Preventing Permanent Garage Floor Damage
Garage floors are often out of sight and out of mind. That is until you need them for something like having a garage sale, or when you want to use the space for something else, such as a studio or mini-apartment for short-term guests. The concrete floor in an unheated garage is often exposed to more of the elements than you might realize. Cracks and chipping concrete can create unsightly gaps that can let not only groundwater and humidity enter, but they can also provide an entryway for pests like ants, or even worse, termites.
What’s Wrong with Just Concrete?
While concrete is a durable and inert material, and it’s quite common and cheap to build with, it isn’t the best material for long term use. This is especially true in those climates where the temperature quickly fluctuates within a short period of time. Rapid fluctuations in temperature don’t give the concrete enough time to expand evenly, and this is a large part of the reason that cracks and crevices develop. Add to that the salt often brought into a garage during winter, and the concrete in even the most professionally installed garage floors will soon develop problems.
Holding Off on Damage to Your Garage Floor
Preventing this damage in your garage floor should be a priority in your home’s maintenance. The garage floor is often a major part of the home’s structure, and even if it isn’t, it is still the base for your garage itself, especially if it is a detached garage. This also is not something that should be put on hold until you’re in the stages of selling your home. Damage to the structure can be permanent, and create the need for additional repair work. This can be expensive, and is completely unnecessary simply because it’s quite preventable.
Prevention is Always Better than Repairs
One of the easiest ways to prevent this is by having a professional garage floor resurfacing done. An epoxy garage floor that can prevent any future cracks, crevices, chipping and flaking, and any other damage including pitting from developing in your garage floor is also another way to beautify your home. It can increase your living space, as well, if you so choose. There are other advantages to this, as well.
When professionally installed, an epoxy garage floor is created to local building codes, and can actually help lower your homeowners’ insurance rates. You might have to ask for the rate reduction, though. If you ever want to sell your home, having an epoxy floor in the garage can significantly raise your home’s price tag.
Professional installation is always preferred, as this is a permanent substance, and application may seem simple and straightforward, when it really can be complicated. Botching a job of this magnitude can create more problems than it will solve, and epoxy is not as easily cleaned up as paint is. Done correctly, a beautiful new garage floor could soon be your own.
My garage was so cluttered and a total mess, I was always embarrassed to have the door open! Not anymore!! Floorguard® helped me design a perfect system for my family, it’s amazing!! Now I keep my garage door open for all to see, it’s organized, and absolutely beautiful!!!
- Pam Orland Park, IL
Really Pleased! Our garage needed some major help – not only was it a mess but the floor was just ugly with all the stains and such. I will agree with the reviewer below – do not go with the cheap imitators! Floorguard not only has a great product, but their installers and service is well worth any extra cost, which is minimal anyway. Our neighbors have commented on how good our garage looks and we’ve recommended them to Floorguard without hesitation.
The garage looks so good! A+ company on every level. Wish I had another garage to resurface!
My neighbor had a floor done by another company that was new to the industry, boy were they sorry. I went with the experts, Floorguard did an incredible job!!
- Tom T., Orland Park
When it comes to adding value to your business, you can’t go wrong with the superior technology and materials from Floorguard
- Jenny P.
Covering our old, gray garage floor was a great aesthetic and functional improvement. This project requires 2 days: first day preparing the surface (major job requiring right equipment), putting down first coating and sprinkling the flakes. This requires about 4 hours. After this dries, they come back next day and apply the topcoat. They notified us when they would start the work and arrived as promised. They worked diligently, completed the work efficiently, left the work areas and our driveway clean. The owner Steve is a great guy to deal with.
- Bob H.
It was a pleasure dealing with the company’s owner Steve Chaloult. When we called him to give us an estimate, he arranged to come within a few days. We have a very large two car garage. His estimate was a bit more than the first company we called but he seemed very well prepared in showing us samples and very knowledgeable about his product and we just liked him. For personal reasons , we had to delay installation for about a month and he could not be more accommodating. we finally we able to have it done this past week and it was worth the wait. The garage floor is just beautiful and I never would have thought I would say that about a garage floor! We also had the lower walls around the floor done and very glad we did. At one time we were thinking we could do this ourselves using a kit. WHAT were we thinking? This is a job for a professional and we are so glad we used Steve.
- Moira J.
The owner Steve Chaloult was easy to work with and he’s very good at what he does. I highly recommend Floorguard as your contractor if you’re wanting to have a garage floor finished with a durable epoxy like colored finish. Floorguard came when they said they would and cleaned up after they were finished. Floorguard also installs garage storage cabinets.
- Andrew A.
Very responsive, good communicator. Was on time and did a top quality job. Very happy with the outcome.
- Anonymous Homeowner
Great eexperience. Quick and dependable service. High quality. Fair cost.
- John H.