With its high price tag, you’d expect ArmorClad’s epoxy floor covering to be a quality product and it definitely is. This epoxy product is 100% solids, providing a much thicker finish than other, lower cost products. The kit also comes with six pounds of decorative color chips, made from epoxy, to make a finish that is not only durable, but looks like more than just a paint job. The finished epoxy floor covering looks like a custom floor.
This product also meets military specifications, which we all know require the best possible quality, regardless of expense. Due to its durability, it is used by many garage chains and factories to provide a superior, chemical resistant finish in their facilities.
The kit includes everything you need to cover up to 600 square feet; including three gallons of epoxy, etching solution and clear topcoat. It also has all the tools needed, such as roller, pads a squeegee and even rubber gloves. If a larger surface needs to be coated, then an add-on kit can be purchased, which adds additional material without all the extras.
Epoxy-Coat is a similar product to ArmorClad, coming in a full kit, with all the necessary materials and tools. It also has an instructional video to show you how best to apply it. This product has three gallons of epoxy in the kit, providing coverage for up to 600 square feet. It comes with epoxy flakes to put in the finish, in a color to compliment the base color of the epoxy. Like ArmorClad, it is a 100% solids epoxy, providing the thickest possible coat, for maximum durability. One coat of Epoxy-coat provides a thicker finish than five coats of regular paints. A zero VOC product, Epoxy-Coat is environmentally friendly.
If the kits already mentioned are beyond your budget (nor surprising), then perhaps Rust-Oleum's epoxy floor covering will meet your needs. This is a smaller kit, with only two gallons of epoxy, not the three we've seen in the other kits. Nevertheless it still comes with the colored epoxy chips to make a nice finish. It is also available in a variety of colors. One thing you need to know is that this is a "high solids epoxy finish" and not a 100% "solids epoxy finish" like the more expensive finishes. So, while it will give an excellent quality finish, it won’t be as thick as the full solids ones are. It also doesn't cover as much (due to the smaller volume); but only covers a maximum of 400 square feet. That might not be enough to finish your two-car garage.
Yes, Quickrete does more than bags of concrete– they also provide the finish for the concrete, although it might be manufactured by others for them. This is a water-based, two part epoxy, with two gallons of material in the kit. That means that it will cover 300-400 square feet, like the Rust-Oleum product. Like the others we've looked at, it also comes with complementary colored epoxy flakes, making a nice finish for your floor. This kit does not come with all the necessary tools for application; but, then again, it’s much less expensive than those that do.
This is a one-part epoxy, which actually means that it is an epoxy fortified product. Epoxy resin is added to the paint, in order to give it a tougher finish. That’s not the same as epoxy and isn't as durable as epoxy, but it is much more durable than any other paint product. It is also much less expensive than epoxy paints, making it a good choice for those whose budgets don’t allow the high dollar epoxy coatings. While durable, you really can’t expect the same lifespan out of it that you can a true epoxy coating. However, with the lower cost, it can be repainted.