Archive for June, 2013

Concrete Flooring Systems Add Beauty and Function to Chicagoland Homes

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

 

Are you embarrassed to have a barbeque with family and friends on your cracked or stained concrete patio? Is your basement dank and dusty?  Is your garage floor cracked, uneven, dingy and difficult to keep clean?

The right concrete coatings, installed correctly, can expand the usefulness, functionality and beauty of any surface – inside or out.

Concrete is a porous surface that can harbor dirt, bacteria and stains, making it both unhealthy and unsightly.  Today’s decorative floor systems can transform damaged, hard to clean and unattractive surfaces into floors that anyone would be proud to show off, expanding the home’s useful space and providing the base for elegant and welcoming areas.

 Avoid Disasters – Hire a Professional to install the flooring system

While many DIY consumers may be undaunted by the prospect of installing epoxy flooring over existing concrete, using the wrong product or installing it incorrectly can have disastrous results.

An epoxy is a copolymer – a mixture of two different chemicals. These are referred to as the “resin” and the “hardener.” The resin consists of monomers or short chain polymers with an epoxide group at either end.

The term epoxy encompasses many formulations and installation methods.  While epoxy coatings offer greater adhesion and wear properties than paint, just as there are different qualities and formulations of paints, there are different qualities of epoxies.  Also, formulations vary, based on how the product will be used.

For example:

•             An epoxy for coating concrete in a zero sunlight exposure warehouse will be different from an epoxy used to coat a concrete patio in direct sunlight.

•             An epoxy used to fill a control joint is different than an epoxy to repair concrete.

•             An epoxy used as a basecoat or primer is different than an epoxy used as a topcoat.

The Garage Store is Chicagoland’s leader in the floor coating industry, and can resurface your patio, basement, garage floor, porch or any concrete surface, using exactly the right product.  Once properly installed, the flooring will last a lifetime, and provide a superior surface that is safe, healthy, easy to clean and beautiful.