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Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: SKYLANE
Date: April 19, 2017 11:26AM
Buying a new house, first home ownership experience for me! Close this Friday! Can't wait to get my Macs moved in there! :-)

Debating whether to epoxy coat the garage floor. It a good size garage, 20'x24'... Will likely have one car in it less than half of the time. Anticipate doing projects out there, gym set, TV, storage, etc... In places I have rented in the past with respect to garage, I usually threw a large carpet remnant down which was nice to make the space usable for non-car usage.

A few of the other home owners are epoxy coating their garage floors. Was wondering if any of you have done it? If so, like it? Benefits?
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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: 3d
Date: April 19, 2017 11:37AM
Definitely! Do it now while the garage is still empty. It'll take about a week to fully cure.
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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 19, 2017 11:53AM
Don't ignore the lip of the slab up to the sill plate.



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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: SKYLANE
Date: April 19, 2017 12:12PM
about a week to cure? so, need to keep stuff of it until cured, I assume - or, at least heavy stuff?



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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: 3d
Date: April 19, 2017 12:25PM
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about a week to cure? so, need to keep stuff of it until cured, I assume - or, at least heavy stuff?

I'm sure different formulations have different cure times. But hey, if you're gonna drop $2000 (pro install) on epoxy flooring, I'd wait a few extra days past just to be safe to take into account weather, humidity, etc. I'm jealous!
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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: April 19, 2017 12:27PM
Make sure that the slab is sealed. I'd be tempted to wait a year before I did it to make sure that moisture doesn't ever seep up from below. I was going to coat my garage floor, but I have a lot of moisture that comes up and would make the coating peel.



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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: April 19, 2017 12:36PM
What Chris said.



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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: April 19, 2017 12:39PM
On op of what Chris said, you mentioned this is a new house. Do you mean new in the just built sense? If so, I have seen recommendations that epoxy coating should wait a year or more to allow the concrete to fully cure first.
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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: 3d
Date: April 19, 2017 12:51PM
Unless the garage is below grade I would not worry too much about water seeping up above grade. I would be much more concerned about epoxy coating a basement.
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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: davester
Date: April 19, 2017 02:52PM
This sounds like a lot of money for questionable benefit. Unless you're planning on spilling lots of staining chemicals on it, what is the purpose. With a new home I'd think you'd have better things to spend money on.



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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: April 19, 2017 04:07PM
I was torn between epoxy and Plastic Tiles. I wanted it installed quickly, so I opted for the plastic tiles
I like it is better than the epoxy floor I had at my last house. It is softer to walk on. The only downside ir that is a little bit loud when you walk across the tiles. It stand up to wear very well.
If I was to do it again--I would choose tile, but either works well.

My cost for the tiles and edging was $1092 for 420 Sq Ft
Yours is 48 Sq ft and the prices are a little more now. It was $68/box of 30 Sq Ft when I did mine.

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Re: Epoxy Coat Garage Floor?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 19, 2017 10:49PM
If it's new, the cement will take some time to leech out all the moisture as others wrote. I like the plastic floor idea a lot. Add long as you don't spill anything through it, you could always return toi the idea
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