Epoxy Floors FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the benefits of epoxy? Not sure about its applications and if it’s a good fit for your home or facility? GMZ Flooring is here to help. We are always a phone call away to answer questions or address any concerns you may have. Until we hear from you, we hope these frequently asked questions will help.

What are the benefits of garage epoxy flooring?

Garage epoxy has a lot to offer and it makes a very practical choice for your garage. This durable floor system is applied as a liquid and bonds with your concrete floor. Once cured, it stops concrete dusting for good and protects your garage concrete from stains and damage. Our high-grade epoxy products are formulated to withstand all types of hazards like hot tire pick up, gasoline, oil, impact, moisture, and more. With a garage epoxy floor system, you can enjoy a brighter garage that’s easy to keep clean thanks to a seamless and reflective floor. Garage epoxy is a great investment in your home that can even boost its resale value.

Where can epoxy flooring be applied?

Epoxy concrete coatings is a perfect option for residential, commercial, and industrial settings. Our epoxy flooring experts install epoxy in the following settings and much more:

  • Garages
  • Basements
  • Retail stores, shopping centers, bars, and clubs
  • Auto shops and car showrooms
  • Food processing facilities, commercial kitchens, and restaurants
  • Gyms, locker rooms, and public restrooms

How long can a professionally installed epoxy flooring system last?

The longevity of epoxy flooring depends on many factors like the quality of the epoxy, the concrete preparation, where it’s installed, and the hazards it faces. The good news is epoxy that’s installed well can last up to 20-25 years in a garage or basement. Just keep in mind your epoxy will need a new clear coat every 5 to 7 years or so to maintain its appearance and performance. Epoxy can even last 10+ years in more demanding commercial settings.

What are the different types of epoxy flooring?

Many customers are surprised to learn epoxy floor coatings come in a huge array of formulations. The right type of epoxy flooring will depend on your environment, whether the epoxy will be installed in a home garage, food processing plant, warehouse, or hospital. Here are the major types of epoxy flooring available.

  • 100% solids epoxy. This is a durable form of epoxy flooring that contains 100% epoxy solids. Compare this to DIY garage epoxy kits and “epoxy paint” which may contain anywhere from 10% to 40% epoxy solids.
  • Epoxy mortar flooring. This epoxy formulation includes ground quartz and it’s designed for the most demanding industrial environments. Epoxy mortar systems are rated for better chemical and impact resistance.
  • Static dissipative epoxy. This formulation includes a conductive compound and it provides electrostatic control properties for industries that involve volatile chemicals and electronic components to avoid injury and damage.
  • Quartz epoxy. This type of epoxy flooring is ultra-strong yet decorative and it includes colorful quartz granules for a hard-wearing surface.
  • Epoxy flake flooring. This form of epoxy flooring is popular for garages and commercial areas. It has colored epoxy flakes broadcast over the surface to add an attractive decorative effect as well as a slip-resistant texture.
  • Metallic epoxy. This type of epoxy concrete coating incorporates metallic pigments that are agitated to form a three-dimensional illusion.

Are epoxy floors slippery?

It’s a common misconception that epoxy concrete coatings are slippery. This is easy to understand because epoxy has a seamless and glossy surface. Generally, epoxy is very safe to walk on when it’s clean and dry with similar grip to a basketball court. If you are concerned about skid resistance, especially if the floor will get wet such as in a commercial setting or garage, we recommend a slip-resistant additive, epoxy quartz flooring, or epoxy flake flooring which all offer a textured surface.

Why is epoxy flooring better than traditional concrete flooring?

Traditional concrete isn’t as durable as it looks because it’s naturally very porous and prone to cracks, spalling, and other issues. An epoxy floor coating protects your concrete floor from stains and damage while increasing its tensile and compressive strength. Epoxy is seamless and nonporous to make cleaning your floors a breeze. It’s also highly decorative with endless ways to get the floor you are envisioning.

Are epoxy floors good for residential settings?

Epoxy isn’t just for commercial properties. In the garage, epoxy resists gas and oil spills, hot tires, dropped tools, water, and other hazards with ease. It brightens the garage, stops concrete dusting, and provides a bright, clean surface for working on hobbies or just storing belongings. It can also be installed on other interior concrete flooring in your home for a decorative and long-lasting floor system.

How long does it take to install a garage epoxy floor?

It generally takes just one to two days for professional garage floor epoxy installation. Our Installers will begin by making necessary repairs, lifting stains, and diamond grinding your concrete. This is the part that takes the longest. Once the surface is prepped, your epoxy will be installed. Depending on the type of epoxy system you choose, it may take more than one or two days. After installation, your epoxy should be left alone for 24-48 hours before it’s ready for light foot traffic. Wait at least 5 days before you drive on your new garage floor.

What is the maintenance like for an epoxy floor?

Caring for your epoxy flooring is easier than you may think. You can just sweep and mop your floor regularly to keep it looking its best. Epoxy flooring in a garage or commercial setting can even be pressure washed and squeegeed as long as you have adequate cove protection installed.

While very hardy, epoxy flooring can still be damaged. Use mats at doorways to prevent tracking moisture and grit on your shoes onto the epoxy where it can become imprinted in the floor. Most cleaning products are perfectly safe to use on epoxy but you should avoid acidic products that can de-gloss the epoxy coating. Soap-based products won’t damage an epoxy concrete floor but they will leave a dangerously slippery buildup on the surface. If your epoxy does develop stains, they can typically be lifted easily with a soft brush and TSP or CLR.

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