Is Epoxy Garage Flooring Slippery?

by on 05/02/2014 - 11:43 am

Category: Garage/Basement/Storage

Homeowners across the nation are covering their garage floors with epoxy coatings to increase durability and attractiveness, but epoxy flooring has been used for many years in industrial applications. It's less porous than concrete which means it doesn't stain as easily. It's stronger and more durable which means it doesn't need to be replaced as often. And it's highly customizable in appearance. These qualities add up to a garage floor that looks good, lasts a long time, and doesn't require constant maintenance.

Part of the reason epoxy flooring looks so aesthetically pleasing is its bright, uniform smoothness. This often leads homeowners to ask a very important question, "Will it be slippery when it gets wet?"

According to garage guru Mike Padden of EncoreGarage, it is not any more slippery than any other smooth surface, such as concrete that has been smoothed with a trowel. However, if a slippery garage floor is something you're worried about, there are additional steps that can be taken to greatly improve traction. Reputable garage finishers will typically offer an "aggregate" that's applied after the resin has been applied, but before it's cured completely. This aggregate is invisible to the eye, but gives the surface a grittiness that reduces slipperiness. Since this aggregate is applied independent of the floor coating itself it can be applied to the entire garage, or only troublesome, high-traffic spots.

Here's Mike with a demonstration.


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