Types of Garage Floor Paints and their Applications
Floor finishes are an essential part of the designs for commercial buildings and luxury apartments. These finishes help to beautify floor spaces and make them more attractive. There are numerous floor finishes available on the market for people to buy. However, the functional requirement of a floor space determines which floor finish should be applied on the floor surface.
A garage floor is a unique example of a floor space that needs an appropriate floor finish. Most garage floors are best served using a paint finish or a coated finish. Paints finishes and coat finishes are generally the same and if properly applied add an attractive and glossy look to your garage floor.
There are different types of garage floor paints that you can use. This article will review some of the best garage floor paints on the market. Suitable paints for garage floor finishes can be divided into four main groups. They include:
- Latex Paints
- Acrylic Paints
- Epoxy Paints
- Concrete Stains
These water-based paints are often recommended for painting large areas because of their availability and price. Latex paints are generally cheap and easy to apply. However, latex paints should not be used on damp floors.
If you are a first-timer on the painting job, it is advisable to use latex paint for your garage floor finish. Latex paints give off fewer chemical fumes and any spills during painting can easily be cleaned using soap and water.
Acrylic paints are produced by suspending pigments in an acrylic polymer solution and resin.
These types of paints are water-resistant paints and are often used on damp garage floors.
Acrylic paints set rapidly and must be applied immediately after mixing. Acrylics are not suitable for painting large areas. However, if you decide to use them for external painting, divide the floor area into small sections and paint section by section.
During the process of application, acrylic paints should not be brought in contact with other chemicals or oils. However, after the setting stage acrylic paints become resistant to oils and water. Acrylic paints are very affordable. However, they are more expensive than latex paints.
Epoxy paints are produced by mixing either water-based latex or acrylic paints with one-part epoxy. When applied epoxies form a chemical bond with the garage floor resulting in a durable and strong colored finish. This occurs because epoxies are thermoplastic plastics. Epoxy paints are water-resistant and oil-resistant.
Compared to other types of garage floor paints, epoxy paints are the most expensive types of paints. It is also difficult to apply and may need skilled persons to apply this garage floor finish.
However, compared to other garage floor paints, epoxy paints offer the best durability and longevity.
Concrete stains are a new type of garage floor paints that soak into the concrete and creates a luminous and attractive finish. The luminous finish you will see can only be gotten when you apply a concrete stain. However, you must apply a concrete sealer after using concrete stains to soak the garage floor. Concrete sealers help to protect the surface of exposed concrete from the penetration of moisture. Concrete stains are very affordable and easy to purchase.
Similarly, they are very easy to apply.