To make things easier for you, we compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. Here, we cover everything from our process to our products.
How long does the process take?
A normal garage floor installation requires 5-8 hours, usually spread out over 2 days, depending on the specific job and conditions.
Can you install my garage floor in 1-day?
It depends on the specific conditions of the job. If the conditions are right, we can offer that option. Remember, there are many factors that determine which material or process is best for an individual job.
Do you recommend a 1-day installation?
1-day floors are great for us as contractors, but it may not provide you with the best product.
But if time is of the essence and the conditions are right for a 1-day installation, we are happy to do so.
How long before I can use my garage again?
Typically, you want to allow 2 days for installation, and then another 24-48 hours from the time of completion to allow the coating to fully cure.
My garage floor has cracks and damage, can you fix it?
Yes, we can use a variety of cutting-edge materials to repair cracks and damage so they are no longer visible and making them much less likely to return.
Where do you get your materials?
We purchase all of our materials directly from some of the country’s top manufacturers. This allows us to source higher-quality materials at a better price, which allows us to provide you with a better value.
Working with the manufacturer also provides us with first-hand product and application training, tight quality control, and gives us access to the latest materials and methods.
What type of materials will you use for my coating?
The most common materials that we use in our garage floor systems include 100% Solids Epoxy (Low-VOC) and Polyaspartic Urethane/Polyurea.
What method of surface preparation will you use?
Diamond-Grinding and Shot-Blasting are the only methods of surface preparation that we use.
Why don’t you chemically etch or acid wash the concrete?
Acid-washing is not a method that is used by professionals. It does not create the textured-profile that is required for these types of coatings to properly bond to the concrete, and the method is not approved by the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).
Also, if the acid is not properly neutralized, the altered pH can actually damage the concrete and the new coating.
How much dust will be created during the surface preparation process?
We use dust extraction systems with HEPA filters that are specifically designed for concrete dust, to control the dust that is generated during the grinding or shotblasting process.
How do I clean my garage floor coating?
Simply mist it with water and use a soft foam squeegee to pull the water out. The soft-foam will take dirt, debris, and other foreign material with it. If you feel you need to use cleaning products, only use non-detergent cleaning products like Fabuloso, Ammonia, or Vinegar.
What maintenance does the coating require?
A good garage floor coating is very low-maintenance. See our Maintenance and Care Page for details.
Will the floor be slippery after my coating is installed?
We use anti-slip compounds in all of our coatings.
However, you should ALWAYS USE CAUTION WHEN A FLOOR SURFACE IS WET or contaminated.
Will you move my belongings out of the garage?
We are not able to move your belongings for you, we require that the garage floor is empty when we arrive.
We are willing to assist you with large items such as refrigerators and tool chests.
Will my new floor turn yellow when it is exposed to sunlight?
The Polyaspartic Urethane topcoat that we use on all of our systems is inherently UV-tolerant, and will not amber.
The aggregates we use are uv-tolerant as well. However, floor systems with a light or medium flake spread may see a slow color-shift over time.
Will you be subcontracting the work out to other people or businesses?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. Our experienced artisans work exclusively for Artisan Garage Floors.
Will unskilled workers be installing my coating?
No, our Artisans have installed a minimum of 250 residential garage floors each. We also have apprentices that are coming up through our ranks, but there will always be a skilled artisan leading your installation.
Will motor oil stain my epoxy flooring?
No. Polyaspartic urethane is non-porous and highly resistant to chemicals and staining.
Will my garage floor be indestructible?
NO. These floor coating systems are designed to be very durable, and they offer good resistance to impact, abrasion, chemicals, and staining. But, they can still be damaged.
Will you coat the Stem Walls?
Yes. The stem walls are a short concrete footing between the surface of the garage floor and the walls. If they are less than 6″ tall, they are included at no additional charge.
Will you coat the front Aprons?
The aprons are the section of concrete between the garage door and the driveway. This can be done as an option but is not standard. Please inquire for more information.
See the Maintenance and Care Instructions to learn how low-maintenance our garage floors really are!