With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to decide on the best coating for your garage floor. When choosing a garage floor coating you want to take into consideration what you want your garage floor to look like once sealed, and what you need the garage floor coating to offer in terms of performance.
If your garage floor currently has a sealer or coating on the surface, you need to remove the existing sealer or coating and start fresh, or you need to make sure the new sealer or coating is compatible with the old one. In order to determine if the new sealer or coating is compatible with what you have down, it is best to contact the manufacturer of the product you are considering.
If your garage floor is currently unsealed, you have a few options.
- Penetrating Sealers – If you like the natural, unsealed look of your garage floor, a penetrating sealer like the Armor SX5000 or Armor SX5000 WB are a great option. They work entirely below the surface and won’t leave a film or coating. If you want protection against water and salt, penetrating sealers are a great option. If oil and gas stains are a concern, it is best to go with a coating instead because the surface is left fully exposed with a penetrating sealer.
- Acrylic Wax – Waxes are a great option if you want a little more protection than a penetrating sealer, but don’t want to prep the surface of your concrete and don’t want to apply a coating. Waxes can be mopped on and dry fast. They are a great option for garage floors where oil and gas spills are not a concern.
- Acrylic Sealers – Acrylic sealers are a level up from acrylic wax, but they don’t offer as much protection as an epoxy or urethane coating. While the acrylic sealer will stop oil and gas from getting to the concrete, the coating may stain or delaminate on areas where oil and gas were not immediately cleaned up. If oil and has stains are not a big concern, and you are just looking to enhance your concrete while protecting it against water and salt, acrylic sealers are a great option.
- Epoxy Coatings – Epoxy coatings are great if you want more protection than an acrylic sealer, but don’t quite need the protection offered by urethane coatings. Typically, etching or grinding will be required in order to properly prepare the surface.
- Urethane Coatings – If you need complete resistance to oil, gas, and chemicals, a urethane coating like the Armor UTX60 or Armor UTN60 are the best options. Typically, grinding will be required in order to properly prepare the surface.
Not sure where to start? Contact a Foundation Armor technician for help with product selection.