We figure it wasn’t enough to have just 1 article about the amazing aspects of floor epoxy so we’d love to share with you a little more on this amazing process. After getting your primer and epoxy applied the next step is generally an epoxy topcoat and we’d love to talk to you about that. Epoxies are fantastic by themselves but for the longest lasting and toughest epoxies we almost always recommend a topcoat. These topcoats have a much harder chemical makeup than the epoxy beneath them that protects your valuable epoxy. Get both UV radiation and durability with these topcoats. Steer clear of the assumption you can just add a clear epoxy over your first epoxy. Topcoats are unique in what they achieve and are totally necessary for finishing your epoxy job. Protect your floors from your cars tires with this high rated topcoat.
When picking an epoxy pay special attention to their ratings and the specifics. No two epoxies are usually the same, unless they’re the same of course. With epoxy the companies do something called an abrasion test that they give a corresponding rating to. The test corresponds to real life use and the wear that is produced from spinning tires on it. The lower the mg rating the stronger the floor epoxy is. For a general rule of thumb look for 20mgs or less for a garage setup and for the maximum level of protection shoot for an epoxy under a 5mg rating. Consider the monumental increases in life for an epoxy as the rating gets lower. For your topcoats always be aware of this rating. Another rating involved with epoxy is the psi adhesion rating. This is the simplest rating to accommodate for and shows how well an epoxy can stick to concrete. Finally, you’re going to want to get an epoxy with a high impact floor rating to protect against drops of all kinds of things in your garage or business.
Aside from what matters there is a lot of fluff in relation to epoxy. Marketing and advertising hype can easily divert someone from their task and can be just a way for one product to get you to buy over another one. Things like tensile strength are not monikers most home applicators need to pay attention to. Most weight that is going on your floor where this comes into play is not going to crush your floor beneath. There are special circumstances with military equipment where this may come into play but is not necessary for 99% of consumers. Pay close attention to thickness, pot life, and hardness in your selection.
Avoid epoxy that claims to have the cheapest cost per mils. Cheap epoxy will always remain cheap epoxy and will not save you money the more you have. The various guarantees can’t prevent yellowing or aging of your floor. The lifetime warranties have to do with the epoxy sticking and do have anything to do with how the quality of the epoxy will hold up. For more on our epoxy application give us a call! We would like to thank Armor Garage again for all the great information on epoxies, how they work, and the most important things to look out for.