Garage Floor Preparation
At The Concrete Makeover, we believe that proper preparation is key to ensuring a successful and long-lasting garage floor installation. That’s why we take great care in diamond grinding the concrete surface and removing any coatings from the current garage floor before beginning the installation process.
Our diamond grinding process is designed to not only create the proper Concrete Surface Profile (CSP) for optimal adhesion but to also open up the concrete, allowing it to better absorb the coating. This ensures that the coating adheres properly to the surface, creating a strong bond that will stand the test of time.
In some cases, the garage floor may be badly beat up and require a new concrete layer to be installed. In these instances, we work closely with our clients to determine the best course of action, taking into consideration factors such as budget, timeline, and the desired final outcome. Our team is highly skilled in concrete installation and will ensure that the new layer is properly installed to create a smooth and level surface for the epoxy coating.
At The Concrete Makeover, we understand that proper preparation is essential to the success of any garage floor installation. That’s why we take the time to evaluate each project individually and tailor our approach to meet the specific needs of our clients. With our expertise and attention to detail, you can rest assured that your new garage floor will not only look stunning but will also be built to last.
Crack and Spall Repairs
At The Concrete Makeover, we understand that even small cracks or holes in your garage floor can lead to larger issues over time. That’s why we take great care in identifying and treating any areas of concern before beginning the installation process.
After diamond grinding the surface and removing any coatings, we will thoroughly evaluate the condition of the garage floor for any cracks or spalls. If we find any cracks, we will carefully cut them open and fill them with a polyurethane fast-setting crack filler. This specialized filler is designed to quickly seal the cracks, preventing any further damage or moisture penetration.
Similarly, if we find any spalls or holes in the garage, we will fill those with high compressive strength cement. This ensures that your floor is void-less and that there are no areas of concern that could lead to further damage or safety hazards down the road. Our team takes great care in ensuring that all cracks and spalls are properly treated, creating a strong and durable foundation for the epoxy coating.
At The Concrete Makeover, we believe that attention to detail is essential to ensuring the success of any garage floor installation. By taking the time to properly treat cracks and spalls, we can create a beautiful and functional garage floor that will stand the test of time. With our expertise and commitment to quality, you can trust us to provide you with a garage floor that exceeds your expectations.
Garage Floor Apron and Wall Coating
At this point if you have a concrete apron that is exposed to the outside elements (like the photo above), we will coat it with an acrylic pigmented sealer that compliments the flakes, usually gray or tan. In many cases we have to cut a line in the floor, also known as a keyway. We do this to prevent any damage by the elements happening on the outside of the garage door. Doing this will allow the garage floor coating to be securely locked into the line and protect it from damage in the years to come. Think of it as a long-term prevention from chipping that can occur from driving into the garage and from the sun, snow and hard contact that can happen on the outside of your garage floor apron.
At The Concrete Makeover, we take great pride in ensuring that every step of the garage floor epoxy installation process is executed with the utmost precision and attention to detail. Once we have assessed the condition of your existing garage floor, we begin by diamond grinding the concrete surface and removing any coatings to ensure that the concrete is properly profiled and opened up to absorb the coating for optimal adhesion.
If your concrete apron is exposed to the outside elements, we take extra care to protect it by coating it with an acrylic pigmented sealer that complements the flakes in your floor, typically gray or tan. In many cases, we also need to cut a line in the floor, also known as a keyway. This step is crucial in preventing any damage caused by the elements on the outside of the garage door. By securely locking the garage floor coating into the line, we can protect it from chipping caused by driving into the garage, as well as from the sun, snow, and hard contact that can occur on the outside of your garage floor apron.
Next, we thoroughly vacuum your garage floor to remove any debris and ensure a clean surface for optimal adhesion. If your garage features concrete block footings, we can paint them at an additional cost with an acrylic coating that will perfectly match your flake floor. This extra step will help to create a cohesive look and feel throughout your garage, elevating its overall appearance.
For those looking for an even more elevated finish, we offer the option to install a 4″ cove base covered with flake. This seamless integration into your flake floor creates a truly high-end look that is sure to impress. With The Concrete Makeover, you can trust that every aspect of your garage floor epoxy installation will be executed with the highest level of professionalism and expertise, resulting in a beautiful and long-lasting finish.
Garage Coating and Flake Broadcast
At this point in the process, we are ready to take the next step towards achieving a durable, long-lasting floor. We begin by applying the first layer of polyaspartic urethane with a solid color pigment that perfectly complements your choice of flake. This layer is crucial as it will not only enhance the overall appearance of your floor, but it will also deeply penetrate the concrete surface to achieve maximum adhesion. The result is a permanent bond between your garage floor and the coating that will not be affected by hot tire pick-up, leaving your garage floor looking brand new for years to come.
To ensure a uniform spread rate, we squeegee the material on the floor and back roll it. It’s important to note that polyaspartic urethane emits a solvent smell during the application process. If you’re sensitive to the smell, we offer an alternative solution by installing an epoxy basecoat instead. The epoxy basecoat will cure overnight, and we can continue the process the next day. Rest assured that opting for the epoxy basecoat will not affect the performance of your floor, and it will still provide a high level of durability and longevity.
At The Concrete Makeover, we take pride in offering our clients superior quality and a high level of professionalism.
Now is the time where we will broadcast the paint flakes to complete rejection. Meaning we will completely cover your floor with paint flakes till you no longer see the coating underneath. This is the industrial way to install this system and will provide the maximum slip resistance and classic look you desire.
Scrape and Top Coat
After waiting for the first layer of polyaspartic urethane to cure, we move onto the next step of the installation process. We carefully vacuum any excess flakes that did not adhere to the floor and ensure that the remaining flakes are firmly in place. We then take the time to agitate and scrape the flakes to remove any sharp edges, creating a smooth and even surface.
With the flakes in place, we move on to the final layer of the installation process, which involves the application of a clear polyaspartic urethane topcoat. This topcoat is specifically designed to be UV resistant and chemical resistant, making it the ideal coating to protect your garage floor against harsh chemicals and sunlight damage. To apply this topcoat, we pull the material over all the flakes, allowing it to fully saturate and cover them. This creates a seal that will protect the paint flakes and provide a stunning, glossy finish.
After the topcoat is applied, we back roll the floor to ensure that the finish is uniform and textured, providing slip resistance and an aesthetically pleasing look. The result is a beautiful, durable, and long-lasting garage floor that will be impervious to the harsh conditions of a garage environment.
After the clear polyaspartic urethane topcoat is installed, the curing process begins. Generally, the curing times for the floor are about 4 hours, and technically, you can park on it at this point. However, we recommend waiting for 24 hours before placing your car back on it to ensure maximum adhesion and durability of the coating.
While some people prefer to wait longer than 24 hours, according to specification sheets, it is perfectly safe to park your car on the floor after 24 hours. At the 2-hour mark, you can usually walk on the garage floor and carefully place any items back inside. We advise that any heavy items such as refrigerators or those that are rolled on to be placed on the floor at the 24-hour mark. If it is urgent, 4 hours should be sufficient, but caution should be exercised.
The curing process ensures that the floor is hard and durable, and it will be ready for you to use in no time.