Different Types of Garage Coatings (Why Go For Polyaspartic)

Most people don’t give them much thought, but garage floor coatings can protect your valuable cars and equipment from the damaging effects of dirt, oil, and chemicals. This blog post looks at the different types of coatings available and what you should look for in a garage floor coating.

Types of Garage Coatings

Whenever you are looking for ways to style and color your garage, the floor is one of the critical places to start with. With there being several flooring options to spruce up a garage, homeowners tend to have difficulties selecting the ideal one. An easy way to help you make a prudent decision is by dividing your options into coverings and coatings. Below are the categories to consider.

Coating Options: Paint and Epoxy

Floor coverings are the finishes applied in a thin coat using a brush or roller and which adhere directly to the concrete floor slab. Epoxy, paint, and polyaspartic are the main options in this category.

Covering Options: Mats and Tiles

Floor coverings are building materials placed on top of a garage floor, and they can be moved or removed when required. You can choose to install any type of carpet or any preferred covering over your garage floor. However, if you require a surface that can withstand rigorous garage usage, go for a product manufactured specifically for garage floors, such as floor tiles and mats.

Types of Garage Floors


Epoxy Floors

Epoxy floor coatings are also painted due to their installation process using paintbrushes and rollers. They harden through a chemical reaction between the hardener (catalyst) and the resin. Epoxy floors are long-lasting, attractive, durable, and fantastic for garage floors.

Floor Paints

Whenever your floor is stained with grease, oil, or rust, you can give it a new look using concrete floor paint. Concrete floor paints could come in the form of oil-based or latex products. They are produced using satin and non-slip finish design to be durable and withstand heavy garage traffic while resisting damage from caustic materials, salts, and solvents.

At Armor Coating Company we also install floor paints with epoxy resin to bring out the desired finish while hardening it to be resistant to stains. Whatever paint you choose to buy for your garage floor, ensure that it is slated for use on concrete floors.

Floor Tiles

Another way to cover your garage floor is by using vinyl floor tiles designed for garage use. The widely preferred choices include rubber, wood, rigid or semi-rigid composite tiles. Garage tiles have interlocking edges and usually produce a raised floor with sufficient strength to support cars. Floor tiles are an excellent choice when the concrete slab is cracked or stained severely, making it hard to fix.

Floor Mats

The easiest way to cover up a garage floor is by rolling out polyvinyl plastic or rubber mats. Similar to garage tiles, you can install mats over the concrete floors. Mats come as textured, while others come as rugs. They are also easy to clean and contain sufficient thickness to withstand loads, making them an excellent choice for a garage floor that has to endure heavy traffic.

Polyaspartic Floor Coating

If you are thinking about protecting your garage floor, consider using polyaspartic floor coatings. They are high-performance products applied using specialized equipment to provide long-lasting flooring protection.

Why Opt for Polyaspartic Floor Coating?

While most garage floor protection products penetrate shallowly into the concrete, polyaspartic coatings penetrate deeply. This helps create a robust foundational bond with the concrete, making the floor impermeable against chemicals, water, and other elements that can damage the floor.

Polyaspartic floor coating also contains a double topcoat, which explains why it can resist damage resulting from impacts and abrasions, permanent markings, and chemicals left on the floor due to “hot tire pickup.”

Install Your Garage Coatings With the Help of Experts

Garage floor coatings are a fantastic way to improve your garage’s overall appearance, sturdiness, and make it more enjoyable to use. At Armor Coating Company, we are the experts in polyaspartic installation in the Northern Wisconsin Tri-State Area. Contact us today and ask for a free quote.

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