When a garage is built, the walls, floor and ceiling of this outdoor room are often left unfinished. This means the breezeblocks will be visible and the floor will consist of a concrete or cement slab without any other covering. These materials have the disadvantage of degrading under the effect of repeated vehicle traffic. You may notice micro-cracks appearing after a few months of driving your car in and out.
More annoyingly, depending on what you store inside the garage, these rough materials will become impregnated with dust and mud. You will need to sweep the floor regularly to remove this dirt and keep the storage area clean. In the case of sludge, washing will be necessary.
If you perform mechanical tasks such as changing the oil in the garage, the floor will tend to absorb oil and other liquids. This will result in stains that are almost impossible to clean. Not to mention impact from heavy tool falling on the floor can break off small pieces of concrete.
To avoid all these problems, one solution is to apply a paint suitable for a concrete or cement floor. Painting your garage floor will give you the following benefits:
- The slab will be covered with a protective paint that will protect it from damage for a long period of time.
- Garage floor paint is highly resistant to repeated vehicle traffic, especially hot tyres.
- coating does not collect dust or absorb oil or other liquids. In fact, it is a dust and slip resistant paint. A painted garage floor is much easier to clean and, above all, less messy.
- Floor paints are available in all colours, giving the room a more decorative look.
Which paint to choose for a garage floor?
The key to a successful paint job is to use the right materials. To paint your garage floor, you can choose between 3 types of floor paint:
- Epoxy resin type paints.
- Polyurethane type paints.
- Alkyd-urethane type paints.
How to paint a concrete floor?
Before painting the garage floor, you need to prepare a concrete base. The surface is cleaned of dust and dirt, dents are repaired with putty or mortar and only then is the paint applied. The paint should consist of 2 to 4 coats. The paint is applied at a temperature of the treated surface of no less than +5°C, at an environment of no less than +10°C and at an air humidity of no more than 80%.
The concrete floor can be painted at the earliest 5 days after pouring. The next coat of paint should only be applied after the previous one has dried completely, which usually takes about 24 hours.
When selecting paint and varnish for painting a concrete garage floor, it is necessary to consider the ability of the paint composition to withstand a wide variety of temperature extremes, resistance to long-term high loads, and other operating characteristics inherent in the garage.