How to Make Your Own Epoxy Floors
EPOXY FLOORING SUPPLIES
Are you looking to transform your old concrete or wood floors? Do you need the look of stately natural stone in your bathroom, basement, garage, or kitchen? How about a touch of exotic color? Introducing Stonecoat's Epoxy Resin Flooring: The ultimate solution for beautiful, durable, and low-maintenance floors! These systems are good for homes, garages, shops, storefronts, and even large commercial spaces! Add in a little DIY spirit (or a contractor), and you're on your way to a stunning new epoxy floor!
BENEFITS OF EPOXY FLOORING
Let's start with the obvious... epoxy floors look incredible! Get the look of fractured granite, sliced jade, Carrara marble, white quartz, and more. Flooring epoxy is easy to work with and you can create any look you can imagine. If you want a flake floor, solid colors, a metallic epoxy floor, or something with a bit of sparkle, epoxy can get you there.
Second, epoxy is tough! It's scratch resistant, UV resistant, heat resistant and impact resistant. These features are a must for the wear and tear of household living (and car parking for the garage!), all while maintaining its incredible look.
Finally, epoxy floors are cost effective. Natural stone (like marble, granite, and quartz) are very expensive and hard to install. Flooring epoxy is affordable, and any DIYer can tackle an epoxy project over the course of a weekend.
Flooring Epoxy FAQs
We get a lot of questions about our concrete floor epoxy. Here are a few of the most common questions and concerns that we hear:
Do Epoxy Floors Scratch Easily?
Epoxy resin is an extrememly tough and durable product that resists scratches. That's not to say that it's scratch-proof, nothing is. Even natural stone floors and countertops get scratched. But Stone Coat concrete floors are very scratch resistant.
How Long Does Epoxy Flooring Last?
This definitely depends on your application. On commercial kitchens or high-traffic garage floors, epoxy will last at least a few years. An epoxy concrete floor can last a decade or more in homes, bathrooms, and other residential areas.
Is Concrete Epoxy Flooring Good for Homes?
Yes! Epoxy floors are great for homes. Epoxy is highly customizable, allowing people to achieve their dream home look. Plus, they last a long time.
Do Epoxy Concrete Floors Crack or Peel?
Generally, an epoxy concrete floor will not crack or peel. However, improper preparation or bad product may cause the epoxy to peel. Epoxy floors will crack if the foundation cracks. As logn as your home is stable and your floor prep is thorough, your floors will stand the test of time.
Does Concrete Floor Epoxy Work for Countertops?
Yes and no. Yes, a lot of the ingredients for countertop and floor epoxy kits are the same. But no, the ratios for those products are totally different, as is the application process.
How Much Does it Cost to Epoxy a Floor?
A DIYer can epoxy a floor for only a few dollars per square foot. Of course the desired look for your project will effect the cost as well. Some pigments, metallic powders, and paints are more expensive than others. But one thing is for certain: epoxy is cheaper than granite, marble or quartz!
Step-by-step Epoxy Floor Coating Guide
Step 1: determine the size of your epoxy flooring project
Our concrete floor epoxy is great for commercial, home, or garage flooring projects. Calculate the size of your project and then see how much epoxy you'll need. For epoxy floor systems, we use a 2:1 mixing ratio. We sell 1.5-gallon kits that cover 100 square feet. If you need more, we sell 15-gallon kits that cover 1,000 square feet. You can use this calculator to see how much flooring epoxy you'll need:
Step 2: PREPARE YOUR FLOOR
Preparation is key for any flooring roject. From grinding the concrete to cleaning and filling cracks, you'll need to do it all. We recommend using a grinder and 4" diamond cutting blade to help with cleaning our cracks and control joints.
Use a razor blade to cut paint back from baseboards (if applicable). You may lightly score the top of the baseboards to avoid tearing the paint. If you need to, you can use a hammer and crowbar.
We use a 7" angle grinder with a 7" dust shroud and a 7" diamond cup wheel to grind our floors for our concrete epoxy flooring projects. If you see cracks in the concrete floor, use our floor patch kit. Make sure ot overfill the cracks for proper sealing and so you can sand down to a perfect level.
Don't take any shortcuts here! Make sure your floor is clean, dust-free, and cracks filled before mixing your epoxy.
Pro tip: Tape your shop vac hose to your grinder before cleaning cracks - it will help you suck out all the dust!
