The past 30 years have seen a lot of advancement when it comes to concrete coating and the options people have to protect their garage floors and other concrete flooring surfaces. That is a great thing for all of us because your garage floor has never had the potential to be so protected ever before!

Of course, more options mean there are more considerations to weigh when picking a concrete protector and we certainly don’t expect you to be a concrete coating expert (and if you are, we salute you). No worries, Garage Force is here to help! Remember, no other surface takes more of a beating than flooring, so it’s important that you take measures to protect your garage floor and ensure the investment in a quality garage lasts for years and years to come.

In today’s post, we’d like to provide you a quick and handy breakdown of just how to pick the best concrete coating for your garage floor. So let’s get going!

Evaluate the Surface

Floors are subject to just about every form of abuse you can imagine — impact, abrasion, chemical and thermal. Concrete on its own is not designed to withstand all the beatings it takes. It is porous and will face wear and tear. This is where concrete coating comes in as a protective barrier that bonds to the surface and protects it from abuse.

When looking at the surface you’re considering protecting, make sure you know what you’re dealing with. It must be structurally sound, clean and uncontaminated with any foreign materials that might interfere with the bond of a concrete protector. If you’re dealing with an older, more distressed garage floor and just want minimum protection, epoxy flooring could be your best bet. For brand new floors or freshly laid concrete, we would recommend you go with something much better like the polyurea concrete coating we use here at Garage Force, as it’s 20 times stronger and offers the absolute best protection for garage floors out there.

Consider Performance Conditions

What are you really wanting from your concrete protector? There are essentially four major areas of abuse to garage floors that could dictate how you choose a concrete coating:

Chemical exposure: Most commonly, you are going to have chemical substances in your garage such as oil, gas and salt among many others. Not all concrete coating resists chemicals. Epoxy flooring, for example, is susceptible to damage from gas and oil, so why pay to install it when it won’t hold up? Polyurea is completely chemical resistant to the surface it bonds to.

Abrasion: This covers plenty of wear and tear. Wheels, tools, pretty much anything can scratch at concrete, so you want a protective layer to take the beating instead.

Impact: Inevitably, you’ll drop things on your garage floor. Often times, those are heavy objects that can crack the concrete. Polyurea, for instance, is thicker and extremely durable.

Thermal Shock: Temperature fluctuation is another huge culprit of concrete flooring abuse, so you want to protect it from thermal shock. Epoxy flooring isn’t very resistant to heat and will peel from hot tires or steam cleaning, causing the bond to deteriorate. Polyurea is resistant from -30 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

Other Considerations

A few other things to think about when picking the best concrete coating might not be as important as performance factors, per se, but can still be important, such as: 

Aesthetics: A great perk to concrete coating is enhancing the appearance of your flooring. Some systems have more options than others, so pick something that looks great and is protective.

Installation: Most concrete coating systems need warm installation. Epoxy flooring, again, can’t be installed in the winter or when it’s super hot because it doesn’t like thermal shock. There’s also a timeline to consider. Polyurea installs in any season and cures fast, so it can take a day or less.

Life Expectancy: When you invest money into a concrete coating, you want the best return on investment. Many concrete protectors need to be reapplied after a year or so, while others can last several years, like polyurea, which will yield results for close to a decade or more.

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