What Is Epoxy Flooring?
Epoxy flooring is a type of synthetic resin floor system that is laid on top of concrete substrates as a form of protection and decoration. Epoxy is chemically distinct from regular floor paint as epoxy consists of a two-part system – a combination of resins and hardeners.
When properly mixed and applied, the epoxy resin and hardener react with one another resulting in a chemical bond with each compound and with the floor itself. The chemical bond creates a stiff plastic material that is durable, resistant to degradation, and bonds exceptionally well to its substrate.
Epoxy flooring can be applied to concrete to create a durable, waterproof, slip-resistant, and stain-resistant surface, is UV resistant and antimicrobial and can be applied to garages, basements, pool decks, industrial spaces, retail locations, restaurants, schools, modern office buildings, modern living rooms, showrooms, hospitals, and more.
What are the benefits of epoxy flooring?
- Chemical resistance
- Easy maintenance
- Aesthetic appeal
- Slip, moisture, and stain resistant
- Rapid Installation
- Environmentally friendly
- Epoxy can be personalized with a variety of colors, patterns, and swirls which can increase the property value of your home or make your business stand out.
Are epoxy floors durable?
Epoxy floors are very durable for most commercial and industrial applications. Different epoxy flooring formulations offer varying levels of durability and resistance to chemicals, abrasion, impact, and other factors.
What colors are available for epoxy floors?
Epoxy floors come in nearly infinite solid colors, combinations of colors, textures, and looks. Your floor’s appearance can be modified with the addition of colored broadcast flakes, mixed in different color combinations or in a solid color. Various pigments can be added to change colors or provide a metallic or marbled appearance.
What type of flooring options does Mr. Epoxy Flooring offer?
We offer broadcast flake system epoxy with a UV-resistant polyaspartic top coat, Metallic or marble-colored flooring, solid color systems, micro stone flooring, concrete staining and polishing, power washing, and sealing.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the coating will depend on a variety of factors. This is why you will want us to first inspect your floors to give you a price quote. We will examine existing conditions, looking at the substrate thickness, the current coating system, and the condition of your concrete.
Where can epoxy flooring be installed?
Epoxy can be installed anywhere with existing concrete. We’ve installed our epoxy and polyaspartic coatings in garages, basements, pool decks, industrial spaces, retail locations, restaurants, schools, modern office buildings, living rooms, showrooms, airplane hangars, hospitals, and more.
Are epoxy floors non-slip?
Epoxy floors can be installed with varying degrees of non-slip properties to meet the objectives of your project.
I just bought a brand new home and have not driven on the garage floor yet. Do I still need you to prep the floor?
Yes, regardless of whether the floor is 30 days or 50 years old your floor will still require some sort of professional preparation. For most floors, we use a state-of-the-art diamond grinding vacuum system that removes contaminants like oil, grease, and any dust and dirt. This professional preparation process opens the pours up and allows the epoxy to get a better bond by absorbing into the open pores of the concrete for a superior bond.
I currently have oil stains on my concrete floor. Will this be a problem?
No problem at all.
Can epoxy be applied over tile?
Yes, epoxy can be applied over tile. We do this often in commercial kitchens, walk-in coolers, and restrooms.
Can I install an epoxy coating myself?
We’re all for DIY, but there is simply too much that can go wrong—so no. The preparation stage requires a professional, as well as choosing the correct layers, how thick the epoxy should be applied, ensuring each layer is even, and provide the epoxy ample time to cure.
How to prepare my floors before installing epoxy?
Professional preparation is the first step in ensuring a long-lasting strong bond, as well as a smooth and beautiful finish. We will repair cracks, pits, gouges, and spalling. If needed, we will shot blast or grind your concrete to level the flooring and ensure previous coatings are fully removed. The final step in the preparation process is to clean and vacuum your concrete.
What do I need to do to prepare for your arrival?
