Your Garage Floor’s Plea for TLC
Your garage is calling….and it is tired of its appearance and how it has been neglected over the years. As a space that represents up to 20 percent of your home’s total size, the garage is often overlooked as a home improvement candidate. Yet, the garage is used and visited or used by homeowners nearly every day and often serves as the primary entry point for visitors entering the home. For this reason, many discriminating homeowners are looking for solutions to upgrade their garage.
With home values continuing to appreciate, many homeowners are looking for other areas of their home to improve that will be a solid investment. One area of the home that continues to gain popularity is improving the garage space and more specifically – the garage flooring. Most people are only aware of the concrete paints, stains and water-based epoxy kits that are typically available at local paint stores or home improvement centers. These products are typically water based products that cannot handle the abuse that a professionally installed, 100 percent solids epoxy-based product provides.
It is the belief of Greg Slicker, owner of the Prairie Village-based Granite Garage Floors, that if today’s homeowners were aware of an alternative to the normal deteriorated concrete, oil-stained surface, or peeling gray paint – that they would jump on the opportunity to upgrade their garage floor surface.
“If you think about it, there isn’t another surface inside or outside of the house that takes the abuse of a garage floor. From the constant weight of cars on the floor to hot tires, to snow and road salt, the garage floor takes a beating,” say Slicker.
The days of allowing a garage floor to deteriorate and reflect poorly on the remainder of a home have now made way to industrial-quality, epoxy-based flooring systems that provide a durable, long-lasting, and cosmetically appealing coating alternative to the dreary garages of the past.
Choosing the appropriate means to install an industrial-quality, garage flooring system is crucial to the floor’s longevity, durability and aesthetics. Slicker explains the unique aspect of a professionally installed approach. “We specifically focus on the preparation of the garage floor using an industrial diamond grinding process to remove all previous coatings and stains in order to get the floor porous and mechanically clean, which maximizes the adhesion of the coating system to the concrete. The floor preparation is paramount as we guarantee against hot-tire peeling, which is the number one failure that most people experience when attempting to have a coating applied to their garage floor. After extensive preparation, our proprietary system utilizes commercial grade product and we then add decorative polymer flakes at varying rates to create the look of granite or quartz depending on the homeowner’s chosen finish.”
Once completed, the new flooring system installed in a garage will provide the homeowner with an “interior feel” in an area that has traditionally been treated like an exterior space. The durability of an Epoxy Flooring System should last customer decades while also protecting the concrete. The garage can now serve as a beautiful entrance that a home owner will promote when welcoming visitors while increasing the value and perception of the entire home.