10 REASONS TO CHOOSE SWISSTRAX OVER EPOXY
SWISSTRAX HAS LOWER LIFETIME COST
On average, a two-car garage at 400 to 500 sq/ft, costs $1,200 to $6,000 to epoxy, versus a Swisstrax at $2,100 - $2,800. National averages to epoxy are garage floor sit at $3,600.
You’ll also need to factor in preparation and long-term cost of maintenance when damaged by tools, vehicles, chemicals or natural movement of foundation. Here are some additional costs associated with initial set up and long-term costs of epoxy flooring.
Swisstrax can have a similar initial investment, but it requires virtually no long-term maintenance.
- One-Car Garage that is approximately 250 sq/ft with a two-color checkered design and edges can average between $1,200 and $1,400.
- Two-Car Garage that is approximately 400 to 500 sq/ft with a two-color checkered design and edges can average between $2,100 - $2,800.
SWISSTRAX INSTALLS IN HOURS, NOT DAYS
Applying an epoxy coating to a garage floor starts with an extensive cleaning and etching process to ensure the coating bonds properly. This process typically starts with sweeping, blowing off all dust and debris, but often also includes washing, sanding off existing paint, and spot treating any oil stains.
Depending on the type of epoxy you will be using (water-based, solvent, solid), you’ll want to apply anywhere from 2 to 4 coats. After applying initial epoxy coat, you’ll need to wait an average of 5-24 hours until the first layer cures and is ready for a second coat. After you’ve applied the desired layers and allowed each layer to cure, you’ll need to wait an average of 2 to 7 days before allowing any type of traffic on the newly coated floor. Also keep in mind these additional factors:
- Moving all items within the garage to new location and back once completed
- Preparation of the subsurface
- Time of actually applying the coats of epoxy
Swisstrax floors take an average of 1-5 hours to install, depending on size of garage. While you have to factor in the time to remove all items on the garage floor, other than sweeping out the excess debris on floor, you can install Swisstrax flooring as soon as the floor has been cleared of all items.
SWISSTRAX OFFERS SAFE & SIMPLE INSTALLATION
Swisstrax is the safe and simple DIY alternative to Epoxy. When surfacing with Epoxy, you often have to use harsh chemicals to prepare the surface along with the toxic fumes that come from having to apply the epoxy coats. While epoxy can be a DIY project as well, Swisstrax modular flooring system is much easier and less time-consuming process compared to epoxy.
SWISSTRAX OFFERS MORE DESIGN & CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS
The two main features of epoxy flooring you can customize is color and whether you want a granite looking finish (adding flakes to the epoxy).
With Swisstrax you can control and customize the following:
- Type of tile (Ribtrax Pro, Ribtrax Smooth Pro, Vinyltrax Pro, Diamondtrax Home)
- Color Options – Up to 18 different color options.
- Design of floor – checkered, outlines, highlights, and more.
- Use more than one tile type to customize your design.
- Swisstrax also offer Logotrax and Graphictrax to allow for custom logos to be inlaid into flooring
INFERIOR PROTECTION FEATURES WITH EPOXY
Epoxy flooring is susceptible to damage from everyday wear and tear like cracks, chipping and installation inconsistencies, and can endure imperfections from many situations post-application. Swisstrax modular flooring tiles help protect your garage floor from damage because they sit on top of your concrete floor, can withstand up to 3,120 psi in compressive strength, are heat and cold resistant from -22F to 248F, and are chemically resistant to liquids like oil, gas, acid or solvents including Skydrol and Alkalis.
TAKE SWISSTRAX WITH YOU IF YOU MOVE
One of the biggest benefits of the investment you’ll make with Swisstrax is that you can take your Swisstrax system with you if you move to a new home. With epoxy, you’ll not only invest money but a lot of time ensuring the proper application of the flooring. So what happens when you decide to move a year later?
As the world’s finest modular flooring tile, Swisstrax products can be portable and move with you.
ONGOING MAINTENANCE INVESTMENT OF EPOXY FLOORING
Every few years epoxy floors require resealing along with touch-up of any damaged areas on the floor. In order to maintain epoxy flooring from everyday wear and tear, homeowners need to remember to:
- Wipe all stains immediately or scrub with non-caustic cleaners
- Regularly mop the epoxy flooring
- Keep garage door closed to avoid UV rays hitting flooring, which causes discoloration of floor
Swisstrax has little to no maintenance requirements. The tiles are impervious to staining, fading, or harsh chemical or fluids.
BETTER WARRANTY OFFER WITH SWISSTRAX
Average epoxy flooring kits provide a 2-3 year warranty. Swisstrax offers a 7-year to a limited lifetime warranty that is not prorated, with no restocking fees and no hassles. To give additional peace of mind, Swisstrax also offers a 30-day money back guarantee for any garage flooring tiles that are in re-usable condition.
- Ribtrax Pro: Lifetime Limited Warranty: Residential Setting
- Ribtrax Smooth Pro: Lifetime Limited Warranty: Residential Setting
- Vinyltrax Pro: 15-years Warranty
- Diamondtrax Home: 20-years Warranty
- Diamondtrax Flex: 7-years Warranty
SLIP RESISTANT WITH SWISSTRAX TILES
Swisstrax tiles are built with a self-draining design that provides a clean, dry surface. Along with the patented drainage system, Swisstrax also has an effective anti-slip ingredient that is added to the polypropylene which keeps them slip-resistant when wet. With epoxy, you’ll need to be careful with any liquids spilled on the floor while working because the slick surface can be hazardous to working conditions in a garage.
UV STABILIZER IN SWISSTRAX FLOORING
If you plan to work with your garage door open, be careful to not let the sun hit your epoxy flooring. Epoxy flooring is susceptible to discoloration from UV rays, and will overtime cause a yellow discoloration.
Swisstrax tiles have a UV stabilizer mixed into the polypropylene copolymer material and color pigments, making them highly fade resistant.
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