Garage Floor Resurfacing

The Basics Behind Garage Floor Resurfacing

Garage floor resurfacing is a necessary process if you want to revitalize your concrete. No matter how efficiently the concrete was laid, at some point the material will degenerate. Water, grease and other hazards break down the concrete’s structure, resulting in stains, cracks and effloresce. A good resurfacing job hides these problems while making your concrete stronger. The only problem is that most people do not know how to properly initiate garage floor resurfacing. However, once they understand the basics, they will realize that the process is much easier than they thought.

With that said, it is important to understand that there are two approaches to garage floor resurfacing. The easiest involves lying down modular flooring. This consists of rubber tiles, modular floors interlock with one another like a jigsaw puzzle. No detailed construction work is involved, making them the perfect choice for beginning DIY individuals. Be aware, however, that in order to be effective, the garage’s concrete has to be stable. Thus, you will want to fill any cracks with an epoxy or polyurea filler. Afterward, you should pressure clean the floor to remove any mold, debris or bacteria. From that point forward, all you have to do is snap together your tiles and then press down on them to hold the floor in place.

The second approach is much more advanced, as it involves applying a new coat of concrete to the floor. To do so, you must follow these steps:

1. Diamond grind the floor to create a smoother surface.

2. Fill any cracks with epoxy or polyurea agents. Use DIY fillers, as their mixing process is less complicated.

3. Pressure clean the floor with a degreasing chemical. Do not rely on just water, as you want your concrete to be free of stains. Remember, unlike the modular floor approach, with this method you have nothing “covering” the concrete. So, cleaning it thoroughly becomes even more important.

4. Use paint strippers or scrapers to remove any existing garage floor paint from your concrete. If that does not work, you may have to remove it with a sand or shot blaster.

5. Pressure clean the area one more time to clear the concrete of any leftover paint or debris.

6. Blot up any standing water with a squeegee.

7. Give the concrete a day or two to dry.

8. Purchase a concrete-based resurfacing agent. These are also be available in DIY kits. You have several choices here but the two that will give you the best results are garage floor epoxy and polyurea. The Polyurea is really quite expensive and not necessary for a standard residential garage so go with the two part epoxy. You can get a water based epoxy, which offers easy cleanup, but the resulting coating is only about a third as thick as the two part epoxy coating. If you are going to do the job then you might as well to it so you can enjoy the results for years to come. Prepare the agent based on the manufacturer’s instructions, (as they will all differ from one another).

9. Apply the refinishing agent with a paint roller. Sprinkle paint chips on top of the agent if you want to give your floors a more decorative look. You also want to add the non skid additives that come with the kit at this time. This kit may consist of the paint chips mentioned above or it may be an industrial grit which is like sand. Don’t use beach sand though as the high salt content can cause problems down the road.

10. Wait 1 day for your new finish to cure before walking on it and at least three days before driving on the surface with your car. I f you live in a hot climate you may want to wait a week so you don’t have problems with “hot tire pickup” where the coating actually bonds to the tire.

Congratulations. You now understand the basics to garage floor resurfacing. You can either apply modular flooring to completely transform your concrete or you can try and revitalize what is already there. Which path you choose depends on not only your skill level, but also what type of look you want to achieve. If you want an easy, colorful design, stick with modular flooring. Conversely, if you are an experienced handyman and you prefer a natural, more subtle design, stick with concrete resurfacing.

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