Want to know the one place in your home that has the toughest time during the winter months? Your garage. It deals with extreme cold as you open and close the garage doors throughout the day; water, ice and snow as you drag it in on your tires; and even chemicals and sand that lie eating away at your concrete after the snow melts.
As we get ready for summer, and will spend a lot of our time outside enjoying the weather, why not turn your garage into something more than a dingy, old storage place?
Today’s garages can be a whole lot more. And one of the easiest and most impressive places to start is from the ground up.
If your garage floor is stained with oil, grease, dirt and rust, you can easily give it new life with a paint made exclusively for garages: a garage floor epoxy. These paints are made exclusively for concrete floors and will provide adequate slip resistance for when the floor gets wet (guaranteed here in Colorado). They come in a variety of colors, styles and patterns.
Regardless of the product you choose, the results will be dependent on how well the product is laid. Like all painting projects, prep work is everything.
Floors need to be solid surface, free of cracks and chips, free of grease and grime. If you have cracks in the flooring, a concrete filler should be used to make it a smooth surface. Also make sure you use a floor cleaner, including a degreaser, to make the surface as clean as possible.
Most garage floor epoxy projects fail because the surface wasn’t prepared in the correct manner, or the surface temperature was too low to allow sufficient bonding. Temperature guidelines are in place for a reason; waiting the extra week or two will ensure a proper application and a longer life overall.
Also remember that the garage floor epoxy should have a chance to bond before use. The floor may be dry to the touch in a matter of hours, but its best if you give it a full day to cure before walking on it, and a full week before driving your car on it.
Give your garage a new look this summer; schedule your garage floor epoxy project today.