Chicago Garage Flooring and Hot Tire Marks – Change the Tires or Renovate the Floor?

Chicago Garage Flooring and Hot Tire Marks – Change the Tires or Renovate the Floor?

In Chicago, garage flooring that has seen better days are often visibly marred by hot tire tracks, in spite of the coating that was applied to protect the concrete surface. Most homeowners aren’t too interested on why the tire tracks appear, since they’re more interested on how to make the unsightly marks disappear. Anyway, it might interest them to know that the problem lies in the tire’s composition and how it reacts to the heat build-up once the tires go rolling. This means that unless the garage floor has a better type of flooring system, the car tires will continue to leave such marks on the garage floor.

For a tire to be considered as high-quality, a polymer substance must be added to its composition, in order to increase resistance against wear and tear; and in some cases, make the tire flat-proof. Most car owners today prefer these types of tires, since this gives them peace of mind that they won’t be saddled with a flat tire while on the road. The tire’s polymer substance, however, gets heated while in motion and when it gets in contact with the concrete pavement. Once the car goes through the concrete garage flooring, hot tire impressions will be noticeable. Now if a Chicago homeowner is not too keen on having his garage flooring renovated, he can simply replace his car’s high quality flat-proof tires, with the low quality tires that have very little polymer content.

Consider Epoxy Flooring

If a Chicago car owner would rather have his garage flooring replaced, it would be best to choose the epoxy flooring system. This type of flooring is well-liked for its strong resistance to hot tire marks and other elements that abrade, corrode, stain, and deface an otherwise smooth and sleek surface. However, there are certain concerns that the contractor must address before installing and applying the epoxy flooring and coating.

Inasmuch as the concrete floors also contain certain curatives that enabled it to dry quickly, it’s a must for the flooring contractor to first prepare the old concrete floor. The top layer of the concrete must be blasted to remove the curatives. Doing so will allow the substrate concrete to bond or adhere properly to the epoxy flooring. Only a less knowledgeable contractor will skip the preparation procedure, and go straight to the process of installing the epoxy flooring.

Another important procedure that a flooring contractor must perform before applying the new flooring is to check the concrete for potential vapor migration. The contractor can detect any water vaporization by using a vapor gauge. If the result is positive, the contractor must first install vapor barriers, such as polyethylene insulating sheets, before the epoxy flooring is applied. Again, if the contractor has no idea what a vapor gauge is, and is puzzled by your request to check the substrate for vapor migration; chances are you’re dealing with a fly-by-night installer.

In fact, be wary of these contractors since epoxy flooring is a costly option to consider. Still, it’s highly favored because the benefits that can be derived from its durability and high-resistance to various elements are realized through the years. Owners of Chicago homes, who have replaced their garage flooring with the epoxy flooring system, are quite satisfied with the results.