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Garage Floor Coatings for Chicago

We install garage floor coatings for Chicago homes that are both beautiful and tough.  For over a decade, EncoreGarage has been providing Chicago homeowners with stunning garage floors. Choose from a wide range of garage flooring styles and finish options.  When it comes to garage floor coatings in Chicago, looking great is only the start. Our garage floor coatings are far more durable than traditional epoxy coating.  It won’t chip, peal, or wear away, and it’s also easy to care for so you can keep it always looking great.

1-Day Installation is available on most floors. Get your garage back in order in no
time so you can start to enjoy your beautiful new floor right away.

FlexCore is the brand name for our superior garage floor coating system. Using advanced Polyurea technology we have create a product that bonds better, is more flexible and is 100% UV stable.

Advantages of Our FLEXCore
Garage Floor Coating System

 

  • 1-Day Installation Available
  • 4X Stronger Than Traditional Epoxy
  • 98% More Flexible Than Traditional Epoxy
  • UV Stable so will not yellow or fade
  • Excellent shine and gloss retention
  • Exceptional impact and abrasion resistance
  • Better chemical resistance
  • Non-slip surface even when wet
  • Environmentally friendly & VOC compliant
  • Non-porous Strong and flexible

In addition to garage floors, we can also install our superior FlexCore concrete coating
systems in basements, on concrete in outdoor spaces such as patios and walkway and in commercial spaces.

Basement Floor Coating

Outdoor Concrete Coating

Commercial Floor Coating

Comprehensive 7-Step
Installation Process

Most floors completed in just 1-Day with superior results.
– Walk on your floor within 12 hours
– Move heavy items back within 24 hours
– Drive on your floor within 48 hours

To start, we use diamond tip grinders to completely clean and prepare the concrete. Each crew carries a full range of diamond tooling so they can adapt to every type of concrete. This important step is vital in creating the proper surface for a durable bond and is a prime differentiator between our process and many other vendors in the market. After this first step, the concrete is like a sponge with a textured surface – ready to absorb and lock in the base layer of polyurea material and create a durable bond.

We test all floors for moisture content, applying a separate seal coat as needed. If more than one portion of the floor tests high, we will recommend a moisture sealer by applied to the entire floor. While this moisture sealer adds a day to our process, we will not rush a job; ensuring that your floor will stand up to the challenging weather conditions of the Chicago area.

For any cracks, divots, or minor imperfections, we use an advanced, fast-curing polymer patching material to create a smooth surface. (Please note that we do not fill existing open expansion joints and strongly recommend that they remain in place).

We then apply a pigmented base coat of our industrial-grade polyurea to create the strongest possible bond with the exposed concrete surface. This material is 4 times stronger than typical epoxy– it is also nearly 98% more flexible which means unlike typical epoxy it will not become brittle and shift which can cause peel and lift after only a short time.  While there are several alternatives currently available, our polyurea is rated at 2 times the adhesion strength over typical epoxy.  After 15 years of successful installations we have not found a product that bonds better with concrete floors in the Chicago area.

While the base coat is still wet, we completely cover the floor with a full broadcast of colored PVC flakes giving the floor its dynamic pattern. The polyurea base coat holds the flakes and begins to cure via chemical reaction.  A monolithic bond is formed between the polyurea and the concrete, while at the same time creating a similar bond with the PVC flake layer.  This forms the lasting foundation of our system. While we have over 25 different colored flake blends in stock and ready to go, your choices are truly endless. For a small upcharge, we can custom blend flakes to create the perfect look for your garage floor.

Once cured, the excess flakes are scraped away to reveal the “orange peel” texture of the floor. Because we broadcast a thick layer of flakes on Day 1, our finished product achieves 95-98% coverage.

The final step or our prcess is to broadcasting slip resistant grit into the clear top coat.  This grit provides additional texture to increase the safety of the surface when wet.

Base Molding

For clients interested in a truly seamless look,
we offer matching “baseboard” molding that is custom made in our shop from water resistant cement backer board. Available in any height
from 4” to 12”, our baseboard provides the
added benefit of creating a water resistant
“bowl” around the floor, making it exceptionally easy to clean the entire space with a garden
hose with no worries of water damage to
exposed drywall or wood molding.

