Polyaspartic Garage Floors Vs. Epoxy Garage Floors: What’s Better For Your Home?

Let’s Compare These Popular Concrete Coatings To See Which Is Worth Your Money.

BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

If you’ve been researching garage floor coatings for your home, you’ve likely come across two main options: epoxy and polyaspartic. Both can transform any garage floor into a stunning showpiece, so it’s understandable if you’re having a hard time deciding which is better.

Don’t worry. I’ve done your homework for you.

While epoxy and polyaspartic coatings look similar, there is A LOT more going on than meets the eye. These coatings are VERY different in several categories.

In this article, I’ll break down these differences one by one… and arm you with the knowledge you need to make the best decision.

But First, A Crash-Course In Floor Coatings

When deciding between epoxy and polyaspartic, it’s good to know the composition of the materials.

Epoxy floor coating is made of a resin aspect and a hardener aspect. It’s typically applied in layers that consist of a primer, color base coat, and two polyurethane surface coatings.

Polyaspartic floor coating is a corrosion-resistant hybrid material similar to polyurethane. Scientists developed polyaspartic in the 1990s to coat the steel used in bridges. In 1996, it was even used to coat the Beaucatcher Tunnel that leads to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Both options are virtually maintenance-free. And they can both make your garage look amazing. 

But that’s where the similarities end. Now let’s dive into the differences…

Durability

Epoxy Floor Coating

Epoxy has a hard and durable finish. It stands up well against heavy use and the daily demands of your garage. 

The drawback here is that epoxy becomes rigid when it dries. This can make epoxy floor coating susceptible to scratches and scrapes. And though it does provide some resistance against chemical and liquid spills, these items can cause corrosion.

Polyaspartic Floor Coating

Being twice as thick as epoxy, polyaspartic floor coating can last up to 400% longer. Whatever punishment you throw its way, polyaspartic stands tall.

Polyaspartic is also heat-resistant, which is surprisingly important for garage floor coatings. When you pull into your garage, your tires are hot from driving. This heat can cause epoxy coatings to lift away from the concrete beneath it. The chemical composition of polyaspartic prevents this entirely.

Curing Time

Epoxy Floor Coating

You’ll need about 48 hours of curing time before you can walk on epoxy coating and put back your belongings. As for your vehicle, you’ll have to wait about five days before you can safely drive on epoxy coating.

If you have patience and a temporary place to store the items in your garage, this won’t be a problem. But many homeowners today are just too busy to be able to wait that long.

Polyaspartic Floor Coating

Curing time is where polyaspartic holds a HUGE advantage over epoxy. Installation takes about four hours. Two hours after installation, polyaspartic flooring is cured enough to walk on and replace your belongings. In just 24 hours, it’s fully cured so you can drive on it. 

This makes polyaspartic a popular choice among homeowners who need high-quality floor coating… without the wait.

Installation

Epoxy Floor Coating

The average installation time for epoxy coating on a garage floor is one to two days. Epoxy can only be installed in temperatures between 50⁰F to 80⁰F. If it’s not installed in this “sweet spot,” epoxy has a tough time adhering to the floor.

The longer installation process even affects the quality of the product. On average, 80% of epoxy installation expenses go to labor. That means just 20% of the actual project cost is accounted for in the material used for the coating. The installation eats up so much cost margin that the quality of the product itself suffers.

Polyaspartic Floor Coating

Polyaspartic coating can be installed in the blistering heat or near sub-zero temperatures—it’s not picky! It bonds to the floor with commercial-grade adhesion in the dead of winter or the dog days of summer.

Polyaspartic requires less installation time than epoxy, which means more of your money goes into the actual materials. Labor accounts for 60% of costs, while materials (as in, the actual coating) account for 40%. That’s twice as much value in the product itself!

Air Quality

Epoxy Floor Coating

Certain epoxy coatings can affect your garage’s air quality through off-gassing. Off-gassing is the release of airborne particles or chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

In the case of epoxy, inhaling its VOC-infused fumes can harm your respiratory system. High amounts of exposure can even lead to asthma. 

Some newer epoxy coatings address the off-gassing issue. But it’s smart to research the VOC properties of any epoxy product you’re considering.

Polyaspartic Floor Coating

Polyaspartic is so low in VOCs that it meets the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliance. 

Polyaspartic coatings are not only safe to breathe, but they’re also virtually odorless. Contrast this with epoxy coatings, which have a strong chemical smell that lingers a long time after installation.

Looks

I’ll keep this section brief since both floor coating systems can make your garage look phenomenal. (For proof of that, visit our Garage Floor Gallery to take a look at some of the beautiful polyaspartic options we offer.)

The real difference isn’t necessary in the looks… it’s how LONG those looks last. And the fact is that polyaspartic coatings are just plain superior at resisting scratches, spills, fading, and everyday punishment the typical garage floor takes.

Bottom Line: Polyaspartic Is Just Plain Superior

Though epoxy and polyaspartic coatings look similar, polyaspartic is—in my view—the clear-cut winner.

The superiority of polyaspartic is why we utilize it in our Presto Flooring. It costs us a little more, but the results are more than worth it. Being able to provide our customers with a beautiful, durable garage floor in ONE DAY is something we just can’t pass up.

Get A Beautiful Garage Floor In One Day

Contact us today to schedule a free Design Consultation for your garage floor. You can either set an in-home meeting or schedule a Virtual Consultation. It’s up to you!

An expert Design Consultant will help you decide the perfect design for your floor. On installation day, our in-house craftsmen will bring your gorgeous new garage floor to life in just a few hours.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.