Q: Why are some companies offering Garage Floor coatings, but they say its going to take 2-3 days (or longer) to complete the installation and you are offering 1 Day Service? How is this possible?
A: X Factor Coatings uses a Polyurea/Polyaspartic 3 Layer Coating system versus an Epoxy System which is comparing apples to oranges. The two different systems may look the same when completed however the actual chemical composition is much different. One of the main features and benefits for our System is Faster Cure times, with no temperature restrictions, which allows for a 1 Day installation. Epoxies take much longer to cure so they are forced to leave and come back several times which takes more time (labor) and travel costs. Our focus is on the more expensive Polyurea/Polyaspartic (4x the strength of Epoxy) which streamlines the installation process and translates to better value for you since you ultimately pay Home Improvement companies for time and material.
Q: Since the Polyurea/Polyaspartic is much better from a coating perspective than Epoxy, you must be a lot more expensive. Is this true?
A: The True answer to that question is Not Necessarily. There are plenty of companies in this area offering garage floor coatings, however pricing that we come across varies quite a bit. Sometimes we are much lower for comparable systems and epoxy systems, other times we may be slightly higher depending on the Coating Company and sometimes we do not even know what our competition charges. The best course of action is to find 3-4 Coating Companies and have all of them (X Factor included) present their system to you. By doing this you will also learn more about the different coatings out there and to feel comfortable with who you are working with. It is up to you to decide which system is right for you.
Q: My floor is severely pitted but otherwise is in rather good shape structurally. Is this salvageable or do I need to have this replaced first?
A: Most of the projects we install have minor to severe pitting typically from salt damage or spalling. That issue is easily correctable with our Polyurea low viscosity repair compound. This material soaks into the pores of the concrete and levels out even with the grade of concrete. It cures with 30-45 minutes and then able to be grinded smooth which basically gives you a newer looking slab prior to the 3 Layer Polyurea/Polyaspartic System. We will be the first to advise replacement if we do not feel we can offer our 15 Year Warranty with confidence.
Q: Can this product be applied to other areas of the home or business, even outside?
A: The answer is Yes. We can apply this product to virtually any concrete surface including porches, patios, basements, commercial and industrial areas too. Combined areas always receive the best pricing (example: garage with porch or patio is less than garage then porch or patio later in the season or next year). We can usually finish 800-1,000 SF in 1 Day with one team depending the scope of work. Weather does play a role in scheduling of exterior areas.
Q: Is the floor slippery when wet?
A: We add a non-skid additive into the clear coat of every floor we do. There are different size aggregates for garages, pool decks, or steps that have a higher chance of being slippery. Keeping your surface clean of solvents, oil, grease is important as these can cause the floor to be slippery. There is always inherent risk with sealed, painted or coated surfaces.
Q: Do I have to have the Color Flakes added?
A: Technically no, however it is highly recommended for the following reasons: The ¼” Color flakes we offer are very decorative, they help hide dirt and debris that gets on the floor, gives the floor more abrasion resistance, covers up many of the sins of the floor and adds texture for added non-skid features. Solid color options are more expensive and more chance of slip and fall.