The most frequent question we get is what makes your epoxy better. The short and simple answer is in the images below. Our product quality is far superior to any other epoxy on the market! On the left is our epoxy and on the right is a typical water based epoxy. The image on the right would be the same for any epoxy under 10 Mils thick or any epoxy without a topcoat. Other epoxies would require you to purchase multiples of their kits to come close to the thickness of just one of our kits. Which means you will be spending a lot more TIME & MONEY and you'll still have a coating of lower quality epoxy. See the link to the EPOXY COMPARISON CHART at the bottom of this page to see the true equivalent prices of other brands when compared to ours.
Here Are Some Important Facts You Need To Know And May Want To Keep In Mind As You Shop For An Epoxy Floor! Buying An Epoxy Paint For Your Floor Is Much More Complicated Than Buying Paint For Your Walls Or Ceilings. If You Don't Know What You're Buying You Will End Up Just Wasting A Lot Of Your Time And Money. So Spending 5 Minutes To Read Through This Section Will Save You Many Hours Or Even Days Of Heartache In The Future.
The single most important question you should ask is what is the Abrasion Rating of the epoxy you are considering to purchase. Abrasion Is the number one enemy to your floor finish. It happens every time your tires turn, every time you walk on it, every time a floor jack or tool chest is rolled across it. Abrasion is constantly attacking the finish of your floor. So you need a Urethane Topcoat with high abrasion resistance. Your ArmorGarage epoxy kits come with the best abrasion resistant topcoats in the business.
Look at the Epoxy Comparison Chart our Topcoats are several orders of magnitude better than our closet competitor. So before you buy any epoxy ask or find out what the abrasion rating is and if their topcoat is a real topcoat and not just a clear version of their epoxy! Most companies don't know their abrasion rating or don't even have an abrasion rating its so bad!
We offer many different epoxy floor kits because there are many different applications and requirements. Most other companies offer one or maybe two epoxies and try to make your application fit their product, that simply cannot and should not be done. No epoxy is the perfect fit for every application, that's why we offer so much information and different systems. You need to buy what fits your application needs best not what sounds or looks best. Beware of one coat do all epoxy products!
From selling over 350,000 DIY epoxy kits and millions of gallons of epoxy to military, industrial, commercial and residential users we know that there's lot's of ways to cheaply epoxy paint your floors and very few ways to do it right so that you'll never have to repaint your floor ever again. Just because it says epoxy paint on the label doesn't mean it's a real epoxy product. Most likely it's a water based Latex or oil based Enamel floor paint with epoxy additives or some form of cheaper all in one hybrid solids epoxy such as a Cycloaliphatic. The main selling factor of these types of epoxies is their low price. There's a reason for their low price and it's not because they have some sort of magic formula. They usually boast not needing a Topcoat which is not true and often Cycloalophatic companies can only offer a clear version of the epoxy which offers no extra protection.
First, know that no reputable epoxy installation company would ever do a job without acid etching the floor and topcoating the base coat of epoxy with a protective urethane fortified antiwear topcoat, so neither should you!
A Topcoat is much different than an epoxy base coat. True Topcoats are much much harder in their finish and provide the UV protection from the Urethane in them. No epoxy can ever be a topcoat, so without a real Topcoat any and all epoxies will yellow and dull fairly quickly 100% of the time, guaranteed!
So if a kit you are considering doesn't provide you with at least those two critical steps you should stop right there! Second, if a kit you are considering needs a wait time after mixing before applying it to your floor, that is a sure sign of a low quality imitation epoxy, all high quality epoxies have a short pot life and require being applied to the floor immediately after mixing, if the kit is water based that's another sign of a low quality imitation epoxy. So if you are thinking of buying any epoxy that is under 10 Mils thick, that doesn't require etching of the floor, that doesn't have a real antiwear topcoat that is fortified with Urethane, needs a wait time after mixing or is water based then you are better off buying an inexpensive conventional Enamel floor paint and recoating over it every year or so!
Epoxy kits with a low advertised price may seem like a bargain at first but when you compare the numbers you'll see they're really not a bargain! In fact if you take two minutes to study the Epoxy Comparison Chart (linked below) you'll see that most other companies don't even have specification ratings on their product, if they don't publish performance numbers how do you know what you're buying? You must know what the Abrasion rating is, what the Impact rating is, what the Adhesion rating is and what the Gloss rating is. That is how epoxies are judged by the professionals.
You'll also see that to equal what you get with ArmorGarage epoxy floor kits you would have to spend much more money then their advertised prices! Do some research before buying, see the specification ratings and equivalent price comparisons! Know the facts before you buy any epoxy, even ours!
Our experience with dealing with customers who have purchased a name brand home improvement center kit, highly advertised water based epoxy kits or hybrid cycloaliphatic epoxy kits with no topcoat has been that these types of products always have failed in one way or another. Most likely from the high gloss finish wearing off, yellowing and or from Hot Tire Lifting! We get calls from these unhappy customers everyday!
Did you know that with most epoxies that your hot tires can reactivate the curing process, meaning that the epoxy softens and will discolor, bubble, peel or even stick to your tires. And that your hot tires are extremely abrasive and can wear the high gloss finish off most epoxies in no time! Did you know that ALL solids based epoxies are NOT UV stable and must be topcoated with a urethane based topcoat to prevent yellowing when exposed to sunlight! Our urethane fortified topcoats are specifically designed not to yellow or dull and are Hot Tire Proof!
We are also the only company that supplies you with calibrated notched squeegees with our kits so that the epoxy is applied at the proper specified thickness.
Simply slapping water based or low grade solids epoxies on your floor at less then 10 Mils thick is a guaranteed waste of your time and money! This is especially true when using decorative chips, it's just common sense if you don't seal in and protect the decorative chips with an anti wear topcoat. How can exposed plastic chips withstand tire abrasion? When the chips and finish wear off your floor in a lot shorter time period then you ever imagined, you'll not only be unhappy about the poor appearance of your floor, you'll be real unhappy when you find out that those "lifetime" guarantees only cover peeling and you have to do the floor over at your cost!
All our epoxy flooring systems are professional high quality Aliphatic Epoxies with the highest adhesion rating(cannot be separated from your concrete once cured!), highest abrasion rating, highest impact rating and highest gloss rating! That's why we are the only company that backs up their product with a guarantee against wear!
We do not sell any water based epoxies or cycloaliphatic epoxies with low grade substitute materials so as to advertise a low selling price. If saving a few bucks is your main concern then we think you're making a big mistake when dealing with epoxy floor paints. The mess you wind up with is no way worth the money you save!
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