One of the biggest changes in home garages over the last decade or two has been the prevalence of concrete floor coatings. Up until recently the only place you would see a floor coating or floor paint would be in a repair shop or an industrial setting. Now, many homeowners are also realizing the benefits of applying some protection for their concrete garage floor along with the safety benefits it provides to guard against slips and falls. Have a look at epoxy.
Installation of epoxy resin flooring is really straight forward but you absolutely must spend the time necessary for completely cleaning the existing concrete surface. Start with a power washer and clean off all the dirt and grime you can. Next, scrub the surface with a detergent and water. Using a push broom works well for this step because you can apply a lot of downward pressure as you are scrubbing. Lastly, use a degreaser to remove any oil spots or other petroleum stains, if you don’t do this the epoxy resin will most likely lift up within a few months. When the floor is completely clean, use a propane or electric space heater over night to dry it. Of course, be very careful of fire by not getting the source of ignition any where near flammable objects.
A great way to ensure that you have everything you need for your resin flooring is to buy the materials in a kit form. These kits can be had at most home improvement stores and you can also find great buys online. The kit will tell you how many square feet or meters it will cover, but usually your actual coverage will be a little less. For this reason, be sure to have an extra kit or two on hand because you don’t want to run out of coating and have to make a trip to the store while half the floor is curing.
When you get ready to apply the epoxy resin the first step is to mix the resin and hardener. It only takes a few ounces of hardener to cause a gallon of resin to start the curing process. If you don’t work quickly with the mixing and application you will start to see blobs of epoxy in the mixture. This can really ruin your surface coat. For this reason, it is best to only mix up enough at one time to cover about a 30 square foot area. Mix this amount, roll it out, and then mix another batch. You should find that this will allow you plenty of time to get a good covering.
Before the surface tacks over you will want to spread out the anti-slip material that comes in the kit. For a garage floor, the industrial grit works well but if you are doing a concrete floor in the home, like a basement, than use the color flakes as they don’t tend to rub bare feet raw. You still get slip protection but it is not so aggressive that your family will complain.