Garage flooring (garage floor coatings) are something that most people don’t think about until they’re having problems. You know exactly what I’m talking about – pitting (the little holes on the surface) that are mostly the result of years of road salt dripping off of your vehicle.
If first starts as little pin holes then quickly grows into the size of pennies, then quarters, half-dollars . . . and so on. After a few years of watching your untreated garage floor disintegrate into a rugged mess, you’ll stop worrying about comparing the holes to the size of coins and start worrying about the large amount of coinage it’s going to take to repair it.
“What garage flooring options should I consider to fix or prevent this from happening?”
You really have one choice that is proven to provide you with the protection (or repair) that you need. That choice is an industrial grade epoxy application that will stop that nasty road salt and other chemicals from damaging your concrete surface. I’m not talking about the cheap epoxy kits that you can purchase at your local hardware store – the epoxy product in these kits are made with low-grade chemicals (with a lot of fillers) that are not made for the long-term. If you or anyone you know has used one of these products – you know what I mean. Your floor might look good right after you’re done applying it, but give it a little time and you’ll be kicking yourself about not seeking a garage flooring professional.
Not only is a professional experienced in what type of product is needed to repair and protect your concrete, but a professional has the equipment to apply and more importantly to prepare the surface. Do you have the grinding equipment and shot-blasting equipment needed to remove that top layer of concrete to ensure a permanent bond? If not, contact a professional and save yourself the hassle.
Concrete is like a big, hard sponge
If you look at a piece of it through a microscope, you’ll see holes and capillaries all over the surface. Just go outside to your driveway or sidewalk and pour water on the surface – if it’s untreated (like most people’s), you notice the surface quickly soak-up the water. If it was not porous (or sealed), you would see the water just bead-up on the surface. Combine the porous state of the concrete in your garage and the fact that you’re spilling and dropping all kinds of nasty chemicals into it – and you have the perfect recipe for concrete problems!
Don’t be fooled into thinking that you can solve all of your problems by purchasing one of those new rubber-like products that either snap together like a big puzzle or roll-out to cover the surface. Many times, road salt and chemicals will still seep down into and through this product and into your concrete surface. You’re just masking the problem. Treat the problem where the problem exists – on the surface of your garage floor.
Contact us for more information on how to solve this common problem or contact a professional in your area.