5 Coating Options for Garage Floors
The look of your garage floors can totally transform the use, look and feel of your garage. Oil spills, road salt, moisture and/or chemical spills can all leave your garage floor looking worn and ugly as well as make it extremely difficult to clean. The good news is, there are several different floor coating options you can choose from that will not only enhance the beauty of your garage floor, but create a more comfortable space to be in. Many floor coatings can also help to protect the garage floors from deterioration, hide blemishes and correct surface problems.
One of the least expensive coatings you can on garage floors is a concrete sealer. A quality sealer will function just like a layer of durable paint and when it dries, the result is a clear semi-gloss or satin finish. Acrylic or urethane sealers are the most popular on the market as well as the easiest to apply. However, an acrylic sealer may get damaged by chemical spills and it doesn’t last as long as an epoxy coating. Acrylic and urethane sealers may require waxing and/or re-applications in order to keep the garage floor looking its best. If you choose to do this project yourself, it is best to use an acrylic rather than a urethane which is often more difficult to work with and it doesn’t stick as well, but it will be more resistant to chemicals.
Another inexpensive option for garage floors is floor paint. It is very easy to apply as well as touch-up when necessary. If you want a flatter finish, choose latex floor paint, but if you want a more durable finish and more shine, it’s best to choose an oil based paint. Using oil based is the best option, but you will also need to apply a primer coat for the best results.
Staining garage floors is more of a decorative feature than a coating. However, staining will give the floor a unique, customized look. For example, when the stain soaks into the floor, it will give the appearance of marble stone. This coating is ideal for those who are looking for a way to enhance the garage floors in order to turn the garage into a useable space, such as an office or family room. It is recommended that you hire a concrete contractor experienced in staining to do the work for you.
An epoxy coating will give the garage floor a durable and glossy finish, but it needs to be applied extremely fast and systematically, because after it has been mixed, it hardens extremely quickly. If you are considering epoxy, it is best to hire a professional to do the work for you, because it can be difficult to work with. However, once the epoxy has been applied, the floor will have an extra durable and attractive finish.
When it comes to coatings for garage floors, a concrete overlay is the best choice. Although this is necessarily a coating, it does cover most blemishes, while adding a decorative pattern to the floor. Concrete overlays can also be stained and made to look like a wide range of other materials, such as wood, stone or brick. This type of covering is perfect for those who want their garage to be more than a place to park their vehicles. A decorative overlay will give the floor a durable, attractive finish that will last much longer than any of the other coating options.
If you are fed up with a stained, ugly garage floor, contact
Kelly Concrete Co to talk about the options we have available for improving the look of your garage floor.