Garage Flooring

Garage flooring may be a necessity at your home or it may be something you're considering to just "dress-it-up" a bit. If it's starting to look nasty (pitting or chunks missing), I'm sure you've been thinking about it.

During the winter time, the damaging effects of road salt and de-icers can really beat the life out of that garage floor and before you know it, you're looking at a bunch of little holes on the surface.

Little holes ALWAYS turn into big holes if you give it enough time. What are you going to do about it?

What are your garage flooring options?

You could always buy one of those epoxy "Do-it-yourself" epoxy garage floor paint kits from the local hardware store, follow the instructions and cross your fingers. Most of the time, this method is doomed for failure for a couple of reasons:
  • You don't have the proper equipment to prepare the floor
  • The enticing "low cost" of the product is just another way of saying "low quality" product
Many times, the manufacturer recommends preparing the surface with acid and water (because they know the homeowner doesn't have access to the proper equipment to really do it properly). This preparation method works well for many outdoor types of overlay systems but in the case of epoxy . . . there is one simple rule: Water and Epoxy don't mix.

Garage Flooring

Best advice - have it done by a professional

The best option is having an industrial epoxy product put down followed by a urethane top coat for scratch resistance - any other option is just not good enough. Any type of rubber mat product is just masking the problem - salt damage and other chemicals are still able to seep down into the pours of the concrete and cause additional damage to it. (This is the main reason why we don't recommend anything other than the epoxy/urethane combination).

A professional installer will either diamond grind or shot blast the garage surface to prepare it properly, fix any pitted or cracked areas with an epoxy or a quick setting polyrea product and install two or three layers of industrial grade epoxy followed by urethane. Our personal preferance is to sandwich a layer of vinyl chips (or if you prefer . . . "flakes") between the base coat of colored epoxy and the top clear coat of epoxy.

We also like to use a UV stable clear epoxy to prevent any yellowing on the areas exposed to the sun (nothing ruins a nice looking epoxy job quicker than using a poor grade product that yellows from the sun in just a couple of months!).

Here's some epoxy videos that were completed by our company

Epoxy Gargae Floor - Bryan Ohio Here's a garage project we did in Bryan Ohio. This 100% coverage, vinyl flake epoxy floor is the . . .

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Our epoxy flooring installed at Ligenfelter Performance Engineering in Decatur, Indiana.