Professional Flooring Systems – Which Garage Floor Coating Is Best For You?

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Professional Flooring Systems - Which Garage Floor Coating Is Best For You?
Looking for the best floor coating system for your garage floor? Look no further than Supreme Creations Floor Coatings! Our guide will walk you through the pros and cons of epoxy, polyurethane, and polyaspartic coatings, and show you why our polyaspartic system is the clear winner. Don’t wait – call us today at 313-808-2453 to schedule your garage floor coating!
Professional Flooring Systems - Which Garage Floor Coating Is Best For You?

Growing in popularity, garage floor coatings have made their way to the forefront of many homeowners wishlists. The most popular reasons clients are looking for a garage floor coating are:

  • Protection of the concrete
  • Easy to clean
  • Eye catching look
  • Expanding their homes useable space
  • Repairing existing damages

As you would expect there are multiple options for updating your garage floor they include garage floor paints and stains, garage floor tiles, and polymer garage floor coatings.

Lets focus on polymer coatings as they give you the best return for your money. When polymer coatings are professionally installed, they will outlast and outperform any other garage flooring option. From a professional point of view there are 3 basic options of polymer floor coating systems for your garage.

  • Epoxy garage floor coatings
  • Polyurethane garage floor coatings
  • Polyaspartic/polyaspartic garage floor coatings

Which Coating System Is Best for Your Garage Floor?

There is a lot of science to unpack here, in a competitive world of ever changing products and product lines it’s easy to get confused on which is what and why it should go where.

Lets dig in.

Epoxy Floor Coatings

Focusing on residential garage floors here are some advantages and disadvantages a homeowner might need to know before considering an epoxy floor coating for their garage floor.

Advantages of expoxy floor coating:

  • Less expensive than polyaspartic or polyurethane floor coatings.
  • Easiest to install of the 3 polymer coating systems mentioned, making it possible to DIY in some cases.
  • Has a vast color spectrum, in most cases any color can be created out of 100 percent solid epoxy.
  • Commercial grade epoxy has virtually no smell and is 100% solids meaning no additives, fillers, or solvents are used in the manufacturing process leading to very little VOC’s being emitted during the application.
Professional Flooring Systems - Which Garage Floor Coating Is Best For You?

Why We Do Not Suggest An Epoxy Floor Coating For Your Garage?

While epoxy has been around since the 1930’s and is one of the more popular requested floor coating for a garage floor, there are some drawbacks that make epoxy inferior to its counterparts both from a looks and a longevity point of view.

Epoxy is very brittle and can not sustain any ground movement after cured or it could crack and in some cases debond from the surface. Think about how much the ground moves especially in a freeze/thaw environment. Any movement of the concrete can and will likely cause issues with an epoxy coating. Also consider what your garage is used for, are you jacking up cars for maintenance ? This direct pressure alone is enough for an epoxy to experience cracking and debonding.

Epoxy is very slippery once cured, this is due to its hardness and its unavoidable. There are additives that can be broadcasted or mixed in with the epoxy but they will have an effect on the cleaning/maintenance and look of the finished product.

Epoxy doesn’t perform well in direct sunlight, uv rays will fade, yellow and chalk epoxy in a short amount of time. This is due to the chemical nature of epoxy, it is not made to be an exterior product.

Epoxy cannot withstand thermal shock. A sudden temperature change can debond epoxy from the substrate. Think of your tires when driving around in the summertime, they can range in temperature from 100- 200 degrees depending on your weather and driving habits. Now go feel your garage floor, it remains very cool even in the hot summer months. This is known in the industry as hot tire pick up, the epoxy goes through a sudden thermal change and debonds from the surface.

Professional Flooring Systems - Which Garage Floor Coating Is Best For You?

Epoxies do not handle salt and other chemicals too well. Though it’s better to have something protecting your concrete from salts, gas, rust and other chemicals, epoxies fall short on how they perform when confronted with them. Simple salt run off from your car is enough to fade epoxy leaving it less appealing and in some cases can eat right through the coating.

Depending on the installation, epoxy has a useful life of around 10 years and will start to show its age around year 5.

For these reasons we do not suggest an epoxy floor coating for your garage, while there are areas epoxies can perform well like basements and other interior spaces they will not perform well or for long in a garage or exterior setting that will likely face all of the above mentioned drawbacks.

Polyurethane Floor Coatings

Polyurethane coating systems will perform better in your garage than epoxy, however they face some challenges. They are more expensive than epoxies and are incredibly hard to install, even seasoned installers can experience problems when installing a polyurethane coating system.

