Which Concept makes more Sense?
Ohio Garage Interiors Flooring System – Non-Porous
Will not be stained or harmed by road salt, gasoline, oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, or pet urine. Dried latex paint can be cleaned off our coating.
Road salt residue, mud and everyday dirt sit on top (not in) our floor coating and can easily be swept or hosed off. Can easily and quickly be dried with a foam squeegee.
Protects concrete – in winter the salt water melting off cars cannot go through our coating and pit the concrete.
Accidental spills of harmful liquids such as lacquer thinner, battery acid, and oil based paints can easily be wiped up in a reasonable amount of time after the spill.
The natural “breathing” of concrete or the normal release of moisture vapor will not compromise the superior adhesion of our floor coating system.
No annual maintenance is required – no steaming clogged residue out of the floor, no need to re-apply topcoats.
Stone & Epoxy Floor Covering – Porous (as advertised)
The concept is that water dissipates into the floor and eventually works its way to a drain or evaporates.
Sounds great but does it really happen?!….What about are other liquids and debris that are more often found on (or in) a garage floor.
- Consider the consequences of the following liquids dissipating into a porous floor coating:
- Salt water melting off cars in the winter. Leaves the concrete unprotected from salt deterioration (pitting)
- Spilled gasoline, oil, paint – how do you clean these liquids out of a porous floor coating – a serious staining problem
- Spilled lacquer thinner, acetone, battery acid – these harmful chemical agents will eventually deteriorate epoxy – what happens when they dissipate into a porous floor coating?
- Pet urine – once the liquid evaporates it leaves a sticky, smelly residue inside a porous floor coating
- Even normally harmless liquids such as pop, juice or beer can pose a problem in a porous floor – sticky, clogging residue and odor.
In addition, brake dust washing off wet wheels can eventually cause subtle dark areas in a porous floor.
Annual maintenance (usually for a fee) is necessary to clean out porous floors and to occasionally re-apply more topcoat to keep the stones secure. Failure to have this maintenance performed potentially voids warranties if available.
Stone & epoxy floors have a thickness of 5/8 to 3/4 inches which can cause elevation changes. This could pose a tripping hazard or require door adjustments.