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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.

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.

Choosing Commercial Kitchen Flooring

 

 

 

If you’re in the process of choosing commercial kitchen flooring, there are certain factors to consider for your needs. In this post we discuss your floor coating needs to guide you to the best commercial kitchen floor solution.

Concrete Floor Protection

You want to protect the concrete substrate. The harsh conditions on commercial kitchen flooring can easily deteriorate it if it is not professionally protected. Weak protection can cause issues such as cracking, peeling, and bubbling, which present safety hazards.

A professional floor coating installation provides long-term protection against deterioration and will withstand heavy foot traffic and any vehicles you have operating in the facility. Our industry-leading flooring products can be customized to your performance standards and support large mobile machinery like forklifts. We offer high-performance, engineered flooring solutions that prevent wear and tear and reduce your long-term costs for repair and renovations, which can cause operational bottlenecks.

Kitchen Floor Traction

As we mentioned earlier, commercial kitchens get exposed to harsh conditions, one of which is moisture due to spills and cleaning. It would be best if you had proper traction in a wet environment so that your employees and equipment remain safe during a continual flow of pedestrian traffic and vehicular activity.  

You will need a safe commercial kitchen flooring surface for your workers to stand and walk, even when wet, so that you avoid any minor accidents. We have a large variety of non-slip options which we can customize for your kitchen environment. Even when a commercial kitchen floor appears slick and shiny, it can provide fantastic traction – even when it’s wet. A professionally installed non-slip surface prevents spills from impeding production and employee safety.

Thermal Stress Resistance

When you’re choosing commercial kitchen flooring remember that it can be exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations, so you likely need flooring that resists thermal stress, especially in cold climates. Flooring will naturally expand and contract as temperatures change. In a hot kitchen, some flooring can move at a different rate than its substrate, resulting in thermal shock, which can cause the flooring to crack, bubble, come apart, or wear down.

Our specially formulated coatings can be customized to provide extreme durability in the harshest environment and avoid a costly shutdown due to repair. We use engineered coatings specifically made to prevent delamination from thermal shock. For instance, when a cool floor coating is impacted by a hot pressure wash or a hot grease spill, the bond between the coating and the floor is the weakest point. Our industry-leading Elite Crete Coatings are specifically designed to expand and contract at a rate close enough to concrete to prevent thermal shock.

Floor Hygiene

The USDA heavily regulates commercial kitchens and holds them to the highest standards of cleanliness, which means your environment should be as hygienically clean as possible. Inspectors frown upon grout lines, cracks, and any separation between the floor and the substrate, where microbes can grow into mold, terrible odors, and contaminants. Once the bacteria begin to breed, it is impossible to get rid of them without using dangerous chemicals.

Many of our customers choosing commercial kitchen flooring require customized flooring systems that handle spills and runoff without harboring any microbes or other contaminants that could ruin products. An ArmourFlo installed seamless floor surface remains inhospitable to microorganisms. You can also get custom, enhanced formulations for additional antibiotic properties to reinforce the protective barriers.

Easy Floor Cleaning

Out of all the surfaces in an eating establishment, one of the most vulnerable to dirt and grease buildup is the kitchen floor. Spills and other accidents will be common in a commercial kitchen environment, so your floor needs to be well-maintained and cleaning it should be as efficient as possible. Often, staff can be ill-equipped and undertrained in kitchen floor maintenance, which makes an easy cleaning process vital to maintain cleanliness and meet industry standards.

Our installed engineered coatings create a single, smooth, wall-to-wall surface that makes cleanup and sanitization easier than many other floor systems. Other floor systems, such as tile with grout, can be cumbersome to clean and lead to ineffective cleaning. Failing to clean your floors properly puts your staff at risk, including yourself and your customers. Plus, our kitchen floor systems can be customized to withstand chemical resistance and thermal shock absorbency common in intense cleansers and clean-room environments. ArmourFlo seamless flooring makes daily sanitation and maintenance easier for your staff and improves your hygienic environment. 

Receive A Custom Floor Solution

Consult with an ArmourFlo flooring specialist to determine your specific flooring needs. We will guide you to the best solution so that you have a long-lasting floor that remains hygienic and safe for you and your employees.