Canada’s harsh winters are brutal on your garage floors. In addition to the cold and snow, all the de-icing fluids, road salt, and other products you use end up on your car tires and, eventually, in your garage. As you drive in and out, they deteriorate your garage floor, causing chips, cracks, and stains.
Proper protection for your garage floor in winter will keep your floors in good shape and prevent expensive repair costs. You may choose temporary methods only in winter or a permanent coating that lasts all year.
Epoxy coating is the most durable option for winterizing your garage. It is water-resistant and protects against all the road salt in your garage during the winter. You can customize the colour, and epoxy lasts years before you need to replace it.
The catch to an epoxy floor is that you must plan. If the weather has already turned cold before you even think about treating your garage floor, you will have no choice but to endure another winter without epoxy. It needs warm temperatures to set up, so if you wait too late, your options will be limited.
Acrylic sealer is a good choice when considering proper protection for your garage floor in winter. It is budget-friendly and can go on in a day. Once applied, your garage floor will have a smooth finish.
However, acrylic is not as durable as epoxy. It will get you through the winter but sustain damage and need yearly touch-ups.
Garage floor tiles could be ideal if you enjoy bare concrete floors in summer and want a solution you put down every winter. They come in waterproof materials like rubber or plastic and snap together, forming one big piece to protect your garage floor.
They come in a variety of colours and boast superior slip resistance, making them perfect for puddles of melted snow that form in your garage. The upfront cost for floor tiles can be higher than other options, but since you can use them for several years, they are worth the investment.
Don’t let winter take you by surprise. Proper protection for your garage floor in winter takes a little planning. Consider more than just a garage floor coating when forming your winterization plan.
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