Considering Painting Your Garage Floor? Here's What to Know

Considering Painting Your Garage Floor? Here’s What to Know

Garage floor painting will cross many homeowners’ minds at some point. With the constant wear the typical garage floor receives, it can soon start to look weathered, dirty and old. For some, painting over this floor might seem like the obvious solution. This article covers the various advantages and disadvantages of painting a garage floor by yourself, as well as the other options you can choose. 

DIY Paint Your Garage Floor

When you’re deciding between DIY vs. professional garage flooring options, you’ll want to look at the pros and cons of attempting to paint the floor yourself. It’s a tall task, so it’s helpful to understand what you’re getting into. 

Advantages 

A DIY garage floor paint project does come with various benefits, including: 

  • Affordability: In most cases, it’s usually pretty cheap to paint your floor on your own. A couple of gallons of paint and a few tools and you should be ready to go. 
  • Cleanliness: Adding a coat of paint to your garage floor can help keep the rest of the area clean. An old concrete garage floor can attract dust and dirt, which could transfer to cars and tools. With a new coat of paint, you can cut down on some of this added dirt and keep your garage looking fresh. The cleaning process itself will be much easier, as well — just grab a mop and run it over the surface a few times to get it sparkling new. 
  • Protection: Garages are a common place for oil spills, chemicals and mold. With the right paint, you can add a layer of protection to your floors, making it much easier to clean up these spills and defend against damage.
  • Aesthetic: Painting your garage floors will also make them look better. You won’t have that old, dirty floor anymore, and instead, you can look at a sleek paint job. With the DIY option, you can make your floor exactly like you want, fit to your exact specifications. It will add a modern, more polished look to your garage that you’ll be proud to look at every time you walk in. 

Disadvantages

Painting your garage floors on your own might seem appealing, but it comes with many hidden challenges that you might not consider at first. Before you start on a project, you should know the cons of DIY garage floors so you can make an informed decision about what you really want to do.

  • Short life span: Paint wears down quickly, especially in the presence of so much wear. With cars constantly coming in and out, your paint can begin to chip and flake in a short time. After you’ve put all the time and effort into painting, you could start to see your job crumble before your eyes. Garage floor sealing can help stop the weathering process to an extent, but the chemicals involved are potentially dangerous and best left to a trained professional. 
  • Potentially harmful: As the paint job starts to break down and crumble, those particles will turn into dust and enter the garage’s air. When you enter, you could inhale these particles, which could harm your health. 
  • Time and money: The DIY options always shared a common disadvantage — time. It will take time to figure out how to paint your garage floor, choose what paint to use and do the actual job. If you enjoy the process, this could be an advantage. However, most people would rather spend this time with friends and family or doing another activity. Additionally, because you’ll likely have to repaint often to prevent wear, you’ll have to spend a decent amount of money on each job. You’ll want to weigh this against the option of hiring a professional service, which would use quality materials to do a job that’s lasting and efficient. 
  • Amateur look: If you’re new to painting floors or haven’t done it very often, your finished product could end up looking differently than you envisioned. Even though you’re the one doing the painting, it might not live up to your expectations, whereas professionals will have the skills and experience to give you the look you want. 
  • Challenging: Many people might think painting a garage floor is easy, but it’s a fairly challenging endeavor. It starts before the painting begins — patching holes and cracks, sanding and ensuring you have a smooth surface to paint or seal. Adding an even coat can be difficult and something you should consider before beginning. 

Consider the Benefits of Polyurea Garage Floor Coating

With all of the challenges of DIY garage floor painting, it’s beneficial to look at other options. Professional services like BlackHawk Garage Door can provide high-quality materials and expert work that offer advantages you won’t find in regular paints. At BlackHawk Garage Door, our polyurea garage floor coating provides many benefits, including durability, longevity and safety. Polyurea floor coatings are also easier to maintain and can ultimately save you time and money. 

