Have you been thinking about refinishing the garage floor?
Many families build a shop in the garage, hang bicycles, or even put together something like a clubhouse for the teens but there is one defining characteristic between whether a garage is truly considered ‘dirty outside’ or ‘nice inside’. The floors.
Raw untreated concrete is the standard for most garages. This leaves a porous surface prone to cracking, rough spots, and holding onto dirt even when you keep sweeping. Compare this to a few of the professional-looking workshop garages you’ve seen and you may note the floor is the biggest quality difference. A smooth, shiny floor that’s crack-free and easy to clean is the ideal garage solution and here at PolyTek, we believe strongly in using the exact right solution for the job. While previous garage floor coating options have come and gone, we’d like to outline why Polyurea coating is the ideal solution for your next minor garage renovation.
You can put rubber mats or epoxy paint directly on your concrete, but this won’t keep it from cracking underneath or even taking the paint quality with it when fluctuating seasonal temperatures cause the concrete to expand and contract. The fact of the matter is that concrete is porous which means it does flex in the heat and cold so you’ll need a garage floor coating that can flex just as easily. Polyurea does just that, maintaining a smooth glossy finish no matter what time of year it is or how much your concrete flexes.
2) Time to Cure
If you’ve ever worked on a garage floor before, you may be familiar with the usual week-long wait between laying down your epoxy layer and being able to actually use your garage again. This process is known as curing and occurs when the finish dries and seals to the concrete. With epoxy paint, not only do you have to wait days for it to dry, you also only have minutes to apply it after mixing making the process doubly challenging.
Polyurea doesn’t take nearly so long to cure and goes on easy. The paint-on variant takes no more than a single day to completely and permanently cure while the spray-on variant requires only a few minutes before it’s ready for action.
3) Durability vs Scuffs and Scrapes
One of the biggest risks to an improved garage floor is rough semi-outdoor and shop activities. Dragging large pieces of equipment or scrap metal over the floor or tools falling to the ground by accident is notorious for chipping, scratching, and scraping your concrete floor. However, with the flexibility of polyurea coating, your floor can now be four times as abrasion resistant as a painted garage floor due to the density of the coating which acts somewhat like rubber.
4) Chemical Resistance
Another important aspect when considering a garage floor coating solution is chemical resistance. The garage can potentially see a lot of different kinds of chemicals dripped and spilled over the course of shop work and car maintenance. Polyurea is resistant to everything from road salt and gasoline drips to acids and hydroxides. This way, you can worry about your own safety instead of the safety of the floor.
5) No UV Fading
Finally, polyurea coating has a serious benefit for people who like to leave their garages open to soak up some sunshine. It is 100% UV stable. What this means is that unlike most classic types of paint and epoxy, polyurea floor coating will not fade or discolor when exposed to hours of sunlight so your floor will look just as good years from now as it does when you install it.
For more information about the right garage floor coating solutions for your garage or to find out more about the benefits of polyurea coating, contact us today!