Can I epoxy floor my own garage?
If you consider yourself a handyman, or are looking to save costs by hiring one, there are DIY epoxy garage floor options that can be purchased. We do not recommend this for most customers because it can get very complicated and messy, if you are not sure what you are doing. To get the best results and longest lasting floor, moisture needs to be properly maintained in your garage, and you will need to make sure you are able to find professional materials.
Many store-bought kits contain epoxy mixtures that contains over 50% water, which dilutes the resin, making it thinner and weaker than the materials we use.
How much does it cost to epoxy floor?
Professional epoxy flooring service is an intensive process and there are several factors that affect the cost. On average, labor, equipment, and material costs can range from $3–$12 per square foot, for residential, commercial, and industrial. The total average cost of an installation can be anywhere from $1400–$3200. Depending on if you need concrete repair, or additional prep work, that can influence the cost as well.
What are the benefits of an epoxy garage floor?
Very easy to clean—No worries about maintaining a clean floor – epoxy floors are easy to keep because you can just sweep up any debris and, if it gets dirty again soon enough, mop or wipe down with some water.
Durability—Epoxy floors are durable and will protect your floor from scratches. There's no risk of damage with this product because it is so strong, whether you're driving on it or parking heavy equipment directly on it.
Very safe for use—an epoxy garage floor coating is a great option for those who want their hard surfaces to last. It's slip-resistant, shock absorbent and less abrasive than concrete or other industrial floors; it also has water resistance and can withstand spills like from harsh chemicals that would damage any other type of surface. They also have high heat resistance, which means it will perform better in case of a fire.
What are the disadvantages to floor coatings?
These are some of the things you need to be aware of with an epoxy flooring installation:
- The resin gives of strong fumes while it is wet, and those with asthma or other respiratory issues should avoid the area as much as possible.
- May have long cure times—while most garage installations can be used after 24 hours. Some installations may take up to 72 hours to fully cure, depending on the size of the project, and the type of resin used.
- Epoxy doesn't have any pores, which means it is very slipper when it is wet. This makes the working surface dangerous to those without the proper spiked shoes.