Flooring Key Benefits

Key features of our FlexCore multi-layer flake flooring system

 

  • Beauty and durability: an attractive, high-quality floor that
        complements the design of your property.
  • An extensive range of standard and customizable options
        allow you to select a color blend based on your personal
       preferences.
  • The finished product has a non-porous finish with no crevices to
        trap dirt and grime. It is highly stain-resistant, even against high-
        performance tires.
  • The system is UV resistant and will not yellow over time.
  • It is easy to keep clean with regular sweeping and an occasional
        rinse with a hose. When needed, tougher cleaning can be
       accomplished with ammonia and water or Simple Green.
  • Will not chip, peel or lift, even under hot tires and is rated for
        commercial use.
  • We use mechanical grinders with diamond tooling for surface
        preparation which is the only way to ensure a proper bonding of
       
    our system to the concrete.
  • We use only polyurea base coat for our “foundational layer”
        because nothing penetrates the pores better or creates a stronger
        bond with the concrete. This ensures the floor will not blister or peel
        – even under the tires.
  • We use a full broadcast of vinyl chips for both appearance and
        added strength.
  • We use a Polyaspartic topcoat that has been specifically tested
        and proven to be effective in the Chicago climate. The elongation
        properties give the system it’s flexibility and offer a high resistance
        to impact, abrasion and hot temperatures.
  • Our process is completed in as little as 1-Day,  followed by a 24-hour
        cure time – getting your garage back in service quickly.
  • Other than cleaning, there is no regular maintenance required.
  • Other than cleaning, there is no regular maintenance required.
  • You receive a liminted lifetime warranty – against lifting, chipping,
        or peeling for as long as you own your property.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of flooring chemicals do you use?

We use a 90%-solids industrial polyurea for the base coat. It is a technology proven over many years; nothing bonds better to your concrete to form a foundation for flake flooring. It is tested to delivery 2X the adhesion strength than traditional epoxy.  Our polyurea is rated at over 7500 PSI, more than twice the strength of most concrete, so it actually strengths the surface.  For the topcoat, we use a Polyaspartic coating that is 98% more flexible than traditional epoxy so remains flexible even when cured to resist lifting, chipping and peeling. The specific product we use is optimized to resist staining, even from the plasticizers in high performance tires.

I have some cracks and pitting. Can you repair this condition?

Generally, yes. We utilize a fast-curing polyurea patching system that works extremely well and is compatible with our other chemicals. This approach is used on all pitting, divots and cracks, with several layers being applied if the crack is particularly wide or deep. If you have areas where the concrete has shifted up or down, more extensive repairs may be necessary

What is the warranty on your flooring system?

Your residential garage floor coating is warrantied against lifting, chipping or peeling for as long as you own the property. Importantly, the guarantee from Encore Garage of SWFL covers pretty much everything – we are not simply passing along a technical guarantee from our chemical manufacturers. Specific exceptions include high moisture vapor transmission, surface damage from acid spills (e.g. battery acid from a golf cart) and cuts/abrasions caused by power tools, forklifts, etc., as well as any failure of the underlying concrete structure.

How do you prepare the floor before coating it?

New or old we always prepare the concrete through a mechanical abrasion procedure using high-powered diamond grinders. Depending on existing coatings and the condition of the concrete, we may take two or three passes to properly grind the floor. This removes some of the top surface and “opens the pores” of the concrete allowing our base coat to penetrate deeply for excellent adhesion. This process is typically considered to be an industry wide best practice for obtaining a consistent surface profile and is superior to the acid method used by others in the industry.

How long does the entire process take?

We offer a revolutionary 1-day floor system so; most floors can be finished in a single day.  Our system utilizes a superior polyurea material with properties designed to cause curing based less on temperature and more on a specific chemical reaction.  This provide faster cure times along with better bonding strength than traditional epoxy systems.  It should be noted that at times there are factors that can sometimes extend an installation into a second day. Once completed you can walk on the floor 24 hours after completion and return your car to your garage within 48 hours.

How do I clean my new garage floor?

