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Springtime Is Best Time For New Garage Flooring

 

 

 

As a homeowner, you deserve new garage flooring that is easy to maintain, and Springtime is the best time to install it. The floor in your garage contends with a significant amount of dirt in Fall and Winter, while Summer presents high heat and humidity. Most homeowners use their garages more in Spring and Summer too. An epoxy garage floor installation in Spring increases your garage’s safety and ease of maintenance, preparing you for expanded use.

An epoxy or polyaspartic garage floor coating protects your floors against structural damage, fading, stains, and an unsafe surface for your guests or family. In addition, your garage floor shouldn’t look worn out, dirty, cracked, or chipped. Custom epoxy or polyaspartic flooring is the best option for your floor’s health and longevity. 

Ideal Temperature For Installing New Garage Flooring

There is a sweet spot when considering the temperature for an epoxy or polyaspartic floor installation. Usually, the best temperature for installing a garage floor is between 50 and 80 degrees. However, garage floor coatings often require specific temperature and humidity ranges for proper curing and adhesion. Spring weather tends to be mild and less humid, making it easier to maintain ideal conditions for the coating to cure properly.

More Time For Proper Installation

Garage floor coatings will cure or harden quicker due to heat, and higher temps present more time restrictions and pressure installation time. Milder temperatures in Spring allow our installers more scheduling flexibility in preparation and installation.

Spring is a great time to install new garage flooring because it falls between the winter months, which can be harsh and damaging to concrete floors, and the summer months, which can be hot and humid. Installing garage flooring in the Spring can help protect the concrete from any residual winter damage and prepare it for the upcoming summer months.

Springtime Offers A Break Between High Seasonal Use

Many people use their garages more frequently during late spring and summer months for activities such as car maintenance, outdoor equipment storage, and home improvement projects. Installing new garage flooring in the Spring can help create a clean, safe, and functional space for these activities.

New Garage Flooring For Home Improvement Projects

Speaking of home improvement projects, Spring is often considered the start of home improvement season. Homeowners often receive a tax return in early Spring which they invest in their home. An epoxy or polyaspartic garage floor installation upgrades and adds value to their home. New garage flooring presents additional space to a house that homeowners can use to tackle more projects and increase property value.

An epoxy garage floor coating can provide a protective layer that resists impact, moisture, stains, and chemicals. New epoxy garage flooring can be especially useful in the Springtime when there tends to be more rainfall and muddy conditions. The coating can help to prevent water and other liquids from penetrating the concrete surface and causing damage. Epoxy or polyaspartic flooring also increases floor safety and stays easy to clean.

Better Temperatures And Humidity For Installation Materials 

Leaving materials to sit at high temperatures can make epoxy start to cure and harden, making the installation much more challenging and potentially hurting the quality of the finished product. Instead, Springtime offers cooler temperatures and the convenience of storing materials outside at installation sites without the epoxy hardening too fast. In addition, moderate temperatures can help the epoxy to adhere to the concrete surface, while low humidity levels can prevent moisture from affecting the adhesion of the coating.

Contact us to take advantage of Spring to install new garage flooring. 

Pool Deck Resurfacing

 

 

 

If your residential property has a pool, a professional pool deck resurfacing will maintain your pool deck and poolside structures for many years. 

However, preventing damages like chips, flakes, and cracks may prove challenging for a property owner without a concrete pool deck coating.

Fortunately, ArmourFlo installers provide Louisville, KY residents with industry-leading concrete epoxy coatings. Our pool deck coating solutions offer ideal protection for other residential concrete surfaces, including basement floors, garages, driveways, and patios.

Common Causes of Chips, Flakes, and Cracks in Pool Decks

If you’re experiencing unexpected damage to your concrete pool deck, you may need clarification about its source. In most cases, chipping, flaking, and cracks on pool decks form over time, making it challenging to address any causes until it’s too late and the damage becomes visible. 

Read on to learn about the potential causes of pool deck damage which professionally installed ArmourFlo concrete coatings prevent. 

Improper Pool Deck Protection

Sometimes, homeowners need pool deck resurfacing because they did not seal or coat their concrete surfaces correctly. As a result, weather, chemicals, and other harmful elements deteriorate and damage concrete surfaces. Also, installing concrete coatings too soon after a new concrete pool deck is poured or resurfaced can lead to future damage. As a result, moisture gets trapped inside the concrete and causes warping, cracking, or crumbling long after protective topcoats have been applied.

