April 2021 A Steel Coated Floors system will enhance the appearance of any garage, showroom, shop floor or any concrete surface while providing a durable, long-lasting and easy-to-clean surface. Additionally, this high-performance coating not only provides an aesthetic moisture barrier, it extends the life of your concrete floor. If you’re looking to spruce up the areas of your home or businesses with concrete surfaces this season, look no further than Steel Coated Floors of Indiana—leaders in the industry in quality processes, products and customer service. Why Steel Coated Floors of Indiana? Steel Coated Floors of Indiana is a local, family-owned and -operated business that serves the greater Indianapolis area. Owners Aaron and Brady Shepard and their professional team beautify concrete surfaces with the highest-quality epoxy coating on the market with a nationally backed 100% waterproof, 100% seamless lifetime guarantee. The founding franchisor is also family-owned and-operated and is based in Utah. According to the Shepards, Steel Coated Floors offers its franchisees monumental support and hands-on guidance throughout the entire process of opening and operating its franchises. Family-and Community-Oriented Owners Aaron and Brady Shepard are long-time northside residents. Having moved from Carmel to Zionsville, the Shepards are raising their three children and are active in the local community. Both Aaron and Brady coach for the Zionsville LittleLeague as well.“We decided to start this new business during the past year,” Brady shared. “I had run my own recruiting firm for the past few years that came to a screeching halt because nobody was hiring . My business partner and I decided to take the summer off and focus on our families.” Aaron and Brady have always dreamed of running a business together. After researching a variety of franchise opportunities they became extremely intrigued with the idea of owning and operating an epoxy flooring business. They “fell in love” with the franchisor Steel Coated Floors and with their franchise model.“They started franchising in 2019 and are small enough that there’s no layers—meaning we can call the owners directly,” Brady said. “The owners are very savvy, hardworking and wonderful people. We officially launched Steel Coated Floors of Indiana in 2021.” What Differentiates Steel Coated Floors From the Competition? If you enjoy a high-touch experience where you get to work directly with the owners, you will certainly appreciateworking with the Shepards and their team of skilled professionals throughout the entire experience.“What differentiates us is our dedication to high-touch customer service in addition to being family-owned and -operated,” Brady expressed. “I literally am estimating every job—in person—doing the measuring and providing the quotes. We’re extremely competitively priced as well.” The Benefits of a Steel Coated Floors System In addition to increasing the resale value of your home and beautifying your garage—making it an extension of yourhome—an epoxy floor also makes your job of “spring cleaning” easier and the floor surface more sanitary.“It provides a sanitary surface, free of bacteria and germs because you can disinfect the surface anytime you want by using a mixture of hot water and disinfecting soap,” Brady explained. “The franchise owners shared that they’veseen people doing this throughout the pandemic—especially doctors and nurses who’ve been operating on high alert.They’re having their garage floors done because it was the one place they haven’thad control over going from their car into their house.” Brady added, “We’re excited to help further beautify your home and make your garage an extension of your home.You’re going to realize that return on your investment when you go to sell it.” The Installation and Curing Process After contacting the Shepards, receiving an estimate and scheduling the job start date, the start-to-finish time is just amatter of days. “Day one is a full preparation day,” Brady stated. “We diamond grind the entire surface of the concrete and hand grind all edges and cracks to prepare the concrete to accept the epoxy and for it to adhere to the concrete. So, we patch, seal and caulk the entire surface area. On day two, it’s a final prep, and we apply the epoxy, which contains a moisture barrier, and then we add the fleck. The fleck provides durability as well as a nonslick surface. Then the third day is applying the clear coat. From day three, it takes another three to four days for the coating to properly cure, and then the owner can put their stuff back into their garage.” While there is a myriad of color choices for fleck and epoxy, Brady emphasized that people should keep it simple and recommends that they go with more neutral options for resale purposes. “We offer four standard combinations,” Brady said. “Two of them include a gray epoxy and two of them include a tan epoxy that we keep in stock. We are happy to customize colors for an additional charge, but we don’t recommend other colors because some of the colors, like the reds, blues and greens, will fade with sunlight. The grays and tans will keep their integrity over time.” The Shepards and their crew are continuing to practice safe protocols—social distancing from customers and wearingappropriate gear to not only protect both the crew and owners from exposure to COVID-19 but also to protect the crew from dust and epoxy fumes. So, if you’re thinking about enhancing the appearance of your garage, showroom, etc., and making it a space that you’ll be proud to spend time in, don’t wait another day—contact the Shepards at Steel Coated Floors of Indiana and schedule your estimate! Call the Shepards at (317) 732-5201 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for an estimate—today! And be sure to follow Steel Coated Floors of Indiana on Facebook and Instagram!