Extend the pride of ownership from your home to your garage with epoxy floors. Epoxy garage floors combine practicality and aesthetics to create a truly elegant solution. Most garages are dusty, dirty and damp, and many have cracks, pits and spalls. This is caused by two main factors, the concrete floor, and Alberta’s harsh environment. An epoxy floor will be easier to clean and protect your floor for years to come.
Protecting Concrete from Moisture
Concrete is porous, which traps both moisture and dirt. When your car enters the garage from outside, snow and dirt will fall off your car and be trapped on your concrete floor. Moisture will penetrate your concrete and when the temperature falls, this trapped moisture will expand, causing your concrete to crack or introduce pits and spalls in the surface. This damage will then exacerbate the problem, and the damage will continue to get worse. An epoxy floor will create an impenetrable barrier, protecting your floor from these types of failures.
Sealing Concrete Every Two Years Is Recommended
Because it is porous, concrete is hard to clean and susceptible to spills from household items kept in the garage, like oil, grease, anti-freeze and other chemicals. Sweeping out a garage just never seems to get rid of all the dust! Epoxy can be easily cleaned with a broom or squeegee, and it will stay cleaner, longer.
Epoxy floors help solve these issues; protecting your floor, keeping it clean, and making it look sharp.
Our epoxy floor system is installed in a 4-part process.
1. Floor preparation
First, all cracks and spalls should be ground and filled, flattening your concrete and repairing the cracks. Next, in order to prepare your garage floor for epoxy, the concrete needs to be diamond ground for a mechanical adhesion. Some companies will only use a chemical etch, which is not the proper way to do it. Using diamond tip grinding wheels takes longer, but it is the proper way to ensure the longevity of your epoxy floor.
Next, a tinted epoxy base coat is placed on the floor. There are many options for the base colour, and this will determine the colour scheme of the floor. A brown tone will be warmer, while a grey tone will look more modern and industrial. Colour options will be brought and discussed prior to install.
3. Vinyl Flake
The next step is the apply durable vinyl flake to the basecoat. This is done while the basecoat is still wet, allowing the flakes to set into the basecoat. Flakes add durability, grip and colour to the floor. Our vinyl is applied to every area of the concrete in a very thick layer, ensuring there is no area without flakes. Other companies add in a nominal amount, while we cover the entire surface. When the basecoat is dry, we knock off all loose and excess flakes and remove them from the floor, preparing for the topcoat.
Real Seal uses an extra tough, UV stable polyaspartic topcoat to all our epoxy floors. This topcoat allows for the strongest finish and will not discolour over time with exposure to UV. While garages may be considered “indoor” space, even nominal UV from windows, or when the garage doors are open will discolour the floor over time, yellowing and dulling. Our polyaspartic topcoat will be clean and clear for the entire life of your epoxy floor.
Quality Work Since 1987
We used Real Seal to seal our exposed aggregate driveway and are happy to recommend them to our friends and neighbours.
– Brian H.
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Our install can usually be done in 2-3 days (depending on the size), and your garage will be ready for driving on again 24 hours after we are finished.
We can even do curbs up your walls, and stairs!