Frequently asked questions
What type of flooring does Armortech offer?
At Armortech, we offer a wide variety of epoxy, and other fluid applied resinous flooring systems. From solid color industrial shop floors, broadcast decorative flake garage floors, Novolac (chemical resistant) floors, ESD systems (Anti-Static) to auto service centers, retail / commercial flooring, warehouse floors, restaurant flooring, Metallic Epoxy flooring, and many more! We have state of the art fluid applied resinous flooring systems for nearly any application you can imagine. Need help with your epoxy flooring project? Give us a call, or request a quote using our easy to use Request for Quote form.
How much does an epoxy or metallic floor cost?
Here at Armortech, we make pricing your project easy and straight forward. Our prices are clearly marked on our website. If you know your square footage, simply go to the size kit that's specified. Or, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
How do I know if my concrete floor needs a moisture vapor barrier?
There are few ways to test your slab before installation to assess the likelihood of future moisture issues. The quickest and most economical way is to tape a piece of 2 ft x 2 ft plastic to the concrete surface and wait overnight. If there is any condensation on the plastic then you need to proceed with a calcium chloride test. Depending on the size of your floor, you should test several areas to determine if a resinous floor is suitable for your intended application. If you have moisture issues, our moisture vapor barrier can help control moisture emission rates up to 20lb per inch for 24hrs.
I'd like to make some samples before doing a larger project. What material would you recommend to make the sample boards out of to practice on?
1/2"- 3/4" MDF works great for making samples. MDF (Medium Density Fiber) board is readily available at nearly any lumber yard or your local hardware store. We found that either 1'x 2' or 2'x 2'sample boards are sufficient for most projects.
What if I have questions about the products that I need?
If you have questions, feel free to call us at 1-866-829-5599 or email us via our contact us page. We can be reached by phone from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday, Pacific Standard Time. If we are not available, leave a message, and we will get back to you by the next business day. If you prefer to email us, kindly include the best daytime phone number to reach you along with your inquiry to receive the fastest response.
How do I know my transaction will be safe?
Our online shopping cart and security technology ensures the safest and most reliable checkout experience for our customers.
What happens after I've placed my order?
Once received, we will send you a confirmation e-mail and you will then receive your package typically within 4-10 business days.
Why should I apply an epoxy sealer on my garage floor?
Unprotected concrete floors will wear, be stained by oils, fluids, and be damaged by the corrosive effects of snow and ice-melting chemicals such as rock salt. Armortech's high performance epoxy floor coating systems protect concrete from wear because it is harder and more durable than the concrete itself. Our hard, durable resinous floor systems create an impervious barrier so oils and fluids cannot penetrate its surface to soak in and cause staining.
Why is resinous flooring better than other floor sealing products?
Epoxies and other resinous, fluid applied floorings are a two-component product that when mixed together forms a high performance 100% solids epoxy floor sealer that is superior to paints and other coatings because they form a harder, denser, more durable film than either paint or urethane-based coatings.
What does 100% solids mean, anyway?
100% solids epoxy refers to the volume and the total percentage of solids in your coating. This gives you a very durable coating, because unlike a water base product, here there is no product shrinkage. You are getting the best in terms of adhesion and durability.
How long should I wait to apply an epoxy floor onto newly poured concrete?
We recommend you wait at least 30 days prior to applying our product onto newly poured concrete.
What if my concrete is saturated with oil?
Our OIL STOP PRIMER is a must use primer for all oil or grease saturated concrete floors prior to applying our epoxies or top coats. OIL STOP is a two-component epoxy used in areas where oil and/or grease has become embedded in the concrete substrate to the extent that surface cleaning is insufficient to remove it. If untreated, this oil/grease may migrate back to the surface and cause delamination of the coatings, sealers or patching materials.
Why does the floor have to be prepared for the epoxy coating?
Floor preparation is crucial to the proper application of epoxies and resinous floor systems. If not properly prepared, the new floor coating system will not be able to penetrate and bond to concrete.
Should I go the extra step of using a floor machine to prepare my floor instead of simply acid etching the floor?
Although acid etching is better than no prep at all. Diamond grinding your floor with a carbide diamond grinder or shot blaster will better profile the concrete surface by removing a fine layer of laitancy from the concrete substrate and create more porous surface for better adhesion of the epoxy to the substrate by removing any contaminants that may be trapped on the floors surface. You will also not have to wash the floor and wait for it to fully dry. Simply vacuum the floor clean after it is machine profiled and it will be ready to coat.
How do I apply the floor system?
We are very happy to offer our customers complete do-it-yourself systems based on the total square footage of your project. Our kits contain everything you need to do it yourself. In most case, there is no measuring of the ratio for your Part A and Part B. Simply pour all of Part B into the Part A and pour the entire contents onto the floor right away.
Can epoxies be applied to the exposed, interior concrete stem walls and concrete steps?
Yes, absolutely. If you have steps or concrete stem walls to be coated. The best way to coat them would be to mix a smaller amount of the epoxy and apply it as a primer coating over the concrete walls and/or steps with either a brush or a roller. You can also apply a second coating of epoxy, if necessary. While the coating is still wet flakes can also be broadcast into the wet coating so that your walls and floor match.
Should I coat past the garage door during my epoxy application?
We usually do not recommend applying the epoxy past the garage door due to the fact that over time the ultraviolet rays of the sun will eventually cause the color of the epoxy to fade. What you can do is close your garage door, take a construction pencil and draw a line where the garage door sits. You will then open the garage door and mark 1/2"-3/4" of an inch past your drawn line. Mask that line and you will then apply the epoxy up to that tape line and remove the tape immediately once finished applying the coating.
Do I have to recoat my floors every year?
No, our epoxies create a hard, and durable surface will last for many years under normal circumstances.
When is the best time to remove any masking tape?
We recommend removing the tape immediately after applying the epoxy. It will make your life much easier if you remove it after you finish your application. If you wait until the epoxy dries, then you will have to take a razor blade and cut the tape away from the cured epoxy.
What is the best way to prevent any uncured areas on my epoxy floor?
Uncured areas are the result of the improper mixing of the Part A resin and the Part B hardener. Be sure when you pour your Part B hardener into the Part A resin not to splash on the sides of the bucket. If any of the hardener is left unmixed, then it will not cure and cause tacky and soft areas on your floor. We also recommend not placing the bucket upside down to use up any remaining epoxy on the bottom of the pail. Leaving the bucket upside down in order to use up the remaining material could result in a risk of unmixed hardener that may be on the sides of the pail dripping onto the flooring area. If you do have an area of uncured material, simply scrape off the uncured material and scuff sand the area with 60-80 grit sandpaper and then recoat the area.
What is the best way to apply epoxy over existing tile?
When coating over existing tile, we recommend machine profiling the tile with an orbital diamond grinder to scarify the tile or an upright floor sander that uses 40-60 grit sanding pads in order to create a good surface profile for the epoxy to adhere to. You can also apply two coats in order to hide any remaining tile grout lines. Our epoxies are a high build product and may be applied over itself many times.
How much decorative flake is needed to achieve a certain look?
We have put together a chart below showing the amount of decorative flake needed to achieve the various desired look and coverage. You may use this as a reference when selecting the amount of decorative fleck for your project.
Light Broadcast: 2 lbs per 1000 square feet.
Medium Broadcast: 4-5 lbs per 1000 square feet.
Heavy Broadcast: 6-8 lbs per 1000 square feet.
Full Broadcast: 200 lbs per 1000 square feet.