Yes, that really is my garage floor pictured to the right. It’s a detached garage—one of those that looks like a little cottage in the back of a small city lot. At one time it was a poured concrete floor that was probably pretty flat and crack-free. That was likely some time in the 1930s. Now it’s a dismal collection of broken chunks and miscellaneous rocks with significant dips and bumps throughout.So what went wrong with this garage floor? There are three factors that make or break a concrete slab—literally! 1. Base: What goes under your concrete slab is just as important as the concrete itself. The best base varies according to climate and soil conditions. It may be a 16-in. layer of special base material or 6 in. of compacted gravel. To get advice, talk to a building inspector who’s familiar with soil conditions in your area. If you’re hiring a contractor to do the job, be sure the bids describe the base in detail. I have plain old dirt under my garage floor—strike one!2. Thickness. Most concrete garage floors and driveways are 4 in. thick, but consider upgrading to 5 or 6 in. That extra inch or two of concrete increases the strength of the slab by about 50 percent but increases the cost of a typical driveway by only $200 to $300. Be sure to ask your contractor for a bid on a 5- or 6-in. slab.
My garage floor is not even 2 in. thick—strike two!
3. Reinforcement: There are two ways to reinforce a concrete garage floor or driveway: with rods of rebar or with wire mesh. The purpose of reinforcement is to reduce cracking and to hold the slab together if it does crack. Rebar is the better choice and for most projects costs only a few bucks more than mesh. If you hire a contractor, make sure the contract specifies whether you’re paying for mesh or rebar. No rebar or wire mesh in my garage floor—busted!
— Mary Flanagan, Associate EditorHere are some excellent articles to help you with new concrete projects: - How to Estimate a Concrete Order- How to Properly Mix Concrete- Tips to Build a Concrete WalkwayAnd there’s no way your garage floor is worse than mine, but if it needs some work (not total replacement), check out these articles:- Garage Floor Resurfacing: Fix a Pitted Garage Floor- How to Apply Epoxy Floor Paint to Your Garage- Removing Oil, Paint and Other Concrete Stains- DIY Concrete Crack Repair
One other thing to remember for concrete in your garage or driveway...be sure to apply a cure-in-seal as soon as possible after the concrete sets up. You will also want to apply a regular sealer every couple years if you live in a climate that gets snow. Here is a great post with some additional important quality issues to consider for any concrete flatwork install. blog.armchairbuilder.com/.../%0d%0a%0d%0aGood luck!
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This type of project is not only to beautify the are but also to ensure that the surface is leveled to avoid accidents. Knowing the right way to resurface your concrete floors is very important so that you may save time and money in the long run. While others try to do this type of <a href="http://www.prepcoflooring.com">epoxy flooring Louisiana</a> project on their own to cut down on costs, being assisted by those with experience is still a reliable resource.
Your flooring and the furniture that you wan to be placed there should complement each other, giving the area a relaxing atmosphere. For those who are thinking of putting their houses for sale, preparing everything needed would be a great idea before opening your residence to potential buyers.
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