Your Colorado Concrete Needs Protection

Concrete, despite its appearance, is actually not as indestructible as you might think in regards to flooring. In fact, there are several factors that can affect the strength and performance of concrete, some from the very beginning of its lifespan, and others that take their toll over time. This is where an effective concrete coating comes into play.

On its own, concrete will break down and wear over time, which leads to an extremely expensive replacement invoice. Laying concrete properly is pricey, especially when you’re looking at a large surface area, such as garage flooring. Instead of replacing your concrete flooring entirely, it’s better to invest in protection from the start, such as our patented polyurea concrete coating here at Garage Force Mountain View.

To give you a better idea of exactly what causes damage to your concrete flooring, we’ve put together today’s post to review common factors affecting the durability of concrete and how an effective concrete coating prevents these factors from affecting the concrete at all. Enjoy!

Permeability

Concrete is, in fact, a porous material that allows water and other liquid substances to seep into it, meaning that over time severe damage can occur. When water leaks into the concrete, it expands its volume and cracks can form, eventually leading to the disintegration of the concrete completely. This property of concrete can be lessened in the installation process, but it’s best to use a concrete coating to seal the concrete flooring and prevent any water from seeping in.

Moisture

Working under a similar effect as the permeation of water, moisture in the air can cause damage to concrete flooring, as the moisture in the atmosphere causes efflorescence (a migration of salt) in the concrete. As it evaporates, it crystallizes on the concrete’s surface, causing durability issues.

Temperature

Concrete has different thermal coefficients, so higher temperatures cause spalling and deterioration of the concrete. Because concrete is a heterogeneous material, fresh concrete is subjected to a reduction in durability and strength when exposed to high temperatures.

Abrasion

Like any surface, concrete is susceptible to damage from severe abrasions such as rapidly moving water, tires, floating ice or continuous wear. A polyurea concrete coating is thick and 20x stronger than epoxy, withstanding abrasion and impact and protecting the concrete to which it’s bonded.

Freezing and Thawing

When your garage flooring isn’t protected with an effective concrete coating, it has permeation issues, which then lead to freezing and thawing cycles. This is especially true here in Colorado with our freezing winters! This deteriorates the concrete, leading to concrete cracking among other concrete problems.

Acids

Organic acids (along with inorganic acids) such as acetic acid, lactic acid, and butyric acid can severely affect your concrete flooring’s durability. The acids build up on the surface and make their way into the concrete through pores — just like water does — leading to corrosion and, eventually, concrete cracking.

Get A Free Quote in Erie Today!

Protect your concrete from damage and increase its durability with an effective concrete coating thanks to Garage Force Mountain View’s incredibly strong and long-lasting polyurea concrete coating. It’s 20 times stronger than epoxy, installs quickly, and can be installed any time of year, unlike traditional coatings that need a very specific climate to be effective. Contact us today in Erie to get your free quote!