  • Durability: Polyurea coatings mend cracked, chipped and uneven surfaces and offer a barrier against chemicals, moisture and pests. In a garage setting, this durability is essential — with the amount of wear your floor will experience, you need a coating you can trust. Polyurea is a highly elastic material, accommodating expansion and contraction so your floor won’t split in cold weather. 
  • Longevity: Because of their durability, polyurea garage coatings will last longer. Instead of paint jobs that will crack and flake over time, polyurea coatings will stay strong for longer, keeping your garage looking nice and keeping you from having to add a new coat. 
  • Safety: Polyurea coatings are USDA-approved 100% antibacterial and antimicrobial, making them excellent for homes, restaurants, hospitals and more. 
  • Maintenance: These coatings are easy to clean and keep dust at bay, so you’ll have to spend less time cleaning. Unlike painted floors which chip and flake and make your floor look weathered, polyurea coatings retain a smooth look that you’ll be proud to display. 
  • Time and money: Polyurea coatings can even save you time and money. Instead of having to make frequent replacements and constantly clean up, you’ll have a durable, lasting floor coating that requires less maintenance. You can stop putting time into your garage floor and spend it on the things that truly matter. 

Reach Out to Our Team of Professionals at BlackHawk Garage Door 

Polyurea coatings have many advantages, and these benefits could start to look very appealing when you consider all the challenges of a DIY garage floor painting project. Save time and money and reach out to our expert team at BlackHawk Garage Door. Contact us today!


