If you’ve ever considered by using a garage area floor epoxy system to safeguard and improve the look of your storage area floor, there are many things you should know before purchasing one. Most diy stores bring epoxy floor products suitable for the do-it-yourselfer and you might have heard differing views about how well they work. Some will say it’s a great product as well as others will let you know not to waste your cash. Well, there may be usually a fairly easy explanation as to the reasons this product fails for some floors.
One reason for failure is not every concrete floor is well suited for applying an epoxy layer. Many flooring have too much hydrostatic pressure, signifying water movements from the under the slab up to the top in a process called capillary action. Dampness then collects on the surface, which breaks the relationship between the cement and the epoxy overcoat. If the floor “sweats” even though it’s dry outside the house or there are areas that appear to stay moist for long periods of time, then an epoxy layer will likely fail. It will little by little chip and flake away. Even if you don’t think there is a moisture problem, it’s a good idea to use an efflorescence or sodium blocker prior to the epoxy. This will help prevent dampness from triggering problems.
The most possible reason for failing is inappropriate surface preparation. The floor must be completely clean and stripped of most other coatings. Any stains or foreign substances (essential oil, grease, coloring, etc.) will prevent satisfactory bonding between the concrete and epoxy, resulting in chipping and flaking. Most companies will apply a coating of sealer to a car port floor after unit installation. It can take several years for the sealer to wear off completely. This sealer must be removed for epoxy to last. Although acid solution etching can be an important step, you won’t remove sealer & most stains. Etching is only going to open up the skin pores of bare cement, therefore you must do all cleaning and stripping before etching with acid solution.
Before investing in a garage floor epoxy system, you need to first decide if your floor is right for it. If it sweats often or there are areas that are constantly wet, then forget about it. Be sure that you are prepared to take time to prep the floor properly, as this is actually the most significant part. It also really helps to put one or two jackets of clear concrete sealer at the top to serve as a wear layer. Water centered acrylic sealers are suitable for indoor residential use. Despite any bad reviews you’ve found out about the do-it-yourself storage area floor epoxy system, it can be a successful project if it’s done correctly.