When someone asks what needs protecting in your home, most people might answer with something like “my children”, or “family heirlooms”, or “photo albums.” For most homeowners, the garage floor is pretty far from the first thing on their mind. In fact, it might be the last thing on their list of home components to protect. This week though, we are explaining why your garage floor needs that protection and the how to provide the protection it needs. Read on to learn the best ways to protect your garage floors.
So Why Do I Need To Protect My Garage Floor?
That is a fair question! Most people who lives in the suburb have a garage floor that is made of concrete, which seems indestructible. However, garage floors quickly accrue damage due to heavy use. If the damage gets serious enough, it leads to damage on any vehicles or items stored in the garage.
- Crumbling, which happens especially toward the edge of the floor where it connects to the driveway.
- Pitting, small little indentations all over the floor. Usually results from exposure to harsh chemicals.
- Uneven coloring from exposure to the elements.
- Staining from spills and leaks of all kinds.
The Lowest Effort
One of the best ways to protect your garage floor is a cost-effective measure that doesn’t require any sealants or epoxies. We are of course referring to garage floor tiles. Tiles do not help to mend or fix any damage that is already progressing. However, they are excellent for preventing wear and tear from progressing any further.
Additionally, the tiles cover up any aesthetic stains that homeowners do not want other people to see. The tiles are made from PVC or other dense plastics, and interlock together to form as large an area of coverage as necessary.
The Medium Effort
Floor sealers are the typical way that many homeowners protect their garage floor. Concrete needs to be resealed every couple of years to prevent serious damage. Garage floor concrete sealers are usually easy to use and roll on with little effort.
Sealer only does a little bit to protect the floor from physical damage. Where it really shines is protecting a floor from spills that would usually cause discoloration. Sealers also protect the floors from the elements, such as heavy rain or bright sunlight.
The High Effort
Polyaspartic floor coating is the choice for the aspirational homeowners. More realistically, it is the choice for homeowners who love their garage enough to pay for professional floor protection. This type of coating goes deep into the concrete and reinforces it against the physical damage as well as the aesthetic. Polyaspartic coating even protects the floor from extreme temperatures and acidic chemicals.