What is the best way to protect your flooring?
There are many products and methods available for protecting concrete surfaces from potential hazards. However, not all of them are worth your time, and some are a complete waste of money. Read below for a list of available products and methods as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
Polyaspartic Garage Floor Coatings
First and foremost, the most effective option for protecting your garage flooring is polyaspartic garage floor coatings, an OGI specialty. This is a high-performance floor coating that offers exceptional durability and resistance to a variety of potential hazards for long term protection.
Our polyaspartic garage floor coatings form a permanent bond with the underlying concrete, so your flooring receives the ultimate defense. These coatings offer chemical resistance as well as protection from mold, mildew, flooding, road salt and various other forms of damage. Polyaspartic coatings also offer complete impermeability for water, dirt, dust and debris.
Additionally, we add decorative flakes to the coatings to add a unique style to your floor while minimizing the visibility of any dust. Polyaspartic coatings are the best option for visually stunning and durable flooring that will last for years after installation.
Products and methods to avoid for Garage Floor Coatings
DIY garage floor epoxy coatings
Epoxy floor coating kits are the most common DIY option for Ohio homeowners. You can find them in almost any home improvement store, and they are much cheaper than other available flooring options. However, this affordability comes at a much higher cost than you would initially expect. Although DIY epoxy can offer some protection and style for your garage flooring, it is not nearly as effective as polyaspartic garage coating systems.
DIY epoxy brings along a litany of costly disadvantages. They require particularly thorough preparation for effective installation, and unlike polyaspartic coatings, they cannot be installed in environments with extreme temperatures. Even the smallest mistake during installation can result in significant visual defects as well as ineffective protection against wear and tear.
Furthermore, you will have to perform repetitive, costly repairs to maintain the flooring. As a result, you will spend more on DIY epoxy in the long run than polyaspartic coatings.
With Ohio Garage Interiors, you can install high-performance polyaspartic coatings with a team of expert contractors.
Garage concrete resurfacing
Concrete resurfacers are another common type of garage floor coatings. These products consist of sand, polymer materials, Portland cement and some other additives. The central goal of concrete resurfacing products is to restore any flaws in the existing concrete. However, it is not a complete fix.
Concrete resurfacers only fix surface-level cosmetic issues rather than solving any significant damages. If your flooring has issues such as deep cracks, spalling, major pitting or settling, you will need more thorough repairs than concrete resurfacing.
Garage floor coverings
Garage floor coverings include rugs, floor mats, parking pads and trays. These products are typical in cold climates that experience more snowfall. As a result, these coverings get uncomfortably wet in the winter. Although they do offer some superficial protection, they do not provide enough to protect from serious damages.
Homeowners typically use these coverings to help manage moisture buildup from snow, rain and ice they track in with their cars. However, these coverings need to be drained often, and they are much heavier when carrying excess water. Furthermore, in cases where these coverings are not drained, the moisture increases the garage’s level of condensation. As a result, the water will leak to the cement and potentially cause serious damage.
Additionally, these coverings will shift often when vehicles are exiting and entering the garage on a frequent basis. Overall, these coverings are more of a hassle than a solution.
Roll-on sealers are a fairly popular product among homeowners. These products are affordable and easy to apply, so they function as the ideal budget solution. However, they only offer minor protection from water damage and staining.
They do not form a bond with the underlying concrete, and they tend to wear quickly. Thus, sealers cannot compete with polyaspartic coatings in terms of concrete flooring protection.
Repairing small issues with crack fillers, sealers and patching compounds can be an effective short-term solution. However, they cannot prevent future damages or treat more significant issues. Furthermore, patching specific areas of your flooring will leave your flooring with an inconsistent, unsightly aesthetic.
Stains are another way to hide issues on the surface, but they do not actually treat underlying issues or provide protection against potential hazards. Although these stains will add color or a stone and epoxy look to your flooring, they will not provide the protection you need to maintain your flooring.
Concrete floor paints
Garage floor paints are among the most popular products for homeowners. These paints, however, offer no protection for your concrete flooring. Why do homeowners choose these products? They are affordable and easy to apply, so people see them as quick and easy solutions.
Unfortunately, this is simply a cosmetic addition to your flooring. They also tend to peel and chip quickly, requiring reapplication.