Getting your garage floor right is a difficult thing to do. All of your flooring options offer something slightly different to your home, so making the choice between epoxy flooring and a layer of paint can entirely transform the way you want to use your garage.
Read on to compare epoxy and paint flooring, and see which is the better option for your personal needs.
Dealing with cars
How your garage floor handles cars can be one of the most important aspects of which garage floor you pick. After all, if you need to park your car in the garage every day of the week, there’s no reason for you to compromise on the surface of the floor.
One of the main issues you’ll come across when using a painted floor is that it can chip and peel at high temperatures. This can cause serious issues when you drive over it every single day, with tyres designed to grip the floor and a sweltering engine rolling over it constantly. Using a painted floor in a garage you actually use to store a car in can lead to serious issues with the quality of your paint finish, which will likely be ruined in no time.
By comparison, epoxy floors are designed to be as heat resistant as possible and are specifically formulated to be weight resistant. When driving over an epoxy resin floor, you can rest assured that you won’t be causing irreparable damage with your standard day to day car use.
Even if you’re not considering using your garage for parking your car and for car maintenance, it can be important to make sure that the floor is resistant to chemical damage.
For example, if you’re looking to use your garage as a hobby space, there is plenty of potential for spillages. Whether this hobby is as adventurous as go-karting and you need a range of fluids and fuels to get your kart running, or it’s as gentle and simple as model trains, you might find yourself spilling some chemicals.
Paint again comes up with resistance issues. As paint isn’t designed to protect floors, or even walls, from chemical damage, it’s unfortunately easy to damage a painted floor with spillages. Epoxy resin, however, shines in this area. The formulation of resin means that any chemicals that land on it don’t seep into the flooring below, making it easy to clean up spills in a safe manner.
A professional look
Aside from the practicalities of your garage flooring, you also need to consider the way that it looks. Although the previous points still apply here (a chipped or faded paint floor is never going to look impressive to your visitors), there will be major differences in the appearance of a painted floor and a floor coated in epoxy resin before the garage is even put to use.
One of the major disadvantages of paint is that it isn’t good for levelling a surface. As paint can’t take much weight, painting various thicknesses to create a level surface can lead to a messier and more uneven floor than you had initially.
On the other hand, epoxy resin can be applied in a range of thicknesses. This allows you to create a level surface in your garage, all whilst maintaining a uniform and professional look.
If you’re interested in installing a high-quality garage floor that you can rely on to stay durable and good looking for years to come, epoxy resin may be a good choice for you. While paint can chip and peel away thanks to years of wear, resin will keep its structure and look, giving you a garage floor that you can rely on.
If you’re interested in installing a garage floor that you can rely on to keep its shape and stunning looks, get in touch with the Fusion Coatings team today. We are happy to create garage floors using high-quality GarageTuff resin, laid by our team with years of experience in garage floor installation. Or, if you’re looking for a more cost-effective DIY project, our GarageFlow water-dispersed epoxy coating is an excellent choice To take your garage to the next level, contact us to start your garage flooring journey.