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What is The Best Kind of Epoxy For Your Garage?

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  • Epoxy Flooring

In the modern home, a garage serves many purposes. 


It can be a car space, a storage room, a craft area, a man cave, a tool shed – the list goes on. All you need to convert it into the perfect space for you is to give it a little TLC. 


A big part of this process? 


Installing the right flooring. 


For many Melbourne garages, epoxy flooring is the perfect choice to instantly elevate, beautify, and maximise the durability of your space. If you’ve been trying to compare your options and find the best epoxy flooring for your garage, here’s everything you need to know.


Why use epoxy in a garage? 

First thing’s first: why use epoxy in your garage to begin with? 


Well, for one, epoxy coatings can be applied directly onto existing concrete, providing an instantly beautiful, durable flooring without requiring that you rip up your existing floor. 


What’s more, epoxy is known to be:


  • Water, chemical, and oil resistant 

  • Highly durable 

  • Resistant to traffic and machinery 

  • Scratch-resistant 

  • Low-maintenance nad easy to clean 

  • Aesthetically pleasing 

  • More affordable than other flooring options 

  • Resistant to water damage 

  • Extremely customisable 

These characteristics make epoxy the ideal choice for any garage.

Not sure if epoxy is right for you? Check out our ultimate ‘Epoxy vs. Polished Concrete Flooring’ guide for more info 


What are the different types of epoxy?

 


That said, epoxy flooring is not a one-size-fits-all solution. There are many different types of epoxy that you can choose from. Let’s unpack the most popular options together. 

#1 - Solid Epoxy Floor Coating 


First, there is solid epoxy floor coating. There are three primary options here: 


  • 100% solid epoxy: This type of epoxy, otherwise known as two-part epoxy floor coating, does not contain any traditional solvent. It is the most expensive, and the most durable, epoxy option you have. 

  • Water-based epoxy:This is a hybrid product that combines genuine epoxy and water as the solvent. This variation takes longer to dry, as the water must fully evaporate for the epoxy to cure. That said, this option is more cost-effective and easier to work with than 100% solid epoxy. 

  • Solvent-based epoxy: This is similar to water-based epoxy, but it offers greater durability and a glossier finish. 


It’s important that you understand the differences here, as the type of epoxy coating you choose will impact many things, including the cost of installation, the ease of application, the durability, and the final appearance. 


Speaking of longevity, be sure to check out our ‘How Long Will My Epoxy Floor Last?’ guide here

#2 - Flake epoxy 

Then there is epoxy flake flooring, which is created by adding flakes of vinyl or stone (commonly quartz) to the epoxy resin, resulting in a beautiful, speckled final product. 

This type of epoxy flooring has become extremely popular because it is: 

  • Aesthetically beautiful, with many flake type and colour options 

  • Extremely durable

  • Slip resistant, which is great for foot traffic 

  • Chemical and oil resistant 

  • Anti-bacterial 

#3 - Epoxy paint 

You can also choose to apply epoxy paint to your garage floors - but it’s important to remember that this is a completely different product. 

Epoxy paint is much faster to apply, but it also offers much less protection and durability to your floor, as it is much thinner and it doesn’t undergo the same chemical reaction as 2-part epoxy flooring.

What should I look for when hiring an epoxy provider? 


When hiring someone to put in your epoxy flooring, you will want to make sure that you find a professional who has: 


  • The right training and knowledge: As we mentioned, there are many type of epoxy, and each variation has its own specifications and unique characteristics. The right contractor will be able to handle the job no matter what. This requires significant training and product knowledge. 

  • Plenty of experience: In the same vein, the right professional will have the experience needed to handle any unforeseen circumstances or complications. For example, if you’re working in a humid space, specific dehumidification procedures will be necessary. This takes experience to get right. 

  • References: The right professional will also be able to provide you with plenty of references and reviews. Speaking of reviews - check out our testimonials here.



What questions should I ask the potential provider about epoxy types?  


To this end, you should ask any potential epoxy flooring provider the following questions:

 

  • “How long have you been in the epoxy coating industry?” This will help you understand how much training, knowledge, and experience they have. 

  • “Do you have your own crew or do you subcontract your projects?” This will help you get a sense of the crew’s experience and reliability. 

  • “Do you have any references I may contact?” If they say no, run the other way. 

  • “Do you have a website with examples of jobs you have completed?” This will help you get a visual feel for their work.

  • “Do you own or rent your epoxy equipment?” This can impact your final price, so it’s worth asking.


You should also make sure that the potential installer asks you the right questions. This includes questions like: 


  • “What’s the surface area of your concrete floor? “

  • “Does your garage have a drain or pillars?” 

  • “How old is your existing floor?” 

  • “Do you already have a coating on your existing floors?”

  • “What’s your budget?”

  • “What’s the climate like in your garage and in your home/area?”

  • “Will anyone be present when we install the coating?”

  • “What is the time frame that we can work with?”


These questions are crucial to ensuring that they are focused and that they can get the job done correctly. If they don’t ask you these questions – or do the research to find teh answers to these questions on their own – they may not be a thorough professional. 


Is it worth hiring a professional to apply epoxy flooring? 

In short, yes. 


Particularly if you are choosing 2-part epoxy flooring, it’s important to remember that this is a complicated and multi-step process. 


As such, it is easy to get wrong. The right professional will know what it takes to effectively prep and install your floor, ensuring that it is even, durable and aesthetically pleasing. 


Final thoughts and what to do next…

If you’re considering epoxy flooring for your garage, you’re on the right track! 


If you have any follow-up questions about the right kind of epoxy flooring for your garage, feel free to contact us directly on 0450 550 649. You can also fill out the form here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.