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creating a kid-friendly basement play space


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creating a kid-friendly basement play space

I wanted to finish my basement in a way that was bright, fun, and easy to keep clean. My plans were to create a space that the kids could do whatever they want in and not cause any permanent damage. I have done all that I can to protect the walls, but was still left with the difficult choice of what to use to cover the concrete floors. Did I want carpeting that would be more comfortable for them to sit on or did I want hardwood floors that would be easier to clean? I went back and forth for a few weeks and finally talked with a flooring professional. So, what did we do? My blog will tell you!

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Beautify And Protect Your Garage Floor With A Concrete Coating

If you want to improve the appearance of your garage so you can use it as a comfortable room for working on your hobbies or to exercise, then you'll probably want to do something about the floor. You can improve the appearance of concrete and make it easier to keep clean when you apply a coating to it. These are some concrete coatings to consider.

Concrete Sealer

A sealer is a basic type of coating that helps keep the floor free from stains. A sealer doesn't necessarily change the floor's appearance, but it protects against stains from having your car parked in the garage. You could choose a sealer that has color pigments added to make the floor more attractive. Applying a colored sealer covers up stains already present so you don't have to look at ugly oil stains on the concrete while you're working in the garage.

Epoxy Floor Coating

An epoxy coating is a popular option for garage floors. Epoxy is not the same as paint although you can choose an epoxy coating in a variety of colors just like paint, and you even choose color patterns and flecks. Instead of drying like paint, epoxy cures to form a strong coating for the floor. An epoxy coating can transform your ugly garage floor into beautiful flooring with luster and sheen. The coating is also protective of the concrete and resists water damage, stains, dirt, and even damage from road salt, so you can share your garage with your car and still maintain a beautiful floor.

Clear Topcoat

You can get artistic with concrete flooring since it can be painted or stained with any pattern or design that you want. Staining gives your floor a unique color mix of various hues and shades that give the floor depth, especially when the floor is polished. However, when you use the floor for parking your car or working on your lawn equipment, it needs a protective coating of some sort to protect your design and help the floor last as long as possible. A clear topcoat is perfect for this, but you'll need to choose a clear coating that can be used on paint if you decide to paint a design on the floor.

There are different types of clear concrete coatings you can buy such as polyaspartic and urethane. A clear coating is nearly invisible in that it allows your floor design to show through, yet the coating adds a thick layer of protection to the concrete and it also makes it easier to mop and sweep away dirt and stains.

You may find it challenging to choose the right concrete coating for your project. Just be sure to choose a product made for use on garage floors so it is strong enough to withstand scratches and temperature changes. Then decide on the look you want, and if epoxy would give you the best results, or if you should stain and coat the floor for a more dramatic appearance. To learn more, contact a flooring expert such as RD Floors today.