Step 3: DO A MOISTURE TEST ON YOUR PREPARED CONCRETE FLOOR
Wait a day to pour your concrete floor epoxy. Tape down a 3-mil plastic sheet square over a section of concrete (on all sides) and leave overnight. In the morning, you can see if there's excess moisture underneath the plastic sheet. If there is, you will need to put down a moisture barrier.
One moisture barrier option is our epoxy undercoat. We recommend white if you are mixing brighter colors, like blue or quartz. For darker floors, we suggest using black.
Once your moisture levels are acceptable, you have the green light!
Step 4: MIX YOUR CONCRETE FLOOR EPOXY AND SET A PRIME COAT
You'll want to start with a prime coat of epoxy and metallics. The first step in this process is mixing your concrete floor epoxies with metallics. Pour in your metallics first (or pigments, glitter, or paint), then pour your epoxy on top. This reduces the chance of making a mess while mixing at higher speeds.
Mix enough epoxy to apply a thin prime coat to the whole project area. This will ensure a strong chemical bond.
We use a chop brush to apply a coat near the perimeter of the floor. Then, we use an epoxy glide roller to spread epoxy over the rest of the floor.
Let this coat dry for 18–24 hours.
Meanwhile, let your flooring epoxy (Part A) sit overnight to incorporate metallics.
Step 5: APPLY YOUR SECOND COAT
If you apply the second epoxy floor coat within 24 hours, you don’t need to do anything special. The chemical bond will still be strong.
But if you wait more than 24 hours, you’ll need to ensure a mechanical bond between the layers of epoxy. Sand it lightly with 220 grit sandpaper. Then, wipe the dust with acetone or denatured alcohol.
Apply your hardener (Part B) to the epoxy you let sit. Mix it with a yardstick for 10 minutes, making sure to scrap the sides and bottom. Then, use a magic trowel and roller to apply your epoxy to the floor.
This step is also where you will add accent colors and meld them with the base floor color.
Step 6: CURE THE EPOXY FLOOR
Before letting the epoxy floor cure, heat it with a propane torch. This will ensure an even surface free of bubbles.
Then, let the floor cure for 72 hours at 70 degrees or anything close to room temp. Don’t use it heavily or drive on it (for garage floors) until it’s had a chance to fully settle!
FLOORING EPOXY COMMERCIAL EPOXY
Our flooing epoxy is great for commercial epoxy projects or garage flooring projects. Epoxy floor systems is a 2:1 mixing ratio which is why you’ll get a 1 gallon and half gallon kit. This kit covers a 150 sq foot surface. That is perfect for a small room or garage, or get our 15 gallon kit for a 1,000 sq ft area. Preparation will be key for any flooring project from grinding the concrete to cleaning and filling cracks in the concrete.
HOW TO PREPARE CONCRETE FOR FLOORING EPOXY
We want to reiterate here that Floor preparation is very important so please take your time and ensure your floor is clean, crack filled & dust free before mixing the Flooring epoxy. Taping your shop vac hose to your grinder before starting cleaning cracks out will help suck up all of the dust. Clean out cracks and control joints with a grinder and 4” diamond cutting blade.
Use a razor blade to cut paint back from the baseboards. Next lightly score the top of any baseboards and peal or remove with a hammer/crowbar.
Use a 7’ Angle grinder with 7’ dust shroud and a 7’ Diamond cup wheel. Apply even pressure when grinding the floor. Sweep and vacuum the dust. If you have cracks make sure not to forget your Floor patch. See Floor patch for step by step instructions. Make sure to overfill the cracks for proper sealing and so you can sand down to a perfect level.
If you are pouring the flooring epoxy the next day make sure to do a moisture content test. One way to do this is by taping down a 3 mil plastic in a square on all sides so in the morning you can see how much moisture and if you need to put down a moisture barrier.
One moisture barrier option is our epoxy undercoat, white if you are mixing colors like blue or black for darker floors.
After preparing the floors you start with a prime coat of epoxy and metallics.
Start by pouring metallics into your mixing container and then the flooring epoxy on top. This helps mix the metallics before you start mixing at a higher speed.
Make sure to watch our videos for more steps and read the step by step instructions. We always recommend doing your research on your DIY project and if you can do a small test project so you know you'll love the look. We are so grateful for all of the fans and people helping to make this era the Epoxy Revolution.