Epoxy coatings convert plain-jane concrete floors into a beautiful and durable surface able to withstand spills and stains.
Why Consider an Epoxy Floor?
When you choose epoxy as the material for your floor you can enjoy a seamless surface resistant to grease, scuffing, moisture, and chemicals.
The epoxy mixture bonds with the concrete floor beneath making it unlikely to peel or chip like painted floors are prone to. When installed properly, epoxy finishes can endure 20 years of use.
Epoxy floors are perfect for garages and workspaces because they are strong and non-flammable. The epoxy easily withstands dropped power tools, the weight of automobiles, and spills of any kind.
Which Epoxy is Right For You?
Let’s take a quick look at thee three different types of epoxies: solid epoxy, solvent-based epoxy, and water-based epoxy.
Solid epoxy: Solid epoxy is the purest form of epoxy and doesn’t contain solvents that evaporate. Solid epoxy should be applied by a professional because they are expensive and harden rapidly.
Solvent-based epoxy: Solvent-based epoxies are 40%-60% solid. Solvent-based epoxies easily penetrate the concrete’s porous surface and adhere well. Proper ventilation and respirators are required when applying solvent-based epoxy and all people and pets must be kept at a safe distance.
Water-based epoxy: Water-base epoxies are also 40%-60% percent solid. The major benefit, when compared to solvent-based epoxies, is that water-based epoxies do not contain hazardous solvent fumes.
Epoxy Design Options
The sky is the limit when it comes to the look and feel of your epoxy floor, countertop, or table.
Epoxy is able to be dyed to any color and can incorporate multiple colors swirled or manipulated into other abstract designs. Metallic shimmers and even glitter sparkles can be applied before the topcoat to make your epoxy design truly one-of-a-kind.
Decorative flakes are a very popular option for applications such as garage floors and basement workshops in residential applications. You will often see decorative flake epoxy in commercial restrooms and hallways.
Get inspired by checking out all of the epoxy design options.
Epoxy Coating Benefits:
- Hides minor imperfections
- Durable and high wear resistance
- Easy to maintain
- Provides light reflectivity
- Grounded surfaces
- Chemical resistance
- Clean, quality appearance
We Are Epoxy Experts
Having an epoxy floor installed by a contractor is not something most people do too often!
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The Epoxy Floor Installation Process
Step 1: Prepare The Concrete Base
The cleaning process involves scraping or grinding the floor to remove any hardened debris that may be on the concrete’s surface. After the entire floor has been scraped, collect and remove loose debris.
Step 2: Degrease The Concrete Base
A degreasing solution is also scrubbed over the entire space to remove any grease or oil stains. A power scrubber is used on open spaces while corners and tight spots must be scrubbed manually. Once complete, use squeegees and wet-dry vacs to remove the liquid.
Step 3: Prepare Acid-Etching Mixture
Be sure to wear a respirator while you mix the muriatic acid with water and pour it over a 10 foot by 10-foot area.
Step 4: Acid-Etch The Concrete Base
Scrub the acid-etching mixture into the 10’x10′ area for 10 minutes. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the entire floor is acid etched.
Once the entire floor has be etched, rinse three times with water to ensure all acid residue is removed from the concrete’s surface. You will need to let the space completely dry overnight before proceeding.
Step 5: Prepare The Epoxy
Mixing the epoxy thoroughly is extremely important. It is recommended to mix epoxy in a large bucket using a powerful drill with a stirring bit. Then, pour the solution into a second bucket and repeat the process.
Step 6: Start Applying Epoxy Along Edges
Tape off anything near your workspace which should not be covered in epoxy. A 4-inch perimeter coat of epoxy will need to be applied by hand with a paintbrush anywhere where the epoxy butts up to a wall, pole, or another obstacle.
Step 7: Cover The Space In Epoxy
Using paint rollers attached to poles, begin covering the bulk of your space with epoxy. The epoxy should be applied in 4 foot by 4-foot sections at a time in a ‘W’ pattern. Work quickly as you do not want your perimeter coating to dry before the entire 1st coat is applied. Be sure to wok out any imperfections in your application before moving on to the next section.
Once complete, let the 1st coat dry according to the instructions for the specific epoxy you are using.
Step 8: Apply A Second Coat of Epoxy
You will need to apply a 2nd coat of epoxy. This is your opportunity to mix in a non-skid coating if that is important for your use case. You can also sprinkle decorative flakes after the second coat is applied but still wet if desired.
Step 9: Finishing Epoxy
In many cases, a 4-inch border of epoxy going up the walls, poles, and anything else applicable, creates that professional finished look most people want in the epoxy floor design.
Maintaining epoxy is very simple! That is one of the main benefits of epoxy.
You can sweep, vacuum, mop, or squeegee your epoxy floor to clean it. Use 1/2 cup of ammonia mixed into 1 gallon of water to remove tough stains. Never use abrasive cleaners with acids or chemicals to clean epoxy.
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TaylorMade Decorative Concrete and Epoxy is a custom decorative concrete and epoxy contractor based in Lexington, KY. Serving Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, and everywhere in between and nearby. We work with homeowners to national brands with flooring solutions to fit any need and budget.