Epoxy Coatings For Concrete Garage Floor - Concrete, Stone & Masonry - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Concrete, Stone & Masonry

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By Porsche986S
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 04-25-2019, 06:31 PM   #1
Licensed Engineer
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Posts: 351
Rewards Points: 467
Default

Epoxy Coatings for Concrete Garage Floor


We have use the Big Box Store garage floor paint kits 3 or 4 times for the floor slab in our 40 year old home. The good areas of the floor continue to look good, the bad areas continue to degrade over time.


We got too involved with doing stuff for other family members over the past 6 years or so and didn't re-coat the floor after 3-4 years as we should have. Now the garage floor is absolutely horrible! I actually think the floor paint kits contribute to the problem by allow winter time snow/ice/salt melt to seep beneath the paint through any nearly microscopic fractures in the paint surface.




So, decision time.
  1. We can paint it again for about $100 by purchasing two kits from a Big Box Store knowing this will be a job we must to do every 2-3 years. A rental diamond grinder for prep work is probably needed too because ofthe floor's condition. I will also need to patch the worst of the spalled areas.
  2. We can D-I-Y the floor with UCoatIt products for about $600 plus the cost of renting a diamond grinder. The UCoatIt guys never visited our home so I am not 100% confident their kit includes everything necessary, or is the correct products for our problems.
  3. A GatorGuard Rep came out tonight. Their price for their Lifetime Guaranteed products, including all labor and equipment, is ~$4500. Yikes! I was expecting maybe half of that. I checked on-line price guides and their ~$11 price per square foot seems within range for the degree of floor damage they need to correct.
We are also in our early 60's, might live here another 20 years, and really don't want to do this too many more times.


Our decision to make, but any insights others can offer based on their own experiences?
MI-Roger is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-25-2019, 09:12 PM   #2
Super Moderator
 
Gymschu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Eastern Ohio (heart of Appalachia)
Posts: 6,367
Rewards Points: 6,672
Default

Re: Epoxy Coatings for Concrete Garage Floor


I've never been too happy with the epoxy floor painting kits. Although they claim to hold up to "hot-tire" peeling, they still seem to peel up over time. They take lots of prep that has to be perfect. They do look good for a couple years. I've been looking into installing the rubberized floor mats that come in 12 foot wide sections. They look great and seem easy to install. Might be something to look into.
__________________
"In the heat of battle, my father wove a tapestry of obscenity........."
Gymschu is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-26-2019, 05:13 AM   #3
Licensed Engineer
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Posts: 351
Rewards Points: 467
Default

Re: Epoxy Coatings for Concrete Garage Floor


Quote:
Originally Posted by Gymschu View Post
...... I've been looking into installing the rubberized floor mats that come in 12 foot wide sections. They look great and seem easy to install. Might be something to look into.
A mat is on our list of options to investigate further too. I am not a car collector, I don't use my garage for social gatherings, the cost of the full Commercial Epoxy Install seems just far too much for our needs.

We will still need to do some patching of the heavily spalled spots. But first I need to have a small area slab lifting performed.
MI-Roger is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 04-26-2019, 07:30 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 245
Rewards Points: 488
Default

Re: Epoxy Coatings for Concrete Garage Floor


Generally the floor kits you buy from the big box stores is not the greatest quality they are produced to hit a price point ( cheap ) . Then add to that generally poor preparation by the DIYer and it's a recipe for failure . It sounds like your current floor finish falls into this category as it is failing . A pro outfit " should " do a great job with the prep and the product they put down will have a LOT more solids in it and be a stronger epoxy . The pro only makes money IF they don't have to come back to do warranty work .

Having said all that you can go to a real paint store and purchase a much better grade of floor paint than a box store . But you will have the task of cleaning up the mess that you have now AND any floor repairs . If I was in your shoes I would strongly consider the roll out vinyl floors . Easy to roll out and position and you are done . They are far from perfect they can move , they can " bunch up " when moving something heavy across them and if exposed to sun light can move/ripple . But very cost effective .
stadry likes this.
Porsche986S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2019, 06:38 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: atl & hilton head
Posts: 5,932
Rewards Points: 2,148
Default

Re: Epoxy Coatings for Concrete Garage Floor


sher-wms has a great product (armorseal) however if you don't prep the work correctly, you're better served buying wtr-based stuff from apron/vest stores,,, i have a friend who rolled down an epoxy coating & annually has to recoat,,, he doesn't grind - he doesn't do dick for prep other than broom,,, then complains annually also

Last edited by stadry; 05-02-2019 at 06:42 AM.
stadry is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Carpet in the basement Packer Backer Flooring 17 11-30-2018 02:10 AM
Replacing garage floor, attached garage Erikz Concrete, Stone & Masonry 4 03-05-2017 02:29 PM
Garage floor - epoxy fix questions plaske Concrete, Stone & Masonry 20 01-31-2017 06:01 AM
Epoxy floor sealer Timalin Concrete, Stone & Masonry 0 07-12-2012 10:54 PM
Replacement concrete garage floor, dowelled into foundation? Niffumdutz Building & Construction 5 02-19-2010 08:31 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts