Epoxy coatings can turn garage floors into an extension of your living area by adding color, hiding imperfections and improving wear resistance.
A garage floor coating is one of the most economical and aesthetically pleasing ways to enhance a plain gray concrete garage floor. These heavy-duty epoxy-based systems not only upgrade the look of the floor, they also increase resiliency to stains and tire marks and hide minor imperfections. With many colors to choose from for the base coating, which can be further enhanced by decorative quartz or paint chips, garage floor coatings give you a wide array of design options.
your garage an extension of your living space
In a time not too long ago,
garages were all the same: outbuildings that were storage areas for parked
cars, with boring gray concrete or even dirt floors. Today garages have taken a
more prominent place in the design of homes, often built to house three
vehicles, and more often than not attached to the home. Garages have graduated
from simple storage areas, becoming organized shops or showrooms. Today every
bit of attention that a homeowner pays to the decorating of the home is paid to
the garage as well, right down to what goes on the concrete floors.
Now homeowners no longer have to
settle for boring, gray concrete flooring. Their garage floors can be as
aesthetically pleasing as the rest of their home.
The versatility of garage floor coatings
Garage floor coverings have the versatility to go with any style of décor. Looks can range from simple gray concrete with a sealer to a more complex colored base with multicolor flecks in it, offering a design similar to granite or terrazzo.
Color flakes come in a wide range of colors and are made of acrylic paint chips. This system provides an excellent wear surface that can stand up under walking and driving on, but if impact resistance is what you’re looking for, decorative quartz is the way to go. Quartz floors are multicolored aggregates thrown to refusal into 100% solids epoxy and have the impact resistance not normally found with the acrylic paint chips.
Choosing the design for your garage floor covering can be as simple as matching the color of your house or as involved as hiding any imperfections or flaws in the existing floor. Coating the existing concrete with only a sealer, any imperfections will show through. A colored base with the paint chips or quartz aggregate thrown down to refusal would cover any imperfections that may exist. If the floor has no aesthetic reasons to choose full coverage, a medium or light paint chip coverage may be chosen for additional design variations.
Source of information: concretenetwork.com (‘Garage Floor Coating Ideas’ and ‘Garage Floor Design Options’ by Jennifer Fitzjarrell