5 Mistakes Business Owners Make When Picking Commercial Garage Floor Coating for their Shops
Upgrading from standard concrete or tile to a commercial garage floor coating has many benefits. Not only will your floors be easier to clean and less susceptible to stains and tire tread marks, but they will be less porous and therefore more hygienic. With a clean and consistent look, your garage will wow your customers, and be a more appealing place for your employees to complete repairs. While the benefits are many, you must avoid the 5 mistakes below.
Not Selecting A Commercial Grade Coating
Your new flooring must be able to keep up with your daily operations, so it is essential to select a commercial grade coating. There are several options of epoxy coatings, but you need a durable option that is made from a 100% epoxy basecoat—not a water based epoxy. If not epoxy, you can upgrade to a high quality polished concrete. Understanding these differences is one of the many reasons why it is important to hire a team who specializes in garage flooring, not just your average contractor.
Failing To Properly Prepare The Floor
Before your epoxy can be applied your concrete or existing flooring must be prepped. Epoxy requires a smooth surface, so all chips, cracks, and uneven areas need to be repaired. The floor needs to be clean and dry, including oil and grease stains which the epoxy cannot adhere to. In most cases grinding the concrete is sufficient for resurfacing, but depending on the extent of the damage a new underlayment may be required. No professional installation team will skip this process, as they know that your flooring will peel without it.
Applying Just One Coat
The best way to ensure that your commercial garage floor coating stands the test of time is to use a primer coat, followed by epoxy, and one or two top coats. You must also wait until your flooring is completely dry and moisture free before installation. This layered approach can last up to 20 years.
Sticking To A Standard Grey
Grey has been the standard garage flooring color for decades, but it doesn’t have to be anymore. In between your epoxy and top coat, you can have a color or specialty finish applied. This doesn’t have to be anything over the top, as even a neutral color can go a long way in making your garage feel more inviting.
Selecting A DIY Option
You and your team are skilled technicians who have undergone years of mechanical training. While working with your hands comes naturally to you, an improperly installed concrete or epoxy flooring can lead to time-consuming and costly damages.
The team at Pro Level Concrete specializes in commercial garage floor coatings. We can stop by your garage to discuss the options best suited to your goals and your budget. Depending on the size of your garage, we can have your new flooring installed in just 2 to 4 days. Reach out today to learn more!