What is the difference between epoxy and polyurea-polyaspartic?

Epoxies can be applied much thicker than Polyurea-Polyaspartics (which are virtually the same) and Epoxies are superb primer and color coats. Because of their slower cure times and their ability to be moisture mitigating. Epoxy will seep into the concrete creating a tighter bond where Polyaspartics dry very quickly, only bonding to the top layer of the concrete..

Conversely, polyurea-polyaspartics are quick curing and provide extreme UV & chemical resistance…but aren’t recommended for direct-to-concrete application. They’re perfect as color and clear coats for garages and industrial settings. Our line of industrial grade floor coatings includes a large selection of
high-end epoxies and polyurea-polyaspartics. We use the correct product for your job to ensure a lifetime coating      

How do I know what type of product will work best for my floor?

A professional floor coating contractor should have access to all coating product types: epoxies, polyurethanes and polyurea-polyaspartics. Each coating type provides distinct advantages and disadvantages and should only be selected for use based on close assessment of your unique space. We use all industrial-grade epoxy, polyurethane and polyurea-polyaspartic coatings, developed, tested and improved over two decades.

How do I know which coating system to use?

We offer multiple types of coating systems in a vast array of styles and colors. Your choices are endless. From our basic seamless solid coatings, staining and sealing or our full decorative chipped and mica-infused systems, to our beautiful metallic coatings – if you are unsure of which coating system you would like for your space, one of our experts would be happy to describe each of the available options and give you an honest recommendation on which flooring system will best suit your needs.

How much does it cost to epoxy a floor?

We have a wide range of different color and coating systems options to meet different budgets. You decide how custom you want your floors to be.

What is a “Low VOC” product?

VOC refers to volatile organic compounds which have potential to harm the environment or be detrimental to the health of pets and humans. VOCs are common in many polyurethane coating products and paints and may manifest as an unpleasant odor which may linger in a space for days. In California, this is against the law.

Although the premium coatings available today are environmentally friendly, there are unfortunately many contractors in our industry that are still using the “older” products with high VOCs mainly because they are inexpensive and easy to use.

At Garage Floor Concrete Coatings, we offer a broad selection of low-odor and low-VOC floor coating products and other “green” coating systems for indoor installations. A VOC level under 50 grams per liter is required, but it’s always wise to ensure your prospective contractor uses zero or low-VOC coatings as rated by an approved ASTM international test method. If they do not know the VOC level, ask to see the TDS.

It’s very important to us that our clients are able to enjoy a clean and healthy living space, so feel free to contact us to learn more about some of our low-VOC and environmentally friendly epoxy coating systems!

Can you do one-day installation?

The correct answer is “Yes; we can, but we’d rather do it right.” If moisture levels in your concrete exceed 1% (and in southern California, most do), applying a 1-day polyurea-polyaspartic coating direct-to-concrete can lead to blistering and peeling. Because these systems use less material, about ½ the
amount of our installation process, 1-day installations are less durable and will wear much quicker too. Contractors love 1-day installations because less material and less labor equal greater profit. But let the buyer beware. We moisture-test all surfaces first. Based on your concrete conditions, we select a floor coating solution that best fits your needs, ensuring you get a durable, long-lasting floor coating.

How durable are your concrete coatings?

Extremely durable. We use the same industrial coating products on your residential garage floor that we use on our commercial projects. This helps us ensure that your home is receiving the best, highest quality protection available that is designed to withstand significant levels of wear.

How long will it take to finish coating my floor?

Installation times vary from 1 to 3 days…with 2 days being the average. Once installation is complete, we ask our customers not to walk on the floor or move light items for 24 hours, 48 hours for larger items such as washers/dryers and refrigerators. Regarding vehicular parking, 72 hours is sufficient, however, cure times can vary depending upon the substrate, weather conditions and the type of coating system installed

Can you apply concrete and epoxy floor coatings to other areas of my home?

Yes, we can! We can safely install our interior / residential coating systems in different areas of your home including:

  • Kitchens
  • Basements
  • Bathrooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Home gyms
  • Man caves  

We can also use our coating systems in commercial spaces, such as offices, warehouses, restaurants, hotels, salons, bakeries, commercial kitchens, garages, storage units, industrial facilities and much more.

Are epoxy floors slippery?

No, they are not slippery! We’ll incorporate a slip-resistant aggregate into the final coat of your flooring. The aggregate is called “anti-skid” or “anti-slip” because it provides a slight roughness to the completed floor coating. Different types of aggregate can be selected to reflect your level of concern for slipping, from the least aggressive (and least visible) polypropylene, to the more “aggressive” (and more visible) quartz. This will be discussed during your coating estimate.          

Do you repair damaged concrete and concrete cracks?

Yes, we repair all damaged concrete including minor and major cracks. Just as in painting, application of epoxy, polyurea-polyaspartic floor coatings is as much about preparation as it is about application. And high-quality concrete preparation requires meticulous attention to the repair of hairline cracks, major
cracks, spalling or “pop-outs”, pitting, and concrete erosion. The time spent on these issues will significantly enhance the final appearance of your installed floor coating system.

How long does new concrete have to cure before you can coat it?

As a general rule, a minimum of 30 days. However, it is always best to test your concrete floor with a moisture meter to determine if it’s truly ready for a coating to be applied. New concrete moisture can affect the longevity of your floor coating.


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