Top 11 Considerations When Choosing the Best Garage Floor Coating

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You have a few options when it comes to revitalizing your garage floor surface.

Some options, such as painting the garage floor or filling cracks and other imperfections with a concrete repair product, end up being short-term fixes.

Before you know it, you’ll have to repeat the repair process all over again because the floor paint has chipped or the cracks have opened up again (or new ones have formed).

These options also don’t leave your garage floor looking very nice or offer much in terms of protection for your floor.

How to find the best garage floor coating

The best solution for redoing the flooring in your garage is to have a proper garage floor coating application done. So what features are important when you’re comparing different flooring products in order to find the best garage floor coating ?

There are several key factors you need to consider in order to make an informed decision. Here are 11 important questions to ask when looking for the best garage floor coating for your home.

1. Does the floor coating have superior looks?

How the garage floor coating looks will likely be at the top of your list of priorities when it comes to deciding on the best garage floor coating for the job.

Unquestionably, a beautiful garage floor surface makes a huge difference in how a garage looks and feels.

DIY epoxy floor coating kits promise great looks and can be enticing because of their low price. As with anything in life, however, you get what you pay for.

Compared to a professionally applied polyaspartic garage floor coating, there’s a noticeable difference between the two. Polyaspartic floor coatings have a higher quality aesthetic and brighter shine than you’ll get with a cheaper epoxy coating.

The standout looks and many other attributes of Floortex™ floor coatings are specifically why they’re the only floor coating used by Garage Living.

2. How many floor coating colors are available?

One reason some garage floor coatings look better than others is because careful consideration was given to how the floor coating’s colors will best complement the rest of a garage’s décor.

The color you choose for a floor coating can have a big affect on your garage’s overall looks.

Everything from the color of a vehicle to the colors of your slatwall panels, cabinetry, and garage doors should be factored into what floor coating color is chosen.

For this reason, look for a garage floor coating that gives you a wide variety of floor coating colors to select from. This ensures you won’t have to compromise on how your garage looks once the flooring project is completed.

3. Is a professional application process used?

Garage floor coating applications require a specific skillset in order to achieve the very best results. That’s why it’s essential to look for a company that has professionals that are properly trained and use the highest quality equipment.

Aside from using a superior quality floor coating product, Garage Living’s floor projects are the best in the industry for a few reasons:

  • all our workers doing floor applications are professionally trained
  • Garage Living has invested in state-of-the-art equipment for our flooring jobs
  • our thorough 5-step application process ensures exceptional results

A DIY flooring job won’t have the same smooth and shiny look a professional floor application will. And you can almost guarantee it won’t last as long, either.

best garage floor coating, men preparing garage floor

For the best results, ensure a professional garage floor coating application process is used.

4. How durable is the floor coating?

That brings us to durability. If you’re looking for the best garage floor coating, the durability of the coating needs to be another major consideration.

You don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on having a garage floor coating applied, only to find out a year or two down the road that its durability leaves a lot to be desired.

A polyaspartic floor coating is longer-lasting and more resilient than epoxy floor coatings. For example, a high quality polyaspartic coating like Floortex™ will:

  • maintain its glossy finish longer and won’t yellow over time
  • waterproof your garage floor
  • provide better abrasion and impact resistance
  • resist “hot tire pickup” that leaves permanent markings from hot tires on a floor

Naturally, any garage floor surface still needs to be maintained and cleaned to ensure it enjoys the longest life possible.

5. Is it resistant to household chemicals?

As an extension of a floor coating’s durability, also consider how well the coating you’re choosing stands up to household chemicals.

It’s an inevitability that your garage floor will have some sort of spill occur on it involving any number of household chemicals or automotive fluids.

Fluids like cleaning products, oil, gas, and engine coolant can all damage your floor’s finish, so look for a coating with excellent chemical resistance.

Road salt will damage your garage floor’s finish. That’s one more reason your garage floor coating should deliver the highest degree of chemical resistance possible if you live in a northern climate where salt is used on the roads.

