When considering a polyurea or epoxy coating on your garage floor, you'll want to take the time to research the company installing it and the process used. A garage floor coating can be a great way to protect your concrete flooring, but there are some circumstances where it should be applied with care. You'll also want to know as much as possible about the products used to ensure your family's safety and its longevity. TSR Concrete Coatings has put together a few things to think about before you install that new floor finish.
Cracks in the Concrete
Many concrete floors will develop cracks over time. In fact, it's one of the many reasons homeowners opt to install a garage floor coating that will cover the crack and make the space look attractive again. Most minor to moderate cracks can be filled in with an Elastomeric crack treatment. This filling material expands and shrinks with the concrete to provide a flexible surface that keeps the crack from getting worse.
If your garage has a moisture problem, then a concrete coating may not be the ideal choice. Moisture seeping up through the concrete can delaminate a floor coating, causing it to fail. TSR technicians use a moisture meter to determine whether the floor is dry enough to apply a coating on successfully. If not, you may need to have a vapor barrier installed by another contractor first.
Floor Coating Safety
It's always important to know exactly what is being applied to your flooring. Ask your contractor what products are used in the garage floor coating. Also, find out if the coating is EPA lead-safe, and low in volatile organic compounds. Both lead and toxic off-gases can harm your health. The technician should also have the technical data sheets on hand for each product applied in your home. Review these documents and store them safely, so you can refer to them later.
Garages and other heavy usage rooms with a concrete coating can get damaged by chemicals, abrasions, and even cracks or chips. Look for a floor product that is durable enough to stand up to the level of use you have in mind. If it is for the garage, think about the weight of your car on the floor, stains from spilled chemicals, and damage from ice and salt in the winter. TSR offers a lifetime warranty on all of our floor finishes, so our products are guaranteed to last whatever the intended purpose.
TSR is a professional concrete floor coating company that you can trust to provide the best products and certified, factory-trained technicians for the job. If you are ready to move forward with your flooring installation, reach out to us by phone or via our online form. We'll schedule you for a free consultation and price estimate for our services.