During the past decade, the popularity of floor paint has become intensively widespread. A lot of people have learned the facts about it such as it increases the durability of the floor if it is properly applied. Aside from this, people appreciate the factor that floor paint increases the aesthetic appeal of their space. The popular floor of the 1990's, floor laminates, have the drawback of fading and warping, so people find it more appealing to paint their floors instead. In additional, it is so easy to paint finished basements and even plywood flooring so homeowners can save a large amount of money and, at the same time, they can achieve style and class. However, it is a must that floor paint should be applied properly so that it can keep its visual appearance that is appealing, scratch free and with no signage of wear and tear.
Except for the flooring of an old basement, where vapor barriers where not constructed benefit the concrete floor which is common on house that were built before 1970's, any flooring can be covered with paint. Epoxy floor paint is, so far, the best option you can choose to have a lasting finish. The homeowner can make a choice of the paint style that he or she personally prefers. Some of the popular applications are rag rolled, textured and sponged painting methods. After the homeowner has made a decision on what method to apply, then the application of the paint will begin. The first thing to do is to lay down one layer of solid base coat which is then followed by a second layer of textured paint. The painter then will need to allow ample time for drying the paint. Once the paint is totally dry, urethane can be applied in three coats over the top of the clean floor surface.
Actually, it is urethane which is the secret to keep the floor from chipping, fading and tacking. This clear floor coating can work well on every surface wherever it be concrete, hardwood or plywood. If the floor surface is plywood, it is recommended to apply a thick primer coat to even out cracks and provide the floor with a smoother appearance. Cracks of concrete floors, on the other hand, can be puttyed with latex based crack filler before applying paint. It is expected that a floor paint will have several years of life before it requires touch ups especially if the homeowner knows how to properly maintain it through regular cleanings.
by Al Barnes