Temperature Change Affects Pool Deck Coatings

Extreme or frequent fluctuations in temperature can lead to crumbling, flaking, and cracking in concrete. In addition, thermal expansion caused by high temperatures leads to concrete swelling from within. This can lead to warping and bowing throughout the pool deck’s surface. Excessive cold has a similar but opposite effect. Cold leads to drying, which may more likely crack than warping concrete. Extreme cold can also sometimes lead to freezing concrete, which may have a swelling effect.

Ground Movement

With some properties, foundations continue to settle for some time after construction. This, earthquakes and other natural events can lead to ground movement. When this movement occurs after property owners install concrete pool decks, it will contribute to flaking, chipping, and cracking.

Salt Damage

Next, salt damage can lead to crumbling, flaking, and chipping of a concrete pool deck’s surface. Most often, salt damage occurs when property owners use de-icing salt to prevent freezing conditions on their pool decks during winter. Over time, alkaline chemicals released as the salt breaks down have a corrosive effect on the concrete.

Improper Handling Of Poolside Accessories or Furniture

Another prevalent cause of pool deck damage involves improper furniture and accessories handling. Grills, poolside furniture, and other large objects can chip or crack your concrete pool deck if dropped or improperly mounted. One thing most concrete pool deck damages have in common involves the methods used to repair them.

ArmourFlo Repairs Concrete Pool Decks

Some damages to concrete pool decks require extensive concrete repairs. Property owners must rely on professional concrete pouring services to replace or resurface their pool decks when cracks or warping become too severe.

However, ArmourFlo provides cost-effective and durable epoxy and polyurea repair options for chips, flakes, and minor cracks. For this type of deck repair, our coating experts fill in cracked areas, and level out chipped and flaked portions of your pool deck. After these patches have cured, our team resurfaces your entire pool deck with a long-lasting, slip-resistant concrete pool deck coating. As a benefit, this type of resurfacing is often more affordable per square foot than resurfacing your pool with concrete.

Preventing Concrete Pool Deck Damages

As a pool owner, preventative measures are the best way to get the most mileage out of your concrete pool deck. Epoxy and polyurea pool deck coatings help protect these surfaces from heavy furniture and accessories, temperature changes, moisture, and more. Take action before chips, flakes, or cracks appear to save time, money, and frustration down the road.

Contact us to learn more about what concrete coatings can do for your property’s pool features.

Can I Coat My Garage Floor In Winter?

 

 

 

Yes, We Can Install Your New Garage Floor In Winter

Many of our customers ask, “Can I coat my garage floor in winter” or if they should wait to have their garage floor coating installed in spring or summer. The answer is yes, we can install your garage floor in winter, but the weather does play a factor.

ArmourFlo can install your new garage flooring in temperatures above freezing, with dry conditions, and better yet; we can complete the installation in a day. Polyaspartic floor coatings, unlike traditional epoxy coatings, have a lower temperature threshold, shorter install time, and faster cure time, which makes it ideal for installing in residential and commercial garages during colder months. 

Don’t Wait For Road Salt And Moisture To Ruin Your Garage Concrete

We all get busy and put off things we know we shouldn’t. So if it’s already cold outside, and you’re dreading the next snowfall along with the road salt and moisture on your garage concrete, don’t worry. You can still schedule a one-day installation of a new garage floor when the temperature is above 32˚F and weather conditions are dry. 

Don’t wait for the road salt to come in contact with your garage’s concrete. White stains on your garage floor caused by road salt and snow are difficult to remove, making it look messy and ugly. 

‍Even more critical, your concrete’s pore structure absorbs more water with the road salt, leading to increased pressure inside the concrete when it freezes in cold weather. It does not take long after this before your concrete begins to chip or even crack completely. 

Same High-Quality, Resilient Floor Coating

You do not have to settle for a lower-quality garage floor just because we install it during winter. A polyaspartic garage floor coating offers tremendous benefits, whether it is installed in colder or warmer temperatures. 

