Tired of looking at that old concrete? Love the idea of using your garage for more than just a catch-all, but not sure where to start?
Let’s break down some of the top questions we hear about coating concrete surfaces, and garages in particular. If you have one that didn’t make the list, feel free to reach out to us!
Should I Coat My Garage Floor?
The answer can be broken down into two parts: aesthetics and functionality.
On the aesthetic side, a concrete coating is a no-brainer. No more cracks, stains, or plain concrete… The right floor coating adds a finished feel and lets you fully utilize the space. You can choose from a variety of colors too, complementing your home.
On the practical side, the right coating protects your concrete floor like nothing else. Here are just a handful of the key benefits:
- Protect against harsh chemicals
- Hot tires can leave residue (called “hot tire pickup”) – the right coating makes this a non-issue
- Shield the surface against leaks (brake fluid from an older car, spills during equipment maintenance, etc.)
- Easy to clean and maintain
What is the Strongest Garage Floor Coating?
Epoxy was a go-to option for many, many years, and still has its place in some environments. For garage floors, however, we are big fans of polyurea coatings with a polyaspartic topcoat. This advanced product is one of the toughest floor coatings you can possibly find – in fact, it’s 4x stronger than garage floor epoxy systems. It’s so strong that it’s equally at home in a commercial environment as it is on your garage or workshop floors.
When it comes to durable floor coatings, this is the cream of the crop.
As an extra benefit, polyurea also installs very quickly. In fact, most garage floors can be coated in just a day, giving it one of the fastest return-to-use rates on the market.
Should I Coat My Own Garage Floor?
When you have the itch for a beautiful garage floor, we can understand the temptation to tackle the project yourself. You have an empty weekend, YouTube, and your favorite home improvement store… What could go wrong?
A lot, actually.
Epoxy floor kits are abundant (along with other types of garage floor kits), and are relatively cheap. The installation process seems straightforward too, and you’ve always heard that epoxy floor coatings were good, right?
In reality, these kits can be a 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 it can be a messy headache that’s expensive to fix.
A professionally-installed coating involves cleaning, filling/mending the surface, and grinding with an industrial-grade concrete grinder to get the right profile. Then, basecoat, color flake broadcast, and topcoat. Our system also comes with a 15-year residential warranty, and a one-day installation. That’s a big deal, and offers serious peace of mind!
What’s the Takeaway?
As you consider garage floor coatings, make sure you think about what will be the best long-term investment, delivering the performance and value you really need. What are your priorities, and what do you need from the project? Whatever you choose, we want you to have a functional space you can really enjoy to the fullest.
Have any questions about floor coatings in Westchester, Fairfield, Rockland, or Putnam Counties? Contact us! We’re here to help.