EPOXY FLOOR COATING IN VIRGINIA

Reimagine Concrete is the Most Trusted Epoxy Flooring Contractor in Virginia – Serving VA, MD, and DC.

We strive to be the best and do guarantee our epoxy flooring work. Our team is the most knowledgeable, Licensed, and Insured, Epoxy Flooring Virginia Contractor.  And we strive to bring your imagination to life.

What do we do with Epoxy Flooring in Virginia?

Epoxy flooring is a process of preparing the floor and applying a two-part liquid-coating material that cures on your concrete to make a resilient, beautiful and durable surface. 

Epoxy flooring in Fairfax, VA is a very nice option that is affordable, easy to maintain, resilient, antimicrobial and a beautiful surface. We’ve served in the past and continue to serve commercial, industrial and residential clients with high-quality epoxy floor coating installation.

As an established, high-rated and leading epoxy flooring contractor in Northern Virginia, you can count on our highly-trained technicians for a perfect epoxy flooring installation. 

If you are searching for an “epoxy flooring contractor near me” or “epoxy floor near me” or “epoxy flooring installer near me” then you are at the right place. We serve clients in all of the northern Virginia, Maryland and DC markets.

Our epoxy flooring crew can bring your vision and ideas to life. Whether you want our epoxy coating services for your industrial, residential or commercial purposes we can help you transform whatever you have in mind.  From epoxy garage flooring – flake system to the industrial epoxy flooring to the most vibrant and unique metallic epoxy floor.

Epoxy Flooring Services We offer

We offer a variety of epoxy flooring services in Fairfax, VA.  There is a whole suite of epoxy flooring services that we offer and are covered in the following section.  

Feel free to contact us today at (571) 200-1335 for any questions.

SIMPLE EPOXY FLOORING

Reimagine Concrete can produce a simple, no-frills, everyday epoxy flooring.  Make no mistake. This simple plain epoxy floor is beautiful, fully functional and of very high-quality. Since the epoxy floor, unlike tile or vinyl, is poured and cast on-site, you will get a custom and seamless floor.  The possibilities are endless – you can apply this simple epoxy to your home and even your commercial space.

GARAGE EPOXY FLOORING

Do you hate the boring, dingy, oil-stained, nasty concrete floor in your garage? Who doesn’t? Now, finally, you have a solution.

You could transform the dusty, gray garage concrete floor into a beautiful, durable floor.  With the garage floor epoxy solution, you will get a full-broadcasted flake system between the layers of epoxy floors.  The flakes help in giving the floor a texture while the epoxy provides the strength, durability, and shine. 

The garage epoxy flooring product is non-porous, so any amount of liquid spills in the garage is just one wipe away. Nothing seeps into the floor. 

Now, this also improves the value of your house in Fairfax, VA and is proven to help sell the house faster in the DMV and northern Virginia market.

DECORATIVE EPOXY COATING FOR BASEMENTS

How long do you want to have the bland carpet in the basement?  There are a variety of different things that you can do to decorate the floor. From full broadcast flakes to other design impregnation additives, you can do a lot to bring some unique twist to your floors.

You can create effects and look-alikes using decorative epoxy.  If you want a wood-like floor but need with epoxy you can achieve it.  Want a natural stone look with decorative epoxy floor – done!

METALLIC EPOXY FLOORS

When it comes to replicating your imagination, then metallic epoxy floors are the best. You can get a unique pattern, sky effect, ocean effect, volcanic effect or anything in nature that you love.  Our Virginia Epoxy clients ask for different colors and different translucent features on the metallic epoxy floors. We do that by adding the right mixture of metallic powdered chips to the epoxy and installing it.  It takes an artist to work with the metallic epoxy floors and we have many on our team.

COMMERCIAL EPOXY FLOORING

When it comes to commercial floors epoxy is hands down the best choice.  Your commercial location in Fairfax, Virginia can benefit from the epoxy systems we have.

While a foyer or a lobby might need a professional-looking color, texture, and finish, a back-office can be a little free with the use.  A bathroom or kitchen will have a lot of water spills and we need to impregnate the epoxy with silica to create the roughness to provide an anti-skid surface.

