By studying the history of the garage, it becomes possible to track the rise in the use of the garage as a storage and project space, and the reasons epoxy flooring gained such massive appeal in garage applications.
In the '70s and ’80s, housing developments became popular. The architecture of homes changed, offering an attached garage which opened at the front of the home. Previously garages (and carriage houses before them) were located behind the house. The new design was necessary to streamline traffic in housing developments.
Whereas before that time, porches and social activities were in the front of the house, the garage pushed those things to the back of the home, creating much more family privacy and less social interaction between neighbors. Meanwhile, the front-facing garage became a significant part of the house architecture. The new standard consisted of a concrete driveway which ended inside to the concrete garage.
As the economy spiraled upward, television became more influential in selling products. As people bought more and better stuff, they began to need a way to store all of it. Since the garage was now attached to the house, it became an ideal place to keep everything. The security of a garage door was a bonus. Washers, dryers, and hobby benches in the garage became commonplace.
But, the problem is that concrete is dirty and dull. It can chip, crack, and it’s hard to clean.
The epoxy coating solution
Garage floor coatings solve many problems at once. The concrete no longer sheds dust. It’s easy to clean. Truthfully, the first attempts in the past were pretty awful. But progress in garage floor coatings has been massive. For example, epoxy coating is stronger than concrete against chips and cracks. Part of the reason is that after it’s applied epoxy coating doesn’t just dry. It cures into its final hardened state.
Color and texture options
Epoxy coatings can be solid colors or patterns or include flakes. There is no limit to the colors or combinations of colors, but the result is highly uniform and highly durable. The light produced by the uniformity of the epoxy surface enhances the ambiance of the garage.
Even when the surface of an epoxy floor is textured to avoid slips, it will be easy to clean. The homeowner can easily wipe epoxy clean of grease and fluids from vehicles. Incessant scrubbing or harsh products are not required to keep the epoxy flooring clean. There is no need to apply it continuously the way one does floor wax.
Professional epoxy flooring is stunning, even in a garage. It’s so remarkable that warehouses, businesses, and retail establishments like it because it holds up well even under extremely high foot traffic. Even homeowners are starting to have epoxy flooring applied in their homes.
But, for the average garage owner, having a professional epoxy garage floor solves the problems of concrete dust, tough cleaning, and the tendency of concrete to chip when an object is dropped on it. This creates a garage that is clean, comfortable, and useful for all manner of projects and hobbies. It’s even a great place to store the car.
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