Concrete is the standard
Concrete flooring is most commonly found in, but is not limited to, garages. Also found in basements, sheds and other outbuildings, your concrete floors require protection just like the floors in the rest of your home. It is best to protect your concrete floor with a resin-based sealant. The resin makes the concrete floor resistant to water, oil, battery acid, gasoline and other automotive fluids, thus preventing your concrete floor from staining. If you're worried about slippage, it's easy to add flaking materials - normally ground stone - to the resin mixture during application to provide some extra grip.
A lot of people think that the only thing they can do to their concrete garage floor is add a little paint to make it look good. But the truth is, today, that's just not true. These resin-based sealants and floor finishes are not only available in a wide variety of regular paint colors, floor paints come in clear or stained (which gives the appearance of naturally occurring stone) finishes as well, in both water-based and oil-based varieties.
The benefits of sealing your floor
Besides the great look painting, sealing or adding texture your floor produces, sealants and other finishes make cleaning up any leaks or spills easier because liquids will sit on the surface - resin prevents it from seeping into the concrete. Additionally, one of the best characteristics of these sealers is that they're available in self-leveling and troweled epoxy for existing floors - and they can go right on top of your existing floor.
Just be sure to do this simple test first:
- Pour a large glass of water on your floor.
- If the water sits on the surface, there is already some kind of sealant on it - this will need to be stripped with chemicals if you plan on re-sealing or finishing the floor.
- If the water soaks into the floor, then you're ready to seal it - just sweep and rinse the surface first and allow it to completely dry before you proceed with a concrete floor finish that will help prevent stains.
Mop, mop, mop, all day long
You can mop all you want, but it's never going to get those nasty oil stains out of the concrete floor. Instead, you'll want to invest in a decent specialty concrete floor cleaner that will remove oil and other stains. Preferred products are those that come in a powdered, concentrated form that both degreases and deodorizes the floor.
If your garage doesn't see a lot of automotive usage and is used for other purposes, why not consider a concrete floor covering?
- Laminate flooring is very durable and easy to clean, plus it looks good and comes in so many styles it will be easy to find the one that works for you.
- Indoor / outdoor carpet tiles are really easy to install, plus they will help to keep your feet warm on the cold, concrete floor and can contain noise (just in case that's where your teenager's rock band practices).