We have several solutions for the commercial epoxy floor in Virginia. You should check the industries that can benefit from epoxy flooring.

A commercial epoxy floor must be installed to take heavy traffic and still hold up nice.  The commercial epoxy floor must also be a good candidate for chemical exposure and harsh-detergents spills.  Retail stores, office buildings, laundry rooms, kitchen, medical and health care facilities, schools, universities, etc. can benefit from the use of our commercial and industrial grade epoxy floor coatings.

ADVANTAGES & BENEFITS OF EPOXY FLOOR COATING

When correctly applied by an epoxy flooring expert, the epoxy floor coating becomes a resilient, durable, highly-resistant and luxurious flooring material.  When in doubt if epoxy is the right way to go, you should check these advantages and benefits before you choose any flooring material.

  • Garage floor epoxy is resistant to heated vehicle wheels.
  • Garage floor epoxy holds up well for heavy vehicles and traffic
  • Epoxy can provide a high-gloss floor – or have a matt finish if needed
  • A garage floor can have anti-skid flakes added to improve safety
  • Maintenance-free flooring solution
  • Brighter room with using lighter color and glossy sheen 
  • Impervious to spills such as oil, grease, and strong-chemicals
  • Epoxy provides a moisture barrier so no moisture coming up through the floor.
  • Epoxy is water-resistant and even a puddle of water causes no harm to the structure
  • Can hold up nice up to 10 years or more, when professionally installed
  • No Volatile Organic Compound, so no problem with indoor air quality
  • Multiple color options to permanently mark in commercial settings
  • Garage epoxy floor in Fairfax can add to home’s value
  • Decorative epoxy flooring can make a unique impression

AREAS WE SERVE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

We cover most of the DMV, including all of Northern Virginia, including:

Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Leesburg, VA, Ashburn, VA, Manassas, VA,  Woodbridge, VA, Stafford, VA, Winchester, VA, South Riding, VA, Chantilly, VA, Fairfax, VA, Front Royal, VA, Falls Church City, VA, Gainesville, VA, Aldie, VA, Berryville, VA, Haymarket, VA, Springfield, VA, Lorton, VA, Lake Ridge, VA, Dale City, VA, Centreville, VA, Nokesville, VA, Middleburg, VA, Jefferson County, VA, Berkeley County, VA, Charles Town, WV, Martinsburg, WV, Washington D.C., Frederick County, VA, Fauquier County, VA,  Loudoun County, VA, Fairfax County, VA, Arlington County, VA, Prince William County, VA, Clarke County, VA

FAQ

We love the flooring and especially Epoxy coating and we’re rated #1 installation crew in Fairfax and all of Northern Virginia.  But that’s us. You might still have a few lingering questions – the ones that we often hear from our prospective clients. Here is a rundown of the most commonly asked:

What’s the life of an Epoxy floor? 

We have seen well-maintained epoxy floors lasting a lifetime.  That is something that the client took care of, didn’t abuse and had low traffic usage.  Since homes have less usage and traffic they last more than an office, commercial or industrial epoxy floor.

Even with residential epoxy flooring in Fairfax, VA, a basement epoxy floor will last longer than a garage that pulls the car in and out every day.   

Having said that, a professionally installed, the industrial-grade epoxy floor should last at least a decade, if not longer.  However, in commercial spaces usage of heavy equipment, fixtures and vehicles will put more scratches and stress the floor out, make its useful life short of a few years.

How long does it take to install epoxy flooring in Fairfax, Virginia?

For a sub-1000 square foot space – be it garage or basement floor or commercial space – we take a day to prepare the surface, by grinding and removing debris, dirt, glue, and anything that needs to come out.  After which we put a moisture barrier layer to protect the epoxy coating from any moisture coming up.

Another day or two is spent in applying multiple coats of epoxy resin on top of the moisture barrier layer. Each layer is left to cure for at least 4 hours and ideally up to 8 hours.

