When it comes to enhancing the appearance and ease of maintenance of your garage flooring, nothing can beat the garage floor coatings provided by the industry professionals. This home improvement project can take only a weekend to do yourself, but the experienced hands of experts will surely yield the best results imaginable.
As it goes with any such project, whether you choose to go with the pros or take a do-it-yourself approach, you need to map out the process before you even begin. Doing this will improve the quality of the job and give you ample opportunity to pay attention to all of the details before things get underway.
The most common and cost-effective garage flooring solution is simple slabs composed of poured concrete. Unfortunately, plain concrete stains and holds dirt very easily, and is prone to cracking and wearing down over time, especially if the garage experiences heavy traffic. If you select one of the garage floor coating options, you can dramatically alter the look and feel of this space while providing the best surface traction for your vehicles.
Epoxy is the standard coating option, but the variations of this solution are numerous. All of these finishes begin with a primer, which helps to seal in the concrete and establish a base coat for the rest of the project. The body coat that follows can be created in a wide array of colors to suit any and all personal aesthetic choices to make your garage a more inviting place. This body coat can be sealed if a plain tinted floor is what you’re after. Alternately, you can opt for an epoxy color chip system. An epoxy color chip system distributes small paint chips into the body coat that had been previously applied.
This method provides not only color but also texture, and because of the wide selection of tints and paint chips available, you can create hundreds of color combinations to suit your style.
Metallic Epoxy Coating
If you desire a more modern look out of your garage floor, a metallic epoxy coating is sure to do the trick. The body coat possesses a metallic appearance that is treated with a solvent after it’s applied. This solvent creates little dips and craters-so called “imperfections”-within the epoxy that will then be sealed in with a topcoat. The resulting flooring will not only look metallic and unique but also highly textured and dynamic.
Both of these options are very durable and can withstand not only the presence of feet and vehicles but also snow, salt and mud. Garage floor coatings can be quickly mopped to remove messes and swept to clear away dust and dirt in no time flat. Most importantly, though, they are highly resistant to cracking and staining. This means that your garage floor will look like new, clean and polished, for years as long as you keep it clean.
Installing Your New Coating
Contractors can get this done if you don’t feel comfortable doing this work on your own. Stop by Garage Perfect in Ottawa location today to see samples of work, and decide which colors and flooring type best suit the needs of your garage. Before installation begins, discuss the guarantees, and options for repairing and replacing the work if something doesn’t turn out exactly as you want.
If you choose to do this work yourself, here are a few things that you should know:
- You can find garage floor coatings at most home improvement stores.
- You will need:
- A base coat
- A body coat
- A sealant
- Application tools
- Respirators, which are definitely necessary when working with epoxy.
- Before beginning, make sure the garage floor is clean and clear.
- Apply all coats as directed on the product.
- Take time between each coat for them to dry thoroughly. This will deliver a smooth and even result.