Garage floor coating

Garage floor coating

Garage floor coating – does it suit you?

Garage floors are always subject to several hazards such as moisture, chemical spills, road salt and naturally heavy mechanical loads and vehicle traffic. These factors together wear and damage the garage floor when it ages. Therefore, it is extremely important to protect the floor appropriately and so, increase the durability of the surface. Garage floor coating additionally, improves the looks of the floor; the coatings are available in many colours and textures. It furthermore, makes the floor easy to clean and thus protects it from stains and deterioration.

What are the options?

Garage floors are usually concrete, due to the fact that it is a strong and durable material also used as the foundation of buildings. Nonetheless, not every garage floor coating is suitable for all concrete floors; the condition of the concrete must be taken into account. There are coatings suitable for new concrete and for older, damaged surfaces. Garage floor coatings are applicable on:

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New concrete

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Existing floors

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Painted concrete

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Damaged & worn out floors

garage floor coatingWhen applying a coating on new concrete, it is important to make sure the surface is no longer moist and that it is appropriately sealed. Concrete is a porous material which absorbs moisture. A coating on a moist concrete surface often starts cracking an peeling off.

When coating an existing garage floor, it is important to make sure the surface is clean and free from oil and grease. Any contamination on the surface may hinder the adhesion of the coating system. The cleanliness is usually assured by diamond grinding the surface.

In any case, proper preparation is the key to successfully coating garage floors.

As regards painted concrete,it also must be clean. Additionally, it is crucial to control the compatibility of the existing paint and the flooring system.

Damaged and worn out floors are the most challenging to coat due to the fact that the cracks and gaps require filling. In these cases, a thicker, self leveling coating is the simplest application and guarantees the finest result.

What kind of coating is suitable for garage floors?

Most of the garage floor coatings are either epoxy coatings or polyurethane (PU) paints. Both of these coatings may require a primer or sealer prior to application. PU coatings guarantee an attractive look on the surface but they are often not as tough as epoxy resin coatings. However, it is possible to first apply an epoxy coating and coated it over with a decorative PU paint.

Epoxy floors are abrasion and chemical resistant and they have a high capacity for mechanical loads. They are available as primers (for example under a PU coat) and durable matt topcoats. Epoxies are however, more expensive than polyurethane coatings. PU paint is cheaper yet not as durable as epoxies. Therefore, if you consider a PU paint for garage floor, you may first consider the abrasion, mechanical loads and vehicle traffic the surface is subject to. In some case a PU paint is indeed suitable.

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How much does garage floor coating cost?

The following factors determine the costs of coating a garage floor:

  1. In what condition the floor is prior to application; how much preparation it requires
  2. The effect you want to achieve; the coating you are going to use
  3. The size of the area you wish to cover
  4. Who applies the coating; do you do it yourself or do you let it done

Most garage floor coating services can give you a quote for their standard product lines based on a square metre rate, but if further surface preparation is needed, the actual price will be higher. As a general rule, though, garage floor coating costs anywhere from around $30 to $35 per square metre for two coats over a prepared concrete surface and  from $80 to $100 per square metre for a decorative finish after diamond grinding the concrete.

Did you know?

The larger the area you want to coat, the lower the price per litre. A decorative floor coating for a single car garage can cost $80 per square metre whereas the same coating for a double car garage may cost merely $50 per square metre.

Requesting quotes

When you are going to need several litres of paint, it is always wise to request quotes to find the most beneficial offer. To make sure you receive an accurate quote, provide the supplier/ installer with as much as information as possible.

  • Does the floor need repairing; what kind?
  • In what condition the floor is; oil stains, grease or other substances?

Such information gives them an opportunity to factor preparation work into their original quotes and spare you any nasty surprises when they give you a final on-site quote.

Do it yourself?

If you wish to decrease the costs of new garage floor coating, it is possible to apply it yourself. There are several one pot DIY products on the market; both epoxies and PU paints. They are user friendly, rather simply to apply and usually non-toxic. The applications often do not require extensive knowledge or coating experience; the following video clip shows a decorative floor coating application.

Garage flooring Brisbane

There are many companies providing  garage flooring services in Australia including these few in Brisbane.

Signature Epoxy Flooring
411/241 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000

Clean & Coat
Brisbane Queensland 4000, Australia

Tough Floors
Cleveland, Brisbane, QLD.

Garage floor coating Perth and surroundings

PM Spray-on Paving

2/84 Callaway Street
Wangara (cnr of Callaway and Prosperity)

Kleenit Group Perth

Unit 1/524 Abernethy Rd
Kewdale, WA 6105

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