Your garage floor needs protection. It takes a pounding like no other floor in your home, and garage flooring is no different than kitchen or bedroom floors that wear out, lose luster and start to cause problems. Cracks and holes in the concrete floor of your garage invite moisture and mildew to grow. Your garage floor is a professional surface, supporting your cars, tools and toys. It needs a professional grade solution to keep it clean, whole and looking good.
Garage floor enhancements and protection does more for your garage then simply giving you a spill resistant, easy-to-clean floor. Properly applied, garage flooring can brighten the space with color or light reflective properties and add a personal touch with textures, patterns or color. Surfaces such as epoxies or interlocking tiles also increase resistance to chipping and other damage. Retail epoxy products are typically water based products which are not as resistant to spills and impact as commercial, solvent based flooring solutions.
What the Pros Know
Commercial garage floor protection materials are more durable and longer-lasting than common do-it-yourself products. Commercial garage flooring options are typically more chemically complex and require greater precision during application and installation, with a cleaner, professional result. Most commercial systems are epoxy or polyurethane and require very specific temperature, humidity and mix ratios to cure and apply correctly.
Professional flooring installers are also able to quickly patch existing chips and cracks to help extend the life of newly applied garage flooring products. By developing an understanding for the intended use of your garage, they will be able to advise you on proper drainage, such as a slightly sloped floor towards the door or the installation of an inset drain. Installing upgraded garage floors also requires preparing the existing concrete to bond more readily with the applied material, especially when using high-quality commercial grade garage flooring products.