We hit it with a top coat and let it cure completely for 8 hours before you can step foot. We advise clients to move any objects in or pull the vehicle in only after a full 24-hour resting.

So a job this size should take between 2 or 3 days. It usually due to the 4 – 8 hours left to cure and dry between coats extend the total installation time. 

What’s the cost of Epoxy floor coating in Virginia?

This is one question where we hate to not answer straight and say, it depends. But the truth is it really depends on various factors.

While a level floor with no contaminants (and no other obstacles for us to work) takes less time and effort.  That combined with a simple epoxy application that has no additives falls at the lower end of the spectrum. Whereas a high-gloss, highly-resilient floor that has a metallic powder impregnated and a unique creative work-of-art will take time, effort, skill and money.  This is on the other side of the spectrum.  

So the cost can range anywhere from $5 to $15 a square foot. Again if we are dealing with a 100 sq.ft.room then set up and break up probably costs about the same and cannot be done on a per square foot basis.  So we tend to do a per job-based calculation when dealing with less than 300 sq.ft. 

epoxy floor coating on wood in VA MD DC

Epoxy Floor Coatings on Wood – Can It Be Done & How?

Epoxy is a synthetic material that can go over many surfaces. However, epoxy needs to have a surface that is prepared and primed before epoxy can be applied.  And for sure wood needs more care before the epoxy flooring can go on wood floors. 

The reason why, say for example concrete, is prepared to give the epoxy a good bonding with the sub-surface. So, that is what we would like to address. Will the wood surface provide enough adhesion for the epoxy to adhere to.

What is a Good Subfloor for Epoxy Flooring

There are several properties of the substrate an epoxy floor coating expert would look for.

  • 1. Very solid, unmovable and unexpandable sub-surface
  • 2. Rough surface for a proper bonding

So wood over the years can move, expand and contract and start squeaking.  It also has gaps and in some older houses, where the movement of the house has occurred, gaps might form.

That should be rectified immediately, so there are no voids, gaps, buckling or lose planks.

Second, the surface cannot have any adhesive or seal coat which prevents the epoxy from bonding. This is an easy problem to fix, as any floor will be sanded or ground by the flooring professionals before the epoxy is applied.

Issues Inherent with Wood Floors

While we can prep the floor well, there are no guarantees that the wood floor may not buckle or create gaps. For this reason, it is not generally advisable to coat wood floors with epoxy.

As you understand that wooden planks usually expand in warmer temperatures and contracts in colder temperatures.  This is a never-ending problem, and you need to figure out a way to work with rather a solid epoxy and a variable wooden sub-floor.

Many a time, our experts at Reimagine Concrete, get this request.  When our pros inspect we often find out the wood is placed over a concrete surface. When we see this, we get excited.

Because, now we can rip the wooden floor, and start prepping the solid concrete, instead of dealing with a moving wood.

If you are unsure what to do, give experts a call.  We can give our free opinion, so do not hesitate to call (571) 200-1335.

Epoxy Floor Coating on Wooden Floors

Alright, if you’ve come this far, you are gung ho about getting the epoxy on the wood floor. Fine!

Why are you thinking of an epoxy coating? Is it damaged, scratched, discolored in several places, or stained heavily that you want to hide. Epoxy can help you with some of it.

Our best suggestion here is to get a sander and gently sand and remove any topcoat that was put on the wood when installed. Remember it needs to bond properly.

Sanding Wood Makes for a Proper SubFloor

This sanding will take away a lot of dirt, grime, and even some surface-level contaminants and stain.

Again, sand it using a coarser grit sander and not a finer one. Roughness is needed, but you should not have visible deeper scratches.

Now you need to choose the right epoxy product that works on wood. You should also look at the thickness of the epoxy pour recommended for wood.  

I can’t give any here, because each manufacturer’s specification differs and so I would let you talk to them.

For God’s Sake, do not go to the big box store and buy the kit which claims to be epoxy.  It’s an extremely watered-down version of what we use. Our epoxy floor experts wouldn’t dare touch it with a 10 feet pole.  Period. End of Debate.

