Whether you’re tracking in ice and mud from the QE2 Highway or you’ve got your overhead door open to let in the warm Alberta sunshine, garage floors in Airdrie put up with a lot. Here’s all you need to know about getting the longest life and best performance out of yours – it’s advice right from the experts here at The Garage Store!
A garage is a sacred space for many people. It’s a refuge where you can work on your hobbies, shine up your vehicle, or hang out with friends on a lazy afternoon. So, you definitely don’t have to be a car enthusiast or a mechanic to appreciate the value of high-quality garage flooring. If it’s going to be the last thing you see when you leave and the first thing that welcomes you home, it’s worth making it truly stand out!
Airdrie’s climate can be harsh on substandard materials, so choosing the right floor for your garage is crucial to making it last as long as possible. At the same time, you want it to be stylish and functional – not just strong and durable.
Fortunately, there are a lot of options available now, and they’ve come a long way from the grubby, dark garage floors you’re probably thinking of. And best of all, they’re affordable, too!
Types of Garage Flooring:
Epoxy is the most common of all flooring materials, in use for more than 100 years. It’s a term that covers many different coatings, which use a thick resin and a hardener to get the look and function you want. They’re great for customizing – for thermal resistance, wear prevention, electric resistance, and so on – and they look good while lasting a long time. However, they need to be applied in warm, dry conditions (no Alberta winters!) and they tend to fade yellow over time.
Polyurethanes are also fairly common for concrete floors. They’re a bit more elastic than other coatings, making them an excellent choice for waterproofing and keeping out the slush and snow. However, they are more expensive and more care and professional assistance is needed to apply them properly.
Acrylic flooring is often found in driveway sealants and single-component paints, though it has fallen out of use in recent years. While it cures quickly and is relatively durable, that’s also its downfall – it dries so fast that you need a professional, experienced installer or you could ruin the whole project. It’s also less safe than other coatings, and precautions for off-gassing are necessary.
Polyaspartics are fast-curing, UV-resistant coatings that can be installed more or less all year long. They can be tinted, blended, and mixed with other components for increased aesthetics or grip, while offering excellent cleanability and durability that can last for many years with proper care. However, some common polyaspartics have harmful solvent fumes, and any imperfections on the underlying surface (like cracks or holes) must be repaired to a nearly-new level before applying.
Cement overlays, sealants, polished concrete, and decorative floor sealers and densifiers are excellent alternatives to polyaspartic floors, offering a wide array of finishes. If you have a cracked concrete floor, cement overlays are a cost-effective alternative to replacing the entire floor.
Tiling systems are simple to install and a popular alternative to standard concrete and coatings. With a wide range of materials and designs, tiling is a popular choice for homeowners looking for a unique garage style.
Read more about the four main coating types in our garage flooring blog.
Let’s say you back out of your garage in Williamstown in northern Airdrie on a warm July morning. The heat of the sun is already baking your house, and as you head out to do some errands in Coopers Crossing and along Yankee Valley Boulevard, your tires get really hot on the black pavement.
You drive home and park those hot tires on your garage floor. A few hours later, you have to head out again – not far, just down Highway 567 for a couple things in East Lake area – but you encounter one of those legendary Alberta hailstorms. Ice, slush, mud, dirt, and all kinds of debris gets stuck in your wheels and wells as you race home. Now it’s dripping on your floor, seeping into every crack and pit.
This is the reality of life in Airdrie: extreme heat and extreme cold, maybe even in the same day (hello, chinook weather!). When choosing a garage flooring, you want to consider installation, curing time, durability, and thermal resistance, and what combination of those will work best for you.
Do you need a garage floor that matches your home décor? Or is it more important that it holds up to long hours spent working on your car? Here’s what to think about when you choose:
While it’s technically possible to do a garage floor as a DIY project, it is much easier left to the pros. Not only are we more experienced with applications and working quickly, but we have all the equipment necessary to avoid any health and safety risks when handling chemicals and potentially harmful vapours.
We’ve got the knowledge, the skills, and the tools needed to safely complete even the most complex installation in the simplest way. That’s what nearly two decades of experience can do for you! We’re so confident in our abilities that we even offer long-term adhesion warranties for your new garage floor in Airdrie.
It all starts with a free phone consultation and a complimentary site visit, which lets us make accurate estimates based on what you want and need, as well as the layout of the garage itself. Airdrie garages come in all shapes and sizes, and that’s the easiest way for us to take measurements, do up a digital model, and crunch the numbers on your options.
When you’re ready and the design is approved, we’ll find a time that works for you and for us – and then we’ll take care of the rest. One day soon, you could be stepping out onto a sleek and fresh new garage floor…and we can’t wait to see the look on your face when you realize what you’ve been missing!