Thinking of renovating your patio, basement, or garage, but aren’t sure where to start? Why not begin from the ground up! Transform your stained, cracked concrete floor into something you can be proud of. Covering ugly concrete with a light, reflective color is a fantastic way to revamp a drab, dusty space.
The internet is boundless with DIY methods and materials to coat concrete, but which option is right for your home? Let us help you navigate the ins and outs (and even some of the science–for all you home improvement nerds) of concrete coatings!
Types of Coatings – How Do They Compare?
Paint (acrylic latex & 1-part epoxy paints)
If you’re looking for a DIY floor coating on a budget, using traditional acrylic latex paint on your concrete floor is a simple, no-fuss option. Don’t expect durability or high quality from this product, but it will keep your garage and basement floor dust-free.
The second type of floor paint more commonly used on concrete is 1-part epoxy paint. This is your basic latex paint with a small amount of epoxy mixed in, creating a stronger bond that adheres to surfaces better than traditional floor paint. This one is slightly more expensive, but lasts longer and boasts better waterproofing power.
Pros: Cheapest option, simple application process (easier to DIY), fast-drying, comes in a variety of colors
Cons: Stains easily, offers the least protection and durability, susceptible to chipping, peeling, and hot tire pickup, typically limited to indoor use (not recommended for outdoor and high-traffic areas)
Lifespan: 6 months – 1 year in a moderately trafficked area
Not to be confused with latex floor paint or 1-part epoxy paint, an epoxy coating is a 2-part system that cures instead of dries. Two component materials– epoxy resin and polyamine hardener–combine in a chemical reaction to create a stronger, thicker material than paint. Epoxy coatings are a popular and “standard” concrete floor covering choice for various indoor and outdoor spaces.
Pros: More durable than floor paints, water-resistant, chemical and stain-resistant, anti-dusting, creates a non-slip surface
Cons: Installation time is longer (takes multiple days to cure), fading occurs (not UV stable), poor flexibility, lingering odor as it cures, requires warmer temperatures to fully cure, more expensive
Lifespan: 2-7 years, depending on surface traffic
Polyurea Concrete Coatings
As an alternative to epoxy, polyurea concrete coatings have created quite a buzz in the last several years because of their fast-curing, flexible, incredibly durable, and non-fading qualities! You can cover virtually any high-traffic surface with these industrial-strength coatings–from garages, patios, basements, driveways, offices, schools, restaurants, and factory floors! Polyurea is also 100% UV stable (unlike epoxy), so it never fades or yellows and doesn’t become so hot that it peels or delaminates.
Pros: Does NOT peel, chip, or crack, 4x stronger than epoxy, convenient and non-intrusive (one-day installation!), 100% UV stable, flexible for higher impact resistance, low-odor and low-VOCs, diverse colors and finishes to choose from
Cons: Costs more than other coatings, requires a professional (DIY is not an option)
Lifespan: a minimum of 15 years
Have you seen our seriously incredible concrete coatings?
Check out our polyurea coating process from start to finish:
Some home improvements CANNOT be done without the expertise and tools of a professional. Before you spend money on a cheap epoxy kit from the big box store, consider the Webfoot difference:
- Our team is fully-certified! We had to go through extensive training to become an official Penntek dealer.
- We use industrial-grade equipment. Since prep work is 80% of the process, our equipment is designed specifically to prep the concrete for secure adhesion.
- Polyurea is NOT epoxy or 1-part epoxy floor paint. This specialized system is 4x stronger, more flexible, UV stable, and will never crack, peel, chip, or stain.
- We offer a 15-year residential warranty.
- We fill and repair first! As we mentioned above, prep is key, and this includes filling cracks and making sure the surface is sound and solid.