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11 Reasons to Coat Your Garage Floor

tl_garageflooring12-2_tWe’ve blogged about garage flooring a number of times over the last few years, but fall is a good time to revisit the topic. Many of the problems that concrete garage flooring is prone to in the Lower Mainland region begin to creep in at this time of year, and may not stop again until the following summer if left untreated.

Even though the greater Vancouver area does not experience the same intensity of freeze-thaw cycles as the rest of Canada (last winter being the only possible exception to that generality) which tend to wreak havoc on concrete garage floors, driveways and patios, we have our own unique challenges here. Rainfall and overall moisture levels are the most notable ones we face. Those who live in close proximity to the ocean face an extra threat by way of salt, which accelerates corrosion in concrete. Just because we have mild winters and warm dry summers doesn’t mean we don’t have to worry about concrete problems.

We always advise customers to seal concrete flooring in the garage for several reasons, including:

1) It eliminates concrete dust: Have you ever walked into your garage in your socks and noticed when you came back inside that they were covered in chalky dust? This is a fairly common issue with concrete flooring that hasn’t been sealed. It happens when the surface of a concrete garage floor disintegrates due to weakness of the layers underneath. One contributing factor to weak concrete is excess moisture. Even the best efforts at laying concrete only when it’s not raining outside can be thwarted by an unexpected rainfall while concrete is curing, or simply an excess of moisture in the environment even when it’s not actively raining. Sound familiar? Processing and sealing of a concrete garage floor eliminates that annoying concrete dust and keeps it from happening for the lifetime of the coating.

spalling concrete2) It eliminates other problems common to concrete floors: This includes spalling, which happens when moisture within the floor pushing upward and causing the surface to crack, flake or peel.

3) It preserves the overall life of the floor: Coating it with a hybrid polymer product like Tailored Living’s PremierOne® flooring products will extend its life exponentially.

4) It will be easier to clean: If you’ve ever tried sweeping a floor made of concrete, you’vemop and broom probably noticed that, no matter how meticulously you sweep, it seems like the floor is still dusty afterward. That’s because all concrete is porous. Depending on setting conditions, it may be more or less porous, but even the most densely-hardened concrete has microscopic holes and cracks. Dust and dirt settles into those cracks, that when you sweep, often all you are doing is moving dirt out of one crack and depositing it into another one. Mopping isn’t much better because you just end up creating mud. A floor sealed with a coating like PremierOne® evens out the surface by filling in those pores and cracks.

The smooth surface ensures all dirt and debris can be swept away, and you won’t make a muddy mess if you want to mop. Spot-cleaning is just as simple, too. If you get an oil spill or other type of stain, wipe away with a clean, dry cloth (shop towels work just fine). If any trace remains, clean with a clean damp rag and mild soap.

5) It is resistant to mold and mildew: Most everyone who has lived here for any length of time has probably had experience with mold and mildew growing in various places throughout the house.

6) It’s more than a mere coating: PremierOne® doesn’t just sit on the concrete’s surface like a skin. It actually bonds chemically with the floor so instead of floating like a skin, it becomes a part of the concrete itself.

7) It is stain resistant: PremierOne® coatings repel stains, including those common to the garage, like motor oil.

8) It’s resistant to mold and mildew: It’s not just bad for walls: mold and mildew can damage concrete to and generally shorten its lifespan. A PremierOne® coating will prevent mold and mildew from finding its way into concrete pores and causing long-term damage.

9) It’s fade resistant: The color will stay vibrant and not get washed dull by UV light.

10) It is available in a variety of finishes: PremierOne® coatings are more than just practical. They make your floor, and your whole garage, look amazing. Your floor will stand out much more than it would if merely polished. PremierOne® floor coatings come in a variety of styles (solid colors, textured, stone-look and more) and will add curb appeal to your home. Just make sure you leave the garage door open so all of your neighbours can see what they’re missing out on.

quality-1714288_960_72011) It’s backed by a generous guarantee: If you have any problems with your floor, we’ll fix it.

Don’t let your garage floor become a casualty of the wet weather of the Lower Mainland. Tailored Living (which also owns the Premier Garage brand). We would be happy to come in and give you a free estimate on the cost of coating your garage floor. In fact, we can treat any concrete floor, whether it’s a patio, basement or utility room. Tailored Living does all of the work, from prepping and sanding the floor to the final coat. Best of all, PremierOne®

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Help… This Crazy Winter Is Killing My Garage Floor!

background-1069924_960_720Who would have predicted that Greater Vancouver would have the kind of winter it did this year? Not that snow is an impossibility here, but the sheer volume we received from North and West Vancouver all the way into the Chilliwack area has been unexpected and out-of-the-ordinary, to say the least. All kinds of old snowfall records were dashed to pieces this year with all of the white stuff that has fallen since December of 2016 until now.

Since it’s now officially spring, our fingers are crossed that we’ll soon see some signs of spring emerging. However, more snow is not out of the question, and even if it doesn’t snow again, we’re in for a wet spring this year. That being said, your garage floor may be taking an extra-hard beating in 2017, so we thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of the excellent garage flooring options that Tailored Living offers, which are ideal for life on the Wet West Coast, and how they will protect your cement foundation from all of this moisture.

PremierOne® Floor Coatings: The PremierOne® formula is exclusive to Tailored Living. In other words, you won’t be able to find this product anywhere else. We can’t tell you about the top-secret ingredients in this amazing product, but we can tell you what they will do for your floor: create a continuous, non-porous surface, filling all of those microscopic holes in your concrete and sealing them tight. The process begins with one of our professional installers who will machine-prep the surface of your garage floor. This is a critical part of the installation process because it removes any contaminants (oil spots, stains, dirt, etc.) that might prevent the coating from bonding fully to the concrete.

