How to Get a New Garage Floor Coating in Just a Day
Updated February 2023
We’ve all seen photos of dreamy, clutter-free garages complete with a shiny garage floor. While there’s plenty to love about a well-organized garage, we have to admit that a shiny garage floor catches our eye every time.
If you’ve been feeling like your own garage transformation is a distant daydream, we have good news for you! It’s actually much easier — and faster — than you’d think to have a brand-new, granite-like garage floor coating installed. It all comes down to the type of floor coating you choose. Keep reading to learn how to get a garage floor coating in just one day!
Hello Garage can transform your garage floor from drab to fab in just one day with a beautiful, durable and long-lasting polyaspartic floor coating.
What are the different garage floor coating types?
One option is simply to cover your garage floor in floor paint, but that won't give you the look of beautifully polished stone. Plus, paints tend to peel fairly quickly, which means having to redo it every year or so. Talk about a nuisance — nobody wants to haul everything out of the garage, store it in the house and put it back every year!
So that leaves us with several other heavier-duty options. The popular garage floor coating options include:
- Epoxy Floor Coatings
- Polyurea Floor Coatings
- Polyaspartic Coatings
Let’s dig a little deeper into each of these floor coatings, shall we?
Epoxy garage coatings are prone to damage, discoloration and can take up to a full week to cure!
Epoxy Floor Coatings
Epoxy is one of the most popular types of garage floor coatings, especially among DIYers. That's because it's easy to find, available in a variety of colors, and relatively easy to install yourself. However, epoxy does have its limitations.
While it has decent chemical resistance, this type of floor coating is not very abrasion- or impact-resistant. In other words, if you drop a heavy tool or drag something across it, you'll probably end up with a dent or scratch. Epoxy coatings aren't very UV-resistant either. So, they may start to yellow over time with frequent sun exposure.
All that without even hitting on how long it takes to install! Most epoxy coatings take anywhere from two days to a full week to cure — something thing to keep in mind if you're making plans for the weekend.
Polyurea Floor Coatings
Polyurea is considered a subtype of polyurethane. This type of floor coating is similar to epoxy in that it is flexible and synthetic. However, unlike epoxy, polyurea coatings are more UV-stable and abrasion-resistant. But the biggest difference is the drying time. Polyurea dries quite quickly, whereas an epoxy coating can take up to a full seven days to cure.
While that may seem like a huge plus — especially if you’ve pulled everything out of the garage to install it — it’s actually incredibly difficult to work with. Because it dries quickly (sometimes in a matter of minutes) there is a very short window of time for the material to properly soak into and bond with the underlying concrete pores. As a result, mistakes and imperfections are all too common with polyurea coatings.
Learn more about polyurea coatings here.
Only polyaspartic floor coating technology offers a granite-like look and durability that can be installed in about a day.
Polyaspartic Floor Coatings
Last, but certainly not least, we have polyaspartic floor coatings. Polyaspartic technology has been around for several decades and was initially used in commercial applications, including airplane hangers, warehouses and retail showrooms. That means it's extremely hard-wearing, which is great for a garage floor. They’re also 100% UV-resistant and have the highest level of stain, chemical and abrasion resistance.
But here’s the best part: unlike garage epoxy, polyaspartic coatings can be installed in just one day.
The formula cures in less than 24 hours, which means you’ll regain full use of your garage sooner. Although it dries quickly, polysapartic is easier to work with than polyurea. It has a drying time ranging between 30 minutes to an hour, which gives the formula plenty of time to fully bond with and adhere to the concrete slab.
Polyaspartic Floor Coating Benefits
- Short drying time
- UV and heat resistant
- Damage resistant and highly durable
- Won’t fade or yellow
- Available in a wide selection of stunning colors
- Design consultation, free estimate and lifetime warranty with Hello Garage!
Enjoy a wide range of unique color options, full-broadcast flake distribution and fast installation on a polyaspartic floor coating by Hello Garage.
Professional Garage Floor Coating Installation Is Key
So, what's the catch? (There's always a catch, isn't there?)
While you can get a brand-new garage floor in just a day with a polyaspartic coating, you really need to hire a professional team to install it.
That’s because proper surface preparation is absolutely critical to how the coating looks and performs. The level of prep required to allow the coating to form a long-lasting bond with the concrete require an experienced installation crew and expensive industrial tools that simply aren’t available to the average homeowner.
Long story short, the best way to ensure a polyaspartic coating looks beautiful and lasts for years is with professional installation.
Get a garage floor coating in just one day with Hello Garage!
Hello Garage is your trusted garage floor coating pro! We spent years developing our SparTek™ Floor Coating System — the ideal polyurethane, polyurea and epoxy alternative! This polyaspartic coating offers unmatched strength, durability and looks, ensuring it looks and performs its best for years to come.
Get in touch with the Garage Gurus at your local Hello Garage today to book a free, no-obligation floor coating estimate in your city.
Call 1-888-59-GARAGE or book online to get started!