Painting Your Garage Floor
LESLIE: Going to North Carolina to help Joe with his garage floor. What can we do for you?JOE: Yes, I am redoing my garage. I painted the walls and put in kitchen cabinets for storage and now I’m looking at redoing the floor. I’m just wondering if you’ve ever had any experience with epoxy coating or laying in the tile floor which could be plastic or a polymer-type material.
TOM: Yeah, actually both.
LESLIE: Well, actually both are great options.
JOE: My concern is if I go with the epoxy, prep seems to be a big issue on prepping the floor. How difficult is that for the average homeowner?
TOM: Joe, has the floor had any finish on it to this point?
JOE: No, but we’ve had cars in it and there are some oil stains.
LESLIE: And QUIKRETE has the first-step cleanser in the kit, doesn’t it?
TOM: Exactly, and these come in kits; they’ve got cleansers in them; they’re designed to deal with dirty floors and clean them and get them ready to take the epoxy. The epoxies come in two separate cans; you know one is the base, one is the hardener. You mix them up; you apply them like you would any paint product. There’s usually a color chip that you kind of sprinkle on; looks like a big, fat like spice can. Sprinkle these color chips in there; it helps hide the dirt when it dries. It looks really good and I just don’t think it’s that hard to do. If you’re comfortable painting and using a paint brush and using a roller you should be fine with this.
LESLIE: Now, if you’re thinking about a flooring system and you sort of have your mind set on, you know, a tile for the garage, there’s a great website if you happen to be online. Check out RaceDeck.com. RaceDeck. And it’s a garage flooring system that snaps together. It comes in a ton of different colors, patterns, sizes. It’s really easy to install. It looks great. I have no idea what the pricing is like but in comparison I imagine the epoxy is going to be far less expensive.
JOE: OK, I will do research on both of those. I thank you very kindly. You’ve been a great help.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.