I’ve recently talked to enough homeowners who are fed up with their store bought, do-it-yourself epoxy floor. I am often asked: So what is the difference between your epoxy and the stuff I can buy at my local hardware store (i.e. Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware)? The answer to that question is somewhat complicated.
There is a popular product that is a “1-part epoxy” that is branded and sold as a functional garage floor epoxy product. Don’t waste your time and money because once it starts peeling up your floor will look worse than before the epoxy. This product simply does not bond well with concrete using the prescribed preparation technique(s) per the label. One such customer used the product and followed the label instructions perfectly. Prior to starting, you should do a moisture-vapor test. The label says to wait 1-2 weeks before driving on the garage: He waited 6 weeks to drive on the floor and within 2 weeks had hot-tire pickup and de-lamination.
The products sold on store shelves are often low-solids products and have low bonding properties. After doing some further product research, I learned the manufacturer recommends re-coating every 2-3 years. Don’t waste your time and money when you can have a great-looking, commercial-quality long-lasting epoxy floor that will last 10-15 years.
There are consumer-based, 2-part epoxies that are better quality, but still do not measure up to the durability and end-results of the industrial-grade epoxy that we install. Think about what you are trying to get out of your floor.
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Mile High Coatings is a specialty coatings and painting company based in Fort Collins, CO. We serve the Front Range communities including Denver [Metro], Longmont, Loveland, Greeley and surrounding communities.