TL-Before-After-BlogAfter machining, the coating is applied right away so that it is able to sink right into the pores in the concrete, forming a seal that will act as a total barrier between your floor and any stuff that might end up on it, including water, mud and anything else that might get dragged in on your tires. In fact, the exclusive epoxy resin forms a bond that is twice as thick as other floor coatings and which is resistant to spills of all types, like oil, paint and household chemicals. Simply wipe away spills with a soft, dry cloth. No water is typically needed to clean up. Any dry debris can be easily swept away with a soft broom, or, even better, a dust mop (to prevent scratches).

premierone-decorative-texture-steelhead-micro-titleOur PremierOne® Floor Coatings are available in a variety of colors and styles including solid colors (six different ones to choose from) and our most popular Decorative Textures. PremierOne® Decorative Texture coatings come in 18 standard chip color blends. You also have the option of blending colors to create your own custom, one-of-a-kind design floor. You can also choose between ¼ chips or 1/8 inch chips. This seemingly small difference in chip size can actually make a dramatic difference in the appearance,  giving you a garage floor with a truly custom look and feel.

premiertrax-blue-titlePremierTrax Tiles: These easy-installation, no-glue garage floor tiles are semi-permanent and removable. Each tile is made from and 8 percent rubber in a polypropylene mix, making them extremely durable yet also flexible. Not only that, but they are actually ergonomically healthier on feet and knees. Tiles feature an open-weave design which traps dirt and debris. Simply hose away to remove.

Tiles are designed to interlock with one another, so installation is literally as easy as building with Lego. Our professionals can usually install your entire floor in a matter of hours, and you can drive, work or play on your floor as soon as it’s finished. Our PremierTrax tiles come in 18 colors from earth tones to primary colors to bright and contemporary hues. One of the best things about this is that you can choose to create a floor that is one or two colors, or use several colors and create geometric patterns that are totally unique to your home and to whatever suits your garage space. Best of all, these tiles are so well-engineered that we are confident in backing them with a guarantee for as long as you own your home.

Of course, accidents do happen. In the event that a tile does become damaged (say by accidentally dropping a running saw onto the floor), all you have to do is swap out the damaged tile(s) for a brand new one and lock it in place. It is one of the most practical and cost-efficient flooring solutions on the planet, and you can use it in other places too, not just the garage. We have clients who have had PremierTrax installed on decks and patios (it’s totally weather-resistant), in playrooms, bedrooms, rec rooms and basements.

When it comes to water (which is why we are blogging on this topic in the first place), the channels in each tile serve to funnel moisture away from the garage floor’s surface, keeping it dry and safe. You don’t have to worry about skidding or puddles of water collecting on the floor.

Again, cleaning involves simply hosing down the floor periodically. How frequently you’ll need to do this depends on how heavily-used your garage is and what kinds of activities typically go on inside. Aiming for two to four times a year is probably sufficient for most home owners purposes.

Here at Tailored Living, Coquitlam, we truly hope that winter is over too. We’re ready for some spring. We’re also ready to help you solve your garage flooring problems. Spring is a great time to install a new floor, and you’ll be ready not only for the rest of this year’s rainy season,  but also next winter, too. We just hope it’s less white.


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Do I Have to Seal my Concrete Garage Floor?

garage floor raffia(3)A colorful, contemporary garage floor coating adds a nice touch to a room that is sometimes not given much attention. A finished garage floor is often thought of as a luxury, something that is applied merely for cosmetic reasons. However, the benefit of a quality coating is more than just cosmetic. There are a number of other compelling reasons to consider sealing your garage floor, like:

* Weather-proofing: Experts recommend that anyone who lives in a region that experiences freeze/thaw cycles in the winter should seal their garage floors. That includes here in the greater Vancouver/Fraser Valley region. Though our winters are fairly mild, and freezing/thawing doesn’t occur frequently, it does happen. Just a few of those cycles are enough to cause permanent damage to a concrete garage floor.

Here’s why: concrete is porous. When moisture and water get into your garage (which it does with regularity here), water seeps into those many tiny pores. When the temperature dips down below zero, that water freezes and expands. When the temperature rises again, the water thaws and contracts. After just a few cycles of this, those pores start to expand. Eventually cracking, pitting and spalling can begin to occur. This, in turn, lets in even more moisture, compounding the problem even further. Minor pitting and spalling may not be bothersome, but giant cracks will become problematic. Foundational damage may even occur.

* Chemical and stain resistance: Though it’s not as big a problem here as it is northern BC and eastern parts of Canada, road salt is a major concern when it comes to the garage floor. This type of salt, as most car owners know, is corrosive. Just as it can cause rust to a car, it can also corrode concrete. Other chemicals commonly found in garages are also bad for concrete. Oil, gas, antifreeze and battery acid can all cause damage to concrete.

* Easier cleaning: a smooth surface is easier to clean than a porous one. This probably goes without saying, as many readers have probably tried cleaning or sweeping concrete before and know that it’s challenging.

Tailored Living, which also owns the Premier Garage brand, offers a variety of flooring types. If it’s sealing action that you’re after, its PremierOne floor coatings are the toughest floor coatings on the market. This product is exclusive to Tailored Living/Premier Garage and is a proprietary-blend developed by Sika®, reputed worldwide for its industrial grade structural coatings. PremierOne comes in several styles and colours and is extremely durable. You can read more about our PremierOne floor coatings on the Tailored Living website.