Concrete, despite its appearance, is actually not as indestructible as you might think when it comes to flooring. In fact, there are several factors that can affect the strength and performance of concrete, some from the beginning and others that take their toll over time. This is where an effective concrete coating comes into play.
On its own, concrete will break down and wear over time, which leads to an extremely expensive replacement. Laying concrete properly is pricey, especially when you’re looking at a large surface such as garage flooring. Instead of replacing your concrete flooring entirely, it’s better to invest in protection from the start such as our patented polyurea concrete coating here at Garage Force.
To give you a better idea of exactly what causes damage to your concrete flooring, we’ve put together today’s post to review common factors affecting the durability of concrete and how an effective concrete coating prevents these factors from affecting the concrete at all. Enjoy!
Concretes is, in fact, a porous material that allows water and other liquid substances to seep into it, where over time severe damage can occur. When water leaks into the concrete, it expands its volume and cracks form along with the disintegration of the concrete completely. This can be lessened in the installation process, but it’s best to use a concrete coating to seal the concrete flooring and prevent any water from seeping in.
Working under a similar effect as the permeation of water, moisture in the air can cause damage to concrete flooring as the moisture in the atmosphere causes efflorescence (a migration of salt) in the concrete. As it evaporates, it crystallizes on the concrete’s surface, causing durability issues.
Concrete has different thermal coefficients, so higher temperatures cause spalling and deterioration of the concrete. Because concrete is a heterogeneous material, fresh concrete is subjected to a reduction in durability and strength in high temperatures.
Like any surface, concrete is susceptible to damage from severe abrasions such as rapidly moving water, tires, floating ice or continuous wear. A polyurea concrete coating is thick and 20 times stronger than epoxy, withstanding abrasion and impact and protecting the concrete it’s bonded to.
Freezing and Thawing
When your garage flooring isn’t protected with an effective concrete coating, it has permeation issues, which then lead to freezing and thawing cycles. This deteriorates the concrete, leading to concrete cracking among other concrete problems.
Organic acids (along with inorganic acids) such as acetic acid, lactic acid and butyric acid can severely affect your concrete flooring’s durability. The acids build up on the surface and make their way into the concrete through pores — just as water does — leading to corrosion and eventually concrete cracking.
Protect your concrete from damage and increase its durability with an effective concrete coating thanks to Garage Force’s incredibly strong and long-lasting polyurea concrete coating. It’s 20 times stronger than epoxy, installs quickly and can be installed any time of year. Contact us today to get your free quote!