4 Main Reasons to Upgrade Your Garage Floor Coatings

At Armor Coatings Co., our licensed technicians and designers work on hundreds of requests from residents and business owners looking to upgrade garage floor coatings and paintwork. We are proud to be the most reliable provider of polyaspartic and polyurea coatings in all our service areas, helping many people protect their concrete garage floors from scuffed epoxy paints and heavy foot and vehicle traffic.

If you’re looking for reasons to upgrade garage floor coatings in your home, apartment complex, or store, you’ve come to the right place. In this explainer, our professionals will outline the four most prevalent reasons property owners move from living with cheap garage floor epoxy to applying more durable polyurea and polyaspartic coats.

A High-Quality Polyaspartic Coating Can Last Decades on a Concrete Floor

Polyurea and polyaspartic coatings can outlast an epoxy floor by decades, making them two of the most popular protectants for customers who do not want to call their flooring contractors every five years. An epoxy coating can last over ten years in low-traffic areas, but it has a rigid and high-gloss finish that makes it vulnerable to abrasion from snow-studded tires, work boots, and gardening materials.

Polyurea and polyaspartic are more expensive than epoxy, and their fast curing times make DIY installation a liability. However, they have twice the staying power of epoxy, capable of lasting more than 25 years in high-traffic areas, such as drive-throughs, loading bays, and commercial garages. They are ideal for business owners and property managers with a set-it-and-forget-it mindset.

Upgrade Garage Floor Coatings with Safer and Faster Curing Materials

One coat of epoxy can take more than 16 hours to dry, and most residential and commercial establishments require at least two or three layers for long-lasting protection. Epoxy curing times make basements, porches, and garages unusable for an entire day at the minimum and a week at most. Most families hire contractors to apply an epoxy coating before they go on vacation or a long-distance trip so they can return to a more durable and maintenance-light garage floor.

Multiple layers of polyurea and polyaspartic coatings can cure in less than an hour and emit fewer toxic fumes than a single layer of epoxy. Our technicians exclusively use EPA-approved coatings with zero volatile organic content or VOCs, which can trigger allergic reactions in people with sensitive respiratory tracts.

Faster drying times and zero chemical residues make polyurea and polyaspartic the leading combination for customers who want a safe and quick installation procedure. The application leaves little margin for error and requires years of professional experience to do correctly. However, the two chemicals are virtually odorless, allowing children and pets to stay near the renovation area with no adverse consequences.

Polyurea and Polyaspartic Floors are Easier to Maintain

Polyaspartic top coats make concrete, brick, and stone floors easier to clean and maintain. All our customers need to do post-application is periodic spot cleaning and dust mopping to make their garage floors look brand-new again. We provide a 15-year warranty against flaking, staining, spalling, and moisture penetration, along with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee after we finish the application.

Polyaspartic Floors are Resistant to More Types of Abuse

As the number one salt pit and spalling removal service in our coverage areas, we recommend polyurea and polyaspartic to our customers looking to upgrade garage floor coatings.

Polyurea and polyaspartic protectants are the number one choice for hospital administrators and pharmaceutical labs because they have lower maintenance requirements and higher resistance against a broader range of contaminants. Concrete, stone, and brick surfaces are naturally porous, with billions of tiny holes that fungal spores, pollutants, and moisture from adverse weather can penetrate.

A self-priming polyurea base coat and polyaspartic top coat create a slip-free and chemical-resistant surface that deflects gasoline, brake fluid, battery acid, and tire blacking compounds without staining. Also, they are UV-stable and can endure decades of direct sunlight exposure without flaking, cracking, or yellowing.

We protect the garage floors of many clients in Wisconsin and Minnesota from the effects of blizzards and adverse weather during winter when below-zero ambient temperatures can last months. Droplets of water penetrating concrete garage floors will expand as it turns solid in freezing temperatures, creating puddles, slopes, and other stability issues as the seasons change. Polyurea and polyaspartic make the highest-quality combination of chemicals that can prevent that from happening.

