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Epoxy Your Concrete Driveway?

Your home driveway is the first thing people passing by or visiting you notice.

Hence, it needs to be in top-notch condition, no matter the season. Aside from that, a driveway that’s easy to maintain becomes a plus point. And this is where epoxy resin coating plays a major role.

There’s been a rising trend among homeowners to apply epoxy coatings over their concrete driveways to protect them. And it’s not a surprise. Epoxy is incredibly durable and easy to maintain, so people trust it to keep their driveways as good as new.

And today, we will tell you why we recommend epoxy coating for your concrete driveway. So, without further ado, let’s jump in!

What’s An Epoxy?

Laying Epoxy Coating On Floor

In simple words, epoxy is an adhesive used for binding concrete. Polyamine hardener and epoxide resin are the two elements of an epoxy coating. Mixing these creates a chemical reaction that generates heat (exothermic reaction). The generated heat during the process binds the epoxy to the concrete surface.

P.S.- Don’t confuse an epoxy coating with epoxy paint, which is used to paint areas with high traffic and laboratories. While epoxy paints are usually more potent than regular paint, their durability is nowhere close to epoxy coatings.

Epoxy coatings generally have three layers, including colour, base or topcoat, and the combined thickness ranges from 1mm-5mm, while paints typically have one layer.

What Are The Benefits Of An Epoxy Coating?

Full Drive Way Epoxy Coating

1. It Works On Any Concrete Surface

We installed epoxy sealant in our driveways as we were concerned about staining them with oil and grease. However, you can use epoxy pretty much anywhere, on indoor floors, driveways or other surfaces.

It’s important to combine some additives like plasticisers or reactive diluents with the epoxy coating. Using proper additives helps it resist the heat without getting discoloured. Plus, the additives keep it from getting slippery when wet. It’s a great option if you want an easy-to-maintain and clean driveway.

2. It’s Super Strong

Warehouses, auto shops or other industrial facilities don’t install epoxy coatings because they look great. It can handle a lot of abuse, be it dropped tools, leaking fluids, or chemical spills.

After all, the manufacturers wouldn’t have offered a 15-year warranty or even lifetime guarantees if the epoxy coating wasn’t strong enough. The strong bond that the sealant forms with concrete only adds to its strength.

3. It Looks Great

There’s a saying that all strong things don’t look good, but this is not the case with epoxy coatings. You get countless design options, be it just a clear coat or concrete grey. There are also colour options that look just like natural stone, speckled or pebbled finishes, solid colours and even abstract designs.

The coating is incredibly shiny, making the driveway appear brighter, especially at night or in low light conditions. Lastly, epoxy resists scratching and staining, so it can keep your concrete driveway as good as new for years to come.

4. It Has Low Maintenance Needs

Epoxy coating on a concrete driveway might give you the most easy-to-maintain flooring. It’s porous so that it doesn’t stain, even from antifreeze or oil leaking from a car. You won’t need any special detergent to wipe out these liquids- just spray a mixture of mild detergent and water to get rid of them.

Spread the solution on the required areas with a hose, and use a dust mop or a broom to clean the stains.

Disadvantages Of Epoxy Coating On Concrete Driveways

An epoxy coating, like everything else, is also not perfect, and certain things can harm it.

For one, hot slag can be detrimental to a concrete floor. Secondly, moisture can damage the epoxy-coated concrete floor, especially if it oozes from underneath the ground. Commonly termed moisture vapour, it delaminates the epoxy coating and separates it from concrete surfaces. However, cities with extremely high temperatures like Perth and Darwin are largely free from underground moisture.

Apart from that, leaking pipes, drainage issues or a below-grade slab can be detrimental, as the epoxy coating becomes much more susceptible to moisture. White powders, called efflorescence, start developing on concrete surfaces due to increased moisture, so keep an eye on them and clean them thoroughly as soon as they are visible.

If these appear again, you need to repeat the process until you have a moisture-free driveway.

Other Applications

High Gloss Epoxy Flooring

Most homeowners install epoxy coatings on the floors inside their homes, replacing linoleum, tile or carpeting. We recommend using it on your garage floor, patio, and walkways.

Epoxy coating can be a great option if you’ve transformed your garage into a manufacturing hub, small office, guest room, man cave, workshop, or anything else.

Sealing Your Driveway With Epoxy

If you want to extend the life of your concrete driveway, sealing it with epoxy resin is an excellent option that will also add to the home’s beauty. And the best part is that you can apply it yourself.

However, here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re taking the task upon yourself. One, make sure that it’s compatible with your driveway surface. Second, check the moisture level of the ground before applying a coat. And during its application, always be mindful of weather conditions. Ensure that it’s not raining within two days of application.

Nevertheless, if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, hire professionals to get the job done. These people have the requisite training, experience and equipment to complete the job quickly and correctly. If you live in the Sydney area, speak to the professional team at Top Coat Concrete. We can assist you with installing an epoxy coating on your driveway in no time!

On that note, we will see you later. Goodbye and take care!

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