A garage floor coating is the most economic and aesthetic way to enhance a dull gray floor. From simple coatings to heavy-duty epoxy-based systems, your garage floor can become an extension of your living space. Concrete coatings also increase resiliency to stains, tire marks and hide minor imperfections.
With many colors to choose from, the coating can be further enhanced by decorative quartz, paint chips or finished to look like metal. Garage floor coatings give you a wide array of design options. But everyone starts with preparation. This is fundamental to a great finish.
How to prepare my garage floor?
Concrete is simply a mixture of Portland cement, aggregate like stones and sand, and water. The water reacts with the cement and forms a bond which binds the cement to the aggregate to form a very hard structure. Concrete was used thousands of years ago but has improved dramatically in the last 100 years. It is used in roads, sewers, buildings, bridges, tunnels, and even boats. Protecting it and enhancing it has become an industry all its own.
Regardless of what product you are going to apply, adequate preparation can determine a great finish or a coating nightmare. What does thorough preparation entail?
Concrete must be clean, dry and not too smooth for a coating to bond correctly. Grease, oil and paint should be removed to enhance the bond. Moisture in concrete can contribute to failure of a coating. And roughing up or “profiling” the surface is also necessary for a new coating to adhere. This can be done mechanically with a scarifier or chemically with acids. But the entire surface of any floor should pass these three tests: Is it clean? It is dry? and Is it profiled so the coating will adhere? All three are important to insure success of the final product.