In every home, the garage door, while functional, doesn’t get a lot of attention as far as appearance. We find that the most energy people put into their home design doesn’t fall into the garage door category. We are bias! At K and B Doors, we pride ourselves on beautiful and functional garage doors. While we may be passionate about a great garage door, we love to see people taking care of their garages in general. Since a garage door takes up a large portion of your homes space, why wouldn’t you spend a little time making it easy on the eyes!
One way to spruce up your garage is by refinishing the flooring. It is safe to say that most homes, when bought, come with a standard cement flooring in the garage, nothing special. Until now! We have a step by step transformation of a plain garage door floor, into something exciting and beautiful.
First things first, you will need to clean your garage door floor so no items remain in the way. Yes, that means, all soccer balls, stray screws, and random old helmets, need to be cleaned up and moved out of the garage. (Trust me, this will make your life WAY easier!) Once the materials in your garage are cleaned, it is important to now clean any old residue and debris. (Sweep any dust, and hose any extra dirt off)
Since paint and epoxy alone won’t bond to a concrete surface — the concrete needs to be etched. To do so, buy a large watering can and mixed the concentrate featured here, with three quarts of water. This is an important step, so don’t skimp on the prep work, it will make your floors last and you wont have to double work in the future.
Asking your local hardware store employee about which products they recommend is also a great way to make sure you are getting the right equipment for the job.
Using the watering can, sprinkle the cleaning and etching solution onto the garage floor, letting it sit and permeate for several minutes. (It’s best to wear rubber boots when you do this because this stuff is toxic.)
Once this has been on the garage floor for awhile, we recommend using a stiff floor brush to rub it into the concrete. A little heads up, this is a good work out, so make sure you have the energy once you start this portion of the project! Who thought refinishing your garage door floors could double as a work out!
After this step, rinse your floor with water and let dry overnight for best results. The next part of the project is a two part step. Part A, is the actual concrete paint; the other was Part B, the hardener, which is a type of epoxy. In order for the paint to stick to the concrete, both of these cans had to be mixed together. Upon mixing, the chemicals in the paint and epoxy activate appropriately so that it’ll adhere to the concrete. Once these are properly mixed, we recommend that you paint your flooring in sections, starting with the corners. Once you have finished the corners (which in our opinion, is the most time consuming portion), you can start painting the rest. Using an extension rod with a roller makes it easy to paint the floor in rectangular sections. (If you want more texture and dimension, we found that adding color flakes to the epoxy gives it a beautiful finish.)
The end result of refinishing your garage door is incomparable to the original floor. It is classy and unique and it isn’t too strenuous to complete. Only have light foot traffic after 24 hours of your floor drying. Wait a full 72 hours before parking your cars in the garage again.
If you need more information about garage door repairs and replacements,
visit us at: K AND B DOORS
Call us for more information, at: (702) 871-0662