Customers who have chosen to upgrade their garage floors with a Floortex™ floor coating are often curious about how our garage floor coating process works.
Just how does Garage Living manage to transform their old, damaged, and unattractive garage floor into such a sleek, stunning, and durable surface? And how are we able to accomplish this in as little as one day? It’s done with what we call the Garage Living 5 Steps.
Our professional 5 step Floortex™ floor coating application process has been carefully refined and perfected over time. Our special coating process, in conjunction with the specialized floor coating application training our employees undergo and the state-of-the-art equipment we use, results in the spectacular Floortex™ floor coatings that transform our customers’ garages.
What’s involved with our garage floor coating process
Watch our new video to get a better understanding of how Garage Living’s Floortex™ polyaspartic garage floor coating process works:
A breakdown of the Garage Living 5 Steps
In case you’re unable to view the video, let’s break down the 5-step garage floor coating process, one step at a time. First, however, here’s a brief explanation of what happens just before step 1 begins:
- the friendly Garage Living crew arrives on-site at approximately 8:30 a.m.
- we greet the customer and explain what’s involved with our garage floor coating process
- after reviewing all details, any questions from the customer are answered
- the process of transforming your garage floor begins!
Our crews use fully outfitted trucks, which operate as mobile workshops that allow our employees to work very efficiently. Along with the flooring project materials, every tool and piece of equipment the job may require is onboard, which helps resolve any on-site challenges.
Step 1 – We diamond grind the surface
Step 1 of the garage floor coating process is the most important – proper preparation of the concrete surface. After unloading our equipment, the Garage Living crew first evaluates the concrete density of your garage floor. This helps them choose the proper diamond blades that will be used to grind the floor.
Garage Living has invested in state-of-the-art Werkmaster™ diamond grinders and dustless self-contained vacuum systems. This equipment ensures that the floor coating achieves an unbreakable mechanical bond to the substrate.
The entire garage floor surface is ground down, which profiles the substrate and opens the concrete’s pores. Hand grinders are used on the floor edges to make sure every square inch of the floor is prepared properly.
Vertical surfaces like foundation walls, cinder blocks, steps, and wood baseboards can have the coating applied, which adds to the appealing looks Floortex™ floor coatings provide for your garage space.
Step 2 – Cracks and chips are repaired
It’s perfectly natural for hairline cracks to occur in concrete pads. We repair them by opening the cracks with a diamond cutting wheel.
The cracks are filled with a polyurea filler or cementitious mortar, which is left to cure for approximately 10-25 minutes (curing time varies depending on the temperature). The excess filler is then ground off to leave a completely smooth floor.
Other imperfections and types of minor damage that will naturally be found on concrete floors also need to be repaired during the garage floor coating process. For example, concrete degradation can occur from road salt, which causes salt pitting.
These other problem areas will have filler applied and then ground off. Once the grinding process is finished and the floor is completely smooth, we thoroughly vacuum the entire floor surface. Now, with all of the remaining dust and debris removed, it’s time for the base coat application.
Step 3 – Pigmented adhesive base coat is applied
The third step of the garage floor coating process involves mixing the two components in the Floortex™ polyaspartic coating. This base coat also has pigment added that matches the pre-blended flakes the customer has chosen. 14 Floortex™ coating colors are available to choose from.
All vertical surfaces have the base coat rolled on and the flakes are heavily applied. The excess flakes are vacuumed up before the rest of the floor surface gets the coating applied.
Step 4 – Decorative Floortex™ flakes are broadcast
Crew members roll the coating onto the floor surface while another crew member broadcasts the vinyl flakes. We spread three times the amount of flakes on the floor during this process to ensure 100% coverage.
Now that the entire floor is coated and flaked, 60 minutes is required to let the coating cure. At that point, we remove the excess flake material using a flat metal edge tool to knock down any standing flakes.
Then the entire floor is blown and vacuumed to remove any excess debris. Now the floor is even and smooth, which makes it ready for the final step of the garage floor coating process.
Step 5 – The clear, durable Floortex™ top coat is applied
The clear Floortex™ top coat is applied with a squeegee and then back rolled. This process ensures that the top coat has a thick and even layer, which leaves a consistent finish that’s extremely durable.
The top coat requires 8-24 hours to cure before foot traffic can resume and 24-96 hours before vehicles can use the garage once again. Climate plays a role in the top coat curing time, so your Garage Living design consultant will advise you based on climate factors.
Finally, our crew will clean up the entire site and load up the truck with their equipment and materials.
5 steps to beautiful garage flooring
The Garage Living 5 Steps ensures every garage flooring project is done properly. Every Floortex™ floor coating project comes with a 10 year limited warranty.
You’ll love how much better and cleaner your garage looks after a Floortex™ floor coating application. Floortex™ floor coatings are also easy to maintain and nicely minimize the appearance of dirt and dust on your garage floor.
We hope you have a better understanding about how our garage floor coating process works. Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any further questions.
Floortex™ floor coatings can be applied year-round, so schedule your free design consultation with us today!