Are you in the market for a new garage floor coating? Are you tired of the dirty, yellow-looking floor you currently have? Look no further! At Skyline Concrete Coating, we offer both residential and commercial garage floor coating services throughout the Metro Washington DC region.
Garages can endure a lot of traffic on a daily basis. Oil and grease mar the floor, making it dull, dirty, and unappealing. With the help of our team at Skyline Concrete Coating, your garage floor can regain its aesthetic appeal.
All you have to do is call us, and a team of experts will be at the ready. If you are wondering about the options for your garage floor, our team can give you advice and make the selection process smooth and easy.
Different Types of Garage Coatings
You can choose from several different garage coating options, including epoxy, polyaspartic, and polyurea. Your choice of the three will largely depend on the feel, look, and durability you are going for. Below is a breakdown of the three different types, as well as the top selling points for each.
The most traditional of garage coatings, epoxy is a type of resin or plastic that goes on easily, dries, and ultimately hardens. Epoxy floor coatings have seen a lot of improvements over the years, such as the addition of UV stabilizers, but this option still has a plethora of drawbacks in terms of longevity and aesthetics.
Polyaspartic floor coating is a more contemporary and high-quality type floor garage flooring system. This material was introduced in the early 1990s as a protective coating for bridges and similar terrain that face heavy traffic and corrosion. Polyaspartic is a type of aliphatic polyurea, which will be overviewed next.
Polyurea garage coating comes in two different types based on its chemical structure. You can choose from either aliphatic or aromatic polyurea. This elastomer is stretchy but also highly durable.
Polyurea and Polyaspartic Garage Floor Coating
Based on our years of experience repairing garage floors at Skyline Concrete Coating, we have surmised that using both polyaspartic and polyurea gives the best finish. Our team uses a mix of a polyurea basecoat and a polyaspartic topcoat. This technique provides several benefits discussed below.
Rapid Setting Time
Unlike epoxy coatings, polyaspartic and polyurea have a considerably shorter curing time. You can get back to using your garage sooner if you use these coating systems. On the other hand, epoxy takes days to set, a disadvantage for many home and business owners. Polyurea and polyaspartic are ready for foot traffic within an hour and can handle vehicular traffic within hours. This quick setting time makes polyurea and polyaspartic the top choice, especially for our commercial clients who value one-day or same-day applications.
Not Highly Temperature Sensitive
Garage floor epoxy coating systems tend to leave hot tire marks or come up during the hot months. When applying epoxy, we also have to be mindful of the weather outside. If the outside temperature is too cold, the epoxy coating will not dry soon enough or may not set at all.
Polyaspartic and polyurea perform superbly in climates below zero and in warmer areas without any issues at all. The coating sets quickly and beautifully without future worries of lifting or peeling. Opting for polyaspartic and polyurea floor coating systems saves you money in the long run because epoxy requires more frequent maintenance or repair.
Your polyaspartic and polyurea floors will last for years, oil, grease, and other residue are easier to clean if you have a polyurea and polyaspartic garage floor. An epoxy floor can withstand some amount of grease, but over time- the stains remain.
Additionally, polyaspartic and polyurea garage floor coatings have impressive temperature technology. The resin shrinks and grows when the concrete does. The name of this process is elongation, which accounts for the absence of cracking in polyaspartic and polyurea garage floors.
Epoxy floors are infamous for cracking or sloughing away when the concrete expands or contracts. This fact drives up costs and the need for repair. Experts will tell you that polyurea and polyaspartic garage coatings are up to four times more durable than epoxy.
Epoxy floor coatings are less UV stable than polyaspartic and polyurea. UV rays hitting a garage floor epoxy coating cause an unsightly yellowing over time. Polyaspartic and polyurea manufacturers have implemented advanced UV technology that allows the concrete to withstand more heat but not color.
Additionally, you can customize your polyurea and polyaspartic garage floors with chips. Do you fancy a metallic finish? Go for it! How about sandstone chips in your garage floor’s design? At Skyline Concrete Coating we have an array of options for your polyaspartic and polyurea garage floor. Epoxy, on the other hand, offers fewer design options for your garage floor.
Polyaspartic and polyurea are simply the better choices when choosing your garage floor coating if versatility matters to you. Both of these options have better binding capabilities with concrete than epoxy does and are used for more applications, such as balconies, handicap ramps, and other outdoor entrances.
Polyaspartic and polyurea also have exceptional impact and abrasion resistance when compared to epoxy floor coatings.
Epoxy coatings, especially when freshly applied, increase your likelihood of slipping and falling. Polyurea and polyaspartic solve this conundrum with smoother and safer finishes.
Our Process for Applying Garage Floor Coatings
Our team of experts at Skyline Concrete Coating will first evaluate your garage floor and then go through the following steps:
First, we grind off a few layers of the garage floor to make the surface more absorptive and clean.
We then repair areas that need patching and remove excess dust and debris. To do this, we use a material that is stronger than concrete but with less than half the drying time. After this, the floor usually requires a re-grinding process to get the floor ready for the base coat.
