Someone once said that “nobody looks down at the garage floor, they only drive in and drive out. ” That nameless fellow was wrong! Today both home owners and commercial auto businesses are looking down at the garage floor. Chipped and uneven surfaces present health polyurea coating and accident hazards. Oil and dirt always find their way in and often require toxic chemicals and concentrated physical labor to clean it up. They also look terrible and can adversely affect a commercial work force and diminish the usability of residential garages. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Polyurea and epoxy floor coatings make garage floors something worth looking at.
When you see your local painting contractor ask them about polyurea and epoxy concrete floor coatings. They look great and outlast the old technology epoxy floor treatments. Garages naturally build up dirt and grime and unfinished or worn concrete is tough to maintain. Sometimes the only way to get rid of the fat is to apply toxic cleaners, sometimes repeatedly. Modern floor treatments literally merge into the porous concrete creating a tough, long lasting layer that is resistant to scuffs and scratches. Since dirt and fat don’t attach to the smooth surface, it can be cleaned with just soap and water.
Polyureas and epoxies also close up the concrete so ground waters can’t seep through. This reduces the amount of moisture in the air, which reduces rust on your tools and equipment. The surface is hard, but it’s not slippery. A nonslip aggregate is added to the top layer and creates a COF, coefficient of chaffing that meets federal guidelines for commercial garages.
If you are preparing to painting your garage doors and interior walls, consider coordinating your color scheme with the floor. Polyurea and epoxy floors can be tinted almost any color or have color chips or patterns added. Some commercial garages even have their logo added to a floor.