The process for coating your garage floor is complex and tends to confuse many people when they are in the consideration phase. That’s why we’ve developed a comprehensive guide that will teach you everything you need to know about the garage floor coating process.


THE BASICS

Why get a new garage floor coating?

Safe

Our floor coatings offer good slip resistance even when wet.

Seals in concrete dust

Dirt and dust particles are not tracked into the home.

Easy to clean

Simply spray with a hose or a mop!

Environmentally friendly

It is non-porous and has low VOC content; therefore it does not allow harmful contaminants and odors to seep in.

Aesthetics

The garage has become the new “front door.” You want yourself, and your guests, to walk through an aesthetically pleasing space to enter your home. Remember, first impressions are the most memorable.

Ultimate Garage floor guide picture in Boston, MA
  • Can be installed even in freezing temperatures
  • Rated for commercial use
  • Will not peel under extreme temperatures (unlike paint)

What happens if I don’t get a seamless garage floor coating?

Safety hazards

Unprotected cement increases risk of slipping.

Cracks

In New England, the temperatures vary dramatically. This allows the concrete to shrink and expand, causing cracks. Cracks are an eyesore (remember, we typically use the garage as a “front door”) and they allow harmful contaminants to seep in, further degrading the concrete.

Greater deterioration

Unprotected concrete exposed to elements deteriorates at a greater rate than a sealed and coated floor.

  • – Surface wear through dry attrition, resulting from traffic on the exposed area
  • – Process starts from the surface and can work its way through the concrete
  • – Erosion from absorption of harmful contaminants
Harmful contaminants and elements

Garage floors are subject to harmful elements like:

  • – Automotive gas
  • – Hot tires
  • – Grease
  • – Oil
  • – Road salt
  • – Sand
  • – Water/moisture

Which is better, epoxy or polyurea?

Both! At Boston Garage we have 6 different types of floor system combinations that include epoxy and/or polyurea. Epoxy is the traditional system that is more versatile, and allows for a higher build which should be used in floors that are not level or have damage, like many homes in New England. It also allows a better mechanical penetration into the concrete for substantial hold. On the other hand, polyurea creates a very strong bond by fusing itself to the concrete and creates this molecular bond for superior hold. It also has greater hardness and color retention.

The technical experts at Boston garage will provide a thorough assessment of the concrete, ambient conditions and intended use, to help prescribe the best solution, as one system does not suit all.

Clear seal topcoats are added at a very high-build layer to fully entrap media and protect the coating system. This is proven to be a better process than many separate layers of thinly applied material. Formulated for UV stability; topcoats protect against abrasion, chemicals, stains, and skid marks.

If one of the decorative floor options is selected, we will then spread out or broadcast into a wet and uncured basecoat layer, allowing the media to absorb and lock into the basecoat. Media layer options include decorative chip, quartz, silica, aluminum oxide, glitter, and metallics.

High-build basecoats allow the product to fully bond to the concrete substrate or prime layer, thus, alleviating hot-tire peeling that is so prevalent with DIY kits.

Most concrete in New England garages require a concrete primer because of their soft condition. This allows the material to fully penetrate the concrete slab and cure to a rock hard consistency, creating an inseparable bond.
Flooring layers

TYPES OF FLOORING

Common Garage Floor Systems

Solid Color

Monolithic-solid color floor systems are a perfect choice for those looking for a clean, high-gloss floor with low maintenance and low costs. You can choose between a glass finish or anti-skid surface.

  • High-build, thick layer system that chemically bonds to each other and substrate for an unbreakable bond
  • Stain-resistant
  • Will not peel
  • Offers a contemporary, high-gloss, attractive finish
  • Commonly installed in labs, warehouses, and airplane hangers
  • UV stable; will remain looking like new for many years to come
Solid floor
Decorative chip floor
Decorative Chip

This variety is a monolithic composition that permanently bonds to the concrete for ultimate strength and durability.

  • Gives the look of stunning granite or terrazzo with unmatched durability
  • Will not wear through or peel
  • High-build layered system
  • Offers a contemporary, high-gloss, attractive finish
  • Available in hundred’s of chip combinations
  • UV stable; will remain looking like new for many years to come

PREPARATION

How do you prepare the floor?


First, using the proper tools and materials, we restore and repair cracks.

Prepare the concrete mechanically using diamond tooling on a commercial grinder or abrasive blasting. This removes the top surface and “opens the pores” of the concrete. This allows our base coat to penetrate deeply for excellent adhesion.

We attach HEPA filtered vacuums to our grinders so that the dust and any contaminants are contained and don’t become airborne.

Final repairs as needed to concrete imperfections.

Final sand and vacuum of entire surface.

Why don’t I just do it myself?

Compared to DIY kits, our coatings:

  • Are cost-effective
  • Are 100% UV protected, therefore will not oxidize or yellow
  • Are covered by a five-year warranty
  • Have an expected useful life of 15 years or more
  • Include a topcoat that has a high resistance to impact, abrasion and extreme temperatures
  • Typically cure in 24 hours, allowing you to get back to using your garage quickly

FAQ

We have a different number of resinous polymer formulations of epoxies, polyaspartic, polyurea, and polyurethanes. This allows us to address various concrete, temperature and humidity conditions as well as offer different aesthetic attributes in our decorative coating systems.

It is the homeowner’s responsibility to remove all contents. There are a few options: a tarp, using the side or backyard, or a POD. Another option, for a nominal fee, we can empty the garage for you and even arrange for a storage unit.

Our coatings are solvent free. They are not flammable and although there is a minimal odor, it is non-hazardous to people, pets and the environment. LEED certified products available.

The floor install typically takes 1-2 days. The floor will be dry within hours of completion, but we will ask to stay off the floor typically for a full day, depending on the weather conditions. This will ensure the best outcome.

Five years against delamination, staining or defects in material.

Under normal use and care, 15-20 years.