What is the difference between Epoxy Paint and Epoxy Coating?
Epoxy Paint is a latex acrylic product which is made by many well-known paint manufacturers. It has a small amount of epoxy resin within the paint and they refer to them as a one part epoxy paint. This allows for better adhesion and durability than standard acrylic paint, however this is not a true epoxy.
What we offer is referred to as an Epoxy Coating. This is a two part product; one part epoxy resin and one part polyamine hardener. We are required to mix the two parts prior to application. After mixing you are restrained by time and temperature as to how long you have to apply. With colored epoxies it is the resin that is tinted to give the epoxy its color.
Unlike Epoxy Paint, the mixing of the two components starts a reactive chemical process that provides a very hard and durable surface, once cured, that seals the concrete and is very resistant to stains, abrasions and chemicals.
How long does epoxy last?
When professionally installed and maintained by the owner epoxy has a lifespan of 15 plus years.
Does epoxy scratch?
Even though epoxy is incredibly hard it will scratch if heavy objects are drug across it. Epoxy Flake systems are the most resistant whereas metallic systems scratches will show more. Different top coats can be applied to help all systems be more scratch resistant.
Will my hot tires pick up the epoxy?
Not with our product! The most common factor to hot tire pickup is the use of an inferior epoxy coating or epoxy paint accompanied by bad surface preparation. Inexpensive water based epoxy kits available in hardware stores and acid etching instead of grinding are the biggest culprits.
Is epoxy slippery?
Just like pretty much every surface when accompanied with water can become slippery. Our Epoxy Flake Systems are the least slippery surface due to the texture created by the vinyl flakes. Our Metallic Epoxy System looks very slippery due to the high shine, but has as much traction as ceramic tile. If slipping is a major concern we are able to add an aggregate to the top coat to create more traction. Please note that by doing this the finish is altered. One downside of this is that it will create more of a matte finish on our Metallic Epoxy system.
If the floor is kept dry and properly cleaned, you will not have any issues. We always suggest to all of our clients to come to our office and walk on our floors and make sure epoxy is the right product for their project, especially if it a commercial space.
Can oil and chemicals stain epoxy?
Epoxy floors can become stained on the surface if oils or chemicals are left on the floor for a long period of time and dry. For best results wipe off excess oil or chemicals in a timely manner, this will extend the life of the top coat.
What’s the warranty?
We offer a Lifetime Customer Satisfaction Guarantee, that means that if the floors are not performing as they should after the One (1) year warranty provided by the product manufacturer, we would come back and fix any issues caused by bad product or issues caused by installation. Damages caused by owners can be fixed at the owners expense. We like to be transparent with our warranty as some of our competitors promise lifetime warranties but are misleading and have a lot of details in the fine print.
How long does epoxy take to install?
Our Epoxy Flake Systems typically take 1-2 days on average to install depending on the concrete’s relative humidity. If the relative humidity is above a certain threshold a vapor barrier has to be installed and will add on an additional day. Our Metallic Epoxy Systems take 3-4 days on average to install.
When can I drive on the epoxy system?
The Epoxy Flake System can be driven on in about 24 hours depending on the outside temperature. The Metallic Epoxy System takes on average seven (7) days to cure prior to being able to drive on it.
Is epoxy safe for people and pets?
Yes, epoxy is safe for both people and pets once fully cured.
Is concrete grinding necessary?
Absolutely Yes! The main reason for epoxy failure is bad surface preparation. Concrete grinding opens the pours within the concrete surface allowing the epoxy coating to create a chemical bond, essentially becoming one with the slab. Often contractors sell the idea that acid etching the concrete is enough. We DO NOT agree with most contractors. We will always diamond grind, even if it is new concrete .