November 2, 2021 by Brent Phillips
You might not think about garage flooring often, but updating a basic cement slab can really improve both the look and the value of your home’s garage. Garage floor epoxy is one of the most popular choices, yet many homeowners don’t know much about epoxy. Read on for more information about the benefits of garage floor epoxy to decide if it’s right for you.
Epoxy is a combination of resin and hardener. While many people turn to epoxy to change the color of their garage floor, garage floor epoxy offers more benefits than using a simple coat of paint. Unlike paint, which dries after application, epoxy cures on the floor. The curing process is key to its durability. If you’re looking for something you can apply once, which will protect your home for decades to come, then epoxy is what you’re looking for.
There are many other reasons to consider garage floor epoxy, including:
1. Holds up in highly trafficked areas – If you’ve ever applied paint in a highly trafficked area, such as a front porch, then you know how poorly paint can stand up over the long haul. With day-to-day foot traffic, paint soon begins to chip and flake, and before you know it, it’s time to apply a new coat. For high traffic areas, epoxy is a great choice: It’s naturally chip- and stain-resistant, doesn’t require maintenance, and best of all looks great.
2. Repels moisture – If your garage isn’t watertight, then rain and snow can cause damage. Epoxy contains compounds that naturally resist moisture. This means that heavy rains or spilled liquid won’t alter the look and feel of the finished garage flooring. You’ll still need to take action to protect items stored in the garage or shore up the garage from leaks, but it can bring peace of mind to know the new garage flooring you just installed will look great no matter the weather.
3. Endless options – There are so many options when it comes to colors of epoxy flooring, and you can even use colored acrylic flakes to create a flecked appearance. If you are the sort of person who loves a custom look in your home, then you’ll enjoy creating something unique.
While you’ll find garage floor epoxy kits at your local home improvement store, your best bet with epoxy flooring is to hire a professional. Products marketed to consumers contain lower-quality materials, which means that you won’t get the full benefits of going with an epoxy floor. As with any home renovation, reach out to several contractors to discuss your needs, check references, and choose the right person for the job.