They generally cannot incorporate any broadcasted media (color flakes) due to the very thin application process. While they are stronger and more chemical resistant than epoxy they just don’t cut it when looking at the abuse the garage floor will go through during its lifespan.

They are also not intended to be a base coat so they will need another coating system to serve as a primer or base. Though they won’t help with fading and yellowing they perform best as an additional top coat on top of a flooring system like epoxy adding to the overall expense of these types of floors.

Thankfully, There Is A Solution For Your Garage Floor

Enter polyaspartic/polyaspartic coating systems to the mix, and without getting too technical, the term polyaspartic refers to aliphatic polyaspartic or P.A.P (polyaspartic aliphatic polyaspartic). In the 1990’s Bayer material science introduced polyaspartic. It was first used as a protective coating to steel structures like bridges, overpasses and other structures exposed to harsh weather environments.

Thankfully chemists discovered several key advantages in the capability to modify the reaction of polyaspartic esters once catalyzed with isocyanates. This marked a breakthrough and opened the door for several new application processes and uses.

Professional Flooring Systems - Which Garage Floor Coating Is Best For You?

Today we use this coating system for a wide variety of applications like spray on bedliners and concrete coatings. Polyaspartics is a specifically engineered coating system for your garage or exterior concrete. Polyaspartics are 100% uv stable and will not fade or yellow through time like epoxies. They are superior in resistance to chemicals like salt, rust and other everyday chemicals.

They also have superior thermal shock resistance meaning hot tires or sudden changes in temperature do not affect them. Polyaspartics also remain permanently flexible throughout its life making them able to sustain some ground movement and everyday uses a garage may endure.

Polyaspartics are a thin mil coating system that penetrates the concrete creating a stronger bond that will not peel, crack or flake like epoxies or polyurethanes (think of stained surfaces over painted). Polyaspartics cure rapidly meaning in most cases your garage floor can be installed in as little as one day with a return to service in just 24 hours. Polyaspartics are the holy grail of garage floor coatings and have a long life span with the expected useful life exceeding 20 years.

For these reasons we recommend a polyaspartic system for your garage floor. While there is a slight increase in pricing over an epoxy floor coating you’re actually getting more in the long run.

The overall benefits and engineering alone trump all other coating systems for your garage floor.

With a wide array of colors and multiple broadcasted media like color flakes and colored quartz it’s able to match any decor in the endless color spectrum.

Choose the Best Garage Floor Coating with Supreme Creations Floor Coatings

Upgrade your garage floor with the best coating system for your needs. After weighing the advantages and disadvantages of epoxy, polyurethane, and polyaspartic coatings, it’s clear that a polyaspartic system offers the most benefits for residential garage floors.

At Supreme Creations Floor Coatings, we provide professional installation of top-quality polyaspartic coatings that protect and beautify your garage floor for years to come. Contact us today by calling (313) 808-2453 or filling out our online contact form for a free quote and expert advice on the best coating system for your garage floor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To clean floors coated with epoxy or Polyaspartic coatings, sweep or vacuum regularly to remove loose dirt and debris. For spills and stains, wipe up immediately with a damp cloth.

For more stubborn stains, use a gentle cleaner and avoid abrasive scrubbers. Avoid using harsh chemicals or solvents as they may damage the coating.

No, once properly installed, epoxy or Polyaspartic coatings should not need to be reapplied for many years. With proper maintenance, the coating can last for 10-20 years or longer.

While epoxy and Polyaspartic coatings are durable, they can be damaged by heavy impact or sharp objects. If the coating is damaged, it may need to be repaired or recoated. We can assess the extent of the damage and recommend the best course of action.

The drying time for epoxy or Polyaspartic coatings depends on the specific product and conditions such as temperature and humidity.

Typically, the coating will dry to the touch within a few hours and be ready for light foot traffic within 24 hours. However, full curing may take several days.

Yes, proper preparation of the floors is essential for a successful installation of epoxy or Polyaspartic coatings.

This may include repairing any cracks or damage to the concrete, grinding or etching the surface to create a rough texture for better adhesion, and cleaning the surface to remove any contaminants.

Yes, epoxy and Polyaspartic coatings are safe for your family and pets once properly installed and cured. They are non-toxic, low VOC, and do not emit harmful fumes or odors.

However, it is important to follow any specific instructions provided by the coating manufacturer or installer.

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