Upgrade Garage Floor Paintings with Expert Help

Learn more about how you can upgrade garage floor coatings for residential and commercial properties by reaching out to professionals. Call our technicians at Armor Coatings Co. at (715) 934-9037 and get a free consultation today.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Long Will The Concrete Coating Last?

We use the highest quality materials in our polyaspartic floor coatings and we’ve perfected our application process to make the concrete coating permanent.  Once completely cured and adhered, the concrete coating is meant to last as long as the substrate it’s adhered to.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Over Epoxy Floor Coatings?

Polyaspartic Floor Coatings dry more quickly than Epoxy Floor Coatings, and the finish is also more durable.  Our floor concrete coating finishes are also more slip-resistant and will not discolor like some Epoxy Floor Coatings.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

Our flooring cures within a few hours, however our team of professionals recommends waiting at least 4-6 hours before walking on your brand new concrete coated flooring. After 12 hours, you can begin moving lightweight objects onto the flooring, like light patio furniture.  We recommend waiting a full 24 hours before moving anything heavy back into the area where we’ve applied the coating (your car, heavy equipment or furniture etc.).

Will My New Concrete Floor Coating Turn Yellow?

It sure won’t! Our concrete floor coverings will not yellow or discolor, because they are UV stable. This  one of the many benefits of using Polyurea or Polyaspartic floor coatings.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

How Long Does It Take You To Apply Concrete Floor Coatings?

We’ve perfected our 6-step application process, so most typical projects take between 5-10 hours depending on the square footage.  We pride ourselves in a one-day application, and will do everything possible to stay within that time frame.  Rainy weather can delay the project, but it is rare.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping, mopping or steaming, and hoses.  We offer maintenance services should your concrete flooring ever need cleaning, however you can also use non-abrasive cleaners, like CLR, to remove grease or other stains. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Armor coatings are oil resistant as well as moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyaspartic Coatings?

Bayer Material Science first developed Polyaspartic coatings in the 1990’s to protect steel bridges and infrastructure from rusting and corrosion. It has since been modified for different applications, once being durable concrete flooring coatings.

What Are Polyaspartic Concrete Coatings?

Polyaspartic Concrete coating is another name for Aliphatic Polyurea, which is a hybrid material consisting of ester and other materials. It was originally developed to coat metal bridges.  It was later used to coat concrete flooring due to its durability and moisture resistance. Polyurea is also used to coat truck bed liners.

Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Used Outside?

They sure can!  We offer wonderful solutions for driveways, patios, and even the area around the pool.  Our coatings are all UV stable, which will help prevent discoloration or flaking.

What Types Of Environments Can Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Be Used?

Polyaspartic flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts, patios, or even driveways or garages.

How Are Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Polyaspartic Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, basecoating, applying chips, scraping the chips, and applying the clear UV protective clear coat. 

Can I Apply Polyaspartic Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Polyaspartic floor coatings are safe to apply in temperatures as cold as -40 degrees.

How Long Do Polyaspartic Floor Coatings Take To Dry?

Our Polyaspartic Floor Coatings are engineered to rapidly cure, and can be dry in a matter of a few hours!  However, we recommend waiting at least 5-6 hours before walking on newly applied coating and 24 hours before moving heavy objects back onto the flooring.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Polyaspartic Floor Coating?

Installing Polyaspartic Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! Our team at Armor Coatings is certified in Polyaspartic Floor Coating installation and have many years of experience.

Is It Possible To Cover Existing Epoxy Floor Coating With Polyaspartic Floor Coating?

It is!  Polyaspartic floor coatings are specially formulated for their incredible adhesion properties.  If you have existing patches of epoxy coating, our team can sand it down, vacuum, and wipe down the area with a solvent.  Once prepped, we will apply your new, superior, Polyaspartic Floor Coating