The Fundamentals Of Diamond Coating Epoxy Flooring Toronto
Why have an epoxy garage floor? Ordinary garage floors are just plain grey concrete. Over time, stains from grease, oils, and chemicals cause plain grey concrete to become an ugly eyesore. Having an epoxy garage floor coating will give you years of service, durability and will resist most stains; as well as provide you with a beautifully, finished surface to preserve the value of your home.Diamond Coating Epoxy Flooring Toronto
The Most Common Epoxy Floor Coating Systems
There are three common systems available that will enhance your garage floor:
1. Epoxy & Polyurethane Solid Color System
2. Epoxy Chipstone (partial vinyl chip broadcast) with Polyurethane Top Coat System
3. Epoxy Granitex (100% vinyl chip broadcast) with Polyurethane Top Coat System
Keep in mind that with these three epoxy systems, you have ‘good’, ‘better’ and ‘best’ types of epoxy garage floor systems.
The Good System
The epoxy polyurethane solid color system will last approximately 5-7 years, maintenance free, but will require a maintenance coat of pigmented polyurethane. This garage floor coating is usually a two-coat, thin film system; ranging in thickness from 4-20 mils. It is applied by roller or airless sprayer.
The Better System
The epoxy Chipstone system will last approximately 7-12 years, maintenance free before needing a maintenance coat of clear polyurethane. This epoxy garage floor system typically consists of one pigmented primer coat of epoxy; a pigmented color coat with a partial/light broadcast of vinyl chips into the wet epoxy; and a single coat of clear polyurethane for protection. The thickness is approximately 20-30 mils.
The Best System
The epoxy Granitex system can last as long as 12-15+ years, maintenance free before needing a maintenance coat of polyurethane. This epoxy floor coating is typically one pigmented primer coat; a pigmented color coat with a 100%/full broadcast of vinyl chips; and two coats of clear polyurethane.
Proper surface preparation is vital to the long term success of the installation. All surfaces to be coated must be cleaned of contaminants which may interfere with bonding. Concrete must be acid-etched, shot-blasted or diamond-ground to achieve a profile similar to 120 grit sandpaper. After preparation, the concrete surface should be inspected for holes and cracks. If holes or cracks are prevalent, then patchwork should be performed. Once preparation is complete, installation is ready to begin.