6. How long will the whole process take?

Considering many homeowners use the garage as the main entry and exit point for their house, no one wants to be without the use of their garage for a lengthy amount of time.

Therefore, finding out how long a garage floor coating application will take to complete is another factor worth considering. By “complete” we’re including the total amount of time the whole process will take. That’s from the start of the application process right through to when you can resume using the garage.

This is one more area where polyaspartic floor coatings come out ahead. Epoxy floor coating applications require a much longer time to complete because their curing times are significantly slower. In some cases, that can mean your garage will be unusable for a full week.

Polyaspartic garage floor coating applications can be completed much faster because their top coat cures quite quickly.

Depending on temperature conditions (which affects curing times), a garage floor with a fresh Floortex™ coating can handle foot traffic within 8 hours of the top coat being applied. In as little as 24 hours, the floor can accommodate vehicle traffic.

7. Are there limitations on when the floor coating can be applied?

You might be planning to get a garage floor coating at a certain time of the year without being aware that some floor coatings can only be applied in specific temperature conditions.

Epoxy floor coating applications require a minimum temperature of 50-55° F (10-13° C). Urethane garage floor coatings need a minimum temperature of 40° F (4° C) to be applied. For homeowners in northern climates, that window of opportunity for having a floor coating application becomes much smaller.

On the other hand, polyaspartic floor coatings can be applied virtually year-round, regardless of where you live. Polyaspartic floor coatings like Floortex™ give you a lot more versatility because they can be applied in temperatures as low as -22° F (-30° C) and as high as 104° F (40° C).

Note that temperature conditions will factor into the amount of time it takes a top coat to cure.

8. Is the garage floor coating easy to maintain?

When any spills occur, you want your floor coating to offer great protection and also make it as easy as possible to clean spills up.

A higher quality floor coating like Floortex™ makes that possible. The perfectly smooth flooring surface and protective top coat makes cleaning up spills very easy.

Cleaning the entire garage floor is simple as well. You just need to give it a sweep, hose the floor off, and then use a squeegee to remove the excess water. Once or twice a year, you can give the floor a more thorough scrubbing using a cleaning product.

The decorative flakes used in polyaspartic floor coatings also do an excellent job of hiding dirt. That helps to preserve the clean look of your garage floor for longer.

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Your garage floor coating should be easy to clean and maintain.

9. How well does the coating seal a garage floor?

The quality of floor coating product being used in an application undoubtedly plays a major factor in how well it protects and seals your garage floor.

The application process and level of preparation being out into a flooring project are just as important. Taking shortcuts with any of these factors will likely result in a finished project that leaves you unsatisfied and needs to be redone sooner than you’d like.

One reason Garage Living believes Floortex™ is the best garage floor coating available is that it provides a level of sealant protection that is second-to-none.

Our through preparation process ensures the coating penetrates deep within your concrete floor to ensure lasting durability. Your floor will have a waterproof seal that minimizes the likelihood of unsightly cracks forming.

Many of our projects even apply the Floortex™ floor coating to your garage’s lower walls. This baseboard-style look creates a nice seamless aesthetic between the garage’s floors and walls. It also adds further protection against water damage to your garage.

10. How environmentally friendly is the garage floor coating?

When deciding on what the best garage floor coating for your needs is, worrying about how your choice may affect the environment probably doesn’t rank highly on your list of concerns. You may not even be aware it is something you should be concerned about.

The fact is, some garage floor coatings emit a higher level of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) than others. VOCs are chemicals that are slowly released into the air and are found in many products around the home.

Look for a polyaspartic floor coating, like Floortex™, that emits the lowest level of VOCs possible. It’s better for the environment and also for your family’s health.

11. Is the floor coating backed by a warranty?

Any product claiming to be the best garage floor coating available should be able to back that up with a strong warranty.

After all, no homeowner wants to discover their new floor coating has started to flake and lose its shine after a short amount of time.

Knowing the company that did your floor coating application stands behind its product and work for many years provides comforting peace of mind.

