The one surface in your home that suffers more abuse than any other is your garage floor. From oil left behind by car and bike traffic to gasoline spilled while filling up lawn equipment to water and coffee stains from countless hours spent working on various projects, your garage floor is simply a mess.
If you want to restore your garage floor and protect it from the wear and tear of everyday life, then applying a high-quality sealer is the only way to go. There are many at-home sealers that you can try, but only a professional company that has extensive experience in garage floor sealing and coating solutions can guarantee the best results.
For more information on the professional garage floor sealing process, take a look at the step-by-step guide below or call your local garage floor coating experts at GatorGuard of Indiana!
Clear the area
Sealing a garage floor is not something that can be done in sections, so the first step in the professional sealing process is to clear the entire area. Make sure that all vehicles, bikes, lawn equipment, storage bins, and tools have a safe place to call home for the next day or so and get rid of all large debris. Some professional companies will take care of the heavy lifting for you, but just be sure to ask ahead of time to prevent any project delays.
Sweep up debris
No sealant will stick to a garage floor covered in dust, dirt, dead bugs, or nails, so the next step is to get out the broom and sweep, sweep, sweep. Special attention will be paid to those pesky corners and small cracks in the concrete. All materials must be completely removed to ensure maximum sealer adhesion.
Degrease the floor
Eliminating oil that has soaked into the garage floor is another important step in the preparation process. Any liquid that remains in the concrete’s porous surface, especially oil spills, will prevent the sealer from sticking properly. A high-quality degreasing agent will be applied to the concrete floor to lift up the oils. Since degreasers are very acidic in nature, a long-handled broom will be used to work the degreaser into the concrete. Particularly oily areas will be further scrubbed with a wire scrub brush to help the excess oil emerge from the surface. The oil can then be soaked up or wiped away with cloths or towels.
Rinse and dry
Once the garage floor is oil-free, it will be thoroughly rinsed using clean water and a mop to remove any leftover degreasing product or dirt. Then, it will be left to dry for up to 24 hours. The drying process may be sped up by squeegeeing off excess water and placing dehumidifiers and fans onto the concrete surface.
Fill any cracks
To ensure a smooth, level surface for the sealer to adhere to, all cracks in your garage floor will be sealed with quick-drying filler. The professional team will apply a thin line along the crack, and then smooth out all edges with a putty knife. The filler will need to dry for several hours before the sealer can be applied over it.
Apply the sealer
Now that you have a clean floor, it’s time to apply the sealer. There are many different types of sealer out there, so discuss your options with your garage floor expert to determine which product is right for you.
Acrylic and polyurethane sealers both come in solvent- and water-based formulations and can be applied directly to the concrete surface.
Epoxy sealers, on the other hand, are two-component products that need to be mixed prior to application and left to set for 30 minutes to fully activate. Epoxy sealers have a short application window before they become unusable – roughly 2 to 2 ½ hours – so application will need to be swift.
No matter which type of product you choose to use, the application process will start by first sealing the edges of the room with a paint brush. Then, the rest of the sealer will be applied using a paint roller with an extension pole. The team will work in small 2” x 6” sections at a time to ensure full and complete coverage.
The sealer will need to dry for about 12 to 24 hours before it can be walked on. Once dry, the team will conduct a thorough inspection of the finished floor to see if an additional coat of sealer is required.
At GatorGuard of Indiana, our garage floor coating experts are proud to provide durable solutions for your garage floor needs. Our Eco-CorFlex Industrial Sealer is UV-stable, chemical-resistant, and only requires a one-time application to keep your garage floors protected and looking great year after year. To find out more, give our experienced team a call at (317) 546-0600 today!
Call (317) 546-0600 to learn more about GatorGuard’s garage floor sealing process!