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Garage Floor Coating -When is it best to broadcast your flake?

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Garage Floor Coating – When is it best to broadcast your flake when installing Polyaspartic coating?

We at Colorado Springs Garage Floors have been asked about our process and specifically about how and when the flake is broadcast into the floor when installing your garage floor coating.

A lot of companies are now offering a 2 coat system.  This is where they broadcast or throw the flake into the first coat of a rolled-on resin floor.  Then put on the topcoat as the second coat.  The homeowner is told they put on an extra thick base coat, which would be the same as a 3 coat system.

Please know, when installing your garage floor coating, we do NOT recommend you broadcast your flake in the first coat on your garage floor

Here is why:

Garage Floor Coating -When is it best to broadcast your flake?

Colorado Springs Garage Floors uses exclusively Slide-Lok products, and we use a 3-coat system Polyaspartic floor, consisting of a base (or prime) coat, a second coat, and then the flake (or chips) are broadcast (spread) while the resin is still wet.  Then we apply a topcoat when installing your garage floor coating.

The flooring contractors that broadcast the flake in the first layer in the coating process are trying to cut costs.  Doing so by eliminating the extra coat to save labor and product.  Therefore lowering their costs to compete.  Do know that this shortcut will produce a floor with adhesion issues, and will more likely pop up or peel off prematurely.

Surface Tension

This is because of the adhesion and more specifically the surface tension.  Surface tension is a phenomenon that is present whenever there is a thin, wet film.  In this case, a layer of wet resin rolled out onto a concrete floor.   If this surface tension is not released or worse yet, if it is increased too much, it will prevent the wet resin from properly soaking into the floor.

If this happens, when the resin dries, it will not sufficiently soak into and “lock itself into” the millions of pores and surface areas in the concrete itself.   This results in a floor with much weaker adhesion characteristics.  Applying a coat too thick will make surface tension higher and harder for the wet resin to soak into the floor properly.

Slide-Lok products have additives in the formulation that are specifically designed to release surface tension

Now when it comes to broadcasting the flake into the first coat of the flooring, it adds to the surface tension.  This compromises the resin soaking into the floor as the chips will literally pull the resin towards them.

From Slide-Lok’s experience and research, broadcasting chips into a wet base coat can increase surface tension of the wet resin.  It then diminishes the ability of the resin to soak into the floor.  This results in the pull-up or peel-off because the resin under the chips did not sufficiently soak into the floor.

Broadcast your flake the right way when installing your garage floor coating

As stated above, we do not apply our floors that way and do not recommend using anyone who does.  You will be disappointed with the results.  It will not save you money in the long run.  If you have questions regarding this or would like a free estimate, give Steve a call. Make sure you are informed on the best processes when choosing who to install your garage sealer. Click on the link below to see the colors available.



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Why Polyaspartic floor coating is the best on the marketpatio resurfacing

When it comes to transforming your garage into a space that is not only functional but also visually appealing, choosing the right floor coating is essential. Among the various concrete coatings available on the market, Polyaspartic floor coating stands out as the best garage floor coating option.

Colorado Springs Garage Floors, a reputable company specializing in professional garage floor coatings, understands the importance of providing its customers with the highest quality products. Polyaspartic floor coating is known for its durability and longevity, making it the ideal choice for garage coatings for floors. With its exceptional resistance to chemicals, abrasions, and UV rays, this coating ensures that your garage floor stays in pristine condition for years to come.

Furthermore, the quick curing time of Polyaspartic allows for a fast installation process, minimizing downtime and allowing you to use your garage space sooner. Trust Colorado Springs Garage Floors to turn your garage into a space that not only looks great but also serves its purpose flawlessly.  Protect your floor and completely transform your garage with the best coating.

Polyaspartic floor coating is superior to epoxy floor coating, which is why we use it.  Whether you have a new garage, or need your old garage updated, our premium coating services are right for you.

Preparation of the floor

Before applying a Polyaspartic floor coating to your garage floor, it is crucial to ensure that the concrete is properly prepped. Colorado Springs Garage Floors, a reputable company specializing in garage floor installations, understands the importance of this preparatory step. By using diamond bit grinding, we effectively protect your garage floor and create a smooth surface for the coating process.

Prepping the floor correctly not only enhances the durability of the floor coating but also ensures that the final result looks great. With the right preparation, the application of a Polyaspartic floor coating can transform your garage into a visually appealing space. Don’t underestimate the power of a well-prepped concrete floor coating – it can significantly elevate the overall appearance and functionality of your garage.

Are you asking – Where Can I Find Polyaspartic Garage Floor installers near me?

Colorado Springs Garage Floors has been in the concrete resurfacing business for over 10 years in the Colorado Springs area.  Colorado Springs Garage floors is a locally owned family-run business.  We specialize in not only residential garage floors, but also commercial floor resurfacing, such as auto repair shops, breweries, warehouses, retail space, and much more.  Any concrete that you want to protect and have look good – we can help!

Also, Colorado Springs Garage Floors offers garage storage solutions to transform your garage into your dream garage!  Our Polyaspartic garage floor coating will protect your garage and make your garage easier to clean.  We are the top garage floor company in the greater Colorado Springs area.