Common Issues for Garage Floor Concrete
Defects in concrete garage flooring manifest in a variety of ways. Cracking, pitting and settling occur the most often but can be repaired quickly by a reliable garage floor repair contractor.
Cracking and Pitting
Concrete is a naturally rigid material, so it is especially susceptible to cracks. It also shrinks and expands with the humidity of the garage, and thaw cycles during the winter can cause even more cracking. Humidity and thaw cycles are two of the leading causes of cracking.
However, when flooring only exhibits minor pitting and cracking, repairing the issues is a quick and easy process. Ohio Garage Interiors’ team of floor repair contractors can fix these issues and protect the flooring from damage in the future.
Control joints and contraction joints are also a common cause of cracking. Contraction joints are designed to make cracks travel down a specific path, so they cannot spread to the entire concrete slab. Although they prevent the entire slab from cracking, they do cause more frequent cracks on the individual sections.
Any major cracks – 1/4-inch or larger – need grinding and filling before resurfacing the concrete and installing polyaspartic epoxy. The traditional process involves a chisel and hammer or a masonry wheel. OGI concrete contractors can apply crack fillers and install polyaspartic epoxy to prevent further damage.
If you come across any cracking in your garage flooring, you should repair it as soon as possible to prevent the cracks from spreading. Contact OGI for garage concrete crack repair with competitive pricing.
Minor and Major Settling
Minor settling can be corrected with self-leveling concrete, so it is not a drawn-out, expensive repair. However, major settling can lead to a replacement of your garage flooring. Always talk to a contractor and get a quote before scheduling a replacement. Ohio Garage Interiors has many services that can help you avoid an expensive flooring replacement, so don’t be afraid to schedule a free in-home inspection for a quote.
Once you receive repair and replacement quotes, compare the total costs. If repairs cost nearly as much as a full replacement, it is better to opt for the flooring replacement.
Garage Concrete Crack Repair Process
Recommended Materials for Concrete Crack Repair
There are various material options and processes for garage concrete crack repair. However, our polyurethane polyurea epoxy offers the most value and efficacy. OGI also implements crack filling compounds into the polyaspartic epoxy.
After applying polyaspartic epoxy, the materials will harden and provide more strength than the initial concrete. Our polyaspartic epoxy also creates a permanent bond with the concrete, which forms an impermeable, water-tight surface. As a result, your flooring receives superior protection from potential hazards.
Steps for Repairing Cracks
First, our team will chase the crack with a cold chisel and a hammer, breaking loose material and edges. We will then clean any remaining debris from the cracks with a wire brush. These steps are also quick and precise, so we can efficiently restore the flooring prior to applying polyaspartic epoxy coatings.
Once we finish the repairs, we sand and grind the floor until it is smooth. As a result, the application of polyaspartic epoxy becomes is more effective. OGI works to repair, strengthen and defend your garage flooring, so your flooring is stylish and functional with unmatched longevity.