Should I Paint My Garage Floor or Hire a Professional?
You may not think about it much, but your garage floor also needs some regular TLC. While it may be tempting to try to save some money by doing the job yourself, garage floor painting is a job that requires special equipment and training. A professional installation will ensure that your garage floor gets exactly what it needs to last as long as possible. Today we’ll be learning more about the difference between DIY and professional installations of garage floor coatings below.
Why Is This So Important?
Choosing the right garage floor coating system is important for the safety of your family and pets. The coatings that are generally used are safe for you, your children, and your pets to walk on. They are also made from non-toxic materials, so it’s okay if a pet eats something off it or walks on it and then licks its paws.
Something that makes the garage floor unique is that it’s exposed to many kinds of elements. First, there’s the moisture: cars tend to produce a lot of water vapor, which can cause corrosion and rust. Oil and other chemicals drip onto the garage floor over time, which can lead to contamination if not cleaned properly. Then there’s dirt, dust, and grime. Garages are full of all sorts of stuff that gets tracked onto the floor. Also, garages are exposed to extreme temperatures, UV rays from sunshine streaming through windows overhead, intense heat from hot surfaces, and plenty of other harsh weather conditions such as snow or rain blowing in through open doors or windows during inclement days outside.
Professional garage floor painting is the way to go for durability and an even finish. If you want your garage floor to last, the best thing you can do is hire a professional. Most DIYers don’t have the time or patience required to get their floors looking as good as they would if they hired someone else. Professional garage floor coating is more durable than a DIY job because it’s done correctly and with quality materials, better than anything you could do at home with no experience or training. These professionals will use multiple coats of paint and sealant so that your floor stays protected from water damage, chemicals, and other contaminants for years after installation! Even better, a skilled crew does the work in one day, making for an even application of paint. This is what gives you a smooth finish that looks great and doesn’t require touch-ups over time.
When you choose to DIY, you will be responsible for all of the following steps:
- Cleaning and removing any existing floor coating
- Preparing subfloors for the new product to adhere to
- Applying two coats of product per the manufacturer’s instructions (usually one thin coat followed by another thicker coat)
While this may seem like a daunting list of tasks to take on, most DIY garage floor paint kits come with everything you need to complete them. However, as we’ve already mentioned above, there are some drawbacks associated with trying your hand at applying garage floor coating yourself. Namely: durability; evenness of application; cost; and time required for installation.
What To Do Next
DIY garage floor painting is a great way to save money and get creative, but it’s not the most reliable option. Professionals will have the know-how and the best materials to get the job done quickly and efficiently. If you want this to last, we definitely recommend letting someone that is fully trained take on this project.
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