There are so many big things to worry about in the world today: global hunger, economic downturns, climate change. So don’t add floor coating worries to the list. Here are just a few of the many reasons why your garage floors may peel, and what you can do to make it better:
1. Surface Profile that’s Less than Ideal
Surface profile basically refers to how rough and porous the concrete surface is. So if it’s bad concrete surface—lots of rough patches—then it’s likely that your epoxy coating won’t last that long. Bad surface makes it that much harder for epoxy coatings to stick. Think of how you have to make sure you’re painting on a smooth surface to make sure the paint stays? That’s how epoxy coatings work too.
2. Moisture Problems
Sometimes, it’s all about the moisture trapped under your concrete slab. If the slab is below grade, then make sure you do a moisture test first. That way, you know what you’ll be up against. Do your research to get a better idea on how you can eliminate moisture from your concrete slabs before you start on any flooring projects. Don’t know what to do? You can ask for professional help. Granite Garage Floors offers epoxy floor coating services in Kansas City so if you’re in the area, call and have someone install the epoxy system for you.
3. Oil and Contaminants
If you’ve got oil stained sections, know that these portions are absorbent and as a result, don’t work very well in keeping water out of your floors. Silicone and polymer compounds are contaminants too.
4. Surface Residues Due to Acid
In most cases, acid etching your garage floors results into a layer of dust on your concrete floors. That’s the calcium, produced by the breakdown of the calcium at the surface. If you apply your epoxy coating on that layer of white dust, you’ll end up with sad-looking floors. Unless you scrub down that surface with a pressure washer—you can also use an old toothbrush to swipe over rough patches—the coat will likely stick to the dust than the surface. Keep that from happening by doing multiple scrubs to get all the dust off.
If you have trouble dealing with any of these, consider signing up the services of a professional floor coating company. That way, you can leave the work to the experts and enjoy some peace of mind while you wait for your floors to be done.