If you’ve ever considered by using a garage area floor epoxy system to safeguard and improve the look of your car port floor, there are many things you should know before purchasing one. Most home improvement stores hold epoxy floor packages created for the do-it-yourselfer and you’ve probably heard differing views about how well they work. Some will say it’s a fantastic product while others will tell you not to waste your money. Well, there is usually a fairly easy explanation as to why the product fails for some floors.
One reason behind failure is not every concrete floor is suitable for applying an epoxy layer. Many flooring surfaces have too much hydrostatic pressure, indicating water techniques from the under the slab up to the top in a process called capillary action. Moisture then gathers on the top, which breaks the bond between the cement and the epoxy layer. If the ground “sweats” even when it’s dry outside the house or there are areas that seem to be to stay moist for extended periods of time, then an epoxy covering will almost certainly fail. It’ll little by little chip and flake away. Even if you don’t think there’s a moisture problem, it’s wise to use an efflorescence or sodium blocker before the epoxy. This will help prevent water from triggering problems.
The most possible reason for failing is inappropriate surface preparation. The floor must be completely clean and stripped of all other coatings. Any spots or foreign substances (engine oil, grease, coloring, etc.) will prevent enough bonding between your cement and epoxy, resulting in chipping and flaking. Most contractors will apply a jacket of sealer to a garage floor after set up. It can take several years for the sealer to wear off completely. This sealer must be removed for epoxy to last. Although acid etching can be an important step, you won’t remove sealer & most stains. Etching is only going to open up the pores of bare concrete, therefore you should do all cleaning and stripping before etching with acid.
Before investing in a car port floor epoxy system, you will need to first decide if your floor is right for it. If it sweats often or there are areas that are constantly moist, then forget about it. Be sure that you are willing to take the time to prep the ground properly, as this is actually the most critical part. In addition, it really helps to put one or two jackets of clear cement sealer at the top to provide as a wear coating. Water based acrylic sealers are suitable for indoor residential use. Despite any bad reviews you’ve found out about the do-it-yourself car port floor epoxy system, it’s rather a successful project whether it’s done correctly.