  1. Durable: Polyaspartic coatings are scratch and impact resistant. Freely pick up your tools when they fall on our floor coating without fear of floor damage.
  2. Chemical Bond: They strongly bond to your concrete floor and stay in place for up to twenty years—no chips, cracks, or peels.
  3. Non-yellowing: Unlike traditional epoxy coatings, polyaspartic is resilient to UV rays, so there will be no discoloration when the garage is open, and sun rays are shining on your floor.
  4. 1-Day Installation: There’s no need to wait for days before stepping into your space. Polyaspartic coatings can be fully installed and cured in 24 hours! 
  5. Temperature Tolerant: Whether installed indoors or outdoors, you won’t have to worry about the effect of harsh weather. 
  6. Easy Cleaning: Your new floor will stay looking fantastic with basic sweeping and mopping for your floor.
  7. Hygienic: A polyaspartic garage floor coating is seamless, antibacterial, and without VOCs, making it very hygienic.
  8. Customizable: You get the same colors and patterns in traditional epoxy flooring.

It’s Not Too Late To Winterize Your Garage Floor

Remember that there is always time to winterize your garage floor. Take advantage of the numerous flooring options offered by ArmourFlo to protect your concrete and prevent the hazards of winter damage. In addition, your garage flooring investment will save you from repair costs and the headaches and sight of a damaged floor later.

A polyaspartic coating is a unique combination of chemicals that is environmentally friendly, incredibly resilient, and convenient to install. ArmourFlo specialists are experienced and knowledgeable in using professional equipment and processes to prepare your concrete surface for long-lasting results. We use the highest-grade materials not found in DIY kits or big box stores to ensure quality and guarantee your satisfaction. Rest assured; your polyaspartic flooring will cure correctly, look beautiful, and last for decades. 

Contact us today to discuss your flooring needs.

 

Polyaspartic Flooring for Industrial Use

 

 

 

Should I Use Polyaspartic Coatings?

Polyaspartic flooring for industrial use is ideal because it installs quickly and reduces downtime, which is costly. However, you still get superior durability, easy maintenance, and customization options, making it a desirable flooring material among business owners. 

We can install polyaspartic coatings in near-freezing temperatures, and your floor coating will remain stable and resilient. This means you can upgrade your industrial flooring during winter without any adverse effect on your installation. The lower temperature threshold of polyaspartic flooring is an additional benefit versus traditional resin coatings.

Polyaspartic coatings are engineered for thicker applications, which reduces the number of layers needing to be applied. One coat is often sufficient, reducing installation time and increasing productivity. 

Polyaspartic floor coatings will not discolor. Instead, they are formulated to retain color and shine and especially create a vibrant appearance when used over colorful patterns and textures. Polyaspartic coatings’ color performance makes them especially appealing to consumers who do not want the traditional muted gray. 

Essentially, polyaspartic resins offer more benefits than traditional resins. For example, they can withstand more scratching and chemicals and install quickly. The 100% solids polyaspartic coating has no odor, solvent or VOCs, which eliminates the potentially harmful effect of odors on employees. Finally, a polyaspartic coating may also be used to topcoat an existing floor coating to help revive shine, vibrancy, and durability as they are longer lasting than many other floor topcoats/sealers.

ArmourFlo can install many types of polyaspartic coatings, so talk with your flooring professional to discuss your needs and know more about their benefits to make an informed decision. 

What are Polyaspartic Concrete Coatings?

Polyaspartic flooring for industrial use started in the 1990s and developed in response to the limitations of other floor-coating products and processes. They set a new standard for a rapid cure, performance, and return to service. 

Polyaspartic coatings are a type of industrial coating that forms through the polymerization of aspartic acid. The aspartic acid reacts with a diisocyanate, creating long chains of molecules that are cross-linked to form a solid coating. They perform well in aggressive environments because they are highly resistant to harsh chemicals, impact, and temperature fluctuations.

To further improve the properties of the coating, experts often mix it with other chemicals, such as epoxy resins or acrylics. Combining these materials helps create a stronger bond with the surface and provides additional protection against wear and tear. In some cases, manufacturers mix these products with leftover industrial waste, such as fly ash or slag, resulting in a cheaper and more environmentally friendly product.

Polyaspartic Vs. Other Coatings

Polyaspartic flooring for industrial use continues to gain in popularity.

The primary benefit of applying a polyaspartic flooring coating is that it can act as both a flooring system and a topcoat – much like paint with primer. So, polyaspartic floor coatings can achieve in a single coat what epoxy and polyurethane accomplish in two or more coats. That’s less time and labor for application.

