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Winter Cracking – Rock Salt

In cold climates, there is no greater enemy to the concrete garage floor than extreme temperature fluctuations and rock salt which can seep into the concrete causing cracks and deterioration. A great way to combat this seasonal destruction is to invest in an epoxy sealant during the warmer months, so that by the time the cool weather rolls around again your concrete flooring will be sealed and protected and able to withstand even the worst of winter’s damaging effects.

Epoxy floor finish is easy to apply, and can quickly transform your typical cement garage floor into a valuable household asset. Road salt on an untreated floor can easily be absorbed into the concrete, and experts warn that within two years it can completely destroy an unprotected concrete base. However, durable epoxy resins are created specifically to counteract this type of chemical reaction, and can also withstand extremes in hot and cold temperature. In addition, because of solid epoxy’s durability, a properly installed coating will protect your floor from antifreeze, oil, gas, brake fluids, and outside contaminants. As an added bonus, these surfaces are non-porous, easy to clean, and resistant to fading, cracking, scuff marks, blistering and peeling.

In order to install epoxy flooring in your garage, first ensure that it is warm enough outside to allow for the sealant to dry quickly and completely; Car Guys Flooring should be installed when the temperature is between 40 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, tackle any oil or grease stains on your concrete with a reliable degreaser to ensure that the new coating will go down smoothly on its surface. The Car Guys Flooring kit includes a concrete floor cleaning process as part of the epoxy kit, so cleaning your floors before coating application is easy.

You will also want to repair any cracks or patch areas in need of repair and pressure wash the entire concrete surface to prep it properly for treatment.

Once the floor is completely clean and dry, you are ready to take the next step, and once the epoxy is down you will want to give it 24 to 48 hours to ensure it is completely dry before resuming normal use of your garage. The resulting sealant should last for decades with proper care, and save you the expense and trouble of continual concrete maintenance and repair.