Cracks in concrete are to be expected. A typical concrete slab expands and contracts, as well as lifts and sinks, causing cracks. It will also usually leave a lip edge that will need to be ground down. Luckily, these can be repaired and the concrete floor can be turned into a durable, beautiful floor that will last a lifetime with the appropriate crack treatment and floor coating.
One GarageCoatings.com customer has an enclosed patio that’s used as a recreation room. The original floor had multiple cracks in it, with a crack height off-set up to 3/16”. To make it more of a challenge there is a Jacuzzi in the room, as well as brick and laminate walls.
Filling the cracks correctly is critical to the floor coating not lifting or peeling. There are several steps that must be followed. To begin the process, GarageCoatings.com professional installers ground down the off-set cracks to make them as flush as possible to the original concrete. Then a 4” Crack Chaser Blade was used to clean out the cracks, followed by vacuuming to remove all the dust and debris.
Next, Crack-Weld was heavily applied to the cracks, making sure to over-fil them. The Crack Weld was also to help level any low area’s where the concrete was lifting. Crack-Weld is an ultra-fast drying Epoxy that has a rapid, five-minute set time. During that time, it can be easily applied and spread across any crack. Once it begins to cure, Crack-Weld wicks into the crack and creates an ultra-strong bond between the two sides. Unlike other crack repair products, Crack-Weld is solvent-free, producing minimal odors and fumes.
After the Crack-Weld dried, the cracks were hand ground down to be completely smooth and flush with the concrete, making a seamless crack repair. Any remaining small hair line cracks were filled with Divot Patch, a fast-setting concrete patching compound formulated to dry in 15 minutes. To finish the entire floor was roughed up with a DiamaBrush attachment on a floor buffer machine.
Before applying any Epoxy coatings, the floor must be vacuumed and cleaned. The installers applied our 4195 Direct-to-Concrete Pigmented Epoxy Floor Coating in Cottonwood over the entire floor surface. The 4195 coating is self-priming and wicks deep into the concrete and bonds so well that you can expect to get up to 8lbs of MVE blocking power.
Finalizing the floor starts with the entire floor being sanded, vacuumed and tack wiped clean. Then the installers applied the 5073 Clear Polyurea Floor Sealer as a top coat in Cottonwood with an added slip resistance product.
The 5073 Polyurea coating is formulated to be one of the easiest Polyurea’s to apply by roller and brush, making it the ideal topcoat to use over a variety of concrete floor coatings. The water clear high-gloss and high-build film of the 5073 provides a beautiful topcoat finish that will look great for years. The chemical backbone of the 5073 Polyurea coating is designed to be extremely scratch resistant while also having great chemical resistant properties. The scratch resistance built into the clear topcoat will allow it to maintain its gloss for a longer period of time when compared to other concrete floor coating products. Additionally, this coating is UV tolerant so the color of the concrete won’t fade or cloud up over time.
When you select one of the GarageCoatings.com Epoxy floor coatings, you’ll have the confidence of unparalleled quality, lasting beauty, and trouble-free durability. And, all of the GarageCoatings.com Epoxy flooring solutions come with a lifetime adhesion warranty for your protection and peace of mind.