Polyaspartic coatings are more environmentally friendly than the other systems. They have no odor, solvent or VOCs, which makes them better for application in areas with lower ventilation, such as storage tanks or smaller industrial spaces.

Additionally, they are resistant to UV damage, so, polyaspartic coatings are ideal for external applications as well. Many commercial properties use them for outdoor areas due to their non-yellowing. 

Like traditional epoxy coatings, polyaspartic coatings are available in a wide range of colors and finishes, making it easy to create a custom look for any space. This is very appealing to businesses who want a unique, custom look and still have minimal installation downtime.

What are the Best Uses for Polyaspartic Coatings?

While polyaspartics may not be the best solution for every situation, they certain industries prefer them. For example, due to their quick installation, low-temperature threshold, durability, and hygienic benefits, facility managers and planners working in pharmaceutical, food, and food service (including commercial kitchens) often choose polyaspartic flooring.

Contact ArmourFlo today to discuss your flooring needs and create a custom floor solution.

 

 

A Professional Epoxy Garage Floor Installer?

 

 

 

 

Many DIYers attempt to epoxy their garage floor with a kit, and often lack proper knowledge, equipment, and materials to correctly install an epoxy garage floor. Here are seven reasons to choose a professional epoxy garage floor installer rather doing it yourself.

  1. A Professional Epoxy Garage Floor Installer Knows How To Correctly Prepare The Concrete Surface

An epoxy paint kit from a big box store usually has instructions that oversimplify this process. For example, a DIYer may think they only need to clean the floor or mark it with muriatic acid, but this is incomplete. Acid etching, while a valid preparation method, will only work if the concrete’s pores are open enough to allow the acid to react and remove the laitance (the thin cement paste on the very top). Acid etching will also not suffice for areas of the concrete which are sealed, oil stained, painted or contaminated (with wax, tire shine, or other chemicals).
A professional epoxy garage floor installer will properly prepare the concrete surface using heavy-duty grinders and sometimes shot blasts.

  1. An Epoxy Floor Installer Knows How To Properly Decontaminate A Concrete Surface

This is where shot blasting, and sometimes cutting and replacing, usually needs to be done. Contaminants can still soak deep into the concrete even after correctly preparing the surface, and contaminants like silicone, siloxane, and acrylics, can obstruct coating adhesion.

  1. A Professional Floor Installer Will Have Industrial Grade Coatings

DIY epoxy paints sold in big box stores fail in this area. For example, ArmourFlo uses industry-leading Elite Crete products not sold for retail. A superior coating such as this will have an adhesive strength that exceeds the concrete pull strength. Unfortunately, most kits fail here, as they are often just epoxy-fortified latex paint or have too many fillers (which make the epoxy easier to roll out and cheaper but significantly decrease its bond strength).

  1. Industrial Grade Coatings Properly Soak Into The Prepared Concrete

Superior coatings soak into all the open pores and surface imperfections created by professionally preparing the concrete surface. Unfortunately, coatings sold for retail often set up too quickly, spread too thick to penetrate the pores, or shrink too much during curing. A professional installer will know the limits of the coatings under certain weather conditions to ensure surface penetration.

  1. A Professional Floor Coatings Installer Can Diagnose Poor Construction

Sometimes, a garage floor may have moisture issues due to poor construction. Moisture adversely affects coatings from adhering correctly. Moisture will try to move upward through a concrete substrate, and put pressure on the coatings, eventually forcing the coatings off the concrete. A professional installer will know to evaluate the garage concrete for these issues and take the necesssary steps to correct the issue, if possible.

  1. A Professional Coatings Installer Knows The Right Environment

Polyurethane, polyurea, and polyaspartic coatings are more sensitive to humidity than most epoxies and acrylics. Therefore, installation during high humidity can obstruct layers from adhering to one another. A professional installer will eliminate the possibility of delamination, cloudiness, and improper curing by correctly diagnosing weather conditions related to installing concrete floor coatings.

  1. A Professional Garage Floor Installer Mixes Accurately

Time and quantity play important roles when installing garage floor coatings. Products need to be mixed in the correct ratios within alotted time periods. If mixing is not accurate within a certain time, coatings will not cure properly, and a project will need to be redone.

A professional epoxy garage floor installer has the knowledge and expertise to install the custom floor you desire and make sure it lasts decades. Contact an ArmourFlo flooring specialist today for your own custom floor.