Q - Why get a garage floor coating?
A - Concrete naturally chalks (creates dust,) so when you walk across your garage floor and then into your home you will always bring concrete dust into your home with your shoes or feet. Since concrete dust is hazardous in nature (contains carcinogens) arrangements should be made to cover the concrete in your garage in order to maintain a healthy and clean environment in your home.
A - Because garage floors are made of porous concrete which traps dirt and liquids. Our floors are non porous which inhibits the growth of bacteria. A garage floor coating creates a non porous and cleanable surface.
A - Because a home with a finished garage floor sells for a much higher price than one without. They sell much quicker too. This is not only because of their beauty, but also because they make the garage a bigger part of the home; imagine being able to step into your garage with your socks on or even bare footed without the fear of dirty concrete below! This will change the nature of your garage!
A- Because Houston Garage Floors fills all cracks up to 1 inch wide for no extra charge on Package #2 and Package #3!
A- Because homes with cracks and holes sell for less money.
Q - Can I drop a hammer on the floor?
Y - Yes. It is not recommended, but these floors typically can withstand a 14 oz hammer drop from the waist.
Q - Are your floors resistant to tire stains, oil stains, and food or drink stains?
Y - Yes. All of these things wipe up with a dry or damp rag as long as you get to the stains in a timely manner. The stain resistance of our flooring is very similar to that of tile. As long as you wipe up an oil stain or wash it off with a water hose within a week you should be fine. If stains persist spray them with simple green, let them soak 15 minutes then wipe or spray off!
Q - Do your floors leak water?
A - No. Water can not come up thru the floor or soak down below. They are water tight.
Q - Why did the epoxy peel when I tried it myself?
A - According to Sherwin Williams, "As high as 80% of all coating failures can be directly attributed to an inadequate surface preparation."
The most important part of our process is the preparation. No matter how high the quality of a coating used, if the surface being coated is not properly prepared, the epoxy will peel. Below we address a few of the issues in the floor coating industry.
Concrete Surface Profile - Epoxy will NOT stick to a smooth surface. It must have something rough to grip onto. The roughness of the concrete being coated is referred to as its profile. We profile concrete by means of diamond grinding.
Laitance is the thin and powdery layer of concrete at the top of most concrete slabs. Laitance is characterized by brittleness. Laitance must be removed before the concrete surface can be coated. This is because laitance is brittle and can easily crumble underneath the epoxy when driven on with a vehicle or when struck with a sharp impact. Most concrete slabs have a small to moderate amount of laitance which is removed in the diamond grinding process. Some concrete slabs are so chalky and weak (characterized as having laitance through and through) that they are not ideal candidates for a floor coating system. We test all concrete slabs for laitance by means of a spark test before installation of any coatings.
Moisture Vapor Emission (MVE)- Describes a rare occurrence in which water moisture is forced to travel up and through the pours of a concrete slab until it reaches the top and is trapped underneath the tile, laminate flooring, or floor coating causing it to buckle or peel. A seasoned floor coating engineer will look for signs of MVE before the installation of a floor coating system. Some signs of MVE include spontaneous manifestations of small piles of salt deposits appearing on the top surface of a bare concrete slab; these piles of salt form when water moisture from under the slab attaches itself to salt molecules that are in the concrete and literally ride the salt molecule through the slab until it reaches the top where it immediately evaporates into the air and leaves the salt deposit behind on the floors surface. Other signs of MVE include extreme floor discoloration because of the water deposits constantly being left behind by the moisture. Fortunately, due to building codes and regulations most homes and garages have vapor barriers installed below the concrete slab, thus preventing Moisture Vapor Emission.
Q - Should I paint my walls before or after I have the floor coating installed?