For every flooring project, Garage Living confidently provides a minimum 10-year limited warranty. This assures our customers that their garage floors are guaranteed not to flake, peel, or blister. Consult your local Garage Living location for more details.

Get the best garage floor coating available

When weighing the pros and cons of different floor coating products, we think you’ll find that Floortex™ coatings are the best garage floor coating you can choose.

Getting your garage floor transformation started is as simple as scheduling your free in-home design consultation with us.

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5 Reasons to Get Your Garage Floor Coating in the Winter

It’s a common misconception that homes located in northern climates are unable to get a new garage floor coating in the winter. This is simply untrue…provided you use the right type of garage floor coating.

Using a polyaspartic floor coating gives you a lot more flexibility in terms of when it can be used. Its year-round usability is just one of several advantages that polyaspartic coatings have over epoxy coatings.

As you’ll discover, there’s no need to wait until the weather warms up in the spring to enjoy the benefits that a new garage floor coating provides.

There are even a couple of advantages to having your damaged floor rejuvenated with a polyaspartic garage floor coating in the winter.

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Our professionals adjust the mixtures and materials used during the garage floor coating process to suit specific temperature conditions.

1. Cold temperatures won’t delay your garage floor project

To apply an epoxy garage floor coating, a minimum temperature of 50-55° F (10-13° C) is required. Urethane garage floor coatings require a minimum temperature of 40° F (4° C) to be applied. That significantly restricts the times of year they can be used on garage floors located in colder climates.

Compare that to the versatility of a polyaspartic garage floor coating like Floortex™. Getting a garage floor coating in the winter isn’t a problem when this high quality product is used for the job. That’s because Floortex™ garage floor coatings can be applied in temperatures as low as -22° F (-30° C).

We can carry out flooring projects during the colder weather by making adjustments, based on the temperature, of the Floortex™ mixture and materials used.

The application versatility of polyaspartic coatings also lets them be used when the temperatures are blazing hot. That means even when the temperature rises as high as 104° F (40° C), a polyaspartic garage floor coating application can be done.

Colder temperatures do affect how long the curing time for the floor top coat takes. It can range anywhere from 8-24 hours before foot traffic can resume and between 24-96 hours before vehicles can use your garage again.

A Garage Living representative will let you know how climate factors will affect the curing time for your particular garage flooring project.

2. A garage floor coating in the winter has the same quality

Getting a polyaspartic garage floor coating in the winter provides you with the same level of flooring surface quality as a floor that’s done when the weather is warmer.

You’ll still get a durable, attractive floor surface that’s easy to maintain and provides the following benefits:

  • a UV stable topcoat that prevents the floor from fading and yellowing over time
  • exceptional impact and abrasion resistance
  • highly resistant to most household chemicals and automotive fluids
  • guaranteed not to blister, flake, or peel
  • ability to customize floor with a range of available colors
  • textured surface provides better traction than epoxy floor coatings

And whether you get your garage floor coating in the winter or any other time of the year, Garage Living still provides the same 10 year limited warranty after every flooring application. And the entire process can still be completed in as little as one day, depending on the weather.

3. Get your new garage floor quicker

Now that you’re educated about the fact that getting a garage floor coating in the winter is indeed possible in colder climates, you can use that information to your advantage.

Because many people wrongly presume they need to wait until the spring or summer to get their floors redone, the lead time to book a garage flooring project is actually shorter in the winter.

Our work crews aren’t quite as overwhelmed with scheduled projects as they are during the warmer months of the year. That means the time between booking your initial design consultation and the flooring project being completed will typically be shorter in the winter than during the spring and summer months.

4. Protect your floors from damaging road salt

Road salt brought in to your garage on your vehicles during the winter leaves ugly white salt stains on the floor. The salt can also take a real toll on your garage floor’s durability over a long period of time.

