Refinishing Your Garage Floor In 2016

If the slab that makes up your garage floor is not making a good impression, maybe it’s time to find a professional garage floor resurfacing company to give it a facelift. Restoring the concrete, which has become pitted or cracked with craters in various places, will make it look just like it did when it was new and give you confidence every time you use it. However, this is not a job that should not be left to amateurs. Only experts can guarantee the project will be finished properly.

Here is what you can expect from true professionals who know how to resurface your garage floor and make it come to life again.

When working with garage floor coverings or resurfacing it, the contractor should begin with a thorough cleaning. Although it might take you a week or two to get everything stored in the garage resituated in another location, it should only take a day for technicians to complete the project and have it ready for you to use again. Of course, this will also depend on the humidity at the time the work commences.

If the concrete has been sealed, your contractor will need to remove that first before adding the resurfacing material. They will also check for loose concrete that must be removed and refilled with some of the resurfacing material. Cracks, pits and divots should also be filled to maintain the integrity of the floor. All of these should be smoothed with a cement trowel so that they are flush with the original surface.

If the original floor was laid with expansion joints, they will make sure to maintain these by pushing weather stripping into the groove. Once all of this has been done, the next step is to start applying the garage floor resurfacing material. This should be done in sections to prevent the resurfacer from setting up before they have time to apply it correctly. To achieve the best results, only 150 square feet should be covered at a time.
To move things along more rapidly, a contractor will use a helper or two to make the work go faster.

The concrete should be damp, but not wet, when the resurfacing material is applied to help it adhere better to the floor. A squeegee is often used to spread it over the top of the original surface and this is done quickly, but if you want a nonslip texture added, the technicians might use a push broom and drag it in one direction across the wet material. This should be done within five minutes while the surface is still wet.

Generally speaking, professional concrete resurfacing companies recommend that you not drive on the new surface for 24 hours. After that, let it cure for a few days to a week before adding a sealer to protect the slab against stains, like oil.