Over 80 million homes in America have a garage floors. In so many of these homes, the floors are not looking the greatest. Garages, basement, and utility floors see a lot of action from hot tires to home improvement projects, spills, and more. The floors in your garage tend to be marked, stained, and scratched. But they don’t have to look this way. Choose a garage floor coating that can handle your everyday life and your floors will stay looking great for years to come.
How are your floors looking? Is it time to consider a coating? Let’s discuss the signs that indicate it might be time to coat your floor and how to choose the right coating.
The Purpose Of A Garage Floor Coating
While a brand-new look is one of the perks that comes with coating your garage floors, the purpose is much more than that.
Your new coated floors will:
- Be easier to clean and keep clean.
- Repair damage, moisture issues, and cracking
- Improve the look of the space
If you want a great garage, basement, or utility floor, trust the professionals. Hiring someone that knows how to prepare the surface and remove any existing flaws will make a big difference in how the floors turn out. Once this process is complete, the floors will be primed and then a quality, durable finish will be applied to finish the job.
Unfortunately, every contractor does not offer the total package. Be sure that you assess their process to verify they can prepare and clean the surface thoroughly before they apply your coating.
Types Of Floor Coatings
Concrete paint might be the easiest, most affordable choice but you will spend a lot of time and effort to maintain it. Painted concrete will wear out fast, scuff easily, and requires you to refinish the surface twice a year if you want to keep your garage looking nice. And who has time for that?
For several years, epoxy has been the top choice by professionals for garage, basement, and utility floors. Why do they choose them?
There are quite a few benefits of epoxy, those include:
- Low Maintenance and easy to clean
- Resistant to staining
- Offer a wide range of finishes
But there are also some cons when it comes to epoxy coatings, such as:
- Requires several days to cure
- Bubbling may occur as it cures
- Temperature sensitive meaning it can only be installed at certain times of the year
- Not resistant to UV rays which will cause yellowing in time
These issues may disappoint your customers. Let’s face it, no one wants to invest in a floor coating that will bubble and turn yellow.
Today, polyurea coatings have become the top floor coating choice. Not only do they have all the same benefits that epoxy coatings have but they also have the following advantages that epoxy lacks:
- Fast curing
- Can be installed anytime of the year
- 20x stronger than epoxy
- Corrosion resistant
You won’t be inconvenienced for long after your polyurea coating is applied as it only takes 24 hours before you can use them again. Being able to use your floor shortly after the coating is applied is a major perk for most as it creates less disruption in your everyday life.
Sticking to your budget is important, but be sure to consider how durable the product is. Polyurea is sure to last for many decades. We proudly offer lifetime residential warranty on polyurea coatings.
Polyurea coated floors won’t turn yellow. They are also resistant to most common chemicals, so you can expect them to look nice for years to come. While the initial investment may be a little more, when you consider all the advantages polyurea coatings offer, it is easy to see why it has become the professional’s favorite.
How Do You Maintain Your Concrete Floors?
Garage, Basement, and Utility floors see a lot of action. As oil, dirt, salt, and other substances make their way onto your garage floors, they will begin to look worn. This is why it is important to choose a surface that is low maintenance and easy to keep clean.
A quick sweep is often all it takes to prevent dirt from building up on your polyurea floor. Because these coatings are waterproof, you can mop them or use a water hose to clean the surface.
Cleaning spills as they occur is ideal but if you aren’t able to get to it quickly, polyurea coated floors can be scrubbed which usually does the trick without causing any damage.
Make It Your Own
Today, garage floors do not have to be boring block colors like beige or gray. You can now choose the best option for your style as polyurea coatings come in a wide range of colors, textures, and designs.
Full Or Decorative Chip System
The decorative chip system, also called the full chip system is a great way to add a pop of color or texture to your garage floors. Once the first polyurea layer is applied, an additional layer of decorative chips goes down. A clear polyurea topcoat is then applied to seal the decorative chips into the surface.
Some color choices you can choose from include Wombat Gray, Zen Green, and Saddle Tan. These choices can create a more elevated look in a space that would otherwise look boring and dull. They come in an assortment of tones to compliment the overall look of your home, so everything flows together seamlessly.
The polyurea metallic system will add a metallic finish to your floor that looks straight out of the future. These also come in a range of colors from cool blues to warm yellows and oranges. A glossy topcoat is used to finish the look.
The Medici System is ideal for garages, patios, and even your interior floors. Professionals are able to achieve this finish by coating with two contrasting colors over a solid base coat. This method creates the look of stained concrete.
These are only three of the available polyurea coating systems. You no longer have to choose a coating because it is practical and serves a basic purpose, there are now stylish options to make your home and garage unique.
Read Customer Reviews Before You Hire Someone
One of the best ways you can get an unbiased opinion about garage floor coatings and contractors is by reading through real customers reviews. While some comments may need to be taken lightly, you can usually use these to see a clear pattern of satisfied, or dissatisfied clients as you read through several.
Key things to look for include the contractor’s ability to communicate, how long the process took, how satisfied other customers were with the finished product, and the range of finishes the contractor offers.
You should also see how the contractor responds to any negative reviews. Most review websites will allow companies to respond and attempt to resolve any negative situations. If they are taking the time to respond and making an effort to resolve any issues, you will be able to tell that customer satisfaction is at the top of their list.
Time To Pick Your Garage Floor Coating?
Choosing a polyurea coating for your garage floors is the best way to set yourself up with easy to maintain floors that will look good for many, many years. They offer all the benefits of epoxy coatings and more. It’s durability, fast-curing, and UV resistance makes it a favorite for professionals and their clients.
Pick a color and finish that suits your style and make your garage a place that really compliments your home. Our team at Signature Coatings is ready to help you transform your garage. Ready to get started? Call today!
Contact Us (513-993-6800) to learn more or get a quote!
About Signature Coatings
Signature Coatings is the premier floor coating systems provider in Greater Cincinnati. Our custom floor coating systems are of exceptional style and quality. Inside or outside, your transformed concrete will stay beautiful and durable for decades.