Winterizing Your Garage Floor
Winterizing your garage floor may not be the first thing on your fall list of to-do’s, but it is important not to be missed. Your car will undoubtedly track snow and salt into your garage this winter. Ensure the protection of your concrete from road salt and other damaging de-icers. Road salt on an untreated floor can easily be absorbed into the concrete and within a few years, it can completely destroy an unprotected concrete base. By preparing your garage floor now, you can reduce the inevitable damage to your floor this winter. Consider applying a durable waterproof and stain-proof protective floor coating to prevent harsh damage and preserve the life of your garage floor.
The first thing to do is give your concrete a thorough cleaning to remove any contaminants that may be on the concrete. Once this is done, make any floor repairs that may have been revealed that can’t wait until spring.
After this, protect the floor with an expoxy coating, creating a barrier that will prevent deicing solutions and salt from entering into the pores of the concrete. These coatings will stand up to any deicing chemicals or salty road slush that you can track into your garage. Best of all, they are the easiest of the different garage flooring options to clean, but can quickly become the more expensive choice depending on the quality of epoxy used.
Most epoxy coatings can not be installed in cold temperatures because it needs to be warmer than 10°C (50°F) in order for it to cure properly. If the temperatures have already dropped, a polyurea or polyaspartic coating can be installed. They are just as durable as epoxy if not more so and can be installed in temperatures below freezing.
Take advantage of the numerous flooring options available to protect your concrete and prevent the hazards of winter damage. The time and effort spent now may save you from the headaches of a damaged floor later.