A - AFTER. If you plan on having the walls of your garage painted, we highly recommend on waiting until AFTER the floor coating has been installed before doing so. This is because floor coating may splatter onto your walls during its application and mess up your new walls. For the sake of your walls we use sensitive surface painters tape to protect your bottom baseboards and walls. However, no tape is perfect. So if you have freshly painted walls, or only have a thin coat of primer paint over the sheetrock then the removal of our painters tape may peel the freshly applied paint upon its removal or damage the walls if they were not sufficiently covered with paint. Even sensitive surface painters tape will sometimes damage freshly applied wall paint or sheetrock paper that was not adequaltely covered with paint by the home builder upon the tapes removal. Therefore it is highly recommended to wait until after the floor coating application is completed before having your walls painted. Getting wall paint onto your floor coating is actually not a big deal, it easily wipes up with a damp rag, or scrapes up after it has dried because it has a hard time sticking to our smooth floors after we apply the Armorseal Rexthane clear coating. I still recommend that the painters cover the floor with tarps when they paint your walls after we have installed your floor, but a few drops of paint that lands and then dries on the floor can be rubbed out with a thumb and leave no damage whatsoever. These floors are tough.
Q - Why do you roll Tile Clad High Solids Epoxy by Sherwin Williams as a Primer?
A - Because Tile Clad Epoxy by Sherwin Williams penetrates dirty greasy concrete better than any other floor coating. If you have a home with a garage floor then it is greasy, dirty and oily. Even if you have a brand new home dozens of different people used your garage floor as a working area to build your house. They ate lunch on your garage floor and dripped greasy food and drinks on it, they parked their cars and trucks in the garage and leaked oil and contaminants from the road onto your garage floor. All of these contaminants soaked into your porous concrete and they are all bond breakers. This is one of the many reasons that we always diamond grind, to remove the top layer of concrete and contaminants, but sometimes contaminants are still in the pours of the concrete. Tile Clad is unique because it comes pre-packed with a long list of specially selected grease cutting solvents. Think of Tile Clad as the WD-40 of epoxies. Even though Tile Clad has dozens of grease cutting properties it is still a low VOC. This does NOT mean that it will not smell, it simply means it is safer. Our coatings have an odor that will linger for a few days. Our products smell because they are the best.
A - Because polyaspartic / polyura dries too fast for a primer. The purpose of a primer is to go deep and then dry. Tile Clad dries about 20 minutes slower than polyaspartic which gives the primer more time to penetrate and go deeper.
A - Because using a sponge to mash the epoxy into the porous concrete would take way too long. We mash Tile Clad into the pours of the concrete with a roller and NEVER SQUEEGE OR SPRAY because by using a roller we are able to press down and mash the epoxy into the floors surface which results in more epoxy below the surface of the slab where it counts.
A - Because the adhesion strength of Tile Clad is far greater than the adhesion strength of polyurea or polyaspartic or even 100% Solids Epoxy. There are dozens and dozens of different methods of testing a products strength; there is actually an infinite number of ways to measure a materials strength, we just haven't tried them all yet. There is adhesion strength, tensile strength, pencil hardness, compression strength, sheer strength, abrasion resistance, etc, etc, forever. So just because a floor coating scores stronger in one testing method does not make it stronger overall. Think of polymers as Olympic athletes that compete in different fields. We choose Tile Clad epoxy as a primer because its adhesion strength is literally un-matched by any other polymer. Since the adhesion strength is your primers ultimate goal we use Tile Clad by Sherwin Williams. Tile Clad is THE Bruce Lee - Jacky Chan - Muhammad Ali of Adhesion Strength. When adhesion strength is your primers ultimate goal the choice is simply Tile Clad Epoxy by Sherwin Williams.
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More information about proper surface testing procedures can be found at the American Society for Testing and Materials, http://www.astm.org.
Information about acceptable coating procedures can be found at The Society for Protective Coatings, http://www.sspc.org.
Q - How long have you been in the Floor Coating Industry?
A - I started installing garage floors in the summer of 2003 but I learned the principles of thermoset resins while at Bleyl Junior High School shop class in the 8th grade which was the year 1996. By Gods sovereign planning I chose to make multi-layered plastic molds in shop class in 1996, which meant that I mixed and poured epoxy into half of an empty mold on day one and on day two I mixed and poured epoxy on top of the first layer. The 8th grade shop class teacher demonstrated that multi layered plastics were much stronger than plastics of the same thickness that were poured in one layer because the glue that held them together created inward stress and static tension which made them stronger. We observed that the multi layered molds were stronger and harder to break than the molds of the same thickness that were poured in one layer because they were glued together creating intramolecular forces. This is what makes rolled steel so strong, it is also what makes plywood so strong, and bullet proof vests strong. Epoxy floors are no different and must be poured in multiple layers in order to maximize the floors potential strength. The multiple layers of resin each grip onto each other so tightly that the floors total strength is increased with each coat.