That’s because melted salt mixed with water from rain and melted snow gets down into the floor’s cracks and then refreezes again when the temperature drops. This puts extra stress on the natural expansion and contraction process that a garage floor experiences with changes in temperature. Over a period of time, the floor will be more likely to crack and existing cracks will only get longer and deeper.

Getting a polyaspartic coating applied before the winter begins provides you with the best protection for your garage floor. But even getting a garage floor coating any time before winter ends can save your floor from the ravages of road salt.

Even with durable protection, garage floors still need to be cleaned occasionally during the winter months. A smooth Floortex™ floor coating makes it even easier to maintain a clean floor during the winter and all throughout the year.

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Year-round garage floor coating applications are possible when you use a polyaspartic floor coating like Floortex™.

5. Enjoy a better-looking garage floor

Making the wise decision to get your garage floor coating in the winter and not later on means you’ll get to enjoy a better-looking garage floor that much sooner.

A new garage floor, especially one with the aesthetic benefits that the decorative flakes used in the Floortex™ application process provide, can have a huge impact on a garage’s overall look.

You’ll have a fresh, durable garage floor surface that’s all ready to take on the heavier foot traffic that comes with the increased usage of your garage when the warmer spring weather arrives.

Garage makeover solutions all year round

Along with taking care of your garage floor coating project, Garage Living’s other garage makeover solutions are also capable of being installed any time of the year. Schedule your free in-home design consultation with us today.

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See How Our Floortex™ Garage Floor Coating Process Works

Customers who have chosen to upgrade their garage floors with a Floortex™ floor coating are often curious about how our garage floor coating process works.

Just how does Garage Living manage to transform their old, damaged, and unattractive garage floor into such a sleek, stunning, and durable surface? And how are we able to accomplish this in as little as one day? It’s done with what we call the Garage Living 5 Steps.

Our professional 5 step Floortex™ floor coating application process has been carefully refined and perfected over time. Our special coating process, in conjunction with the specialized floor coating application training our employees undergo and the state-of-the-art equipment we use, results in the spectacular Floortex™ floor coatings that transform our customers’ garages.

What’s involved with our garage floor coating process

Watch our new video to get a better understanding of how Garage Living’s Floortex™ polyaspartic garage floor coating process works:

A breakdown of the Garage Living 5 Steps

In case you’re unable to view the video, let’s break down the 5-step garage floor coating process, one step at a time. First, however, here’s a brief explanation of what happens just before step 1 begins:

  • the friendly Garage Living crew arrives on-site at approximately 8:30 a.m.
  • we greet the customer and explain what’s involved with our garage floor coating process
  • after reviewing all details, any questions from the customer are answered
  • the process of transforming your garage floor begins!

Our crews use fully outfitted trucks, which operate as mobile workshops that allow our employees to work very efficiently. Along with the flooring project materials, every tool and piece of equipment the job may require is onboard, which helps resolve any on-site challenges.

Step 1 – We diamond grind the surface

Step 1 of the garage floor coating process is the most important – proper preparation of the concrete surface. After unloading our equipment, the Garage Living crew first evaluates the concrete density of your garage floor. This helps them choose the proper diamond blades that will be used to grind the floor.

Garage Living has invested in state-of-the-art Werkmaster™ diamond grinders and dustless self-contained vacuum systems. This equipment ensures that the floor coating achieves an unbreakable mechanical bond to the substrate.

The entire garage floor surface is ground down, which profiles the substrate and opens the concrete’s pores. Hand grinders are used on the floor edges to make sure every square inch of the floor is prepared properly.

Vertical surfaces like foundation walls, cinder blocks, steps, and wood baseboards can have the coating applied, which adds to the appealing looks Floortex™ floor coatings provide for your garage space.

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Our state-of-the-art equipment prepares the floor surface.

Step 2 – Cracks and chips are repaired

It’s perfectly natural for hairline cracks to occur in concrete pads. We repair them by opening the cracks with a diamond cutting wheel.

The cracks are filled with a polyurea filler or cementitious mortar, which is left to cure for approximately 10-25 minutes (curing time varies depending on the temperature). The excess filler is then ground off to leave a completely smooth floor.

