When it comes to home improvement projects for your garage, sealing the garage floor is probably not very high on your priority list. Things like a bike storage system, a workbench, and deluxe tool station, and a 4-post car lift that would allow you to park your pop-up camper above your commuter car may make your garage look super cool, but these projects can be expensive and provide limited benefits to your everyday life.
But there is a cost-efficient project you can do in a day or two that can really help maintain the appearance of your garage floor. Many professional concrete contractors recommend sealing your garage floor with a high-quality sealer to protect it from normal wear and tear and extend its usable life.
Here is a brief look at some of the pros and cons of sealing your garage floor.
When you come in out of the rain or snow, where does all of the water that accumulated on your car go? Directly onto the porous surface of your concrete pad. In freezing temperatures, water absorbed into the concrete can cause the pad to crack, which may lead to a number of other problems. Applying a layer of sealer on top of the concrete helps repel moisture and prevents it from soaking into the floor.
Whether you are building cabinets or fixing your car, your garage floor is bound to get dirty. Oil spills. grease spots, and even coffee or tea remnants soak right into the concrete and are incredibly difficult to fully remove once the stain is established. A layer of sealer prevents the stains from getting down into the pores, keeping the liquid on the surface and making it much easier to wipe away.
Extends the lifespan of the concrete
No other area of your house takes more of a beating then your garage floor. Dropped tools, accumulated debris, spilled liquids, leaking oil, and other damaging elements can really take a toll on the appearance and function of your concrete pad. Without proper protection, your concrete will start to chip and crack, decreasing the stability of the pad itself and exposing your garage to other potential problems. A layer or two of sealer will not only keep these damaging elements at bay, but extend the lifespan of your garage floor
Helps maintain aesthetic appeal
Colored concrete and decorative finishes have a tendency to wear out, fade, flake, or peel off altogether. The best way to prevent this from happening is to apply sealer over the top of the entire floor. You can also increase the aesthetics of your garage floor by applying an epoxy sealer, which dries to a high gloss and makes the concrete look polished and shiny.
Some concrete sealers have a glossy finish, which can make the garage floor a little slippery to walk on. However, there are a number of sealers out there that do not have a high-gloss finish, so don’t be afraid to compare brands/finishes until you find the one that works for you. Another great way to increase the slip-resistance is to add fine aggregate to the surface before the sealer dries. This will give it a non-skid texture and increase its aesthetic appeal.
Requires reapplication every couple of years
Unfortunately, sealers fade over the years, especially if your garage floor experiences heavy foot and vehicle traffic. Just like repainting the exterior of your house, your garage floor will need to be resealed every few years. The longevity of the sealer will depend on the type and quality of product that you use and how much action your garage floor sees. Unlike paint, garage floors cannot be “touched-up”, so the entire floor will need addressing.
Cannot be applied to newly poured concrete
Applying sealer to a new garage floor can actually be detrimental to the durability of the slab. You will need to wait 28-30 days for the concrete to fully cure before applying the sealer.
May contain harsh chemicals
Many sealers contain chemicals that can be dangerous for humans, pets, and the environment. While there are environmentally-friendly products out there, they usually cost more than traditional products.
Overall, sealing your garage floor is a great way to protect and extend the life of your concrete. At GatorGuard of Indiana, our team has the knowledge and experience to help you choose the perfect product and answer any questions you may have regarding the installation process. If you would like to find out more, give us a call at (317) 546-0600 today!
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