Minnesota Garage Floor Coatings
When your house was built, chances are a slab of concrete was poured for the garage floor and the structure was built on top. If you never spend any time in your garage except to move to and from your car, a concrete floor might seem like no big deal. But if you want to build and spend time in a garage workshop, let your kids make a garage clubhouse, or you simply spend a lot of time working on your car you may come to notice some serious flaws with a raw concrete garage floor.
Over time, concrete floors significantly lower in quality, appearance, and even safety. When this happens, you can try to mop it and paint it, but even these methods eventually lose their effectiveness. Today, we’re here to explore five strong reasons to coat your concrete garage floor with durable, easy to clean polyurea coating instead of leaving that concrete exposed to slowly degrade the quality of your garage.
1) Concrete Floors Crack and Expand
By far the biggest problem with concrete is that it expands and contract with the weather, humidity, and the soil underneath. Over time, these minor shifts in an otherwise rock-hard surface creates cracks which is why so many garage floors sport large unsightly (and dangerous to step on) cracks in the floor. Despite the lack of earthquakes or dropped sledgehammers.
And once a crack forms, it’s only going to get bigger.
2) Concrete Can Get Very Cold
Living in Minnesota, no doubt you’ve learned that your garage quickly becomes an ice-box where car batteries go to die. You no longer risk walking out into the garage without shoes lest your feet freeze to the concrete and you certainly wouldn’t let your kids play there. This is because concrete is pulling cold up out of the frozen ground and actually dispersing it into your garage. Your concrete floor isn’t just cold, it’s a dangerous source of cold if left raw and uncoated in the winter.
3) Paint on Concrete Chips and Degrades
Many people who notice the slow degrading of their garage floor and think that painting is the right solution. while it’s true that a thick coat of outdoor-rated paint will improve the quality of your concrete garage floor for a while, the expansion and cracking problem will eventually affect your paint job as well. Soon enough, you’ll notice your paint chipping away and leaving sharp flakes on the floor just as you’ve seen with countless other painted concrete surfaces.
4) Dirt Grinds Into the Porous Floor
But if you don’t paint the floor, the porous nature of concrete will eventually create a permanently dirty looking floor. The reason for this is that dirt will get ground into the texture of the concrete surface where sweeping and mopping can’t get to it. Even if you keep a pristinely clean garage, your floor will eventually look dirty no matter what you do.
5) Chemicals Soak In and Can’t be Mopped Away
But even worse than the appearance of dirt is the knowledge that dangerous shop and car maintenance liquids that get spilled on the floor may still be lingering in the texture of your floor. Every time motor oil, cleaning chemicals, or other unsafe fluids spill, there is a certain amount that your mop simply cannot reach. This means that garage floors are not safe for children to play on, especially not little ones, even if you mop with soap on a regular basis.
Polyurea Garage Floor Coating
Fortunately, there’s an easy and enjoyable solution that is even better than a brand new concrete garage floor. Polyurea coating creates a shiny rubber-like surface that breathes with your concrete floor but creates a safely sealed surface that insulates from the cold, can be safely cleaned up from any kind of spill, and even provides a small amount of padding for standing in your shop for long periods of time. Polyurea is safe for cars, pets, and children and is the ideal garage floor coating solution to all the downsides of raw concrete. To find out more, contact us today!