Concrete is pretty darn tough, but it’s also very far from invincible. Time — as it does to essentially everything — takes its toll, which can lead to a number of concrete problems. Beyond that, improper installation and accidents can all contribute to damage of your concrete flooring.
Garage Force is in the business of protecting and saving your garage floor from all the potential pitfalls the concrete can, and will, be exposed to. Concrete coating is the only sure way to guarantee a full level of protection to your garage flooring, but we’ve compiled four common concrete problems and how to avoid them so you aren’t the person dealing with these issues!
Potentially resulting from several factors such as improper installation, most commonly concrete discoloration is caused by the staining over time from fluids and chemicals. Oil, gas and cleaning products, to name a few, can all leave behind stains on your concrete.
Obviously, the best way to avoid discoloration on your concrete is to give is a protective layer, such as Garage Force’s polyurea concrete coating. Beyond that, you’ll want to be careful to avoid dripping and dropping fluids onto the slab or clean it up immediately after.
This is a common problem for concrete as the wear and tear of time takes its toll. De-icing salts and other harsh materials lead to the concrete surface layer breaking down over a number of years. As the surface mortar breaks away, the deeper layers of the concrete are then exposed to damage as well.
This process will not stop until you resurface the concrete slab, which can be costly, not to mention frustrating, as you’re paying to repair something that could have been protected earlier. Concrete coating is highly resistant to damage and abrasion and will greatly prolong the life of your concrete flooring.
A very common problem with concrete is cracks. They tend to begin at the surface level and crawl their way deeper all the way to the bottom of the slab. If the cracks are permitted to reach the subgrade, you’ll have to fully replace it to restore both strength and appearance. Not cheap.
Addressing cracks as early as possible before they grow bigger and deeper can save you having to fully replace the concrete slab. Using filler in the damaged areas will seal the crack. However, it’s always best to avoid the problem with a proactive measure such as concrete coating. Starting to get the idea?
Perhaps the most serious concrete problem is concrete delamination. Often heard before they’re seen, delamination happens after the concrete slab is placed and compacted. The solid elements settle and excessive water and trapped air are displaced (known as “bleeding”), forcing light materials to the top.
This creates voids underneath and throughout the concrete, which drastically weakens it. Drop something like a hammer and instead of a metal ping, you’ll hear a hollow sound. The best way to avoid delamination is to have the concrete professionally installed by a well-reviewed expert.
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Laying concrete properly takes plenty of skill and expertise and is best left to the professionals, especially for larger slabs. In the end, professional installation will always be the best way to avoid concrete problems overall. Beyond that, it’s important to protect your concrete once it’s been put down as it saves you money in the long run because concrete coating protects and eliminates issues from happening in the first place.
At Garage Force, we provide the absolute best concrete coating materials and systems with experienced installation at an incredible value. Contact us for a free quote today!