Concrete can only take so much and, in the garage, it is vulnerable to many different damages. Whether it has something to do with budget or a conscious intention to preserve the garage floor, concrete overlays are highly recommended solutions you might want to consider. There are many different concrete coatings available nowadays, so how do you choose the right one?
Here’s a short guide to help you decide:
Inspect the Existing Concrete Garage Flooring
How much damage is there on your garage floor? Concrete is quite a durable material and any damage found on garage floors are often repairable. The level of damage, however, will help you determine if it needs other types of repair before a coating can be applied. Also, it will give you a hint on what type of coating trait you need. For example, if you notice a lot of dents now, you would need a coating that is resistant to impact. If there are several stains, then the coating you should get must be resistant to stains and discoloration.
Determine Usage and Performance Requirements
How is the garage often used? While it is meant as a car park and a place to do automobile repairs, some homeowners use it for something else, like woodwork, crafts, storage, and more. Knowing what it is commonly used for will give you an idea to what the coating should be able to provide. Epoxy is an ideal garage floor coating because it can cater to almost any usage. It is durable, seamless, stain-resistant, and highly decorative. However, if you are using equipment that gives off intense heat, epoxy might not be ideal as it may discolor and break its bond. Opt for something more industrial like polyurea polyaspartic coatings.
Consult an Expert in Epoxy Flooring
No one said it would be easy to choose a floor coating for the garage. If you are having a hard time deciding, there is no reason to quit your plans. Many concrete contractors who specialize in epoxy coatings give free consultations and quotes. Take advantage of this offer and ask them everything you need to know. Make sure to make a list of the questions you need to ask prior to the consultation. Ask for bids from different contractors and choose the one with the best plan at a price comfortable for you.