Is your garage floor sealed in a protective coating? If not, you’re not alone. A lot of people see it as a frivolous, optional investment.
What these people don’t realize is that the benefits of garage floor coatings far outweigh the cost. In fact, these floor treatments actually add a lot of value to your home.
And, they protect against the damage that would otherwise lead to expensive repairs and floor replacements. Furthermore, coated garage floors are stain-resistant and easier to clean.
These are only a few of the benefits of garage floor coatings that we’re going to share with you today. Read on to learn more.
1. Protect Your Garage Floor
A lot of people scoff at the idea of “protecting” a rock-hard flooring material like concrete. But concrete can be damaged the same as anything else.
If you drop something heavy on it, it chips or cracks. Dragging metal objects across the surface will scratch it. Oil and chemicals will stain it and moisture will weaken it.
Such damage can’t be repaired. But it can be prevented.
Polyurea garage floor coatings protect against these harmful factors. And, unlike epoxy coatings, they resist UV rays as well. (Epoxy coatings are stained yellow by consistent sunlight exposure.)
In addition, the coatings we apply are double-layered to ensure maximum protection. The damaging factors mentioned above can’t penetrate the double-thick coating to even reach your concrete.
2. Improve the Look of Your Garage
No one is impressed with unsealed concrete. It’s dull, lifeless. And it always seems unpleasantly dusty.
Conversely, none of this is true of coated concrete. The coating makes the concrete appear lustrous, smooth, and polished.
And that’s just the bare minimum of what coatings can do for your garage’s appearance—the effects of a basic, clear coating. In addition, there are metallic floor coating systems that make your concrete look like expensive, natural stone.
There are colored coatings you can apply, too. This way, you can redisign your garage floor to match or compliment your car’s paint.
Or, you can add quartz, stone chips, or other materials to give designs and textures to your flooring. Besides looking really good, this can make your floor more slip-resistant as well.
Plus, your garage looks cleaner when coated. Since the coating is stain-resistant, your floor keeps its shiny, polished appearance for years to come.
3. Easy Cleaning
This stain-resistant quality also makes your floor easier to clean. Specifically, it prevents chemicals, oils, and moisture from penetrating the surface. Thus, most messes can simply be wiped or scrubbed away with a gentle cleaner.
In contrast, unsealed concrete is much more absorbant. Such messes would definitely penetrate deep into the unsealed concrete so that it can never be removed.
A typical cleaning routine for sealed concrete involves regular sweeping/vacuuming of the floor and mopping when necessary. (The moisture won’t hurt your sealed concrete floor.) Tougher messes can be scrubbed out with diluted amonia.
4. Less Dust
Even better, you won’t need to sweep coated garage floors as often as unsealed concrete. As an illustration, have you ever noticed that, no matter how well you sweep unsealed concrete, it’s still dusty? That’s because the concrete itself is what’s producing the dust.
As the concrete deteriorates, it slowly erodes into dust. When you sweep the dust over the surface of the concrete, it erodes even more.
But the concrete can’t erode when it’s sealed up in a hard, polyurea shell. Thus, the only dust you’ll encounter in your garage is a small amount from other sources.
5. Slip Resistance and Other Features
As mentioned, stone chips and other materials/texturing methods make your coated garage floor less slippery. Even clear coatings are sometimes designed for extra slip-resistance. This makes your floor safer for walking and driving, reducing the chance of household accidents.
6. Garage Floor Coatings Increase Home Value
So, to sum up, your coated garage floor:
- Looks gorgeous and expensive
- Resists stains and damage
- Lasts much longer than unsealed concrete
- Is easy to clean
- Reduces slips, falls, and vehicular accidents
These advantages aren’t just for your benefit. Your buyers will appreciate them, too. This list of selling points makes your home more valuable than a similar home with an unsealed garage floor.
Plus, your buyers can see the difference for themselves when they view your home. Attractiveness/presentation is always one of the most crucial selling points of any home. The improved aesthetics of your coated garage floor will wow potential buyers even more than its other benefits.
Also, your coating will most likely come with a warranty. If the warranty is still active when you sell, that’s a selling point, too.
7. Convenient Installation
Finally, you may have heard that sealing concrete is messy/problematic and that it takes an inconveniently long time. Primarily, this is only true of an epoxy garage floor coating.
Epoxy does take a very long time to cure. This often causes unsightly bubbles that remain after the coating hardens.
But polyurea coatings are easier to apply and they harden much faster. The entire application/curing should be finished within a few hours. However, the floor will most likely need to be prepped by sanding it down first.
Concrete Garage Floor Coating: A Wise Investment
Don’t just read about the amazing benefits of garage floor coatings. You should experience these benefits for yourself.
And we’re going to help. Garage Force provides the best garage floor coating service in hundreds of locations. To get started, go here to find a location near you.