Frequently asked questions – Flake System & Polyaspartic Coating
1. How long does the process take?
Most garages can be completed in one day, some will take 2 depending on the size and if there are additional areas such as grade beams, stairs, etc.
2. What is involved in the process?
The first step is diamond grinding the floor and filling all the cracks with a polyaspartic treatment that will smooth them over so that imperfections will not show up in the top coat. We also skim coat any spalls in the concrete with cement patching, until the floor is completely flat. Next, we put down a base coat of epoxy with tint, and broadcast the flake into the base coat while it is still wet. Once the concrete coating is dry, we scrape off any loose or tall flakes to make the floor even more uniform. Finally, we top coat the floor with a special, polyaspartic clear coat to seal the floor and make it shiny.
3. Is it slippery?
We can make the floor as smooth or grippy as you like. We can add a traction additive to the polyaspartic top coat which will make the floor very grippy even with wet shoes.
4. How much does it cost?
Typical flake systems will cost anywhere from $7 – $9 per square foot depending on the location of the job, and how much prep is required to get the slab ready for its new polyaspartic coating.
5. How does your product compare to the DIY kits available at Home Depot and other retailers?
There are several major differences. Often, retail concrete coating kits suggest merely cleaning your floor prior to application. This is inadequate preparation to lay down a coating that will last; in many cases, such self-poured coatings flake off in just a couple seasons. Compare that to Midwest Concrete Coatings: we diamond grind your floor for maximum smoothness and adhesion, use a special polyaspartic coating to fill in cracks, and lay down a beautiful epoxy top coat that will last many years. In addition, we broadcast 100% flake on your floor when coating it, for a uniform, professional finish. Those store-bought kits only include a very small amount of flake, resulting in a drab and uneven-looking top coat. Finally, DIY kits typically use the cheapest chemicals available for the job, which results in a final coating that may not hold up to even very light use. By comparison, our products are top quality, and designed to withstand the heaviest traffic, including industrial use.
6. Do you make a lot of dust when you grind the floors?
No! We use industrial concrete vacuums equipped with HEPA filters to help minimize dust. In addition, there is very little dust in our process to begin with, and we also have to clean the floor multiple times during installation. The end result is that you are left with a brand new, clean surface when we are finished – not a cloud of dust that settles on everything.
7. How soon after you install can I use the garage?
We recommend 24 hours of drying time for foot traffic, and 48 hours for vehicle traffic.
8. Why does it cost more than a store-bought kit?
Like any construction project, the prep is 80% of the work, and doing it properly helps us ensure a much better-looking and longer-lasting product than can be achieved with a DIY kit. We use specialized equipment to ensure that your coated concrete floor performs correctly for years to come. Our complete process typically involves 8-10 hours of work for 3 people, plus the materials and consumables required!
9. Someone I know had theirs done and the smell was overpowering for weeks!
We make it a point of pride to use the least amount of chemicals possible in your home. We treat your concrete floors like we would want our own treated. Therefore, we spend extra money on products that emit very few or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). What this means for you is no harmful outgassing in your space, and almost no odour at all! Your family can start enjoying your newly coated floor in as little as 24 hours, without the risk of horrible smells lingering or getting into your house.
10. What is your warranty?
Our chemicals carry a manufacturer’s warranty of 10 years against any manufacturing defect.