Other imperfections and types of minor damage that will naturally be found on concrete floors also need to be repaired during the garage floor coating process. For example, concrete degradation can occur from road salt, which causes salt pitting.

These other problem areas will have filler applied and then ground off. Once the grinding process is finished and the floor is completely smooth, we thoroughly vacuum the entire floor surface. Now, with all of the remaining dust and debris removed, it’s time for the base coat application.

Step 3 – Pigmented adhesive base coat is applied

The third step of the garage floor coating process involves mixing the two components in the Floortex™ polyaspartic coating. This base coat also has pigment added that matches the pre-blended flakes the customer has chosen. 14 Floortex™ coating colors are available to choose from.

All vertical surfaces have the base coat rolled on and the flakes are heavily applied. The excess flakes are vacuumed up before the rest of the floor surface gets the coating applied.

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The entire garage floor surface is coated with an adhesive base coat before the Floortex™ decorative flakes are applied.

Step 4 – Decorative Floortex™ flakes are broadcast

Crew members roll the coating onto the floor surface while another crew member broadcasts the vinyl flakes. We spread three times the amount of flakes on the floor during this process to ensure 100% coverage.

Now that the entire floor is coated and flaked, 60 minutes is required to let the coating cure. At that point, we remove the excess flake material using a flat metal edge tool to knock down any standing flakes.

Then the entire floor is blown and vacuumed to remove any excess debris. Now the floor is even and smooth, which makes it ready for the final step of the garage floor coating process.

Step 5 – The clear, durable Floortex™ top coat is applied

The clear Floortex™ top coat is applied with a squeegee and then back rolled. This process ensures that the top coat has a thick and even layer, which leaves a consistent finish that’s extremely durable.

The top coat requires 8-24 hours to cure before foot traffic can resume and 24-96 hours before vehicles can use the garage once again. Climate plays a role in the top coat curing time, so your Garage Living design consultant will advise you based on climate factors.

Finally, our crew will clean up the entire site and load up the truck with their equipment and materials.

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Our workers clean up the entire job site thoroughly, leaving behind one thing – your beautiful new Floortex™ coated garage floor!

5 steps to beautiful garage flooring

The Garage Living 5 Steps ensures every garage flooring project is done properly. Every Floortex™ floor coating project comes with a 10 year limited warranty.

You’ll love how much better and cleaner your garage looks after a Floortex™ floor coating application. Floortex™ floor coatings are also easy to maintain and nicely minimize the appearance of dirt and dust on your garage floor.

We hope you have a better understanding about how our garage floor coating process works. Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any further questions.

Floortex™ floor coatings can be applied year-round, so schedule your free in-home design consultation with us today!

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5 Ways Great Garage Flooring Improves A Multipurpose Garage Space

For many years, the garage was viewed as a separate space in homes. Parking vehicles and storing yard tools and excess household items that didn’t have a home seemed to be its main purpose.

Any thoughts of aesthetics and style when it came to a garage space ranked low on the list of homeowners’ concerns about their property. This ingrained apathy towards a garage’s looks can perhaps best be exemplified with garage flooring.

For close to a century after the birth of the home garage in the early 1900s, the look of garage flooring was about as boring as could be. “Gray”, “dirty”, and “completely devoid of character” would be three appropriate descriptors that sum up how garage flooring was viewed for most homes.

Over the past 10-15 years, however, that mindset has been changing. An increasing number of homeowners have evolved their thinking when it comes to their garage space and how it looks and is used. They’ve come to realize that:

  • the garage is commonly the largest room in your house and offers a multitude of design possibilities
  • garages account for a substantial percentage of a home’s overall square footage and need to be utilized better to maximize your investment
  • the garage is being used more and more as a multipurpose space that should be considered an extension of your living space

One impactful way to improve your garage’s looks and functionality is to upgrade your garage flooring. Here’s five ways your busy garage space will benefit from having its floor surface revitalized.