Applying Basecoat and Tint
Next, you will choose chips for your floors, such as metallic or tan. Depending on the chips you choose, we will first tint the floor with a similar color basecoat. After tinting, we add the chips on top of the basecoat and allow them to dry before shoveling away the excess.
After the chips are set, we vacuum the excess and then apply a clear, slip-resistant topcoat. If you need an additional slip-resistance guarantee, we use clear silica to double the anti-slip property of the garage floor.
Polyaspartic and Polyurea win against epoxy garage floor coatings in several aspects, such as durability, aesthetics, and flexibility. The choice ultimately comes down to you. Our team will provide the highest quality service to meet your needs quickly.
Call our professionals at Skyline Concrete Coating at (571) 831-2144 to get a free quote for your garage floor coating in Metro Washington DC today.
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How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?
Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes. We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind.
How Long Will The Concrete Coating Last?
We use the highest quality materials in our polyaspartic floor coatings and we have perfected our application process to make the concrete coating permanent. Once completely cured and adhered, the concrete coating is meant to last as long as the substrate it is adhered to.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Over Epoxy Floor Coatings?
Polyaspartic Floor Coatings dry more quickly than Epoxy Floor Coatings, and the finish is also more durable. Our floor concrete coating finishes are also more slip-resistant and will not discolor like some Epoxy Floor Coatings.
How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?
Our flooring cures within a few hours, however our team of professionals recommends waiting at least 4-6 hours before walking on your brand-new concrete coated flooring. After 12 hours, you can begin moving lightweight objects onto the flooring, like light patio furniture. We recommend waiting a full 24 hours before moving anything heavy back into the area where we have applied the coating (your car, heavy equipment or furniture etc.).
Will My New Concrete Floor Coating Turn Yellow?
It sure will not! Our concrete floor coverings will not yellow or discolor, because they are UV stable. This one of the many benefits of using Polyurea or Polyaspartic floor coatings.
Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?
If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating because it will help you to preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.
How Long Does It Take You To Apply Concrete Floor Coatings?
We have perfected our 6-step application process and most projects take between 5-10 hours to apply depending on the square footage. We pride ourselves in a one-day application and will do everything possible to stay within that time frame. Rainy weather can delay the project, but it is rare.
How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?
You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping, mopping, or steaming, and hoses. However, you can also use non-abrasive cleaners, like CLR® to remove grease or other stains.
Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?
Our coatings are oil-resistant as well as moisture resistant.
Who Invented Polyaspartic Coatings?
Bayer Material Science first developed Polyaspartic coatings in the 1990s to protect steel bridges and infrastructure from rusting and corrosion. It has since been modified for different applications, such as extremely durable concrete flooring coatings.
What Are Polyaspartic Concrete Coatings?
Polyaspartic Concrete coating is another name for Aliphatic Polyurea, which is a hybrid material consisting of ester and other materials. It was originally developed to coat metal bridges. It was later used to coat concrete flooring due to its durability and moisture resistance. Polyurea is also used to coat truck bed liners.
Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Used Outside?
They sure can! We offer wonderful solutions for driveways, patios, and even the area around the pool. Our coatings are all UV stable, which will help prevent discoloration or flaking.
What Types Of Environments Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Used?
Polyaspartic flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments. The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts, patios, or even driveways or garages.
How Are Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Applied?
We have perfected a six step process for applying Polyaspartic Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, basecoating, applying chips, scraping the chips, and applying the clear UV protective clear coat.
Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Applied In Cold Temperatures?
You can! Polyaspartic floor coatings are safe to apply in temperatures as cold as 40 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit).
How Long Do Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Take To Dry?
Our Polyaspartic Floor Coatings are engineered to rapidly cure, and can be dry in a matter of a few hours! However, we recommend waiting at least 5-6 hours before walking on newly applied coating and 24 hours before moving heavy objects back onto the flooring.
Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Polyaspartic Floor Coating?
Installing Polyaspartic Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring. Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! Our team at Skyline Concrete Coatings is certified in Polyaspartic Floor Coating installation and has many years of experience.
Is It Possible To Replace Existing Epoxy Floor Coating With Polyaspartic Floor Coating?
It is! Polyaspartic floor coatings are specially formulated for their incredible adhesion properties. If you have existing patches of epoxy coating, our team can sand it down, vacuum, and wipe down the area with a solvent. Once prepped, we will apply your new, superior, Polyaspartic Floor Coating
We are very happy!
“We are very happy with our entire experience with Skyline Concrete Coating. The floor looks great and was at a very reasonable price. Their installation crew was efficient and very conscientious. They took care to clean up after themselves during the work and when they were done. We will likely be calling and scheduling additional projects.”
“Skyline was super easy to work with and has a great product. I had an epoxy coating on the floor that I had put down about 16 years ago that needed to be replaced badly. They came in and ground the epoxy off, fixed all of the imperfections in the floor, and applied their product in a day! The floor looks great.”
“Skyline Concrete Coating applied a Polyurea coating to my garage. The work they did was very professional and they were very responsive to my questions on floor coloring and applications. Floor looks great and met all my expectations.”