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Do any of you guys do or ever thought about doing epoxy floors/tops? I have a buddy in the area that’s big time in it! People are considering epoxy flooring as in alternative, there not just for garages anymore. Especially with this new 3D imaging, do you guys have companies in your area that do this type of flooring? It’s becoming really popular! Here are just a few of his pics.
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Nice! I did take a classs a couple months ago where I learned to polish indoor concrete using that machine in your 3rd picture.

A lot of people are changing over to epoxy or polished concrete. Even if we don’t learn how to polish or epoxy concrete we do all need to learn how to clean and maintain these floors.
 

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Nice! I did take a classs a couple months ago where I learned to polish indoor concrete using that machine in your 3rd picture.

A lot of people are changing over to epoxy or polished concrete. Even if we don’t learn how to polish or epoxy concrete we do all need to learn how to clean and maintain these floors.

So true Todd! I was offered to take a class to install it as well, it takes so much equipment to do this type of work. My hands are full already. But some amazing work these guys do! I believe there getting around $14 to $20 per square foot!
 

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So true Todd! I was offered to take a class to install it as well, it takes so much equipment to do this type of work. My hands are full already. But some amazing work these guys do! I believe there getting around $14 to $20 per square foot!

Yup. Our local Interlink actually has all the equipment and will rent it out to us. I actually gave a bid last month for a concrete job but when they heard the price they decided to just paint the floor themself.:(

That’s ok, there will be others.
 
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yea the stuff amazing ive done some but not much. would really enjoy doing more but im spread too thin as it is.
 
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Todd how do you feel thesefloors would hold up in garage up north.Icy winters and hot floors with hot car tires sitting for days. Thanks
 

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I would really like to offer this for garages. I believe it would be an easy and profitable sale. The work doesn’t seem that easy. Gonna try it on my own garage when I get another house soon. My concern is the off gassing. I would think it would be pretty bad for a week or so. Maybe I’m wrong.
 

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odor isn't that bad at all some oddly develop a reaction too the odor.

now you get into industrial epoxies that are aluthane based whoa those are brutal but they're uv protected unlike traditional epoxies

stuff wont chalk out and its flexible and wont crack. farmers and the big plants use it here
 

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Man that stuff looks sweet!!! How does it hold up to abrasion (foot traffic) over time?
 

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Man that stuff looks sweet!!! How does it hold up to abrasion (foot traffic) over time?

Yeah, these guys do not use the Home Depot crap! It’s top quality products that will hold up to any type of traffic. Hell he does a bunch of huge warehouses that has very heavy equipment rolling on it daily. I am sure after a certain time it would need re touching. As far as what Todd mentioned above, I am sure maybe some GM and a light turbo tool would clean these type of floors up good. Here are some more pics, the first one is a huge aircraft hanger.
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It seems to me the possibilities with the designs are endless! I am considering it, many times we have to change with what’s out there or get left behind!
 
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I would really like to offer this for garages. I believe it would be an easy and profitable sale. The work doesn’t seem that easy. Gonna try it on my own garage when I get another house soon. My concern is the off gassing. I would think it would be pretty bad for a week or so. Maybe I’m wrong.

Yes Rob! An average garage runs about $1,000-$1,500 I spoke to another guy who runs multiple businesses and he was the one that offered me his classes to learn this business. He said they had to do about 80 garages for one of his projects. Had to be a new development, and these guys have a crew working on them. I am not sure as an O/O if I would do it myself? Probably not, just over see like my other buddy at Universal Flooring.
 
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I thought you had to put a sacrificial topical coating to protect the epoxy from traffic?
 
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odor isn't that bad at all some oddly develop a reaction too the odor.

now you get into industrial epoxies that are aluthane based whoa those are brutal but they're uv protected unlike traditional epoxies

stuff wont chalk out and its flexible and wont crack. farmers and the big plants use it here
My concern is the odor. A gym locally put down some epoxy at the other end of our shopping center and it stunk up the whole shopping center. It would gag us for a week. But then it was gone.
 
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odor isn't that bad at all some oddly develop a reaction too the odor.

now you get into industrial epoxies that are aluthane based whoa those are brutal but they're uv protected unlike traditional epoxies

stuff wont chalk out and its flexible and wont crack. farmers and the big plants use it here
My concern is the odor. A gym locally put down some epoxy at the other end of our shopping center and it stunk up the whole shopping center. It would gag us for a week. But then it was gone.

Yes I believe it does have an odor when it’s fresh, my concern would be all of the equipment and man power it takes to do this type of work!
 
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The epoxy can be water based, no odor really there. It's the poly topcoat that is smelly.
Not a lot of equipment needed to pour one out, just follow the data sheet from the epoxy manufacturer of which it feels like there are 100 plus in the US. Picking product is the hardest choice.
Abrasion resistance depends on which product you go with, but its a project you are always maintaining with a sacrificial topcoat like a wax or finish because they get scratched up pretty quick if you don't.
Also make sure if it will be wet at all to use some croc grip or rhino teeth to give you some grip.
Add glow pigments only visible in the dark and it looks rad.
 

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The concrete grinding is what I fear. It is time consuming and expensive
 

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I would say it's a seperate business, not an add on for the average floor cleaner.