Epoxy Floor Coating in Virginia, Maryland, and DC 

Our pros at Reimagine Concrete use the highest quality epoxy, so we can give a life-time warranty and still sleep well at night. We have perfected the system for the application of the epoxy to give the best performance and finish and last a long time.

The epoxy that we use is lab tested by research scientists and specifically formulated used polymers that are customized for the Mid-Atlantic region.

More importantly, they take into consideration the temperature, humidity and the condition of concrete and customize the epoxy.

Why do scientists do this?  To provide the best performance under the given conditions and provide a resilient, strong and seamless floor for our customers.  The end product is nothing short of exceptional. 

At Reimagine Concrete, we primarily concentrate on epoxy coating over concrete, however, we have tried our hand over many other surfaces. 

If you call Reimagine Concrete to redo the wood floor with epoxy, we surely can come over, take a look and give our opinion on the matter.

Get Help for Epoxy Flooring on Wood

Unlike many other contractors, we are not going to do, if we think it’s not going to last a lifetime.  

However, if we think we can get your floor to good shape – whether it is residential or commercial –  we can remove the wood, prep the concrete and epoxy coat your floor. 

Contact us today at (571) 200-1335 or fill in the contact us form and one of our project experts will get in touch with you shortly. 

For all your residential and commercial epoxy floor coating services in Virginia, Maryland and DC you can contact us directly at (571) 200-1335. 

Concrete Polishing vs Epoxy Performance Floor Coating

Epoxy Floors vs Polished Concrete: The difference and benefits.

Which One Should I Choose?

We come across this question “epoxy floors or polished concrete – what to choose?“, quite frequently and we hope to put a post so it benefits everyone. The answer depends on the usage of the floor. The environment will dictate what’s more beneficial.

A little explanation of the process background will shed more light on this question.

Epoxy Flooring basics

Epoxy is a hard resin and so it needs to be coated in multiple layers. For the epoxy to bond to the subsurface, one needs to prep the floor by grinding and opening up the concrete slab.

The usual process involves grinding using metal diamonds and thoroughly vacuuming the place to remove dirt and debris. 

Next, the flooring expert applies a moisture barrier coating to protect the floor finishes. This vapor barrier is an important step to protect the epoxy from pops due to hydrostatic pressure.

Finally, the epoxy resin is applied and evenly spread over the surface and gets the desired level of finish.

Polished Concrete Basics 

Polished concrete is nothing more than the same bare concrete you see but polished. The process gets a highly reflective surface. The resultant floor is extremely smooth, free of dust raising, and ultra-dense.

The process starts with metal diamonds from #25 (or lower) usually cut wet. After a few more wet cuts, the technician switches over to resin diamonds. The process progressively goes from 70 grit to 1500 or 3000 grit, depending on the level of sheen needed.

Within these progressive grinding processes, where appropriate, the densifier is applied. The densifier is used to fill the pores and make the concrete harder and stronger. 

With this process, you will get a fantastic floor that is much harder, smoother and very glossy.  Almost like a granite floor. Depending on the usage, a sealer is also applied.

Now people often confuse that the sheen is from using the sealer or topcoat that gives the glossy look.  However, that is not true at all. The polishing process mechanically eliminates the finer grains of concrete to polish and make the floor surface reflective.

Now you know how the floor is made, let’s look at a few advantages or benefits of each. After going through this post you will have the following – The basics of how each floor is made and the benefits, advantages, and disadvantages. With that, you will be in a better position to compare concrete polishing vs epoxy coating.

The Benefits of Polished Concrete

Minimal Wet Usage

Concrete polishing will be advantageous when you are looking at floors that are not exposed to harsh chemicals.  If your industry doesn’t use or use minimal of the wet material such as water, oil, and chemicals, then polished concrete floors will work out good. 

Say you have a lobby and an admin office floor, polished concrete floors is just enough. 

Standard Maintenance Routine

Even though polished floors are very strong and take a lot of beating, it needs occasional care in terms so re-polishing and standard maintenance. 

If you need a sparkling floor and if you also have a heavy traffic environment, you need to see if you can have the maintenance done and run the business in parallel.  Especially if you have a critical operation that runs round the clock, then you need to think over polished concrete. 