Household goods and/or vehicles will need to be removed from the area during the installation and curing process. Depending on the type of flooring your choose, and other factors like time of year and temperature, the curing process may take several full days before your floors are completely cured. In most cases, you can walk on your new floors after 24 hours of the final application, however, you will need to wait at least 72 hours before you start replacing household items and furniture or vehicles if you are choosing epoxy flooring for your garage.
How long does epoxy flooring last?
When properly prepped, professionally installed, and regularly maintained epoxy floor covering will last longer than most other flooring options. With proper cleaning, maintenance, and resealing they can last 30 years in your home. In fact, we offer a 30-year warranty on our floors!
How long does it take to install epoxy flooring?
Installation time varies on the type of epoxy you choose and how large an area we are working in. With a solid color basic coating, your floor will cure and dry the same day—but this does not include prep time. Preparation time can vary greatly depending on the condition of your existing concrete. Most of our projects take 1 to 2 days to prep, clean, coat, and cure before you can move items back in.
How Soon Can I Start Walking on The Floors Again After Installation?
In roughly ten to fourteen hours, you can safely walk on the floors with no problem. Within a full twenty-four hours, the floors can sufficiently handle moderate use. And after forty-eight to seventy-two hours, the floors will have achieved full chemical cure.
Can I add a new epoxy coating on top of an existing coating?
Yes, we will need to remove the existing coating by either shot blast or concrete grinding your floor to remove the current polish or epoxy. Then we will repair, prep, and clean your concrete before installing your new flooring. We never install new floor coating without removing the existing layers first as the best way to ensure a strong bond is to strip, assess, repair, and prep the concrete first.
There are some small cracks and other defects in my concrete, is this a problem?
The most important part of the installation process is repairing the concrete which involves detailed preparation of the surface. Since defects, dust, and other foreign matter may compromise the integrity of your new epoxy flooring, all efforts are taken to repair these defects while abating dust and other debris during the process. By using modern, high-quality diamond grinding equipment combined with diligent efforts from our highly trained team, we are able to keep dust and debris to a minimum during the installation process
Can we do Custom Floor Colors?
One of the most attractive benefits of epoxy flooring is the many options for custom colors, patterns, and designs. We can match solid colors with custom blends of different materials to reach your desired look. You can check out custom blends and samples before deciding on which one you want to use for your flooring.
Which type of epoxy coating is right for me?
To determine which type of epoxy flooring is right for you, you must consider factors such as your budget, timeframe, expected lifecycle, durability, performance features, and design aesthetic. All our concrete floor coatings are low maintenance and easy to clean. We will work with you to help you choose the right option for your home or commercial space.
Is epoxy flooring environmentally friendly?
Epoxy flooring is considered to be a relatively environmentally friendly flooring option, as it is low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and can be recycled at the end of its life.
How do I Keep The Floors Clean After Installation?
The best way to clean a dirty epoxy floor is to begin by sweeping and vacuuming the entire area carefully. Once you have removed all the surface dirt, grime, and grit, use a hard foam mop and warm/hot water to get rid of all the built-up dirt.
You can use a mixture of five ounces of clear ammonia per gallon of water in the mop bucket for a streak-free clean. Alternately a squirt of mild dish soap in a bucket of warm water is also an adequate cleaner for most floors. A diluted solution of a degreaser like Simple Green or Goof Off, mixed with one-half-cup per gallon of water may be used for heavy grime.
Can epoxy flooring be repaired?
Yes, epoxy flooring can be repaired if it becomes damaged. Small cracks or chips can be filled in with an epoxy repair kit, while larger repairs can but cut out and reinstalled. Repairs shouldn’t be expected to perfectly match, but can still look great with minimal change to the floor in the repaired area.
What sort of payment types does Mr. Epoxy Garage Flooring accept?
We accept checks, cashier’s checks, money orders or cash, and all major credit cards. Credit card payments will incur a 3.75% upcharge.
What areas does Mr. Epoxy Garage Flooring service?
If you do not see your city listed, or outside of our typical 100-mile service area, please contact us for details.