Garage FlooR Paint
Why You SHould avoid It
Garage floor paint is a quick and easy way to add additional protection to your concrete surfaces. Garage floor paint helps to protect your garage floors from damages and stains through a durable, high gloss finish.
This quick method of applying a floor coating is easy to clean and cheaper than other alternatives. Paint often takes significantly less time to cure than other floor coatings, and the preparation is minimal in comparison.
Garage floor paints resist scuffing, fading, and blistering while also having low odors if you opt for the polycuramine option. Garage floor paints come in a wide range of colors, so you have many options for how you want your garage floor to look.
Concrete paints and epoxy based paints improve the look of your floors through covering up any hairline cracks, while also protecting it from any future staining, at least initially.
Concrete paint for garage floors doesn’t hold up as well or last as long as professional floor coatings. Salt and magnesium chloride can eat through garage floor paints quickly, and they won’t adhere well if you have any oil stains, moisture problems, or grease on your floors. If your garage floor isn’t a smooth surface, it also complicates the application process and the longevity of the product.
If your floor has cracks that are bigger than little hairline cracks, you’ll want to cut and fill them in, so that your paint lays more cleanly and looks better. Before painting your garage floors, you must ensure that the floors are clean and smooth. Should you decide to go this route, you can expect to reapply the paint every few years, as garage floor paint is not a long lasting solution and will start to peel and crack over time.
The Advantages of Garage Floor Paint
- Garage floor paints are cheaper, up front, than other flooring options.
- Installation is relatively simple and can be accomplished quickly.
- They offer protection against most stains.
- They come in a wide variety of different colors.
- They make concrete surfaces easier to clean.
- They enhance resistance to water damage.
The Disadvantages of Garage Floor Paint
- Garage floor paints are not very durable, meaning that you’ll need to reapply them frequently.
- Wear and tear, including scuffing, chipping, and peeling, becomes visible after mere months.
- They’re not very resistant to road salt, deicers, and other chemicals.
- They stain quite easily.
- They’re not good for workshops or garages.
- They are not cost-effective in the long run because they do not hold up.
When you decide it’s time to protect your floors with a floor coating, you may consider garage floor paints. You will need to weigh the pros and cons carefully in reference to your property specifically, and ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if they are worth it. My Garage Floor Guys can answer any questions you may have about them, as well as provide you with information about all of the floor coating options available to you.
Why Garage Floors Don’t Take Paint Well
Though paint initially seems like a simple addition to protect garage floors, the process is not so straightforward as it may appear. There are many things to consider, both about the paint and about the concrete itself. If you really want to paint your garage floors, first review the potential challenges of doing so so you can go in prepared.
Garage floors have to be in pretty good shape before they can be painted. Holes and moderately-sized cracks must be repaired before any paint can be rolled on. Otherwise they will show clearly beneath the paint and weaken its adherence. If you have to seriously update your concrete, it may be easier to jump directly to more effective means of protecting it.
Despite its textured surface, concrete also needs to be sanded down to roughen up the floor in preparation for painting. This generates a lot of dust which, if not cleared away completely, can compromise the quality of the paint job. Even if all the dust is removed, sanding can be a time-consuming process.
Temperature and humidity levels when garage floor paint is rolled on effect how well the paint can adhere to the concrete. If the concrete is too cold, the paint may not cure well, but if it is too hot, the paint may dry too quickly. If the air is too humid, that moisture can bead on the paint or compromise the curing in other ways.
As paint wears, it grinds into dust which can add respiratory problems to its list of other downsides. Furthermore, the relative speed and ease with which garage paint wears off can make painting your garage floor not worth the hassle.
Better Options for Your Garage Floor
While concrete paint isn’t a good option for your garage floor, the good news is that there are many other floor coating options available that will actually make your floors both look better and resist damages. As much as painting your garage floors seems like a good idea because of its initial protective properties and cost, with a high traffic area like that, professional floor coatings are more than worth it to keep it protected and beautiful for years to come.
At My Garage Floor Guys, we offer a number of garage floor coatings that are more efficacious and permanent than concrete paint. Epoxy coatings are far more hardy than paint while still offering a wide variety of colors. Polyaspartic garage floor coatings are multilayered for maximum protection for your garage floors. 100% coverage flake floors provide visual interest as well as protection for the floors they overlay.
Professional installation of a garage floor coating is the best way to preserve your investment and extend the lifetime of your floor. Our team can help you choose the right kind of coating for your floor. Contact us today to learn more about the garage floor coatings available to you to ensure that your garage floors actually will stand the test of time!
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