Level and Concrete with Minimal Imperfection

If you are pouring in concrete or have a rather good and level concrete floor, then polishing is a wise option. A lot of cracks or uneven floor will make a level concrete polished floor nearly impossible without additional work, which increases the cost significantly. 

Color Difference and Rustic Look

When you do have a flat concrete pad but needs a lot of patching, here’s what you should know. The colors wouldn’t match between the new and old pour.  I’ve had customers tell me the difference in color and cracks and imperfections brings the true character in concrete. I agree.

But if you need a uniformly polished floor with no color variations or visible cracks you need to opt-out of this camp.

Low Dust, High Reflectivity and Improved Indoor Quality

In any case, there are some immediate benefits of polished concrete.  Reflectivity will increase greatly making the space brighter than the otherwise left concrete floor.  

The dust rising from bare concrete will stop making the environment very clean and significantly improve the indoor air quality. Densifier used in the concrete polishing process hardens the concrete, so you are left with a much harder surface.

The Benefits of Epoxy & Resin Flooring

As you saw a lot of benefits and some prerequisites or requirements with concrete polishing, there are some exclusive benefits that you get with epoxy. 

Flaws in Concrete Polishing Is Overcome by Epoxy

In fact, some of the flaws of concrete polishing can be overcome with epoxy and other resin systems for floors and walls. 

Satisfies the Needs of Many Different Industries

Polyaspartic, epoxy and other resin coating systems are suitable for a wide variety of applications in many different industries.

Impact Resistant Floors

Epoxy floors have a slightly better capacity for weight-bearing.  It also has flexibility so it is resistant to impacts like dropping some heaving objects on the floor.

Easily Hides Floor Imperfections

Since it is a performance coating product, it just hides imperfections in the concrete floor.  So if you are dealing with an uneven floor, it’s much easier to prep and coat with epoxy than polishing.

Resistant to Spills

There are several industries such as food and beverage manufacturing, biological and pharmaceutical companies that benefit from the epoxy floor and wall coating.

Where chemical spills are normal, epoxy will provide a much better floor where nothing stains the concrete. 

The epoxy floor provides an abrasion and impact resistant floor needed in many different manufacturing operations.

High Reflectivity and Brightness of Work Environment

Much like polished concrete, epoxy can be layered with a topcoat. A high gloss topcoat provides very high reflectivity and improves the brightness of the room and working condition.

Seamless Flooring System

One main advantage of epoxy over other resilient flooring material is that epoxy and resin are customs made to your floors.  In other words, the epoxy flooring technicians pour the epoxy and let it cure. 

This process creates a resilient floor that is seamless. With facilities that need an extremely clean environment a seamless floor is preferred as there are no cracks where dirt can accumulate and microorganisms can grow.

Resinous floor and walls have other properties such as resistant to certain solvents, toxins, chemicals, and acids, once cured.

Versatile Product with Any Look Achievable

Epoxy and polyaspartic floors are very versatile. If you want to create a rustic look, much like that of polished concrete,  that is possible. If you want to have your floors to be artistic, that is doable.

You can do your house basements, garages, and even hospital bathrooms, providing a shiny yet anti-slip surface. 

Water Resistant Floors

It doesn’t have pores and so it’s generally considered to be a water-tight flooring material. You can easily wipe anything that spills as nothing soaks the concrete. 

So What’s the Best – Epoxy Floor Coating or Concrete Polishing?

We are back where we started – epoxy floor vs polished concrete.  With the information provided above, you should be able to make an educated decision, by now. 

In summary, this is what you are looking at.

  • When you are dealing with an environment where the floors are wet for a longer time.  Or if the floors will have spills, such as chemicals and oil, then epoxy is the way to go.
  • If you have heavy markings – such as stripes, lines, and markings, epoxy will do better than polished concrete. However, with polished concrete, you could stain, but it would be vibrant, at all.
  • When you are going to have rough use of the floor -heavy vehicles, high traffic and such- polishing is probably the best choice.