Epoxy is a thermosetting resin that is applied as a coating. It is formed when you mix one part epoxide resin with one part polyimide hardener. The hardener acts as a catalyst and is what gives epoxy its strength.
Unlike paint that has to dry, epoxy must cure. When the two parts are mixed, a chemical reaction is started which creates an exothermic curing process. This curing process produces polymer structures that are closely cross-linked, giving the epoxy its superior strength and durability. The end result is a coating that is much thicker than paint and one that bonds tenaciously to a properly prepared surface.
We will turn your garage into a showpiece.
Our proven process will turn your garage floor into the envy of the neighborhood, typically in just one day. Our process goes something like this:
- We typically arrive between 8am – 9am. Your floor needs to be clear of all items so we can begin our work promptly!
- Floor is blown clean and tape is applied to all walls/trim.
- Preparation of the concrete surface by diamond grinding: Because the products we use are penetrators and not merely surface applications that can chip, blister or peel, the concrete must be prepared to allow absorption. This is done by creating a profile with diamond grinding heads. In layman’s terms, we’re basically opening the surface pores, which allows the coatings to wick deeply into the concrete, creating a permanent bond.
- Floor is vacuumed and the concrete dust is picked up. Note, out grinder is connected to an industrial grade vacuum with a HEPA filter that keeps dust down to a minimum.
- Crack and/or concrete are “fixed” (as needed): If needed, cracks are opened up and areas in need of repairs are filled with an engineered grout and are then made smooth.
- Floor is vacuumed and the concrete dust is picked up… again.
- Application of a penetrating tinted epoxy base: Imperative to the longevity of your floor coating, the use of a deep penetrating epoxy ensures just what the name implies… deep product penetration and a permanent bond. The epoxy base coat is tinted to coordinate with the predominant color in the blend of paint flakes chosen.
- Broadcasting of vinyl paint flakes: This is a FULL broadcasting of torginol flakes (which do not dissolve in solvent). Depending upon the color formula you select, we average broadcasting 50 pounds of flakes for every 450 square feet of flooring installed and strive for a 95% coverage rate of the tinted epoxy base coat.
- Floor cures, in typically 1 to 3 hours. During this time, we will stay on site, watching the floor cure! Exciting right? We do this to ensure people (neighbors, etc.) stay off your floor while it is curing. Once cured, excess flakes are scraped off and the floor is vacuumed… again.
- If you purchased a build coat, it goes on now. A build coat adds thickness to your floor (2mm to 5mm) and give it a deeper luster and shine. The below topcoat is installed within one hour of laying the build coat.
- Application of a UV stable, polyurea topcoat. A top coat of polyurea is applied to seal the vinyl flakes; protect the floor from spills, automotive fluids, and harsh chemicals like ice melting salts and fertilizer; as well as provide a beautiful, gloss surface to the finished floor. The top coat prevents UV yellowing of the floor and provides for an easy to clean surface.
The finished floor will have a gentle shine, but will provide some grip, due to the vinyl flakes leaving a texture in the surface of the floor. Urethane top coatings may be used for commercial epoxy flooring, for heavy loads like forklift traffic on the epoxy. Ether way, your epoxy floor will create a beautiful, functional space that will surely add to the value of your home.