Which Floor Coating is Better Than Epoxy?

garage door in front of a concrete floor

What Floor Coating is Better Than Epoxy?

Today’s average car garage can get dirty, grimy, and stained from assorted substances. From engine oil to grease and more, no matter how much you work cleaning your garage, the garage will only appear clean if the floor looks clean. With a professional floor coating, you can get the floor clean enough to eat off of.

What is a garage floor coating? 

Garage floor coatings are a protective layer that is durable and tough, holding up to heavy foot traffic and more. A floor coating makes the flooring corrosion-resistant, making it a popular choice for more than residential garages. You can also find floor coatings at: 

  • Chemical plants
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Warehouses
  • New Car Dealerships

…and more!

Though people don’t usually think about the importance of protecting their garage floors, there are many advantages to having a garage floor coating installed. Though this may sound like a luxury, there are several benefits to this process: 

1. Protection: Most driveways and garages have concrete, which is a durable and rigid material. However, it is porous and can harbor dirt, grease, oil, other fluids, and even bacteria. Not only will these stain the garage floor, but they can weaken the surface over time, starting with cracking and pitting. With a professionally installed epoxy garage floor coating over the concrete, it is easier to clean up drips and spills while repairing any cracking or pitting that has started. 

2. Easy Clean: Speaking of clean-up, epoxy, polyaspartic, and polyuria garage floor coatings make cleaning easy. A properly installed garage floor coating is non-absorptive and keeps fluids like gasoline, grease, oils, and other fluids from seeping in. Sweep or vacuum it and, if necessary, mop it with plain water to remove dirt or fluids.

3. Safe, Slip Resistant: Concrete floor coatings with a textured surface are anti-slip and safer, with a reduced chance of falls and slips.

4. Improved Appearance: If you plan on selling your home, a professionally installed garage floor coating will make your garage look cleaner and more attractive. They are also available in various colors and styles for greater customization! 

5. Value Add: While you won’t get a massive ROI from installing a garage floor coating, it can make your home stand out among prospective buyers. According to real estate experts, garage floor coating has become a ‘want’ on more home buyers’ lists, up to over 80%! That’s a big part of the market to disregard. 

Are there different types of garage floor coatings?

Yes, there are different types of garage floor coatings, including tiles. However, the three most popular options are: 

  • Epoxy Garage Floor Coating is the most common choice for a concrete floor cover. It is the least expensive option and comes in many applications. Manufacturers install it by rolling it across the floor, allowing it to dry, and then applying another layer. This type of garage floor coating requires the original surface to be 100% clean of debris for the best bonding possible. It has a slippery surface when wet and may not be the best choice for some homeowners. 
  • MMA (Methyl Methacrylate) Garage Floor Coating: This garage floor coating is made from a variety of plastics. It is ideal for commercial garage floors because of its extreme durability and high tolerance to cold and hot temperatures. It is a perfect floor coating if your garage has a lot of traffic, which is often the case for families. However, it is an expensive option, so it is less popular for residential homes.
  • Polyaspartic Garage Floor Coating: Many homeowners will tell you this is the best of the first two floor coatings. It provides most of the benefits of epoxy minus the drawbacks. Like MMA garage floor coatings, it is a durable, rugged surface resistant to abrasion and chemical spills and UV stable. 

 What is the life expectancy of a garage floor coating?

Several factors will determine the lifespan of a garage floor coating, including the installation, maintenance, and upkeep. Other factors include additives used in the floor coating, the amount of foot traffic it receives, and drops and vehicle wear. The average lifespan of an epoxy garage floor coating can be as short as two years and up to 10 years. 

To Summarize

A garage floor coating is an excellent investment for the homeowner who is a car, craft, or hobby enthusiast. If you plan on staying in your home for a long time, it is worth the investment, and if you are considering selling it in the not-too-distant future, a garage floor coating could be what puts your home up over the competition. If you’re interested in a garage floor coating in Haslet and Fort Worth, TX or any nearby cities, we can be there to help. Call us at 214-494-9068 today to learn more.