Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish

Friday, June 04, 2021

Despite their durability, even relatively new concrete floors might need a little maintenance. This can range from a new coat of epoxy or concrete polishing to minor (pitting/spalling) or major repair of the concrete.

In a recent project, Lakeside Painting's flooring professional's tackled the concrete floors of a Lake Geneva home's two garages. In total, we applied approximately 1,200-square feet of hybrid a Epoxy-Polyaspartic finish.

Be sure to check out the photo slideshow to see how the project evolved from start to finish.

Prepping the Garage Floor

Lakeside Painting's flooring expert and foreman Chad Kiefer said the garage floors' concrete was in great condition. Given that the floors were newer concrete, there was neither pitting nor spalling. However, the homeowner wanted new coats of epoxy resin for the floors.

If there had been extensive pitting on the concrete, we would have given the floors a skim coat and polish before applying the epoxy coating. For this project, we quickly moved to applying one coat of a penetrating epoxy primer.

This readied the floor for the Epoxy and Vinyl Flake application.

Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish
Residential Garage Floors Get a New Epoxy Finish

Applying the Epoxy, Vinyl Flakes, and Polyaspartic

After the primer dried, we applied one coat of 100% Solids Epoxy Floor Coating. We followed that up with the broadcasting of Vinyl Flake media.

Chad applied white, gray, and black flakes—a combination known as "Domino"—to the epoxy coating. Sometimes homeowners opt for an off-the-wall color scheme for their garage floor; but, on average, the colors tend to be domino (black/white/gray), basalt, or tan.

While the Vinyl Flake is certainly aesthetic, as a whole this media fills a very important function: it protects the epoxy coating from yellowing and degradation over time.

After the Vinyl Flake and Epoxy coating cured and dried, we swept, scraped, and vacuumed up excess Vinyl Flake media. To finish, we applied a top clear coat of Polyaspartic by squeegee and backroll, which seal the flake. Unlike Epoxy coating, Polyaspartic coatings remain clear over time.

The Finished Floors

As you can see in the image slideshow above, the coating gives the homeowner's garage floors a clean and modern look. But this epoxy garage floor system isn't just about looks—it's highly functional, making it easy for homeowners to clean and maintain the floors.

If your garage floors need a new finish and/or maintenance, summer is the best time to apply garage floor coating. If you want to discuss your garage floor project with the professionals at Lakeside Painting, contact us by email at info@lakesidepainting.com or by phone at 262-642-9445.

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