Thursday, September 19, 2019

Epoxy Seal Coating For Your Garage Floor

For some, a garage is a purely functional space used for parking vehicles and storing items that are rarely used. Others see this space as another room in their home that can be used as an entertainment space. Regardless of its usage, it is imperative to ensure the garage floor is protected from damage caused by the elements and normal wear and tear. An improper and/or unprotected floor will degrade over time, and these problems can lead to further damage to vehicles, furniture, and the overall structure of the space.

The Problem

Garage flooring types most often consist of concrete which, while much more durable than most other types of floors, can still degrade over time. Several factors contribute to the formation of cracks in a concrete floor, with water and extreme temperatures among the two most prevalent. In areas where freezing temperatures are common, concrete will suffer damage over time when temperatures fluctuate between freezing and thawing, and the damage can happen faster if temperatures fluctuate often. In addition, water is able to seep into porous concrete and naturally breaks the material down over time. When water is deep inside the concrete, then regularly freezing and thawing, it is inevitable that your concrete floor will begin to crack.

The Solution

Since concrete on its own is not a viable option for a safe and attractive garage floor, it is necessary to seal coat the surface. A powerful epoxy coating will protect the floor from water damage by forming a waterproof barrier. Rather than sitting on top of the floor, epoxy actually bonds to concrete, making it the ideal seal coat option. In addition to preventing water damage, this powerful material also protects concrete from harmful UV rays which, when left untreated, fades the color and integrity of concrete over time.

The Process

Epoxy can be added when a new concrete floor is poured, or to an existing floor. A professional service will clean the existing floor by removing a thin layer of concrete. This ensures there are no contaminates that will prevent full bonding between the concrete and epoxy. Three coats are then added to the floor: a bond coat that deeply penetrates the concrete, a media broadcast that acts as a heavy blanket, and the encapsulation topcoat that resists UV rays.
A properly installed epoxy seal coat leaves your concrete surface smooth, attractive, and easy to clean. It protects the integrity of your garage floor, making this an important investment that will add value to your home.

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