Your concrete flooring does not have to remain untreated and unprotected, as there are many options for concrete coatings or applications to your concrete garage, shop, or warehouse floor. Here is some information about several concrete coating choices you can use to seal, protect, and improve the look to your concrete floor.
A concrete epoxy coating is made from combining equal parts epoxy resin and polyamine hardener, which you then spread over the surface of your cleaned concrete slab. This coating cures and binds onto the surface of your concrete to provide a highly durable surface. The epoxy repels water and is resistant to chemicals that can damage most surfaces, which makes an epoxy coating a great option for your concrete garage floor or other shop floor. You can also have the epoxy coating tinted to be a certain color, or have metallic powders, colored chips, or crushed rock such as quarts, added to it during installation to give your floor a distinct look.
When you are shopping for an epoxy coating for your concrete floor, make sure you buy a true epoxy coating and not an epoxy paint. Epoxy paint does not have the same durability as an epoxy coating, as it contains mostly paint. You can tell the difference from a true epoxy and an epoxy paint, as the epoxy paint will cost a great deal less than the epoxy coating. Once the epoxy coating has cured, it needs to be finished with a sealant to further protect and provide durability to the coating.
Learn more about your options by contacting services like EZ- Concrete Supply.
An acrylic sealer is another way to protect and seal in your concrete surface to prevent staining and other types of damage. Because an acrylic sealer is not resistant to harsh chemicals, such as epoxy coatings, it is recommended for use in residential applications.
Acrylic sealers block water from absorbing into the porous surface of your concrete and also provide UV protection and make the surface of the concrete slip resistant if it becomes wet. You can find acrylic sealers in a variety of colors and visual treatments to match the decor and look of the space.
There is also a less-expensive option to treat your concrete floor. Concrete paint can seal in the floor from absorbing moisture and also make the surface uniform-looking, as it covers any rust, pet, or other types of stains that you have not been able to remove.
You can find concrete paint at most home improvement stores in a variety of colors. Application of the paint is fairly basic, as you can use a paint roller to apply it to your cleaned and debris-free floor.