Refinishing that old garage floor may not be at the top of your renovation check list, but it is a project that you can easily get out of the way with help from professional concrete coatings experts. At ETEK Custom Coatings, we provide swift, streamlined garage floor finishing that leaves you with a beautiful, smooth surface again.
Of course, there are a few things to consider before going through with this process. The challenges of coating your concrete are varied and depend a lot on the current condition of your concrete surfaces. They can include the following requirements:
Cleaning the Concrete
No matter what condition your concrete is in, our garage floor coatings installer will need to thoroughly clean it to remove oil and ground-in dirt for proper adhesion. This can include the application of strippers, cleansing agents, mopping, and use of a shop vacuum.
Repairing the Concrete
If your concrete is damaged, it will need to be repaired so there is a stable surface for the concrete coating to stick too. Plus, unstable floors are unsafe to walk across and will continue to degrade over time even with a coating. Our repair process can include:
- Applying epoxy, polyurethane, or polyurea based filler to cracks in the concrete surface.
- Filling pitted areas and holes with similar epoxy concrete patching products.
- Grinding uneven or deeply stained concrete to remove a large part of the top layer.
Prepping the Surface
Speaking of grinding, ETEK’s concrete coating installers will also have to prep most concrete surfaces to accept the epoxy or polyurea product. This means removing a small amount of the top layer to make the concrete more porous and smoother. Techniques available for profiling the surface include:
- Acid Etching
- Diamond Grinding
- Shot Blasting
Dealing with Moisture
Sometimes concrete floors are in areas where there is a lot of humidity or moisture, which can be absorbed into the concrete and interfere with adhesion of the concrete coating. Even using a mop to clean the floor or acid etching leaves behind some moisture that needs to evaporate before we can continue with the coating process.
Usually our contractors will schedule your appointment for a low-humidity, sunny day to ensure the concrete will remain dry. They also use moisture meters to test the concrete, and if it isn’t dry enough will either reschedule, wait a bit, or use air movers to help dry the concrete.
If your concrete surface is in a basement or near a pool it may be hard to get it dry enough for traditional concrete coatings. However, there are moisture-tolerant epoxy primers that can penetrate wet concrete and block moisture so that our garage floor coatings are able to properly adhere to the surface.
Options for Concrete Coatings
As an established concrete coating company, ETEK offers the most popular options for your floors and concrete surfaces. Our team can install either:
- Solid Color Epoxy Concrete Coatings: An older coating material that takes a few days to cure enough to walk across. Usually a more affordable option for homeowners.
- Solid Color Polyurea Concrete Coatings: A more flexible concrete floor finish that offers increased resistance to cracking and peeling. It’s also a quick cure product that you can drive across in one day.
Our coatings are also available in dozens of colors or chip flake patterns for a personalized look. We even offer slip-resistant finishes that work well in industrial sites or around pools.
Get Professionals to Install Your Garage’s Concrete Floor Coating
If you are thinking about resurfacing your garage floor, consider hiring a professional like ETEK to do the job instead. We’ll bring the skills of a trained and certified concrete coating installer to the task.
Proper installation by one of our contractors will provide you with a floor that remains free of bubbling, peeling, and staining for years. In fact, ETEK Custom Coatings will protect your surfaces for up to 15 years, guaranteed. To learn more, give us a call or fill out our online form to get started with a free cost estimate right away.
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