Why wouldn’t I just install a store bought epoxy product?
A professionally installed epoxy floor by a certified installer will give you a high quality and beautiful floor which will last. The most important part of any concrete surface application is surface preparation. We use top quality planetary and hand-held diamond grinding equipment with an environmentally safe vacuum system to collect hazardous concrete dust and contaminants. I also use only commercial/industrial grade epoxy products from the Floorguard company which are guaranteed and proven over thousands of square feet of concrete. It is also during the prep process that decisions are made to address any issues associated with oil, moisture or other contaminants which may require special primers to ensure the long term viability of the coating.
I have some small cracks and pits in my floor. What do you do with them?
We will grind out and fill the cracks and pop outs in your floor before we install the epoxy coating, however crack repairs are not guaranteed due to the possibility of freeze/thaw cycles or possible expansion/contraction of the concrete.
Where can an epoxy coating be applied?
Epoxy coatings can be successfully applied to garages, shops, basements, locker or shower rooms, cafeterias, kitchens, retail areas or any place that has a solid concrete surface. However, due to environmental challenges, I personally do not apply epoxy coatings to outdoor patios, landings or sidewalks.
What is the warranty?
Warranties are based upon the condition of the concrete and are therefore adjusted on a job by job basis. In many cases, I will give a 10 year guarantee against the coating peeling from the top due to hot tire wear. To date, this has never occurred to a Rath Epoxy Coating. Although rare, Vapor moisture pressure causing the build up of water bubbles to form under the coating is NOT guaranteed. If vapor moisture issues are suspected then a special primer can be applied to help reduce this possibility.
Cracks and other repairs which give way due to the shifting of the concrete are also not warranted.
Is the epoxy floor very strong, what can damage it?
Yes, an epoxy floor is very strong and durable, but it can still be damaged mechanically or if the substrate (concrete underneath) were to be damaged. For example, if a heavy object like a sledge hammer were to be dropped on it or if you were to drag a heavy table with steel legs across it. An epoxy floor can be scratched just like regular concrete can be scratched. An epoxy floor will be very durable and last for years looking beautiful with reasonable care.
What do I need to do in preparation for your arrival?
We need to have everything off the floor before we arrive so we can do the work. It is also helpful if you can locate your electrical panel and help us identify which outlets have at least a 20 amp circuit.
Why might I choose a flake color over a solid color?
A major advantage of the flake system is that it does a good job hiding minor imperfections in the concrete. Since each flake color pattern incorporates many colors; you can select one that will go best with your décor and/or siding and window colors. Check out the color charts tab to see which one best fits your decor.
How do I clean my new epoxy floor?
For a light cleaning just use a broom, dust mop, or leaf blower. Simple ammonia water applied with a mop works great for a deeper cleaning.
You’ll want to stay away from soaps because these leave a film, which, when wet, become very slippery.
Won’t the repair work cause a lot of mess around my home or shop?
Our process utilizes a dustless grinding system and leaves very little mess.
How much does it cost?
Price will vary depending on square footage, amount of crack and concrete repair, and if there is an existing coating to remove. A typical two stall garage will range from $2,400 to $2,800.00.
How long does a typical installation take?
Most installations can be completed within 2 to 3 days depending on the coating system used.
How long do I have to wait before I can walk or drive on the surface?
Depending on the time of year and temperature, you can normally walk on surface within 24 – 48 hours and drive on surface within 3 to 5 days.
Can this be used outdoors as well as indoors?
I don't recommend it, but 3-4 season covered porches are a possibility.
Is the floor slippery?
A flake system floor gives a texture feel to it and is normally no more slippery than regular concrete when wet. However, I always add a slip resistant additive to the topcoat which will make the floor more skid resistant.