Coated Floors and Thermal Shock: Why It Matters

Thermal shock is the term used to describe different parts of an object expanding at different rates due to rapid fluctuations in temperature.  When a floor is coated, ideally the coating becomes a part of the floor.  Since many coatings are made of materials other than concrete, (think epoxies and polyaspartics) they expand at different rates than concrete.  If your floor is subject to rapid temperature fluctuations, like what occurs when commercial kitchens hot pressure wash, or if hot grease were to spill, the wrong floor coating will fail.

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Professional vs. DIY Epoxy Garage Floors

We get asked all the time about DIY epoxy kits sold at the box stores.  These stores, as well as some paint stores that sell similar kits, want you to believe installing an epoxy floor is just like painting.  If you can paint, you can install epoxy.  While this may be true with the little kits they sell, there is much more that goes into installing a long lasting floor coating and good reasons why you might experience sticker shock when you get a price from a professional if you have already priced out the box store kits.  So here are my thoughts on the DIY vs professional epoxy question.

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