Why Bare Concrete Garage Floors Are a Bad Idea

October 9, 2020

It’s tempting to leave a bare concrete floor when you’re doing garage renovations, however, this can be a bad idea. As a building material, concrete has plenty of advantages in terms of strength and durability but as a finishing material, its performance leaves much to be desired.

Bare concrete might look like it’s the best choice for a garage floor, and it might be for a few years until common problems start to rear their ugly heads. Let our experts at Innovative Spaces, Inc. explain why finishing your garage floor with bare concrete can mean more problems down the road.

Concrete Is Porous

Despite its strength, concrete needs floor coatings to cover up its porous surface. Without adequate protection, moisture can easily seep into the molecular “holes” in concrete, which leads to more serious issues in the future. Over time, the moisture can saturate the floor enough to crack its surface, leaving unsightly lines across your newly-finished garage. The moisture can also rust rebar supports which could ultimately destroy your concrete floor.

Contamination Problems

Moisture isn’t the only thing that can get inside your concrete floors. Its porous surface can also allow pollutants and bacteria to get inside, leaving the floor looking aged and unhygienic. You can address these common issues by using an effective floor coating to keep your concrete floor looking brand-new for longer.

Impact Damage

Anything built inside your garage must have a higher-than-usual level of durability. From custom garage cabinets to concrete floors, garages are designed to withstand a lot of traffic not just from vehicles going in and out, but also from people. A bare concrete floor is strong enough to handle this much abuse, but it won’t last as long as a concrete floor with a protective coating.

At Innovative Spaces, Inc., we can help you give your garage the best-finished floor it deserves. Give us a call at (574) 217-0469 or fill out our contact form to schedule a design consultation and get a free quote on home improvement projects today.

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