Concrete floor coatings are becoming more and more common in today’s homes. The protection and benefits of floor coatings are making them the top choice for busy homeowners. Our company coats concrete surfaces in homes and businesses in South Carolina to help improve the durability and appearance of your floors. With a new trend comes common questions and misconceptions. Surface Bella Garage Floor Coatings wants to debunk some common myths about concrete floor coatings.
1- Epoxy Coating Is Just Like Paint
First on the list of myths about concrete floor coatings is a common one. When it comes to this industry many may assume that paint and epoxy can do essentially the same thing. Epoxy or other material of the coating is used to protect your concrete, create a nonslip surface, and make the space easier to clean. Paint on concrete does not add any layer of protection and often makes the space dirtier because of chipping and flaking.
A smooth coating like epoxy can be mopped or wiped easily without damaging the coating, whereas cleaning dust or spills off of paint also can remove the paint.
2- Floor Coatings Are Expensive
Some companies can be considered expensive and can charge up to $10 per square foot. There are many skilled companies and applicators that will charge you much less for quality floor coatings. Each job is unique and our company will tailor the price to your specific square footage and project. Certain materials or colors can cost more than others, but just keep in mind that the investment for your floor will make the concrete last much longer.
3- There Is Little To No Prep For A Coating
One of the biggest myths about concrete floors on this list is that there is a small amount of prep work before a coating is applied. Concrete floors need to be ground down and free of dust in order for the coating to stick. This prep process is done by our professionals by shot-blasting and/or diamond-grinding techniques.
Before we come to prep a floor, the owners will need to do some work as well. Clearing out possessions or objects from the area, cleaning up major spills, and taking vehicles out of the garage will need to be done before our technicians at Surface Bella come to complete the project.
4- Concrete Floor Coatings Need To Be Replaced
Concrete floor coatings do not need to be replaced every three to five years. In fact, if applied correctly, floor coatings should last just as long, if not longer than the life of the concrete it adheres to. If you have problems with the application of your coating or an accident occurs, this would be a circumstance where the coating would need to be replaced.
5- All Floor Coatings Are The Same
A major misconception about floor coatings is that every material is the same. Floor coatings can be made out of epoxy, polyaspartic, quartz, and other materials which all have different durabilities, grit, colors, and thicknesses. Just because they are made to be applied on concrete, doesn’t mean they are all treated equally.
There are also DIY epoxy floor kits, which can be done without a company. These coatings are not as durable as other coatings because they may not be applied correctly or mixed with the right mix-ins. They can also start to show wear after just a few months.
6- Coatings Are Only For Industrial Boring Floors
Concrete floor coatings can be used to improve the appearance of your garage floor, pool deck, porch, patio, basement, and more. The coatings that we apply can come in many different colors and designs, to appeal to your home and personality. There are different chip and flake sizes, multiple colors, matte finishes, glossy finishes, etc. Floor coatings are not just for industrial or commercial buildings and don’t have to look boring.
7- Floor Coatings Can Be Slippery
Many residents choose to apply a floor coating in order to make their surfaces less slippery. Grit can be mixed into the coating to make the surface more slip-resistant, but coatings themselves are slip-resistant on their own too.
Surface Bella Garage Coatings
At Surface Bella, we provide exceptional surface and high-quality coatings for all in Greenville, SC. We can take the appearance and durability of your garage or basement to the next level. Our team wants to increase the safety and lifespan of the floors in your home. Working with our company gets you a proper floor coating in just one day and brings you peace of mind.
Contact us to schedule any services or discuss pricing options today!