Epoxy vs urethane garage flooring

Whether you are planning on turning your garage into a workshop, living space or just want to spruce up the look, installing a new floor is always a great place to start. Garages are a great multi-use space, but as a result the floors can become stained, scratched or damaged. Years of wear and tear can take away both the visual appeal of your garage, as well any potential resale value. Fortunately, there is a simple solution: garage floor coatings.

Elite Garage Systems in Edmonton is a company that specializes in applying garage floor coatings. They also share some of the differences and benefits provided by each coating, so that you can choose the best fit for your garage floor needs.

Epoxy coating

While slightly different, epoxy and urethane are also very similar. They both provide protection against stains, wear, and damage from impact such as dropping tools or bikes. The difference however, is that epoxy works better as a floor primer or as resurfacing over concrete. Using epoxy on an old, cracked concrete floor can easily make it look brand new and whole again. It can also easily be customized with a variety of finishing styles and colours to match any purpose for your garage.

Epoxy also easy to apply, which makes it a popular DIY project. It comes in a variety of types, from 100% solid, solvent-based, and water-based, which can be used for a variety of situations. 100% solid is thicker when applied, resulting in a surface that is also thicker, so the finished flooring is harder. Read more about DIY guidelines for garage floor coating.

Urethane coating

Urethane is popularly used in combination with epoxy, because it acts as a wear surface protection. The finished look of urethane creates a smooth coating that is both moisture and heat resistant. Unlike epoxy though, the thickness of urethane is not adjustable and will always settle between two and three millimetres thick. However, this means the coating is very flexible, making it better at absorbing impacts. It is likewise better at protecting against chemical and solvent damage.

Best of both coatings

Because of the benefits of both, and the balance that each provide to the other, combining a urethane coating over an epoxy flooring is a popular choice. Deciding between one or the other though, is just a matter of the floors purpose. If it is to create a durable floor for high traffic, then urethane is great option. If it is a matter of restoring old floors and creating a thick and durable finish, then epoxy is the better option. Otherwise, a combination of the two will provide for the best of both choices.

Garage Floor Coatings in Edmonton

Providing top quality service, products and transforming old floors into something new, are guaranteed with the Elite Garage System professionals. With over 10 years of experience, they commit themselves to providing only the best for their customers.

Contact Elite Garage System today to transform your garage floor!

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