Q - I have a lot of stuff in my garage, do you offer moving services?
A - At this time we do not offer moving services. We respectfully request that all items from the garage floor & working area be removed and cleared prior to our scheduled arrival for installation.
Q - How did you think of your name?
A - We were the first of our kind. So thinking of a good name was natural.
Q - Do you warranty your floors?
A - We provide a warranty for our floors against peeling and hot-tire pickup for one full year from the date of installation.
Q - Which is better? Acid Washing or Diamond Grinding?
A - Neither is better. We diamond grind not because it is superior to acid washing but because it has less negative side effects. Acid washing (when done correctly) requires a very large amount of acid to properly achieve a concrete surface profile; so much acid that it can be harmful. A two car garage typically requires 8 full gallons of muriatic acid and one or two power washings to remove the burned concrete at the surface to create a Concrete Surface Profile sufficient enough to hold an epoxy floor coating into place. Dumping this much acid onto a garage floor is not good for the environment, for the floor installers, for you, your children, or pets; and it can cause permanent driveway surface burn marks when being washed out of the garage and down your driveway. Additionally, acid washing requires that you allow the garage floor to dry overnight before coating it, thus adding an additional day to the floor coating procedure. Diamond grinding usually only takes a few to several hours depending upon the concrete hardness, and the floor can usually be coated immediately afterwards. Why would you want to add water to the equation anyways? Epoxy flooring is dynamic enough without having a concrete slab with water inside of it that could potentially migrate upwards while your coating is drying.
Q - Do you install epoxy in warehouses, commercial buildings, or automotive facilities?
A - Yes
Q - Why don't you install metallic epoxy floors?
A - For the same reason that we do not recommend coating a floor with red epoxy, because your guests will see dust, debris, and flaws all over your floor if you get one. Metallic floors and red floors are both a great concept and they are both great for photo shoots, but they are both an absolute nightmare to maintain. It actually has to do with the fact that metallic floors do not have a homogeneous texture which is essential for distracting your guests from the pine needles and clutter on your garage floor. Although, if I had to choose from owning a red floor or a metallic effects floor I would choose the red floor because it has color through and through unlike a metallic effects floor. Allow me to explain: generally speaking epoxy has color through and through because epoxy manufacturers spend a lot of time and money to ensure that the dye inside of epoxy is completely soluble with the epoxy so that the color will mix well with the coating and not separate from the coating thus floating to the surface. Having color through and through helps the customer in the long run because as the floor wears down it retains the same overall color which is essential for esthetics. Metallic epoxy floors are the exact opposite and the pigment is insoluble with the epoxy which forces it to stay suspended at the top of the epoxy. This is why the dye is sprinkled or sprayed on top of the wet epoxy before it dries while installing a metallic effects epoxy floor. It should be understood that dyes in themselves are actually very weak, so weak indeed that heavy metals such as titanium and/or chromium are added to pigments. So as a customer with a metallic effects floor begins to drive or walk on the floor he or she will quickly and easily wear down the pigment at the surface of the floor and thus show the solid epoxy color underneath the pigment where the home owner walks and drives the most, eventually leaving footprint and tire marked sections in the floor which are unsightly.
Q- I previously had my garage floor epoxied and now it is peeling, can you fix it?
A - Yes, we can fix your epoxy floor by patching it (although the patch may be obvious if your floor has faded) or we can resurface the entire floor, just give us a call!
Q - What is your service area?
A - Greater Houston Texas including: West University, Rice Military, Memorial, Hunters Creek, Hedwig Village, Cypress, Spring, River Oaks, The Woodlands, The Heights, Magnolia and More!
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