Garages take a beating. Cars, bikes, yard equipment, foot traffic and more wear on your garage’s concrete floor, often leaving ugly, hard-to-remove stains or creating a surface ripe for slips-and-falls. Epoxy coatings remedy those issues, providing a beautiful finish that’s safe, easy to clean and stands up to daily wear and tear.
The most common coatings you’ll see in garages are solid colors, color chip coatings and metallic coatings. The coating you choose largely depends on your budget and vision for the floor’s look and feel.
Plain and Simple Solids
If you’re on a budget, solid color epoxy coatings are a great option. The most cost-effective floor coating, solid color coatings have been a longtime standby in the industry – and for good reason. They offer a sleek, simple look with the perfect balance of performance and cleanability. These coatings typically have two components: a pigmented primer and a pigmented topcoat. Choose from an array of color options to ensure your garage matches your home’s aesthetic.
Subtle or Vibrant Color Chip Floors
A color chip garage floor contains four layers: a primer, a pigmented basecoat, colored chips of your choice and a clear topcoat. Color chips provide many color combinations, including brindle and even metallic chips, allowing your garage to blend in or pop with vivid colors. Typically, homeowners choose a light or medium broadcast floor – this means that the colored chips are spread across the floor in a thinner layer, allowing the pigmented basecoat to show.
If you’re looking to create an eye-catching space that stands the test of time, metallic epoxy coatings are the perfect fit. Whether you want to show off a luxury car collection or add a finishing touch to your garage workspace, metallic coatings offer endless possibilities. Try subtle, earthy tones or go all-in with vibrant color combinations. These coatings consist of a primer, pigmented basecoat and a clear topcoat to keep the floor looking shiny and new for the long haul.
Metallic floors aren’t just pretty – they’re also durable, protecting your garage from spills and damage from vehicle traffic.
If you’re short on time, ask your contractor about using polyaspartic coatings to shorten installation time. While they are more expensive than traditional coatings, polyaspartics can be used in solid color, color chip or metallic flooring systems, and will allow you to get back to using your garage more quickly.
They’re also perfect for floors installed in cold temperatures. Coatings have an ideal temperature at which they perform best during installation – if the temperature is too hot or too cold, you may run into issues with your floor months or years down the road.
Whether you choose to coat your garage floors for aesthetics or practicality, you’ll reap the benefits for years to come. Learn more about our coating installation services.