One way to make your parking garage more than just a place where your tenants or customers can park their cars is to opt for epoxy flooring. Today, you can find a wide assortment of epoxy formulations in a range of attractive colors. These can be further enhanced with decorative paint or quartz chips to transform dull parking spaces into colorful, beautifully designed parking facilities that look like fancy automobile showrooms.
Compared to pouring bare concrete floors, applying epoxy flooring over new concrete involves higher upfront costs and prolonged downtime. Since this may cause inconvenience not only to facility owners but also to the tenants, customers or businesses that depend on parking garages to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, let’s take a look at 3 factors that have turned epoxy formulations into top choices for garage flooring.
Besides enhancing the aesthetic appeal of a parking facility, epoxy systems harden to form tough, smooth, long-lasting coatings that increase concrete floor’s resistance to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, abrasion, impact, oil stains, tire marks, gasoline and brake fluid spills, and many other chemical and mechanical stresses that could significantly damage bare concrete. Additionally, epoxy flooring does a great job at covering small flaws like hairline cracks and minor waviness in the concrete slab. When the right epoxy system is installed professionally over structurally sound, properly prepared concrete, it bonds tenaciously to the substrate, lasting for decades in diverse weather conditions, including Florida’s extreme heat, high humidity and torrential rains.
Epoxy flooring has anti-slip characteristics and is inherently resistant to moisture and water. These two properties make it one of the best options for parking garages and other spaces subject to rainwater and elevated moisture levels. Furthermore, epoxy coatings can be cleaned easily with appropriate cleaning solutions, machines or pressure washers. As a topical sealant, epoxy flooring also stops concrete degradation, preventing the formation of concrete dust along with its propagation within the entire parking facility and collection on cars.
- Cost Savings
When comparing the cost of various garage flooring solutions, don’t just look at the square-foot installation cost. Some flooring alternatives that are relatively inexpensive to install may result in higher costs over their lifetime, whereas more expensive flooring solutions can amount to hefty cost savings in the long run. Take bare concrete floors for example. These floors must be inspected at regular intervals, cleaned thoroughly to remove the annoying concrete dust and repaired more often than many building owners would expect. Conversely, epoxy floors seal the concrete base, providing a smooth, glossy surface that facilitates cleaning procedures. In addition, high-reflective epoxy coatings transmit the light over larger areas, reducing the need for additional lighting fixtures and lowering your electricity bill.
Many business professionals think that epoxy coatings are the one-way ticket to achieving floor immortality. While these solutions may be the best options for industrial and commercial spaces, thorough consideration is necessary to select the right type of product for each environment along with the most adequate epoxy flooring installation technique.
As a leading Florida painting contractor and installer of epoxy coatings in Jacksonville, Tampa and neighboring locations in Florida, Performance Painting Contractors specializes in the preparation of a wide range of substrates and the application of different coatings in residential, commercial and industrial spaces. Whether you’re looking for outstanding and durable paint jobs, rotted wood repair, replacement and staining, metal roof re-coating or epoxy flooring application, our professionals have the knowledge, skills and experience to provide your building with the unique look you desire, from top to bottom, and from inside to outside.