There are many selections of garage floor finishes on the market today but if you are looking for years of quality and protection, a polyurea or polyaspartic coating will give you a rock hard seal with a manufacturer's guarantee of 5 to 15 years.
Concrete garage floors do not stay in good shape without some type of finish to protect them from the abuse of stains, weather and overall, wear and tear.
Four times stronger than epoxy, a polyurea coating is flexible and resilient as well as waterproof. This sealant has been used for over twenty-five years in applications for spray-on truck bed liners, pipeline coatings, sewer linings, and water treatment plants where durability is a must. Falling objects will not scar the surface and tire tracks do not become embedded when polyurea is used as a coating on your garage floor.
Resistant to gas, oil, salt and any other chemicals that can ruin your concrete, polyurea is also more flexible by 98% than epoxy, which allows for concrete movement and will not peel or crack under pressure. Excellent for high traffic and temperature highs and lows, a polyurea coating has a quick drying time of 8-12 hours for foot traffic but 48 hours dry time is recommended for vehicle traffic.
Another popular choice among homeowners is the polyaspartic coating that is different in application and performance from the polyurea products. The technology of polyaspartic coatings has the properties of a 2-component aliphatic polyurethane coating and possesses a non-yellowing nature.
The curing time for these garage floor finishes can be cut to five minutes to two hours because of the high amount of solid content (70-100%). Because of the quick dry and super hard finish, this coating is the number one choice of commercial applications.
Places such as oil change facilities and factories find the factors of the polyaspartic coating to be phenomenal in protecting the work place heavy traffic and daily oil and grease spills. Some homeowners and commercial installers will also roll polyaspartic on vertical surfaces because of the ease in cleaning and prevention of water damage.
Since your garage will receive far less abuse than commercial applications of this nature, you could look forward to a lot longer life.
Colored chips are available in vinyl or plastic for both polyurea and polyaspartic coatings to enhance the look of your new floor. The chips also draw the eyes away from any imperfections in your floor by blending everything together with an overall design.
Many manufacturers offer both of these different applications in a kit with detailed instructions for DIYers. Although the application process is much easier than an epoxy, they all share one common factor, the cleaning and the prep work is mainly the same. No sealant is going to bond to a dirty and cracked concrete surface. Fill any gaps and scrub according to the instructions in your kit.
Technology just keeps getting better in providing options for garage floor finishes and other coating needs. Your local auto parts or hardware store usually carries national manufacturer brands for either of these choices. Check out some reviews on blogs and supplier sites and make the decision as to which product will work best for you.
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