A Simple Guide to Concrete Epoxy Coatings at Home

by | Sep 2, 2016 | Flooring services

Applying a new layer of epoxy to your garage, entrance hall or even outside area is always a great idea, as it adds both aesthetic appeal, as well as enhanced functionality to an area. Let’s take a look at some of the basics, so you can have a better understanding of the different types of coatings and their benefits.

Choosing the Right Coating

When choosing which type to use, you basically have three choices available, and each has its own distinct benefits. These vary according to the amount of solids within the mixture, with higher solid counts meaning higher concentrations of actual resin.

  • 100 Percent – This type is basically only the resin, with little else mixed in. Unfortunately, unless they are handled by professionals, these types are generally too dangerous for DIY or home project jobs. However, it does offer the highest durability as well as the fastest setting and cure times.

  • 40 to 60 Percent Solvent – This type utilizes solvents to create a durable, lasting effect. While they don’t offer the extreme durability of the previous type, they can come in a wider variety of colors for DIY projects.

  • Water Based – While this type of concrete epoxy coating has around the same solid content as solvent types, they don’t contain the toxic fumes, which makes them far easier and more convenient for home use. Excellent for garages and areas that only require light to moderate floor protection.

The Importance of Preparation

When applying epoxy, you need to carefully prepare the surface before coating it, as shown at Family Handy Man. This is because moisture, cracks and other small faults can lead to unnecessary problems and costs later, and you may even need to redo the entire floor if the problems are severe enough. So never underestimate the value of properly preparing your floor.

For more insights on these, as well as other flooring solutions, contact Dex-o-Tex today.

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