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    Garage Floors

    Anybody done the epoxy garage floor thing? Saw the ad in the DSM Register yesterday for the "Epoxy Master"/"Amazing Garage" guy. I know there are alot of DIY kits also. What do you think & what have you heard?



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    Re: Garage Floors

    The Rustoleum do it yourself stuff is both pretty idiot proof as well as nice looking.



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    Re: Garage Floors

    Don't do it...it'll be popping off with 2-3 years.



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    Re: Garage Floors

    Quote Originally Posted by egami View Post
    Don't do it...it'll be popping off with 2-3 years.

    Does it not patch well?

    I was looking at using this on our back room in the basement as well.



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    Re: Garage Floors

    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCyed View Post
    The Rustoleum do it yourself stuff is both pretty idiot proof as well as nice looking.
    Do you want "TOUGH"? Or do you want "oleum"?



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    Re: Garage Floors

    Regardless of what they say, you will have tire pickup. I followed the rule and took all the time intervals times 5 on what they told you to do, put two coats of sealer on it and still the stuff chips off. I don't really think much of it has to do with the tires getting warm while driving, it seems like when I notice it most is when we pull the car in when it's raining and the tires dry in the garage overnight. I spent good money for the shield crete brand. I followed the rules last Labor Day weekend, washed it, let it dry, paint it, wait two days, put two coats of sealer on it. I just got done patching where it was chipping up and let it sit for two weeks without any vehicle traffic, pulled in there after a rain and the next morning it pulled up 3 chips the size of......well chocolate chips.I know there are industrial kits but do it yourself and they still run $200 per single stall.

    Painting it on the basement would be ideal I would say. Vehicle traffic is my main complaint otherwise would probably be happy with it.


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    Re: Garage Floors

    I help my parents start their current business. We've been working with various floor coverings, specifically concrete mostly, for over 15 years and I have yet to have anyone that can show me a DIY floor that hasn't started flaking off after being down 2-3 years. And most of the time it's like a 15-20% failure rate.

    The biggest problem is that epoxy isn't formulated to adhere to concrete as well as other products...those products which can aren't over-the-counter types.

    If you really, really like the epoxy look there are some poly-urea type floors that are better, but still even professionally installed you flat out won't get better than like a 1 year guarantee against it separating.

    The product my parents use, that they have manufactured specifically for them, is a concrete-based product that will not separate. If anyone is interested I'll be glad to answer their business info. in PM. I don't want to come off as though I am trying to just direct traffic there.



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    Re: Garage Floors

    Quote Originally Posted by egami View Post
    Don't do it...it'll be popping off with 2-3 years.
    I'd be tickled ****less if my stuff lasted 2-3 yrs. Although I have had better luck then the neighbors, I haven't gotten a 6 months out of it and have patched it. Is the stuff your talking about affordable for a garage floor?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    I'd be tickled ****less if my stuff lasted 2-3 yrs. Although I have had better luck then the neighbors, I haven't gotten a 6 months out of it and have patched it. Is the stuff your talking about affordable for a garage floor?
    Affordable is so subjective...heh, we have people think it's a ripoff and others that can't believe it's so reasonable.

    Our product runs typically $5 - $8 per square foot on average. Cheap? No, but you're getting a decorative floor covering that isn't going to flake off, it's got an industrial grade toughness designed for forklift traffic and heavy wear and tear and you're going to have virtually no maintenance to the floor once it's down. It virtually won't pit from salt and other crap the DOT puts on the roads.

    Some people think that's spendy, but when you compare it to tile, carpet, DIY epoxy and other non-permanent solutions it's reasonable, I think.

    For a similar comparison...stamped concrete typically runs minimum of $10 per square foot and isn't even close to being as durable as this.



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    Re: Garage Floors

    I'm on my second house that I've done myself using the Rustoleum kit and I haven't had a problem with either time. My garage has had it on there for 3 years. The only issues I've had.

    #1 The first time I didn't fill in the expansion joints

    #2 You have to do it right the first time. I had a few spots that I didn't like after the 1st week. I tried to "touch them up", which doesn't work.

    Here is what it will look like if you try to touch it up.




    Here is an area where m wife parks her SUV. As you can see, no issues





    Keep in mind that both times I did this it was on brand new concrete and I applied the cleaner that comes with the kit.


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    You have zero flaking? That'd seriously be the first floor I've seen not have any delamination issues with that product.

    The trick is, if you're going to do it, because I am guessing that stuff is like 50cents/sq. ft., you HAVE to get the surface clean, clean and clean. Even then subtle problems with the concrete formulation or moisture can cause issues as well.



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    Re: Garage Floors

    For comparison purposes I paid about $0.26/sqft. Not saying it's as good or anything but it works good for me. If I was going to pay $7 sqft I would just get those black/white tiles from Costco.



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    Re: Garage Floors

    My next garage is going to have a floor like this.




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    Re: Garage Floors

    Yeah, if you can get by with the issues that come with DIY kits...it's certainly cheaper.

    If you want a professional, industrial grade floor that doesn't have much maintenance or potential for issues, it's hard to beat our product. Those tiles seem nice, but they have their problems too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by egami View Post
    Yeah, if you can get by with the issues that come with DIY kits...it's certainly cheaper.

    If you want a professional, industrial grade floor that doesn't have much maintenance or potential for issues, it's hard to beat our product. Those tiles seem nice, but they have their problems too.
    Yeah, that's what I heard about the tiles. I would be worried about winters, liquids underneath, etc.

    BTW-For anyone that is thinking of doing this to their new house don't just assume that the pro's use good products or know what they are doing. I know someone that paid $2000 to do their 4 car garage and the company that applied it was a nightmare. The paint seems to be good quality but the job they did was horrible and I assume it's nearly impossible to fix once you screw it up. If you're going to pay big bucks I would get recommendations.



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