Concrete floors are a wonderful alternative to tile, marble, wood, carpet, stone, linoleum, and other types of flooring materials. Concrete can be incorporated into many different parts of a property, including both homes and businesses. For example, concrete is a great option in kitchens, hallways, basements, bathrooms, and garages, as well as most commercial spaces including warehouses.
While it is a durable flooring material, there are benefits to applying a concrete coating. This does increase the upfront cost slightly, however, in the long term, opting to apply a concrete coating such as polyurea is a smart financial move.
In this blog post, your expert team at Garage Force will highlight some of the undoubted benefits of applying the concrete coating and why it can help to offset future costs associated with your concrete flooring. Let’s get started.
Enhance Long-Term Durability
As we have highlighted, concrete is an incredibly durable flooring option. This makes it perfect for highly-trafficked spaces such as garages and commercial warehouses. While undoubtedly durable, concrete is still susceptible to damage, which is why it is beneficial to apply a coating like polyurea.
For example, our polyurea floor coatings are up to 20 times stronger than traditional epoxy coatings, which have long been used on top of concrete substances as a form of protection as well as decoration. Polyurea is also resistant to damage from ultraviolet light and prevents moisture from getting into the concrete and causing it damage.
Not only that, concrete coatings like polyurea are stain-resistant. This means they ensure that concrete floors stay looking better for longer and are not damaged by the following:
- Chemical corrosion
- Extreme temperatures
In a highly-trafficked area such as a garage, it’s a great long-term move to apply concrete coatings.
Minimize Maintenance Requirements
Compared to other types of flooring, concrete does not require very much maintenance in order to stay in a good condition. When a concrete coating is added, the amount of maintenance that the flooring requires is reduced further. Homeowners and business owners can save on ongoing maintenance costs by simply applying concrete coating.
Unprotected concrete floors that have been worn down become porous and rough, and attract debris and dust. This makes maintenance more difficult and shortens the floor’s overall lifespan. Using a quality coating such as polyurea results in a smooth surface that is easy to mop, dust, and sweep as necessary.
By applying a concrete coating, you will save both time and money when it comes to floor maintenance duties.
Create a Safer Environment
Whether in the home or the workplace, safety is always paramount. Using a concrete coating like polyurea makes a concrete space safer for everyone who uses it. As polyurea is non-slip, there is a reduced risk of falls even when the floor is wet.
Polyurea coating’s heat resistance also makes it fire retardant. It also resists bacteria, helping to keep work and home spaces healthy for everyone.
In the workplace, the use of a concrete coating helps to reduce liability. Unprotected concrete surfaces increase the risk of trips, slips, falls, and other types of accidents.
In the case of such accidents, businesses may find themselves liable for covering the costs of on-the-job accidents. Therefore, it is a smart financial move in the long term to apply concrete coating and reduce the likelihood of accidents.
Enhance the Appearance of Concrete
Concrete flooring, for all of its clear benefits, does have a reputation for being a bit boring. It’s easy to envision gray and dull concrete floors, but when you apply concrete coating, you will greatly enhance the aesthetics of a space.
Homeowners and business owners unhappy with the appearance of the space may decide to upgrade the flooring material earlier than necessary. That won’t be the case when concrete coatings such as polyurea are also applied. Think of the investment in concrete coating as a significant improvement to a space’s attractiveness.
There are a number of different types of polyurea flooring you can choose from, with each giving a different style aesthetic. These include:
- Full chip system
- Medici system
- Metallic system
- Quartz system
- Solid color system
Adding concrete coating is a great way to affordably improve the appearance of a space.
Concrete Coating Is Quick and Easy
We should preface this by saying that not every concrete coating option is so quick and easy. However, a coating option like polyurea is easy to apply and cures at an extremely fast rate. This means that your business won’t be inconvenienced for a long time, something which could otherwise cost it a lot of money due to downtime.
With the aforementioned epoxy, this coating takes between three and four days to install. With polyurea, the installation process is faster and completed within a span of just 24 hours. Polyurea can also be installed at any time of the year, unlike epoxy, as it can be installed in temperatures between -30 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
How a Concrete Coating Can Save You Money
The bottom line is that if you are planning to install concrete flooring on your property or wish to protect and enhance your existing concrete floor, it is a great idea to install concrete coating. While there is an upfront cost, it is a decision that will absolutely save money in the long term.
If you would like to know more about the benefit of concrete coating and book an appointment with our team, simply contact us today. We look forward to speaking with you.