Keeping loose dirt off the floor with a broom or blower is always a good idea. For a more thorough cleaning we recommend occasionally washing the floor with a solution of five parts water to one-part ammonia and a deck brush. Rinse off with a garden hose and use a foam squeegee to remove the excess water. To remove more stubborn dirt, we suggest using Simple Green as many traditional soaps and detergents can leave a buildup.

Is the floor slippery especially when it gets wet?

All garage floors can be slippery, especially when wet. Our standard decorative flake floor does result in an “orange peel” texture but is technically not to be considered “anti-slip”.  Therefore, we always broadcast a slip resistant “grip additive” into our top coat that mitigates the floor becoming too slippery. However, even with “grip additive”, the floor can still remain slippery when wet in some spots, so caution on wet floors is advised. For those interested in the best traction, clients can consider our quartz aggregate flooring system which is designed to meet anti-slip requirements even in commercial applications.

What do we do with our garage “stuff” during the process?

EncoreGarage has an arrangement with mobile storage company PackRat.  For a samll fee we can have PackRat drop off a 8ft x 10ft x 8ft storage trailer for your “stuff”.  So, you have plenty of time to move everything, we will have it dropped it off up to one-week before your project begins and have it removed up to one-week after we are finished. If you prefer, for a nominal fee our crew will load and unload the trailer for you. Our crew can also help you move larger items such as refrigerators and store them under a tarp in the driveway or in a side yard or patio.

Do the chemicals smell during installation?

Both the Polyurea base coat and Polyaspartic topcoat are both quality materials of a high solids content which means they are considered low odor.   However, low odor does not mean no odor so most installations will have some odor as it cures but is not toxic. It will typically dissipate in a day or two.

Can you just go over my current coating?

Unfortunately, that is not generally an option with our process. Many of our residential projects start with removing an existing coating because it has started to fail or is permanently stained. In most instances, the coating will grind off very easily.  It is always preferred to start with a pristine, freshly ground floor.  However, in some cases, if the original coating is a thicker epoxy system that is bonded extremely well to the concrete, we can just abrade over the existing coated surface an apply our base coat material over the existing system.

What is your payment policy?

We typically schedule 2-4 weeks in advance and request a 50% deposit to reserve a spot our schedule. The balance is due upon completion of the work.  If you have any issues with the finished product our workmanship, we commit to retuning within one-week to take care of everything and make sure you are 100% satisfied.

How long can I expect my garage floor last?

With proper care and normal use your floor should last for as long as you own the property.  Garage floor coating has shown one of the most satisfing investments you can make in your home.

Decorative Flake

Garage Floor Coatings with Decorative Flake

Appearance: Our decorative flake garage floor coatings for Chicago homes create the striking appearance of granite right in your garage.

Durablity: Our highly durable coating system ensures your flooring will not peel or wear through, and the hybrid polymer composition bonds tight to the concrete for a long-lasting solution. The contemporary finish holds up well against stains, liquids, and extremes of heat.  It’s also UV stable so your floor won’t fade over time.

Selection: We’ve got a huge selection of flake blends to choose from. Take a look at our wide range of flake blends below, and customize your garage just the way you want it.

Decorative Flake Color Options

Marble-Metallic

Marble-Metallic Garage Floor Coatings

Unique: Our Marble-Metallic garage floors are completely different from our other designs. These calming, swirling patterns will create a stylish appearance to any Chicago garage, converting it into a place you’ll want to spend more time.

Innovative: Our innovative approach uses a mixture of two reflector colors including a primary color combined with an accent color to achieve what we call a Marble-Metallic finish – a finish you won’t find anywhere else.

Artistic: With a selection of beautiful designs to choose from, there is something for every imagination.
Now you can enjoy a real work of art on your garage floor.

Marble Metallic Color Options

Solid Color

Solid Color Garage Floor Coatings In Chicago

Clean & Simple: If you are looking for something clean and simple in your garage, then our solid color flooring is for you. Available in a dozen colors , our solid flooring will protect your garage floor and give you a surface that is easy to clean and maintain.

Industrial Strength: Our solid floors are done with a pigmented polyurea base layer and a 100% solid industrial-grade pigmented epoxy top layer.  Completed in just 1-Day, our Solid flooring systems are also great for basement and utility space. Choose a color that compliments existing Gray or Tan color tones or be bold and consider a striking Red finish.

Solid Color Options

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