1. New garage flooring simply looks much nicer

Just about anything would look better than a drab concrete floor that’s cracked and crumbling. Typical DIY approaches to restoring it can involve a few different approaches. Far more often than not, these fixes fail to produce optimal results, especially when it comes to looks.

Fillers and patches for repairing cracks and missing chunks of your garage flooring leave an uneven, ugly look and generally need to be fixed again just a few years later.

Painting your garage flooring isn’t ideal, as it quickly cracks and peels (especially in a busy multipurpose garage space). DIY garage flooring epoxy kits are another option that might be a marginally better than floor paint. However, they can be messy to work with and don’t produce the satisfying results of higher quality garage flooring options.

A true transformation of your busy garage space starts from the floor up and you won’t find a better-looking garage flooring option than a polyaspartic coating like Floortex™.

The multicolored look of a professional applied polyaspartic floor coating injects character and personality into your garage flooring’s appearance. Your floor’s fresh top coat will also deliver a long-lasting shine that improves the space’s aesthetics.

That’s why adding great garage flooring to such a busy area of your home only makes sense. Improving your surrounding environment enhances your comfort level and makes the space more inviting. There’s a reason appearance-conscious places like stores and car showrooms use this type of higher quality floor coating.

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2. You have more flexibility to shape your garage’s look

With the understanding that great garage flooring has a big impact on the space’s overall look, design flexibility becomes important.

Upgrading your multipurpose garage space can also involve adding a slatwall panel storage system. You’ll want to make sure everything ties together with color schemes that effectively complement each other.

Shaping your garage’s look becomes easier when your garage flooring color choices give you more flexibility. Floortex™ floor coatings come in 14 available colors to help you achieve your design goals.

Choose your floor color to complement your garage’s existing décor or color schemes of newly added upgrades, such as garage cabinetry. You can take the color of vehicles into consideration when choosing a coating color that will work best.

Floor tiles are another smart option when it comes upgrading your garage flooring. These easy-to-install PVC tiles have interlocking teeth and also offer a wide range of options to achieve the look you want. You can create an endless number of designs with the different colors and styles available.

3. Durable garage flooring makes more sense for a multipurpose space

Garages are now the main home access point for the majority of those that own a house. And garages are increasingly being used as multipurpose spaces that house workshops, crafting areas, fitness spaces, and man caves.

Because our garages are being used more, their surface needs to be durable. The daily rigours that a multipurpose garage space is subjected to demands it, in fact.

Compared to epoxy and polyurethane floor coatings, polyaspartic coatings are better able to accommodate the demands of this high traffic area in your home. Its exceptional adhesive properties form a strong bond with your old concrete floor.

Extreme temperature changes which cause your concrete floor to contract and expand are also less of an issue with a polyaspartic coating, which provides more flexibility.

Floortex™ floor coatings are also highly resistant to impacts and abrasions. That means dropped tools and heavy foot traffic on your garage flooring won’t result in unsightly premature wear and damage.

The coating’s strong resistance to oil, gas, salt, and most household chemicals also helps prolong its life. The resilient top coat is also UV stable, which ensures the garage flooring maintains its color and glossy look. And you’ll get better traction with this type of garage flooring because it has a textured surface.

4. A polyaspartic garage floor coating is easy to maintain

As pristine as a polyaspartic floor coating can look, the garage is still an area that’s going to get dirty. Nobody likes to clean, but wouldn’t it be nice to have garage flooring that makes this as easy as possible?

One of the benefits of a Floortex™ floor coating is that it actually does a great job obscuring the appearance of dirt and dust on its surface. That’s a result of the decorative flakes used during its application process and the textured floor surface it produces. This helps your garage flooring maintain a clean look for longer.

Of course, the dirt may be obscured, but it still needs to be dealt with eventually. Dirt and dust will sweep up easily off the smooth surface and any spills are a breeze to clean up.

A more thorough cleaning also doesn’t require much effort. Simply give your garage floor a good sweep, hose it off, and squeegee out the excess water.

