Are you struggling to decide upon a garage floor coating to spruce up your dingy grey cement? The right product for you depends on what kind of use your garage floor sees, the amount of traffic, whether it’s a residential or commercial garage, and, of course, your budget.
Each type of coating has advantages and disadvantages to weigh. Regardless of your choice, Coatings Hub Norcal in San Jose and Jamestown offers a wide range of garage floor coatings to choose from.
- Concrete Floor Stains & Dyes
- Decorative Cement Overlays
- Epoxy Floor Coatings
- Polyurethane Coatings
- Polyaspartic Floor Coatings
Concrete Floor Stains & Dyes Are An Economical Choice
If you are trying to keep costs down, you might consider using concrete stain or dye to add an attractive splash of color to your garage without spending a lot of time or money. Unlike paint, which covers up the cement but doesn’t last long before it starts to peel and get dingy, stains and dyes are durable and long-lasting because they penetrate the surface.
Pros Of Cement Stain
- Doesn’t Chip, Fade, Or Peel
- Can Hide Minor Imperfections
Cons Of Cement Stain
- Doesn’t Increase The Floor’s Strength
- Isn’t Spill-Resistant
- My Draw Attention To Larger Imperfections
- Doesn’t Work Well If The Subfloor Is Uneven In Color
Decorative Concrete Overlays For Non-Traditional Garage Floor Use
Is your garage going to remain a garage? Many homeowners decide to convert their garages into additional living space, either for family members or to rent out for extra income. In this case, a decorative cement overlay can allow you to give the floor a facelift without replacing the slab or laying carpet that requires frequent cleaning or replacement.
You can select an overlay that looks like natural stone, brick, tile, slate, or even wood.
Advantages Of Decorative Cement Overlays
Disadvantages Of Decorative Cement Overlays
- Require Periodic Resealing
- Prone To Cracking
- Cold & Hard
Epoxy Coatings Work Great On Garage Floors
Epoxy is one of our all-time favorite materials to refinish garage floors. It works great in both residential settings and commercial garages, auto showrooms, and the like. Epoxy is incredibly versatile and accepts an array of aggregates and colorings to enable one-of-a-kind creations.
Reasons To Choose Epoxy For Garage Surfaces
- Impact Resistant
- Stain & Chemical Resistant
- Easy To Clean
- Moisture & Bacteria Resistant
- Can Create A Non-Slip Floor Using Aggregates
Reasons To Avoid Epoxy For Garage Surfaces
- Can Be Slippery If You Don’t Use Aggregates
- Can Delaminate Or Bubble If Applied Improperly
- Requires A Longer Curing Period Than Other Products
- Not UV Stable On Its Own
Polyurethane Cement Coatings
Polyurethane is similar to epoxy in that they are both thermosetting polymers. However, polyurethane is UV stable and handles larger temperatures swings and humidity better than epoxy.
Pros Of Polyurethane Cement Coatings
- UV Stable
- Chemical Resistant
- Can Achieve High Glossy Or Satin Finish
- Works Well With Non-Slip Aggregates
Cons Of Polyurethane Cement Coating
- May Contain High Levels Of VOCs
- Doesn’t Bond As Well As Epoxy
- Doesn’t Work Well Over Small Cracks
Polyaspartic Coatings For Garage Floors
A relative newcomer to the field of floor coatings, polyaspartic is a fantastic choice for garage floors. Although it tends to be more costly than other types of floor coating, polyaspartic is exceptionally durable and long-lasting, making it a worthwhile investment in the long run.
Reasons To Choose Polyaspartic Coatings
- UV Stable
- Chemical & Abrasion Resistant
- Stain & Puncture Resistant
- Low Odor / Contains Few VOCs
- More Durable Than Epoxy
Reasons Not To Choose Polyaspartic Coatings
- Cost More Than Other Coatings
- Can Be Slippery If You Don’t Add Traction
Garage Floor Coating Solutions in Northern California
Ready to learn more about your floor coating options? Coatings Hub Norcal has two convenient storefronts – in San Jose and Jamestown, CA. We have an impressive inventory to choose from, whether you are looking for cement stains or dyes, overlays, epoxy, polyurethane, or polyaspartic products.
We also have sealers, self-leveling flooring products, moisture vapor barriers, resurfacing products, tools, and more. Visit us in person or contact us today for more information on any of the products we carry.