Is Epoxy Floor Coating Waterproof

When preparing for winter, your garage floor and driveway must be ready for heavy snowfall and freezing rain. When moisture becomes trapped underneath uncoated concrete floors, spalling, pitting, and cracking occur. The best way to avoid paying hefty repair bills for your concrete floor involves installing epoxy floor coatings. Epoxy floor coatings maintain a proven track record of success protecting the concrete floors of both commercial and residential properties.

When selecting the right epoxy floor coating for your concrete floors, the options seem overwhelming. How do you know if the type of floor coating you choose will work correctly? Consult your local concrete coating professionals to help you choose the most effective option for your home or business.

Continue reading to learn why waterproof epoxy floor coatings continue to please customers.

Why Choose Epoxy Floor Coatings?

Epoxy floor coatings provide customers with the protection necessary to resist stains, moisture, and day-to-day use. Epoxy consists of resins and hardeners that, when combined, create a highly durable, plastic-like film. The chemical reaction produced by the resins and hardeners binds extremely effectively to substrates such as concrete flooring.

Many businesses that require heavy machinery and experience frequent foot traffic utilize epoxy flooring for its durability. Residential garage flooring and basements also benefit from the protective qualities of epoxy coatings.

Versatile epoxy coatings provide superior protection for any flooring, including wood, concrete, and tile. The water and scratch-resistant properties of epoxy offer the perfect solution for areas of your home or business prone to spills, heavy foot traffic, and damage.

Epoxy floor coatings cost less than tiles and other floor coating options. Its high durability and low maintenance costs make epoxy floor coatings an excellent choice for homes and businesses.

Epoxy floors also provide an attractive, bright surface for dull concrete floors. Colors available for epoxy floors range from clear, silver, green, red, and many more. Customers may even choose to add metallic or quartz pigments to their epoxy coatings for added aesthetic and style.

Types of Epoxy Concrete Coatings

The best type of epoxy floor coating for your home or business depends on your project’s shape, size, and scope. When deciding on the best epoxy floor coatings for your space, ask your local flooring experts if they use water-based epoxy or solids epoxies.

Water-Based Epoxy

Water-based epoxies consist of water, resins, and hardeners. Water allows the epoxy to dry faster and spread thinner over surfaces. Water-based epoxies provide the perfect sealant for small floor-coating projects.

VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) remain low in water-based epoxies, increasing the usefulness of water-based epoxies in highly controlled environments like medical facilities and laboratories.

Solid Epoxy

Solid epoxy floors remain the gold standard of floor coating options. Solid epoxy dries quickly, repels moisture, resists stains, and provides durability for heavily trafficked areas of your home or business. Concrete epoxy surfaces prove easy to clean and require very little maintenance after installation, saving home and business owners from the constant reapplication of floor coatings.

Dangers of Moisture in Concrete Flooring

Moisture remains the most significant threat to healthy concrete floors. Wet floors develop mold, mildew, and harmful bacteria detrimental to the health of your floor. Trapped moisture within cracks of concrete floors causes structural instability and floor damage. Always be sure to inspect your concrete floors for signs of moisture damage, especially before the winter season arrives.

Other signs your concrete floor suffers from water damage include:

  • Staining
  • Delamination
  • Discoloration
  • Efflorescence

Contact your local flooring professionals for assistance if you notice any water damage to your concrete floors. Epoxy coatings protect your floors from moisture for ten years without needing reapplications or costly maintenance.

Salt pitting accounts for the majority of concrete floor damage. Salt pitting occurs when deicing agents, like chemical deicing salts, become lodged into uncoated concrete floors. The salts’ moisture eventually freezes, melts, and strains concrete floors’ structural integrity.

Consider installing epoxy floors before winter when the conditions for slipping and falling remain high.

Trust Armor Coating for All Your Epoxy Concrete Coatings Today

Armor Coating provides exceptional concrete coating services. Our team trains tirelessly to provide our loyal community with the best concrete coating services. Our epoxy and polyurethane flake floors offer customers the most durable, beautiful, and practical floor coating options.

We offer all our customers complete floor preparation services, high performance, and a 15-year warranty on our products. To learn more about our services, contact us at Armor Coating at (715) 934-9037 to receive your free quote 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