Types of Garage Coatings
With less insulation than the rest of the home, your garage flooring is prone to warping due to temperature changes. Hot tires can also stick to the surface of your garage floor, causing damage to the paint.
Dust, the weight of vehicles, chemicals, and water are also some of the other stuff your garage floor has to deal with.
Applying garage coating can help increase the longevity of your garage floor and enhance its overall appearance.
But what are the types of garage floor coating, and which is the best option for your garage? Read on!
Paint is the most common type of garage floor coating, largely due to its affordability. However, the initial low cost might be its only upside.
When freshly applied, it often looks good, but this quickly fades to give a drab, boring look, requiring you to repaint often. The cost of repainting adds up and is more expensive than some other durable options.
Another downside to using paint as a garage floor coating is that it releases Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which have adverse short and long-term effects on adverse health. You can also slip on paint when wet, resulting in injuries.
Epoxy is a mixture of resin and hardener that bonds completely with concrete when it cures. It is a highly attractive and functional garage floor coating that comes in various colors and styles.
Thanks to its constituent polymers, it is highly durable and can withstand years of human traffic, heavy machinery, heat, and what have you. Solvent-free, they contain zero VOCs, causing little to no harm to humans and the environment.
However, on prolonged exposure to sunlight, they yellow.
#3. Concrete Sealer
Concrete sealer is another garage coating, and it is of two types - water-based and solvent-based.
While the solvent-based concrete sealer is the better option for your garage floor due to its durability and protection, it releases toxins into the air, which can be harmful to health.
One big advantage of concrete sealer is its anti-stain resistance. However, they can be slippery and often require you to reapply them from time to time.
Polyurethane is similar to epoxy in that they are both thermosetting polymers.
It is a highly effective garage coating for many reasons, including its ability to resist chemicals and scratches.
Polyurethane also has a very high impact absorbing capability and does not yellow on exposure to UV rays. A major disadvantage of polyurethane is that it contains VOCs, sometimes, in high amounts.
What Do We Recommend?
If you ask us to recommend a garage coating, we’ll tell you to go for epoxy.
While its first-time cost may be more expensive than some others, its durability ensures you save money in the long run.
Its style and design options, VOCs-free quality, attractive appearance, and cost-effectiveness give it an all-around advantage over other options.
However, it’s important to find a professional garage floor contractor to handle the installation.
For quality garage floor coating installed in your Boston garage, call on the professional team at Pro Garage Coating. When you contact us, you’ll be relying on over 30 years of unmatched reliability and experience. Request an estimate today.