How Does Garage Floor Sealing Work? Do I Need It?
Whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, if you have a garage, the flooring is bound to take some abuse. From oil, sawdust, dirt, hot tires, coolants, and other chemicals, your garage floors are in need of a little protection.
Since concrete is very porous, anything on the floor will be absorbed by the concrete and cause damages from the inside and out. Without proper garage floor sealing, your floor’s lifespan will be reduced and it will be more difficult to clean and maintain. Read on to discover how garage floor sealing works, the different types available, and how you can start protecting your floors now.
What happens without garage floor sealing?
When it comes to garage floor sealing, you shouldn’t go without. Not only does it make your garage look more aesthetically pleasing and professional-looking, but it will significantly extend the life of your concrete floors.
As mentioned above, concrete is a very porous material, which means that if it’s left unsealed, it will absorb water, gas, oil, and any other liquid chemicals left on its surface. Once absorbed into the concrete floor, these chemicals will cause damage over time as the concrete begins to erode and eat itself up from the inside. Eventually, this will cause the surface of your floor to start peeling in spots and cause a dusty floor surface. You can prevent this from happening by applying a good garage floor sealant.
Types of garage floor sealants
When it comes to sealing your garage floor, you’ll want to select an epoxy floor coating. This is different from garage floor paint coatings that are used to make a floor look nicer if it has some unsightly stains. These do not protect your floor as well as epoxy floor sealants. If you have newly installed concrete floors, actually use your garage to do work, are renovating your home with concrete floors, and want your floors to look great for years to come, penetrating garage floor sealers are definitely for you. There are a number of epoxy coatings to choose from, including (most protective to least protective):
- Two-part 100% solids
- Two-part solvent-based
- One-part solvent based (not really much different than paint)
The 100% epoxy sealant penetrates the concrete and creates a protective barrier. It strengthens the concrete while preventing any liquids or chemicals from seeping through. So, when a liquid is spilled on the floor, it will bead on the surface rather than be absorbed into the concrete, effectively protecting your floor from damage and resisting ugly stains as well.
The garage floor sealing process
If you’ve just had a new floor installed, you won’t have to worry about any cracks or dents. But if there are existing damages in your concrete floor, they’ll have to be repaired first before you apply the sealer. The sealant isn’t meant to seal cracks, it acts a coating. Furthermore, the floor needs to be prepared for sealing. This often involves shot blasting, acid etching or grinding to the floor. This process is essential, otherwise, the coating will not adhere to the floor properly.
Once the concrete has been prepared, the concrete floor will receive many coatings to ensure a very tough and resistant finish. The first coat is generally an epoxy primer to help with adhesion and prevent potential moisture from below from affecting the coating. A second coat is a base or color coating, and third coating offers the clear, glossy finish.
Epoxy coatings do not dry like paint, but cure. It’s a chemical reaction process that can take somewhere around four to five days (including the multiple coatings) to completely hardened and finish the job.
One time garage floor sealant
While the best concrete floor sealants might cost more upfront, the best value winner will always be the 100% solids epoxy coating. This is because of the longstanding durability of this type of garage floor sealant. You don’t have to think about or spend money on re-sealing your floors year after year. These sealings last longer than 10-15 years and many professional installers offer lifetime warranties.
Eco-CorFlex Industrial Sealer
When you get in touch with GatorGuard of Indiana for professional garage floor sealing, you receive a one-time (which is all that’s necessary) application of Eco-CorFlex Industrial Sealer system. Not only is this available for concrete garage floors, but this sealer can also be applied to exposed aggregate, paver stone, and decorative or stamped concrete.
For more information on the best flooring sealant for your home or business, get in touch with our team of coating professionals. We’ll happily answer any of your questions and help you figure out the best option to suit your needs and budget. Call 317-429-0002 to get started today.