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Our Installation Process
For over two decades, our innovative process has been refined to ensure that your garage floor will have style and sophistication that lasts for years. In just 2 to 4 days, your garage floor can be protected against weathering, cracking, oil, chemicals, and moisture.
Each of our garage floor coating installers is experienced in evaluating and preparing your concrete floor to meet our rigorous standards. The first step is the most critical, so we prepare the surface with the best diamond grinders on the market: LAVINA® diamond grinders. GFC garage floor coating installers proudly utilize this world-renowned equipment series produced by Superabrasive Inc, an industry leader for high-end grinding equipment. This grinding process is paramount to achieving a porous and contaminant-free surface.
Our process is continued by applying a prime coat and is followed by any crack and divot repair. The expansion joints (if applicable) are partially filled with elastomeric sealer. Next, the base coat is applied by our garage floor coating installers, followed by the broadcast of UV-dipped vinyl chips directly into this coat.
The third stage of our process entails sanding and/or scraping the surface to achieve the desired amount of texture. Our garage floor coating installers take necessary precautions to keep the dust to a minimum. This stage is completed by the application of clear coat(s) and the integration of anti-slip aggregate.
Stage Four (If Applicable)
If applicable, the surface is lightly sanded and an additional clear coat is applied. Our quick-curing process will allow you to walk on the floor within 24 hours, and you can usually park your car on your new floor after only 48 hours.
Stage Five (If Applicable)
Depending upon your system choice, you may receive one to two clear coat layers. At times, it will be necessary to return at later time for the second clear coat – such as with Liquid Stone systems or if other circumstances call for two visits. For exterior and garage projects, an anti-slip additive is applied to your final clear coat application unless otherwise instructed by the client. You have many options for your anti-slip needs.
*Depending on scheduling, more than one stage can be performed in one visit
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I replace or repair my concrete?
Re-pouring concrete can be an expensive and extensive remedy for your concrete damage. As part of our process, our garage floor coating installers repair damaged areas in the concrete to improve the look of your floor, as well as strengthen and rebuild the damaged concrete. We will address any pitting, scaling, or cracks that have developed in your concrete over the years due to salt & chemical exposure, as well as movement of your concrete due to expansion and contraction.
What are the differences between polyhybrid, polyurea, and polyaspartic coatings?
The simple answer is that our polyhybrid coating surpasses polyuria and polyaspartic coatings on multiple levels. Our polyhybrid coating is designed for garage floors in the Midwest. This surface provides both adhesive bond and penetration into the concrete as well as appropriate flexibility to expand and contract.
The battle of epoxy vs. polyurea is a constant in the garage floor coating world. What we use at GFC of Minnesota is designed to take advantage of all of the best qualities each coating offers.
Here are some common claims about polyhybrid, polyurea, and polyaspartic coatings and our takes on them:
- Claim: Polyurea is more flexible than epoxy: This is true, but what is best for the homeowner depends on the type of flooring. Typically, concrete garage floors don’t fluctuate as much as outdoor patios, roads, parking ramps, etc.
- Claim: Polyurea has better adhesion: This is not true. Near the end of its short pot life, polyurea loses its adhesive qualities. Test data in a lab setting results are controlled — in real-world applications, adhesion will be more problematic.
- Claim: Polyurea is UV Stable, epoxies are not: This is true if they mean Aliphatic Polyureas (polyaspartic), but false if referring to Aromatic Polyurea. However, GFC uses Polyaspartic topcoat over full flake, so there is no exposed epoxy.
- Claim: Polyureas are more chemically resistant than epoxy: This depends on the chemical, but what needs to be chemically resistant is the topcoat.
The unique features of our polyhybrid coating includes:
- Bonding Power – Our polyhybrid is designed to penetrate into the concrete and bond to the concrete at a molecular level. Polyurea/Polyaspartic dries rapidly and is not allowed the time required to bond to the concrete creating future issues with hot tire, lifting, peeling and cracking.
