Ready to give your concrete a new look? Maybe it's time to really rethink, refresh, and get the most value from your garage, but you aren't quite sure where to start?
To help you make the best choice possible, let's take a look at the top questions we hear about coating concrete surfaces, and garages in particular.
Should I Coat My Garage Floor?
There are two key considerations here: style and performance.
On the style side, a concrete coating is a slam dunk. Say goodbye to cracks, stains, and that plain concrete... The right garage floor coating adds a finished feel and lets you fully utilize the space. You can also choose from a variety of colors too, perfectly matching your style preference.
On the performance side, the right coating protects your concrete floor like nothing else. Here are just a handful of the key benefits:
- Protects the concrete surface from any harsh chemicals
- Hot tires can leave residue (called "hot tire pickup") on a concrete garage floor - the right coating makes this a non-issue
- Protect against leaks (fluid from an older car, spills during equipment maintenance, etc.)
- Slip-resistant surface texture
- Easy to clean and maintain
What is the Strongest Garage Floor Coating?
For a long time, epoxy was a go-to floor covering for high-traffic areas. For garage floors, however, we stand by polyurea coatings with a polyaspartic topcoat. This advanced formula is one of the toughest floor coatings you can possibly find - in fact, it's 4x stronger than garage floor epoxy systems.
When it comes to durable floor coatings, this is the best of the best.
As an extra benefit, polyurea also installs very quickly. In fact, we can coat most garage floors in just a day.
Should I Coat My Own Garage Floor?
Do-it-yourself projects can be tempting! They make it look so easy on YouTube, right?
Epoxy floor kits in particular are abundant (along with other types of garage floor kits), and are relatively cheap. The installation process seems straightforward too, and maybe you've always heard that epoxy flooring options were good.
In reality, these kits can be a total disaster. Much like house painting, a successful floor coating project is completely dependent on both surface preparation and quality products. Similar to garage floor paint, just rolling out an epoxy system is not going to give you long-term benefits or performance, and can leave nothing more than a messy, expensive problem that needs to be corrected before the right coating is installed. In fact, we've ground away old epoxy coatings on numerous occasions!
A professionally-installed garage floor coating involves cleaning, filling/mending the surface, and grinding with an industrial-grade concrete grinder to get the right profile. Then comes the basecoat, color flake broadcast, and topcoat. Our system also comes with a 15-year residential warranty - that's incredible peace of mind.
What's the Takeaway for your Central Valley Garage Floor Coating Project?
As you consider your garage floor coating options, think through your long-term priorities and the value you need from the project. It pays to do it right the first time!
Have more questions about your garage flooring ideas? Contact us at Lancaster Painting!
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