Your garage is where you keep your most sacred items, your prized possessions, your stash of drinks you don’t want to share, etc. And while you may make sure that your favorite things are kept in pristine condition (or maybe just enough room to work on your car or truck), one thing that often goes overlooked is the garage floor. Now if you currently have a dirt floor or the concrete is cracking in places, that needs to be dealt with before you take care of the aesthetics and longevity of your garage floor.
Once you have a well-poured concrete floor in your garage, you need to protect your investment. Much like you protect your wheels during the winter with a metal polish sealant to avoid pitting, adding a sealant to your garage floor is necessary if you want it protected so that cracks will not form and stains, which are often caused by dripping and spilled oils, do not become an eyesore.
To ensure that you have the longest-lasting results, meaning your floor stays free of stains (easier cleanup) and you don’t have to deal with the floor cracking you’ll want to use a concrete garage floor coating with an epoxy base.
Epoxies are the greatest sealant because they are designed to have a chemical attachment with the concrete and they are durable and very tough. A critical quality in a floor sealant that will be used in a residential and commercial garage or shop. An epoxy garage floor coating can endure a lot of abuse and nothing will show.
Products made of epoxy are composed of two liquid chemicals— resin and hardener. When these two are combined chemically, they will form a solid substance that is extremely hard. As you apply the epoxy coating to a concrete surface, it becomes tougher than the concrete. Aside from the usability of this sealant, it also has a wide selection of different colors so that you can find a match for the color scheme of your home or the paint color on your street rod. You also have the option to apply color flakes over the surface before it totally cures so you can have a two-tone flooring.
There are a lot of concrete garage floor coating products that are less costly, like floor paints (enamel and latex) but they are not long lasting like epoxy. Proper preparation before applying the sealant is necessary so your epoxy coating is assured to last several years or even several decades.
It is a must that the whole floor area is prepped correctly. The surface of the floor must be completely free from any dust and dirt and all petroleum residues must be removed. If the floor has drops or large patches of oil, these should be thoroughly cleaned before rolling on the surface coating. In removing oil residues, a good quality degreaser is necessary to make sure that most stains are removed.
To increase the longevity of the sealant, perform an acid wash on the surface by using a mild solution of muriatic acid so that the concrete will be etched. This improves the bonding and it will allow the epoxy to seal much better.
If you are looking for the best garage floor sealer that will keep your floors looking good and lasting for years to come, choose an epoxy-based sealant for your garage or shop floor.