The ease of maintenance with higher quality garage floor coatings also extends to the fact they won’t need to be repaired for years. That durable surface will be intact and problem-free for much longer than what you’ll get from inferior types of floor coatings.

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5. Polyaspartic garage floor coatings are safer and a greener option

Garages are used to store a number of harmful solvents and chemicals, such as gas, cleaning products, paints, and automotive fluids. Naturally, you take great care to store these safely.

But have you ever considered whether or not your garage flooring itself is safe and environmentally friendly? Chances are you’ve never given it a second thought.

One advantage of polyaspartic floor coatings is that they’re a safer and greener option when it comes to these two areas. A polyaspartic coating is ultra low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). They’re the slowly releasing organic chemicals that can be harmful in higher quantities.

If you’re using your garage frequently, environmental safety warrants consideration. A polyaspartic coating is your safest option and if it’s safer for you, it’s safer for the environment outside your garage.

Getting great garage flooring can take less than a day

Does new garage flooring like a Floortex™ polyaspartic coating sound like the perfect way to improve your busy garage space? If so, Garage Living is just a free in-home design consultation away!

A member of our design team can further explain the benefits of this great product. That includes the facts that Floortex™ floor coating projects come with a 10 year limited warranty and can take less than a day to complete.

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Why a Garage Floor Replacement May Be Smarter Than a Repair

Knowing when to choose a garage floor replacement over a garage floor repair can be a difficult call for a homeowner.

There are many factors to consider, which can vary widely from one garage to another. Let’s explore some of the issues that cause floor damage and examine why it may be smarter to choose a garage floor replacement instead of repairing your damaged flooring.

A garage environment can demand a lot from your garage floor

Consider how much your garage floor has to endure:

  • the average weight of a vehicle parked on your garage floor is approximately 4,000 lbs
  • constant vehicle traffic
  • everyday foot traffic (especially considering a majority of homeowners use the garage door as their house’s main entryway)
  • garage floors are exposed to materials and liquids that contribute to concrete deterioration
  • temperature shifts put stress on your concrete garage floor, especially in northern climates

Age or a poor flooring installation can lead to a garage floor replacement or repair

A garage floor replacement may be needed simply due to its age. Garage floor surfaces should provide approximately 20-25 years of use. If yours is older than that, it may be time to seriously consider a garage floor replacement.

A poorly installed garage floor surface might be another reason your garage floor has seen better days. Some home builders cut corners and may not have done the following steps properly:

  • dug the garage floor sub base to the correct depth
  • used the proper concrete mix or used a high quality cement
  • ensured the right compacting ratio was used so the ground/soil settles properly
  • placed the expansion joints in the proper locations
  • graded the garage floor correctly

Recognizing the early warning signs of garage floor damage

Cracks in your garage floor are a telltale early warning sign that a garage floor replacement or repair will eventually be needed. The severity of those cracks will dictate what your course of action should be. The two main types of garage floor cracks are shrinkage cracks and settlement cracks.

Understanding shrinkage cracks on your garage floor

Shrinkage cracks (also known as hairline cracks) occur when poured concrete begins to shrink as it dries and cures. This can cause it to crack and show minor breaks in the floor surface. This type of smaller crack is cosmetically unappealing, but relatively minor and not necessarily an indicator of more serious structural damage.

While shrinkage cracks can be repaired, those repairs can be rather unsightly and are a short-term solution. You’ll have to readdress the problem eventually, especially since the cracks will only grow larger as moisture seeps into them.

The ongoing freezing and thawing cycle causes the concrete floor to expand and contract (expansion joints help relieve some of this stress). Moisture that enters the floor through cracks can cause additional degradation of the flooring, however. Add in deicing road salt that’s recrystallizing inside the cracks and the problem is further compounded.

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BEFORE: The cracked and damaged garage floor of one of our clients prior to its transformation.

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AFTER: A Floortex™ floor coating noticeably upgrades the look of the garage space.

