resistance

Epoxy coatings are essential for spaces that receive a lot of vehicle traffic as they keep gasoline, oil, and transmission fluids from penetrating the concrete substrate and staining it permanently. Chemical and moisture damage can weaken concrete after a few years, and you might notice puddles and depressions forming in a few places. Epoxy garage coatings prevent that from happening.

Low-Maintenance Floors

The most notable advantage epoxy offers homeowners and property managers stems from the reduction in maintenance activities they need to perform on their commercial and residential spaces. Epoxy garage coatings keep debris, dust, and pollutants from adhering to your concrete floors and work surfaces, so you will not need a pressure washer or high-grade chemical cleaner to sanitize them.

You only need to occasionally mop, sweep, and wipe to restore the brand-new look of your epoxy garage floors and fixtures. There will be no need to call professional power washing and stain removal services for decades.

Epoxy Garage Coatings Are Eco-Friendly

Epoxy garage coatings create hard-wearing surfaces with little to no emission of volatile organic compounds or VOCs. VOC emissions react with oxygen and nitrogen in the surrounding air to make ozone and smog, causing respiratory tract irritation, eye damage, and nausea.

Most resinous garage coatings will emit fumes upon application. Our technicians ventilate workspaces and wear respirators on the job, but the substances we use at Deluxe Garages are 100% EPA-compliant and emit no VOCs.

The Disadvantages of Epoxy Garage Coatings

A Permanent and Long-Term Solution

Epoxy coatings might offer a broad range of design options, but once our technicians install them, your garage will look that way for a few decades unless you strip it away. Redecorating and repainting your garage floors and workspaces will require substantially more time and effort with an epoxy coating.

Glossy and Slippery Finish

Epoxy garage coatings will produce a smooth and shiny finish after curing. They will reflect light from nearby windows and doors, which might change the look of your garage interiors. Anti-slip additives are available from most vendors but often cost a little extra.

Professional Supervision Required

Resinous coatings emit harmful fumes and could take days to fasten and cure, necessitating professional equipment and expertise.

Contact the Epoxy Experts Today

Epoxy coatings remain the most-preferred protectant for concrete basement floors, factory floors, and warehouse spaces across Texas. These high-traffic areas receive a lot of foot and vehicle traffic daily and require protection. Contact Deluxe Garages at (512) 337-2292 and get a free consultation about epoxy garage floors.

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