March 6, 2015

The dingy concrete garage floor is tiresome to many. If you wanted to liven up the garage, perhaps you applied a do-it-yourself garage floor coating consisting of ordinary paint or another subpar coating material.

As the months have passed, you might notice the coating isn’t standing the test of time. Here are three telltale signs you need to update the coating to professional epoxy for garage floor.

Painted or unpainted, concrete is subject to cracking. That’s why installers put in control joints, so the concrete can expand and contract and hopefully avoid cracking. Still, cracks can be caused by a number of things:

Shrinkage cracks occur as the slab dries and water evaporates from the concrete. A good concrete installer can decrease the number of shrinkage cracks that appear.
Settlement cracks result as the ground shifts beneath the concrete slab. Even slight elevation changes can result in these “moving cracks,” which usually extend deep within the slab and split it in two. This can obviously have a very negative effect on your garage floor coating.
Temperature changes cause cracks as well. Water can expand a small existing crack by freezing and thawing repeatedly.
The garage floor coating itself may even crack if it’s made of inferior chemical compounds not designed to withstand temperature extremes. This results in chipping, peeling and an overall unattractive appearance. Epoxy garage flooring is ideal for preventing cracks.

Since the garage is a hobby area and the place you park your cars, stains are commonplace. Paint and other DIY coatings don’t protect the garage floor from oil spills, hard water stains, paint splatters or dirty tire tracks.

On the other hand, epoxy garage floors repel stains and are easy to wipe clean if anything spills. It’s all thanks to the non-porous surface that prevents liquids and soils from penetrating and staining the floor.

An improper finishing coat may cause pitting, and the condition is worsened by road salt used to melt ice in the winter. The result is a rough and unattractive floor that tracks concrete “dust” and particles into the house.

If you want to keep pits and corrosion from ever happening again, it’s critical to repair the existing damage and refinish the floor, followed by applying a new layer of garage floor epoxy paint. The basecoat bonds to the concrete and the polyaspartic topcoat has a high impact resistance, preventing holes and cracks from forming even if you drop a heavy wrench or other object onto the floor.

If you’re ready to transform your garage, contact Lux Garage and Storage for more information about our epoxy garage floors.

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