YOUR GARAGE IS CALLING….and it is tired of its dingy appearance and how it has been neglected over the years! As a space that represents up to 20% of your home’s total size, the Garage is often overlooked as a home improvement candidate. Yet, the Garage is used by homeowners nearly every day and often serves as the primary entry point for visitors entering the home. For this reason, many discriminating Homeowners are looking for solutions to “Upgrade their Garage”.
With home values continuing to appreciate, many homeowners are looking for other areas of their home to improve that will be a solid investment. One area of the home that continues to gain popularity is improving the garage space and more specifically – the garage flooring. Most people are only aware of the concrete paints, stains and water-based epoxy kits that are typically available at local paint stores or home improvement centers. These products are typically water based products that cannot handle the abuse that a professionally installed, industrial Epoxy Coating System will provide.
It is the belief of Greg Slicker, owner of the Prairie Village-based Granite Garage Floors, that if today’s homeowners were aware of an alternative to the normal deteriorated concrete, oil-stained surface, or peeling paint – that they would jump on the opportunity to upgrade their garage floor surface. “If you think about it, there isn’t another surface inside or outside of the house that takes the abuse of a garage floor. From the constant weight of cars on the floor to hot tires, to snow & road salt, the garage floor takes a beating”, Slicker says.
The rigors of winter are especially damaging to unprotected concrete. Winter sand and salt damage over a short period of time will deteriorate unprotected garage floors and reflect poorly on the remainder of a home. Slicker’s Granite Garage Floors epoxy coating system can be installed all winter long with the same impeccable quality of warmer months. Slicker states “Homeowners usually think that cold weather will hinder a quality installation, but quite the opposite is true”. Slicker goes on to say “A quality Granite Garage Floor installation is only limited by concrete temperatures below 40-degrees and it takes sustained, frigid weather to reach that level. Cooler ambient temperatures actually allow our professional installers more working time so winter months are actually some of the best times to have a Granite Garage Floor installed”.
Choosing the appropriate means to install an industrial-quality, garage flooring system is crucial to the floor’s longevity, durability, and aesthetics. Do-It-Yourself epoxy kits of the past have now made way to industrial-quality, epoxy-based flooring systems that provide a durable, long-lasting, and cosmetically appealing coating alternative to the peeling and deterioration of the past. Slicker explains the unique aspect of his company’s professionally installed approach. “We specifically focus on the preparation of the garage floor using an industrial diamond grinding process to remove all previous coatings and stains in order to achieve a porous and mechanically clean floor which maximizes the adhesion & wicking of the coating system to the concrete. Floor preparation is paramount as we guarantee against peeling, which is the number one failure that most people experience when attempting to have a coating applied to their garage floor. After extensive prep, our proprietary system utilizes commercial grade coatings and we then add decorative polymer flakes and a Polyaspartic, protective top coat to provide a product that Looks and Lasts Like Granite”.
Once completed, the new flooring system installed in a Garage will provide the homeowner with an “interior feel” in an area that has traditionally been treated like an exterior space. The durability of a Granite Garage Floor should last customer decades while also protecting the concrete. Once one of the most neglected areas in many homes, the garage can now serve as a beautiful entrance that a home owner will promote when welcoming visitors while increasing the value and perception of the entire home.