Countless Iowa homeowners and business owners wonder if getting a garage floor epoxy is worth the investment. Our technicians at Revival Concrete Coatings answer hundreds of questions from them every month. In this guide, we give you the facts about epoxy flooring so you can decide whether it’s worth the money and if it will help you achieve your interior design goals.
What Is a Garage Floor Epoxy?
Your garage is one of the most overlooked areas of your home. It’s exposed to oil spills, brake fluid leaks, and other chemicals, making it prone to cracking, chipping, and discoloration. Many business owners in Des Moines operate open-air showrooms and loading bays, exposing their floors to direct sunlight, snow, and rain.
When you get an epoxy floor coating from Revival Concrete Coatings, our technicians will use resin with synthetic hardeners to protect the bare concrete of your garage floor. Epoxy improves the structural integrity of your garage by preventing fluids from seeping in and damaging your foundation. Our coatings are self-priming, so we won’t have to apply additional adhesives that may have high volatile material content.
Why Do People Choose Epoxy Garage Floor Coatings?
Most people use epoxy floors to protect their garages, sidewalks, and driveways from the effects of weather, heavy foot and vehicle traffic, and chemical spills. Without protection, the bare concrete surfaces of your property will age rapidly, decreasing your real estate value and damaging your curb appeal.
Epoxy Covers Defects and Improves the Appearance of Your Garage Floors
If you’re looking for a fast and cost-effective way to transform your garage into a private showroom, there’s nothing that can beat a new epoxy coating. Epoxy will make your floors shiny and reflective, adding an entirely new visual dimension to your garage. Our customers often accent it with enhanced lighting, new windows, and vinyl chip decorative layers.
If your garage floors have numerous cracks, dents, and chips from years of overuse, you don’t have to worry. Our technicians will apply fillers and menders to smooth the surface before applying an epoxy coating. We can also cover your floors with non-transparent epoxy paints in solid or metallic colors to further enhance the appearance of your garage.
Because epoxy is self-priming, our technicians can use it as a base for a decorative layer that we will sandwich with a final coat. We can add decorative vinyl, quartz, and mica chips that will create multi-dimensional textures on your garage floor. If you’re looking for a balance between practicality and aesthetic appeal, a garage floor epoxy is the best way to go.
Garage Floor Epoxy Is Cost-Efficient
Our professional team at Revival Concrete Coatings has been in the flooring business for decades. We find most first-time customers who request an epoxy floor are trying to choose between a new coating and a total floor replacement.
A new epoxy coating is significantly more cost-efficient than hiring professionals to remodel your garage floor. Breaking down concrete and pouring a new concrete slab is infinitely more expensive than repairing the floor you have and protecting it with an epoxy coating. Epoxy is one of the cheapest and most durable coatings of its class, and it can give your garage, car lot, or driveway a bright and smooth new look without costing an arm and a leg.
Epoxy application can be time-consuming, but our technicians can use this to your advantage as a customer. If you find that your floor doesn’t look like you imagined, we can make adjustments to your design on the spot.
What Problems Do People Usually Have with Epoxy Flooring?
While epoxy floors are cost-efficient and beautiful, they’re not the right solution for every homeowner or property manager. Here are some potential problems people have with garage floor epoxy.
Fumes and Dust
Epoxy emits a strong ammonia smell that can be toxic to people and pets, so you may not be able to use it comfortably for a few days after the epoxy is applied.
Additionally, we may use diamond grinders and shot blasters to smooth your garage floors before applying epoxy. Although we use industrial vacuums to reduce the amount of dust in the air, you may not want to stay near the job site if you have asthma or other lung conditions.
Slippery When Wet
Resinous floor coatings like epoxy are non-porous, so they become slippery when wet, posing a significant hazard to children, the elderly, and guests. If your garage is prone to oil spills, epoxy can become a skid hazard while driving.
Our technicians usually combine silica sand and aluminum oxide additives to give epoxy floors an anti-slip quality. When combined with these additives, epoxy offers excellent protection for poolside decks and open-air verandas.
How Much Does a Garage Floor Epoxy Cost?
When we give you an estimate for your garage floor epoxy, we take the following factors into account:
- The size of your garage
- Your design preferences, such as speckled or marbled floors
- How many coats of epoxy do you need
- What brand of epoxy do you prefer
Some epoxy garage floors can cost up to $12 per square foot, but $3 to $8 is more common. If you have a 250 square foot one-car garage, an epoxy floor coating will cost between $800 and $3,200.
Our estimate will cover the materials and every step of the process. Our talented team will smooth your floors by sanding, diamond grinding, or shot blasting and apply menders if needed before applying the base coat. Then, they’ll add an aesthetic layer if you choose and apply a topcoat.
Do You Have More Questions about Garage Floor Epoxy?
An epoxy garage floor is a long-term investment, and at Revival Concrete Coatings, we encourage our prospective clients to ask as many questions as they can need before moving forward. Call us today at (515) 850-7192 if you have more questions about epoxy floors. We are the number one provider of protective floor coatings in Des Moines throughout Iowa.