Epoxy flooring and painted garage coatings
Coatings include floor paints, epoxy paint, stains, and sealers, all of which can emit toxic fumes. There are thousands of various coating options in the market with no clear leader. Properly applied coatings can protect against stains, road salts, some chemicals, and moisture penetration. But most coatings fail for several reasons, which include poor quality coatings, damp concrete, improper floor prep, hot tires, and breach in concrete vapor barrier (concrete is like a sponge where moisture migrates to the surface, causing blisters in your coatings). Another disadvantage of coatings is that they require days of meticulous floor prep. You will also need to repair cracks, holes, and other surface problems and then finally etch the concrete with muriatic acid to leave it completely clean and penetrable.
Modular Garage Floor Tiles
These are made of a durable high-impact copolymer that can handle very heavy vehicle loads. The industry leader in this segment is RaceDeck Garage Floors, the creators of the modular garage tile industry you see today. Garage tiles come in many different colors and styles, including open-rib versions that drain spills and wet road slop, eliminating mold and mildew issues. Solid top surfaces with tread patterns that are not only very high-tech looking but offer great slip resistance in slick areas. They’re easy to clean and are much more chemical-resistant than paints and epoxies. RaceDeck Garage Floors have a patented positive-locking system, which makes installation very easy and is the best option for the DIY customer. Typical installation for modular garage flooring in a residential two car garage is under three hours.
RaceDeck’s advantages over Epoxy Flooring:
- 15 year limited warranty
- Installed in under a day
- Easy to remove and transport
- Easy D.I.Y. installation
- Slip resistant when wet
- Doesn’t require shot-blasting, acid-washing, or surface prep
- No Toxic Fumes
- Easy to repair if damaged
- Will not crack if concrete cracks