Polycote has an incredible variety of garage floor paints, repairs, screeds and tools available. Whether it’s home garages or commercial garages, a gloss finish or satin finish, our team can recommend the correct heavy-duty, hard-wearing products to suit the specific needs of your garage floor.
Our Solution To Your Garage Flooring Needs
Our Garage Floor Paint (Flortex Professional) is our most successful, longest lasting and most popular choice for mechanics and engineers alike. It is a high build 100% solids two part epoxy resin, that has incredible strength, both by way of increased wear and chemical resistance. Choose this hard-wearing, heavy-duty garage floor paint to do the job right the first time.
If a quick drying time is needed due to limited downtime try our extra fast hardening range of paints. In stock and available for delivery in a wide variety of colours.
A wide variety of floor paints and primers are in stock and ready for next-day delivery (see T&Cs). All are delivered with data sheets to ensure you have full instructions.
Commercial Garage Environments
Customers and employees demand increasing standards so it’s important to present our working areas as professional, clean and safe. This could mean using a durable slip resistant garage floor paint or a particular brand colour to ensure your business looks attractive.
We have invested in a full research and development program to develop our range of garage floor paints to ensure our customers get excellent coverage rates, in a range of colours to protect the concrete floors and surfaces in car showrooms, workshops or warehouses with high traffic areas contaminated with oil, grease, and petrol stains.
We know the wear and tear of a single mechanic standing in the same area can have as much an effect on a floor as a fleet of forklifts in a warehouse so the correct of floor paint and preparation is vital. Old and flaky garage floor paint is a common feature that usually occurs due to lack of preparation. Therefore, it is important for garage owners to not only understand what the best epoxy paint for a garage floor is but also the importance of correct substrate preparation.
Essential Maintenance For Garage Floors
Many garage owners find themselves having to paint their garage floor regularly due to the constant wear and tear. This can be caused by heavy duty impacts, car tyre marks and chemical spills. Contaminants such as oil, paint, white spirit, and petrol stains leaving unsightly patches on flooring.
Before painting your garage floor, it is important to understand what the problem areas are in order to buy the most suitable product as a solution.
Epoxy floor paint needs a clean and porous substrate in order to bond to concrete. In order to achieve the correct substrate preparation, acid etching of the concrete needs to be done.
Shot blasting or grinding of the concrete are preferred methods. However, we recommend using highly skilled specialists/contractors for these methods as the concrete floor can be damaged easily.
There are many reasons why you should paint your garage floor. An epoxy garage floor paint will do a lot more than make your garage look attractive. It will act as one of the strongest, most durable and long-lasting paints you can apply to your garage floor.
Cheap garage concrete floor paints are not always cost-effective and are not suitable to withstand high-traffic areas and will eventually become damaged where the concrete is visible. This, however, is a result of abrasion and not peeling off the floor paint.
Less expensive, often single-pack paint products are also prone to hot tyre pickups. This is where the heat of the tyre lifts the garage floor paint from the concrete floor. It is not always a sign of poor floor preparation and is likely to be due to the low solids content in the paint.
The Importance Of Treating Concrete Floors
It is important to ‘treat’ your floors before coating them to prevent issues post-paint.
Prime your floors:
Professional primers are specially formulated to penetrate deeper into the pores of the substrate in order to achieve a better mechanical bond. Their adhesion is often greater than the top coat due to the inclusion of adhesion promoters. Specialist primers are also formulated to solve many common problems such as rising damp, excellent resistance to oily surfaces, dusty concrete, and unstable substrates. It can be used on concrete, ceramic, metal and even marble.
Reasons Why You Should Paint Your Garage Floor
Most of the dusty powder you find in your garage collects on your cars and storage items. An epoxy paint acts like a topical sealer which will seal up the concrete floor to make it a dust-free surface.
Dust can get transferred into every room in your house and acts as a grinder on polished floors. It also gets into woollen carpets and causes tremendous damage to the structure and strength of the fibres!
Unsealed concrete acts like a sponge by soaking up the vast majority of liquid spilt onto it. When water is spilt onto concrete floors, a damp patch is caused for at least a day or two. As the water rises to the surface it evaporates and so, your floor dries. However, if oil is spilt onto an unsealed cement substrate, it will soak into the substrate.
Once the oil is within the substrate, it will also rise to the surface and unlike the water, it will not evaporate. The floor is now ‘contaminated’. When you apply a garage paint over a contaminated substrate, the floor begins to ‘sweat’, the oil from within the substrate rises. The paint then de-laminates. The importance of sealing your garage floor with the correct epoxy garage primer and floor paint helps to combat and prevent damage to your floors. You should seal the floor as quickly as possible!
Prevention of an acid/ chemical attack
Chemical attack to the floor can cause serious damage to the structure of the concrete and will certainly cause weakness and degradation to the surface. This makes it dusty, unstable, unsafe and at the very least, extremely difficult to keep clean.
Sealing the floor helps to prevent this. However, it is important to make sure that the floor is properly prepared. It needs to be sound, the correct primer applied and top coated with a garage paint that is specifically designed to resist the chemicals being used.
To seal a concrete garage floor can make your cleaning routine 100 times faster and much easier. Forget all the hard scrubbing. A much easier, simple mopping or wiping of the garage floor is mostly all that is required. A sealed floor will help prevent bacteria and the spread of contamination. The additional use of an Anti Bacterial Coating enables many people to safely store food in the garage.
Slip resistance / health and safety
Untreated garage floors can become very slippery for many reasons, especially when wet. Whether it is just very smooth in the first place, to spillages such as grease, as well as the transfer of water and snow from tyres, etc.
Using an anti slip floor paint will give you a safe, clean surface upon which to stand and work safely.
Our technical experts establish exactly what your issues are and the maximum amount of downtime you can allow to complete any work.
Only then will we advise on the best preparation and primer, right through to the best Garage Floor Paint option to meet YOUR specific needs.
Since 1991, Polycote have laid millions of square metres of Flortex Professional in all types of vehicle garage, workshops, showrooms, factories, and production facilities throughout the UK.
We know exactly what is needed to give you a dust free, hard-wearing and long lasting solution. We will ensure you get the correct coverage rates for your floors. You might need advice about brush applying the paint or want to know what paint to use on stone, wood, or steel.
From a single inspection pit right through to a full garage or workshop installation. Polycote can help determine if it’s a single pack floor paint, a self levelling screed, or a gloss finish, whether you need one or two coats, or a water based floor paint. We can help!
Specifications such as non-toxic, non-taint, totally impervious, slip-resistant, and easy-to-clean are obviously paramount to our consideration and obviously is the paint in stock and ready for delivery.
No matter whether it’s a tough heavy duty chemical resistant coating, a new floor screed or a high build, waterproof floor or wall coating for an inspection pit you will achieve the excellent results you want.
With next day delivery available and with an unparalleled range of products together with thorough on-site experience and technical expertise.
Polycote can truly offer a single source and long term solution.