How Painting Your Garage Floor Can Help to Increase the Life of Your Garage
When it comes to garage maintenance, painting your garage floor may not be the first chore that comes to mind. However, painting your floor will increase the life of your garage by removing any unwanted moisture from your garage, sealing unsightly cracks, preventing oil and grease spills and has the ability to minimize dust on the floor of your garage.
Say Goodbye to Spills
If you have turned your garage into a workshop to work on your car or other household products, chances are you’ve probably spilled hard to remove substances such as oil or grease on the concrete floor of your garage. Painting the floor of your garage will repel any accidental spills instead of absorbing into the floor. Painting the floor will also protect water, salt and snow which has the potential to cause further damage to the floor of your garage.
It’s inevitable that during the life of your garage, dust will gather into the cracks of your garage floors, making it difficult to remove. By painting the floor of your garage, you are covering the cracks on the floor. Along with sweeping, this will minimize the accumulation of dust and particles on the floor of your garage.
Since painting the floor makes your garage dust and spill resistant, it will be easier to maintain the floor of your garage and will help to reduce any maintenance or repair costs such as removing spills from the concrete floor or constantly purchasing supplies to fill the cracks in the floor. Adding paint to the floor will serve additional insulation and will reduce cracking on the floor during extreme hot or cold weather.
Painting the floor will help your garage will add personality and value to your home. You’re also able to customize the color of the floor by matching the paint to the interior of the garage or your vehicle.
Depending upon that color that is chosen to paint the floor, the paint will add light to the entire garage. A lighter shade of paint works well will natural and electrical light and illuminate the room.
Types of Garage Paint and Covering Options
There are two types of paint: epoxy and regular paint. Although they are both applied with brushes and rollers they both perform differently. If you are trying to protect your floor from oil and rust, a regular paint job will suffice. Another option is also latex paint which is inexpensive and is capable of doing the job as well. Latex paint dries within hours after a single coat, however, it is suggested to allow the floor to dry for a full day.
If you’re seeking a durable surface, then epoxy paint will be a good fit. Epoxy leaves a thick and durable surface once the job is complete. The epoxy paint creates a non-porous surface discouraging air or water penetration. However, this process is more extensive than a regular paint job.
Before Covering or Painting
Prior to transforming your garage floor, ensure that entire floor is cleaned. This can be accomplished by using a bleach and water mixture to rinse the floor of any impurities or hard to reach areas. You may also scrub away additional areas of the floor. While cleaning the floor, it is best to wear googles and gloves to protect yourself from the bleach and splashing water.
Next, repair all small cracks on the floor with mortar repair compound and concrete for larger cracks. This will allow for a clean even surface when painting the floor. Before applying the first coat of paint, make sure that the floor is dry and free of cracks. Next, apply a primer to ensure that your paint job will last. Then apply the first coat of paint and wait 24 hours before applying additional coats.
Deciding to paint your floor is a big decision when it comes to extending the life of your garage floor. If you paint your garage floor properly, the paint job will last up to ten years. Before taking on such a large job, consider which type of floor covering will work best for you and your home.