Why settlement cracks occur on a garage floor

Settlement cracks are larger and more serious than shrinkage cracks and have the potential to cause more substantial damage. Settlement cracks occur when the soil beneath the flooring shifts. A poorly installed floor base will increase the likelihood of settlement crack issues. As with shrinkage cracks, water and salt infiltration in settlement cracks will cause more problems over time.

To check whether a crack is a structural problem or not, first determine whether the concrete sections on either side of the crack are at different heights. Then measure the crack’s width. An opening of ⅛” or more could be a problem that you should have inspected sooner rather than later, as your concrete slab may be sinking.

Improper drainage can also cause garage floor damage

Your garage floor may be cracked, crumbling, chipped, uneven, and unattractive for other reasons. Ineffective water drainage can cause cracks and lead to major structural damage underneath your garage and the rest of your house.

Avoid having pooled water sitting on your garage floor (which is also a safety issue). Try to determine why the water is accumulating and from where. Blocked eavestroughs or poorly placed drainage pipes near the garage can sometimes be the culprit. Improper garage floor grading can also cause drainage problems.

Additional factors that can necessitate a garage floor replacement or repair

General wear from tires and foot traffic will also take a toll on a garage floor over an extended period of time. Exposure to leaking vehicle fluids and other household chemicals can also have a cumulative harmful effect on floors.

Pitting (where small holes form on a floor surface) and other surface imperfections may also occur/appear on floors. This can be due to dried salt deposits and fine dirt and sand granules that aren’t swept up often enough acting as an abrasive on the floor. All of the above factors will occur more rapidly if your garage floor surface never had a sealant applied.

Should you go with a garage floor replacement or garage floor repair?

So with all of this information, should you choose a garage floor replacement or go with a floor repair? The latter may be a simpler fix, but it will also prove to be more of a short-term fix, depending on the severity of the problem.

How important are the aesthetics of your garage floor to you? Patching cracks or larger sections of your floor with unsightly repair materials that don’t match your floor’s colour may not be a desirable look for your garage space.

Why Floortex™ is your best garage floor replacement solution

If your garage floors are older or past the minor repair stage, a Floortex™ floor coating is your best garage floor replacement solution. Rhino Linings, manufacturers of Floortex™ coatings, are an industry leader in commercial and residential floor coating products.

Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coatings are superior to epoxy floor coatings in numerous ways:

  • a Floortex™ floor coating can be applied year-round (epoxy coatings have a relatively limited temperature range they need to be applied at)
  • polyaspartic floor coatings are water-soluble and penetrate concrete surfaces better than epoxy coatings, ensuring a stronger adhesive bond is formed
  • Floortex™ floor coatings provide a higher degree of surface protection to ensure a long life (including abrasion and impact resistance, plus high resistance to most household and automotive chemicals)
  • the textured surface of a Floortex™ floor coating provides more traction than epoxy coatings and helps to obscure dirt

How we apply the Garage Living 5 Step process during your garage floor replacement

Here’s how we use the Garage Living 5 Step application process when carrying out a garage floor replacement with a Floortex™ floor coating:

  1. First we prepare the surface by using a state-of-the-art Werkmaster™ diamond grinder that opens the pores of the concrete and smooths out the surface.
  2. Floor cracks are opened with a diamond cutting wheel, filled with a polyurea joint filler, and then the excess filler is ground down.
  3. A pigmented base coat (which can be chosen from 14 colours) is applied with rollers.
  4. The decorative Floortex™ flakes that correspond to the chosen base coat colour are extensively spread on the floor. After a short curing period, the floor is then scraped with a tool to leave a smooth surface.
  5. A top coat is thoroughly applied with a squeegee and then back rolled to produce a thick, even, and consistent finish.

Let us help with your garage floor replacement

A Floortex™ floor coating will provide your garage with a sleek and attractive surface for years to come. A durable Floortex™ floor coating is also backed by our written guarantee against flaking, peeling, blistering, or losing its shine.

Get started on your garage floor replacement and upgrade solution by scheduling your free in-home consultation with us today.

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