1. What type of epoxy garage floor coating system do you use?
Garage Masters floor coating system is specifically designed for commercial/industrial and residential applications. For most garage applications we use the decorative flake/ chip system for reasons of durability and slip resistance. There are 3 important layers to the system (shown below) comprising of the direct-to-concrete two part base coat epoxy which is ideal for broadcasting the vinyl decorative color chips. We broadcast to 100% coverage of the floor, or what we call broadcasting to rejection, where the epoxy has absorbed 100% flake coverage of the floor. Once cured we then prepare the floor for the Polyaspartic/Polyurea top coat. This is the protective layer that is extremely durable and will hold up to the harsh conditions of your garage. What you are left with is a garage floor that will last a long time, look amazing and is very easy to clean. To top it off all of our epoxy coatings come with a lifetime adhesion warranty covering against peeling, bubbling, chipping and delamination so you can be confident that you are investing into something that will last and perform!
2. How do you prepare the garage floor?
We use high-tech commercial grade grinding machines that utilize diamond tooling. We remove any existing coatings or contaminants and profile (or open up the pores of the concrete) to prepare the floor for the coating system. We never use any chemicals like acids to prepare the floor (acid etching). This is a practise used by installers that do not have the expensive equipment that is required to prepare a floor correctly. By grinding the concrete we open up the pores to allow the base coat epoxy to “wick” into the concrete which is why our adhesion is backed with the lifetime written warranty.
3. My floor has cracks and imperfections. Does this matter?
For a smooth and seamless floor we repair any cracks, divots or any imperfections. We use several different types of material to repair the floor depending on the width and depth of the repair needed. For hairline cracks we use a fine concrete repair mix. For any larger cracks (that you could fit a coin into) or any cracks that penetrate through the slab we use a v blade on a grinder to open up the crack and then use an epoxy crack weld filler that will repel any moisture vapor emissions that may emit through the slab that can create a situation of possible failure. In a lot of cases minor imperfections are included in the floor estimate.
4. My garage is full of stuff. Do I need to move out all of my items?
As part of our customer service we are more than happy to help with the removal and replacement of larger items like refrigerators, work benches, cabinets etc which is included in the cost of the estimate. As an added option we can offer the full service to remove, replace or dispose of any garage items at an additional cost.
5. How long does the process take and when can I put my car back in the garage?
Depending on whether you have an existing coating the entire prep and installation process generally can take 1-2 days. Once complete you can walk of the floor and introduce lighter items the very next day. However, we do ask an additional 1-3 days for vehicles and heavier items depending on the outside temperature. The floor system we use is high performance and is designed for quick return to service due to the fact that the system is used in the commercial/industrial sector where being back in business is very important.
6. What is the best way to clean and maintain my new garage floor?
The following are a few basic steps that we recommend for cleanng and caring for your epoxy coated garage floor:
- Vacuum, sweep floors or use a blower to remove any loose dirt etc. Use paper towels or rags to pick up large spills. You may wish to use a hose to rinse off the floor if you have a lot of dirt and debris prior to mopping.
- Prepare a cleaning solution for mopping the floor. You can use any general household cleaner such as Fabuloso or Mr. Clean at a rate of 1/2 cup per gallon (Do NOT use soap-based products as these leave a film and can become extremley slippy when wet).
- Once you apply the solution, use a mop with warm water to clean the floor and rinse frequently to rid you rmop of the accumulated dirt and your floor of the soapy residue. We have also found that steam mops do an excellent job also.