Garage floor coatings
Why I Only Use Industrial Epoxy Coatings.
Industrial epoxy is used every day all over the world. And, it is used throughout the Treasure Valley in Amazon and Walmart stores/warehouses – thousands of homes – commercial buildings – hospitals – airports – even our local military sites, etc.
When my son was a long-shoreman in Seattle, he said they use only industrial epoxy on the docks and the ships because of its reputation for being extremely durable and long lasting.
What sets Industrial epoxy apart from all other cement coatings is its built in “Absorption Technology”. This technology allows the epoxy to absorb into the cement, which creates a permanent secure bond between the cement and the epoxy (the two become as in-one).
Our industrial epoxy floors are highly resistant to just about everything – oil, gasoline, bleach, transmission fluid, cleansers and more. This is one of the main reasons industrial epoxies is frequently used in garages and within the automotive and warehouse industry.
Besides withstanding chemical spills/cleaners, our epoxy floor coatings are heat and water-resistant. Industrial epoxy is almost impervious to most chemical spills without any negative effects on the coating. And, it protects the underlying concrete from moisture, stains, grease and cracks.
When installed properly, it can last for several decades without cracking or peeling. Besides the durability, its lifespan makes it popular for commercial and industrial use.
When installed properly, these words are the key to industrial epoxy floors lasting. It doesn’t matter if the cement floor is new or old, we always diamond grind it. Proper diamond grinding literally removes a fine layer of the cement’s surface. This procedure opens the pours in the cement, allowing the right amount of epoxy to absorb into the cement, thus creating a secure permanent bond between the cement and the epoxy.
Our vacuum collected 23 pounds of the cement’s surface from 651 sq. ft. garage floor.
JUST HOW STRONG IS OUR EPOXY?
This picture shows a brick placed on a cement slab coated with our Epoxy. After it dried, we used a mallet to break the adhesion between the brick and slab. It took four hard hits before the brick broke loose. What were the results? Look at the bottom of the brick; you’ll see that our Epoxy actually soaked into the cement, thus creating a bond so tight that the slab’s cement stuck to the brick. WOW!
Why? Because of Industrial’s Epoxy “Absorption Technology”
No other floor coating product has this technology!
THAT IS WHY OUR INDUSTRAIL EPOXY HAS NEVER LIFTED OR PEELED!
Once the cement floor is prepped, then it’s time to start applying the epoxy and flakes.
The thickness that we apply our industrial epoxy coating is 7 Millimeters. This thickness allows the right amount of epoxy to absorb into the cement, yet also allowing the vinyl flakes to secure into the epoxy. Thus, creating a durable and long-lasting bond.
We apply an extra number of flakes so my son, Pete, can back-roll the extra flakes into the epoxy. THE MORE FLAKES THAT ADHERE TO THE EPOXY, THE STRONGER THE FLOOR!
COLOR CHOICES? OH MY, DO WE HAVE CHOICES!
We offer flake sizes from 1/16” to 1”, and more than 80 color choices. Take it to the next level and create your own custom color combination to match your home or style. Special ordered flakes can take up to 7 to 12 working days to produce and have shipped to us.
These 12 top-selling colors are in stock and ready to go:
“ABSORPTION TECHNOLOGY” IS GREAT, BUT WILL IT STAY LOOKING BEAUTIFUL?
Now we have completed the first day’s work. While we are gone, the epoxy will slowly absorb into the cement for about 2 to 3 hours. Then it will chemically react, heat up and finish drying. This absorption drying time is the reason our garage floor jobs take 2 days to complete.
This is the reason the do-it-all-in-one-day floor coating companies use Polyaspartic. It’s made to do jobs fast and to do jobs in temperatures down to 32 degrees. It will dry in about 20 minutes, which allows the company to finish the entire job in one day.
Craig Martin, Sherwin-Williams head Idaho flooring person, told me that “Polyaspartic is made for speed and it is perfect for the company that has employees and wants to do as many jobs as possible each year. The downside of the product is it can only stick to the cements surface and a knife can easily slice through it. It’s just not as durable in hard usage as industrial epoxy”.
It would be nice if we could complete a floor in one day. Then we could do more jobs each year. But my son and I are all about finishing each job the right way! And it takes two days to do that.
The second day we prep the floor’s surface to be smooth enough to easily mop it, but grippy enough so you will not slip on it when it is wet.
We now apply the first top-coating which is a film forming lock-down sealer that protects the epoxy & flakes. It is 100% UV Stable so the epoxy will never turn yellow! This coating is also staining resistant, chemical resistant, has no odor and is non-flammable. It is rated for Industrial, Commercial/Retail and Residential usage.
The second and final top-coating is a film-forming sealer which achieves a high usage protection that is durable, stain & chemical resistant, non-flammable and also has no odor. It also dramatically brings out the colors of the flakes and leaves the finished floor with a vibrant beautiful protective shine.
Both topcoats have a good elongation characteristic to aid in suppressing minor cracks from earthquakes or expansion joint movements.
WHAT KIND OF GUARANTEE DOES IGS PROVIDE?
We love our garage floor!
We are so glad we had our garage floor coated! It is so amazing. Our painter dripped paint and it wiped right up. It took only one and a half days and Robert and Pete were wonderful to work with.