In contrast to others in the floor coating business, our experts at Garage Interiors, Inc. believe that the best option for concrete floor repairs and coatings in residential garage applications is to use top-quality polyaspartic floor coating material. In lieu of power washing and acid etching, we instead use industrial grinders to expose dry concrete to allow our first pass of polyasparic material to “anchor into” into the floor. Not only does this provide longer service life of the installation, but it also improves the appearance and feel of the entire garage interior.

There are many different brand names of polyaspartic floor coating on the market, including consumer aftermarket blends and material from the major paint companies. In our experience as the leading concrete garage floor finishing company in Southeast Wisconsin, polyaspartic floor coating from Slide-Lok offers the best performance by far. Slide-Lok material does not have the installation problems we have found with other materials, such as epoxy garage flooring, garage floor paint, and watered-down polyaspartic blends. Additionally, we have found that the performance, durability, service life, and consistency between production batches well justifies the higher material cost of Slide-Lok polyaspartic floor coating.

Experience has demonstrated that a three-pass polyaspartic application with embedded vinyl color flakes offers the best cost/performance payback for residential garage applications and concrete garage floors. The solid two-pass base with flakes allows us to offer a 15-year material performance warranty. Plus, the single top-coat application enhances the slip-resistance of the textured color flake without “filling in” the texture, as could occur with the addition of an extra fourth top-coat application on the garage flooring.

Other floor installation vendors in the Milwaukee area offer many different garage floor coating materials and approaches to residential garage floor coatings. These include:

  • Two-pass “smooth” epoxy garage flooring application, with paint flecks or added metallic pigment instead of vinyl color flake, similar to the do- it-yourself kits from the big-box stores
  • Two-pass epoxy with vinyl color flake (two-day installation, five-day cure)
  • Epoxy garage flooring base with vinyl flake and next-day “top coat” with either polyurethane or polyaspartic (lower material cost for the installer, delays epoxy sun-fade, but still has epoxy as the base, which will still be subject to epoxy problems)
  • Two-coat pass with vinyl flake, using an unspecified material described with the generic industry term “polyurea” to define the questionable material
  • Three-pass polyaspartic garage floor coating using lower performance material that Slide Lok occasionally offers with a fourth top coat as a proposed feature. Please note that use of cheaper polyaspartic flooring materials can allow a contractor to try to present a fourth top coat pass as a “free feature,” which typically isn’t worth the money or the added hassle.

If you need assistance in sorting through the suggested “advantages” and possible pitfalls with some of these alternatives for garage flooring, please let us know and we will do our best to assist you. Our skilled garage floor resurfacing experts would be more than happy to provide their insight and help you find the garage flooring option that is right for your home!