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Jarrod Beach
Jarrod Beach
23:15 16 Aug 22
You will love your concrete coatings from Blackhawk. They install fantastic floors.
Michael Simkins
Michael Simkins
21:38 22 Jul 22
We had polyurea floor coating installed in a portion of our basement and also in our garage. The end result is amazing! We could not be any happier. The team of Davis, Colten, Kevin and Kip were prompt, courteous, treated our home with respect and... did a great job. We love the product so much we're considering applying it to our concrete patio. I would certainly recommend Blackhawk Garage Door. Thank you!read more
gdshack25
gdshack25
21:01 28 Jun 22
Blackhawk Garage Door transformed my garage floor. Davis and Kevin did a great job. They were on time, professional and gave instructions after they were finished. I will tell all my friends who need a new garage floor. Thank you and God bless... you.read more
Wade Labecki
Wade Labecki
00:12 08 Jun 22
I am extremely happy with the manner that my garage door needs were met. From the very beginning with ordering the door through the installing. Awesome job. I highly recommend Blackhawk Garage Door.
Loren Zillmann
Loren Zillmann
09:44 05 Jun 22
We had Blackhawk replace our garage door and resurrect our 40 year old cracked concrete floor with the Polyurea Floor Coating. 4 words to describe the experience. Excellent workers, excellent products. Thanks.
Emily Lindus
Emily Lindus
19:29 25 May 22
Just had Blackhawk Garage Door install a new opener with the app for my phone to open and close remotely! If I am in Zimbabwe, I can open my door in Luck for the Schwans delivery:) John was awesome, patient, fixed a loose wire that was causing us... trouble, programed the opener, programed my vehicle. All with a smile!read more
Dorothy Marty
Dorothy Marty
15:11 08 Mar 22
Bryton Gunderson and his co-worker replace both garage doors. Showed up on time and finished in the time they said they would. Did a great job at installing and clean up was good. Highly recommend them!!
Deborah Lind
Deborah Lind
01:03 12 Feb 22
Jeremy was sent out to fix my garage door after the wheel came off the runner. and made it impossible to close. He assessed the situation and saw more issues causing problems. He was quick, knowledgeable, efficient, and polite. In this winter... weather, it was essential get this garage door fixed quickly and Blackhawk Garage Door sent a repairman as fast as they could. Thank you, Deborah Lind .read more
Ben Graf
Ben Graf
17:47 24 Jan 22
We hired BlackHawk to replace both of our garage doors. Anticipated start date for install was spot on and install went very smooth. Also had them install jackscrew openers a few months later and they installed them less than a week from my... initial phone call. Would highly recommend.read more
Craig Zuelke
Craig Zuelke
21:41 14 Jan 22
Jeremy arrived on-time even though the weather made driving difficult. He did a great job installing the new springs and keypad and explaining the functioning of the door. He was also very helpful in going over preventive maintenance and repair of... the weather seals. Excellent job!read more
john quest
john quest
05:09 02 Dec 21
Great installer. Ask for Bryton Gunderson to do your work He does great work.
Lois Peper
Lois Peper
20:14 20 Oct 21
Our new garage floor is beautiful, the installers, Davis Marshall and Kevin Graham were very meticulous, professional and friendly individuals. The area was thoroughly cleaned up afterwards and the job was completed exactly as predicted. We are... very impressed!read more
Julie Noyes
Julie Noyes
19:53 03 Sep 21
Jeremy was on time and really helpful with a solution for achieving a tight fit on my uneven garage floor. He got in touch with another installer close by and was able to get the parts he needed. He was patient and informative with all my... questions. Thank you!! The doors look great.read more
Rey of Sunshine Rey
Rey of Sunshine Rey
18:43 12 Feb 21
I started having issues with my old garage door openers a few years ago, each winter their performance got worse and worse, until finally one just died. I called several companies to get a quote over the phone. Blackhawk came in less than any... other companies I spoke with by over $100. Tom was a blast to converse with, asking detailed questions regarding the garage door openers I had at the time. Nate called me to schedule an install in a timely manner and when Tom stated her would. A pleasure to speak with and set up an appointment. I was expecting to wait a week at least. When he booked a tentative appointment for 2 days later ......I was elated. It was the coldest week so far this winter and I was so sick of parking outside in the subzero weather! Kyle and Colten showed up on time and both had smiles on their faces and were here and gone within 3 hours. Understand, they had to replace springs and had to install overhead rails etc as the previous opener was a wall mount type opener. They completely cleaned up their mess, briefly went over programming the new openers and were on their way. Thanks guys! You all rock!!!read more
Brent Haglund
Brent Haglund
20:54 05 Feb 21
Great company and great experience. Our garage door spring broke and within hours after talking with Nate their crew had the springs fixed, adjusted and door works perfectly. Thanks Blackhawk Garage Door and Nate!
Laura McNiff
Laura McNiff
20:19 02 Feb 21
The staff and crew at Blackhawk Garage Door were awesome. I have had them out twice in the past two weeks fixing broken springs and helping me to fix my door opener. They were very professional, timely, and most of all honest and trust worthy,... fixing a problem while giving honest answers. I would recommend them full heartedly. Thanks so much, Manny Krugread more
Sam Webber
Sam Webber
22:48 07 Jan 21
Had these guys fix a broken spring on one door and install an opener on another. Very knowledgeable and efficient techs. I will definitely be using them in the future and will recommend to friends. Big thanks to Nate, John, Colten, and Jordan!
David Feyereisen
David Feyereisen
11:51 03 Jan 21
John and Kyle put my garage doors in and did a FANTASTIC job. Great workmanship and great customer service. I highly recommend these guys. Thanks!!!!
Randy Prescott
Randy Prescott
15:58 29 Dec 20
Truely Excellent Service! I called on Monday evening about a broken garage door spring and they had a tech out to fix it up Tuesday morning. John, the tech they sent out was quiet, curtious and fast. He had the job done in about 30 minutes, Awesome!
Robert Schmitz
Robert Schmitz
22:16 17 Dec 20
Great service! The cable broke on my garage door at work...called mid morning and it was fixed before noon. Very efficient in their work and very professional. The customer service person that I talked to was very helpful and the technicians did a... great job. Would highly recommend them!read more
Scott Lee
Scott Lee
16:17 28 Aug 20
Blackhawk Garage Door was fantastic to work with when my garage door spring broke. When I called, Nate answered. He took care to understand my problem, he gave a clear estimate of the investment involved, and promptly scheduled a time for their... service crew to come and fix my issue. The 2-man crew came at their scheduled time, and replaced, and upgraded my spring setup in a quick and professional manner. They were in and out within about 45 minutes!! I would definitely do business again with Blackhawk Garage Door, and would refer them to my friends and family. 5-Star Rating, for sure.read more
Jim Sommerville
Jim Sommerville
23:54 09 Jun 20
AAA Blackhawk Garage door has been great to work with every step of the way. We knew we wanted the look of a wood garage door without the maintenance of real wood, and they had exactly what we were looking for and at a lower price than anywhere... else. Ordering was simple, the installation went smoothly, and the customer service has been awesome! Fair and honest company. Our new garage door totally changed the look of our house...we receive many compliments. Highly recommend!read more
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