Epoxy Garage Floors
LESLIE: Diane in Wisconsin is looking to change her garage into a snowmobile garage. How awesome is that? What’s going on? Tell us about it.DIANE: I have a detached garage and it would appear that there is enough room, when you open up the sliding door, to pull in both snowmobiles. And right now, there’s sort of an indoor/outdoor pet containment area and I just don’t know how to go about it; like what the floor surface should be. One of the snowmobiles has reverse and the other one doesn’t and as far as when you pull in, perhaps if there’s certain colors of paint that would help with exhaust fumes and that type of thing.TOM: Well, you know, we don’t have snowmobiles out here in the New York/New Jersey area; although I think it would be kind of cool to go up and down the parkway on one.LESLIE: It would be pretty awesome.TOM: You know, my hand would get really cold when I have to reach in for toll money out of that warm glove. (Leslie chuckles)DIANE: Oh, yeah. Yeah.TOM: That’s a problem.LESLIE: That’s what the EZ-Pass is for.TOM: (chuckles) On your snowmobile. You know, I think what you want to really look into here, Diane, all kidding aside, is an epoxy floor. Because that’s going to be the most durable type of floor surface and …LESLIE: And it’s going to clean super-easy.TOM: And it’s totally do-it-yourself.DIANE: Oh.TOM: I mean, basically, these epoxy paints, when you buy them, they come in two parts. There is a paint and then there’s a hardener. And you clean the floor, you apply them. Some of them have these color flakes that you can sprinkle in so it looks really attractive even when the snowmobiles are not there.DIANE: Oh.TOM: And it hardens up real nice and I think it’s going to be real durable for you. So I think that’s the solution here.DIANE: I love that idea and I did not – you know, I didn’t even think about – I mean I thought a floor surface and I thought more about …TOM: Adding something on top?DIANE: Yes.TOM: Yeah, not necessary …DIANE: But I like this idea better.TOM: Yeah, it’s a lot more durable than that. Made by a number of manufacturers. Rust-Oleum has one and QUIKRETE has one.LESLIE: (overlapping voices) QUIKRETE.TOM: Yeah, look into the epoxy floor coating systems.DIANE: Well, thank you so much. I really appreciate it.TOM: Alright. Now where do you use those snowmobiles? Do you use them to run up to the corner store for a quart of milk or what?DIANE: You could. (Tom and Leslie chuckle) We actually – we live in an area north of Madison, Wisconsin; about an hour north. And we actually can take the snowmobiles right out of our – well, right now they haven’t been in the garage but they’re like just in the top of the driveway and there’s a snowmobile path and you can go to the grocery store or you can go to a bar or the hardware store; wherever you want.TOM: Wow, how cool is that.DIANE: And then we’re right across from a lake, so you can go down the lake even if there’s not snow.TOM: Wow.LESLIE: Wow, that’s amazing.DIANE: Yeah, it’s really amazing; really is.TOM: Well, that sounds like fun. Diane, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.