When it comes to garage flooring, many of you may have heard or seen the epoxy floor coverings that are available today, possibly even on TV. You see what looks like a simple process and beautiful results. What you dont see or hear is that most epoxy floor coverings fail and the process is extremely time consuming and difficult. The biggest reason the epoxy garage floors fail is adhesion, they simply dont stick well unless the surface has been properly prepped. That doesnt sound bad, right? Wrong. Here are some of the things you need to do to "prep" for an epoxy floor:
Rolled garage floors are the lowest cost and easiest type of garage floor to install. These floors are simply rolled out and the seems are either overlapped or butted together. They do not need to be glued down and the seems do not need to be taped. If you are interested in securing a rolled rubber garage floor, there are seeming tapes and floor adhesives available but they are certainly not required. Rolled floors are available in widths from 7.5 to 10 feet wide and various lengths. Custom lengths are also available if you are unable to locate the right size roll for your garage. Rolled garage floors are available in 4 patterns including diamond tread, levant, coin and ribbed. Various thicknesses are also available ranging from 55 mil to 85 mil and in 6 different colors.
Epoxy floor paint is used to seal porous cement floors from mold and cracking damage caused by garage spills and ground moisture. It is a must for long-term durability. Used alone it will improve the appearance of your floor, and make cleaning up fast, but painted cement is a hard and slippery surface ill-suited for standing and walking upon. A non-professional can apply epoxy paint, which costs from $2.50-$5 a square foot, but the preparation, mixing and painting is time consuming and difficult. Applied by a professional, the labor costs from $5-$15 and hour on top of supplies. Using additional coverings over a sealed floor will lengthen its life even more.
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