Your garage is for your car, right? Maybe you use it to store your holiday decorations the rest of the year when they aren’t in use. Or perhaps your garage is a gym. Whatever you use your garage floor, you may have thought about epoxying it.
But what are the benefits of applying epoxy to your garage floor? Are there any drawbacks? What would be the purpose of epoxying your garage floor? Check out the reasons we have compiled for and against applying epoxy to the floor of your garage, plus some tips on how to do it! If you have any questions, contact Select Painting – we can help you out.
Pros of Epoxying Your Garage Floor
If you are thinking about epoxying your garage floor, there are numerous benefits. The most immediate and obvious reason to epoxy your garage floor is that you will drastically eliminate, if not altogether remove, dust! According to www.thespruce.com unfinished concrete creates an obscene amount of dust that is easily tracked into your home or vehicle. Epoxying the floor traps all the dust and seals the floor.
Epoxying your garage floor not only eliminates dust, but it also stays clean better requiring you to clean less often. The smooth surface holds dirt less than the rough surface, plus it is easier to clean when it does get dirty. Win-win.
Epoxy will repel spills and keep your garage healthier for you. Unfinished floors will soak up chemicals, oils, or other liquid which can potentially be hazardous to your health, not to mention the potential mold and mildew that can grow from those spills. A floor with an epoxy seal requires a little detergent and a cloth to wipe it up, and you’re good to go!
If you like to be creative, there are countless ways to personalize your garage. While there are many advertised options for garage floors, from latex acrylic paint to 1-part of 2-part epoxies, the best option is 2-part epoxy. If you want a unique look in your garage, 2-part epoxy comes in multiple shades and finishes. Make it your own!
Epoxying your garage floor is also affordable. For the cost of the epoxy and some elbow grease, you can completely change the look of your garage. Plus, it will look amazing and is often slip-resistant!
If you want epoxy in your garage but are not a do-it-yourselfer, you can easily hire a painting firm to do it for you! Select Painting is an excellent choice that will do a phenomenal job in your garage.
Cons of Garage Floor Epoxy
However, there are few cons to epoxying your garage floor. One, it will take a little bit of work. For most people, this means clearing out years of storage. Whether you have baby items like cribs and toys, or holiday decoration and Christmas trees, or a substantial tool collection, or you just forgot what you have in there, it will take some effort to clear out the garage for painting.
There is a small cost associated. Though it is not high, if you are on a budget it could play a factor. Epoxying your garage also takes a little bit of time, and can be messy. If you have never epoxyed a floor, there could be a learning curve. The average cost for garage floor epoxy is $4.5-$5.50 a square foot.
Helpful Tips For Garage Floor Epoxy
Epoxy will add many benefits in the long run. Epoxy will bond to the concrete floor and will stand up to the abuse your garage floor withstands. Garage floor epoxy is mold, mildew, and water resistant. It has the added benefit of resisting dust and does an incredible job repelling automotive fluids.
When it comes to epoxying, you will want to ensure you have cleared the garage well of all items and debris and that you have cleaned the floor well. Any dust or particles left can prevent the epoxy from bonding to the ground. You will also want to ensure there is proper ventilation.
Before you go through the work of epoxying, it is wise to check for any moisture issues you might have but haven’t noticed. Tape a small square of plastic a couple of feet wide and long to the floor and leave overnight. If you see condensation on the plastic or dark spots on the floor, you might have extra moisture. Consult an expert for additional steps you might need to take.
Plan to epoxy in warmer and drier months so the epoxy can dry quickly. For best results, apply an etch pretreatment. Using this before epoxying the floor will open up the top layer of the concrete which will help the epoxy to adhere better to the floor. Be sure to follow the instructions thoroughly. There are many steps that need to happen in a particular order to ensure a successful application.
Epoxy the floor in four by four-foot areas. Plan out the order of epoxying to ensure a good exit strategy, don’t epoxy yourself into a corner! The epoxy will need to dry overnight to ensure you do not need access to the garage for at least a day.
Now that you have a good idea of why you should apply garage floor epoxy and you have a few helpful hints, you are ready to go! But maybe you aren’t sure if it is something you can handle on your own. Don’t worry! The experts at Select Painting are prepared to meet with you!
The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Select Painting have the experience needed for any painting or epoxying project. They will give you an estimate before any work is done, so you know what to expect. Give them a call today!