- Flexibility – Our polyhybrid is designed to be extremely flexible allowing it to expand and contract along with our changing concrete conditions in our region. Polyurea/Polyaspartic dries hard and becomes stiff not allowing it to move with the concrete forcing the flooring to eventually crack and peel.
- Strength & Durability – Our polyhybrid is designed to be extremely durable and able to withstand harsh use. Because Polyurea and Polyaspartic are fast-drying products, it tends to become very brittle and can chip and peel easily.
- Clear Coat System – It is both chemically resistant and UV protected. In addition, it is as flexible as epoxy and as durable as polyurethane without turning yellow over time. Our clear coat is the perfect topcoat for any garage floor.
Is your product epoxy?
Our product is a multi-layer polymer system and has both the adhesion and flexibility needed for floors in the Midwest. Unlike Polyurea coatings, which cure quickly on the surface, our coating penetrates and bonds into the concrete at a molecular level. Because our coating bonds at a molecular level, it will not lift and peel like some other coatings. Our coating has both flexibility and durability to last and withstand the wear and tear that a traditional garage floor will experience.
Can I get help financing my project?
Yes! It is our goal to make your garage improvement project as painless and easy as possible. No need to delay your project due to financial constraints. We have teamed up with only the best financial institutions to provide you with the help you need. We want to eliminate the financial burden and stress that many times are associated with improvement projects.
How are jobs scheduled and completed?
Jobs are scheduled and assigned to a crew leader based on geographical locations. Your project will be part of a rotation of approximately 4-8 other projects.
Production starts vary depending on scheduled work. You will be notified the week prior on approximately when our garage floor coating installers begin your project. Schedules do change from time to time. Please do not be alarmed or concerned if you find we are not at your project one of the days throughout the week. We will be doing various steps throughout the week and oftentimes need to rotate them with the other projects. We will have your project completed by the end of the day Friday, if not sooner.
How much time will the crew spend on my project?
Depending on what is being done, the crew may spend anywhere from 1-3 hours on each visit. A short visit never means that corners have been cut. Some steps in the process take less time than others.
Do I have to be home during this project?
NO. In fact, we strongly recommend that you are not. Due to the odor, and time delays due to unforeseeable situations that arise at the beginning of production, it is sometimes difficult to predict exact arrival times. We must give every customer’s job the attention and detail they expect, which can affect the schedule.
We will need access to your space, either through an open door, a garage code, an opener, or a key. Most people reset their garage code to 0000 while we are there and reprogram their private number back when we are finished.
Will there be any odor during the process?
Yes, you can expect odor throughout the process. The most odorous stage will be the final day when we apply the clear coats. The odor usually dissipates within a 24-hour period.
If you have any respiratory conditions, you need to make us aware of these conditions before we start the project.
Will there be any dirt residue or dust due to the process?
Our grinders are equipped with Hepa-Vac filters to capture as much dust as possible. However, the particles are quite fine and inevitably some dust will escape.
If we apply a chemical wash to your floor, you may notice some white residue on your driveway after the process. The crew will power wash your driveway to clean it as much as possible. Any remaining residue is only dirty water and will disappear after the first rainfall.
Will my floor look like brand new?
Depending on the extent of your damage, you may still see imperfections in your floor. Our garage floor coating installers will make every attempt to create a smooth finish. However, you may still see shadows or blemishes from cracks, patched areas, or salt damage. Rest assured your newly coated floor will now be protected from the damages salt can produce and will have a much more attractive overall appearance.
If we are repairing a straight edge along an apron area, we will do our best to create a nice finish. However, you should not expect a new-like edge when we are finished.
Please note, each floor will absorb the product a little differently and may have a slight variance from the sample you were shown. In addition, the texture of the floor may have a rougher feel than samples depending upon the way the chips lay down during the coating process. The floor will be sanded both ways to provide a smooth surface, but there may still be some exposed chips in the final product. These chips should wear down over time.