Epoxy Coatings Can Turn Garage Floors into an Extension of Your Living Area
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Epoxy Garage Floor Coating Ideas
A garage floor coating is one of the most economical and aesthetically pleasing ways to enhance a plain gray concrete garage floor. These heavy-duty epoxy-based systems not only upgrade the look of the floor, but they also increase resiliency to stains and tire marks and hide minor imperfections. With many colors to choose from for the base coating, which can be further enhanced by decorative quartz or paint chips, garage floor coatings give you a wide array of design options.
Epoxy floor coatings provide a wear-resistant and chemical-resistant surface for garage floors. Many manufacturers of epoxy coatings offer a wide variety of color options, including several choices of color flake chips.
Making Your Garage an Extension of Your Living Space
In a time not too long ago, garages were all the same: outbuildings that were storage areas for parked cars, with dull gray concrete or even dirt floors. Today garages have taken a more prominent place in the design of homes, often built to house three vehicles, and more often than not, attached to the home. Garages have graduated from simple storage areas to organized shops or showrooms. Today, every bit of attention that a homeowner pays to decorate their house is paid to the garage as well, right down to what goes on the concrete floors.
The growing trend to customize residential garages seems to have generated in the Southwest, where mild weather encouraged people to spend time in their garages. With the addition of evaporative coolers and special heating systems, garages became usable in all corners of the U.S., in all kinds of weather. As garages became extensions of living spaces, the organizational needs for the garages evolved as well. One of the first steps in customizing garages, the addition of custom cabinets, may have led to the popularity of garage floor coatings. With homeowners wanting cleaner and more organized garages, they also want to upgrade the floor as well.
Now homeowners no longer have to settle for boring, gray concrete flooring. Their garage floors can be as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of their home.
The Versatility of Garage Floor Coatings
Garage floor coverings have the versatility to go with any style of décor. Looks can range from simple gray concrete with a sealer to a more complex colored base with multicolor flecks in it, offering a design similar to granite or terrazzo.
Color flakes come in a wide range of colors and are made of acrylic paint chips. This system provides an excellent wear surface that can stand up under walking and driving on, but if impact resistance is what you're looking for, decorative quartz is the way to go. Quartz floors are multicolored aggregates thrown to refusal into 100% solids epoxy and have the impact resistance not generally found with the acrylic paint chips.
Choosing the design for your garage floor covering can be as simple as matching the color of your house or as involved as hiding any imperfections or flaws in the existing floor. When you coat the existing concrete with only a sealer, any imperfections will show through. A colored base with the paint chips or quartz aggregate down to refusal would cover any imperfections that may exist. If the floor has no aesthetic reasons to choose full coverage, a medium or light paint chip coverage may be selected for additional design variations.
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