Weather is a major factor in putting up a garage floor coating. The weather will dictate how long your coating will dry or cure. The question is which is the best time of the year to do the application? Can you do a garage coating when it is too hot in the summer or can you do it during winter time?
Fortunately, there is no reason to delay your garage makeover. If you want to have a new garage floor during the winter, no problem. It can be done, only with just a few adjustments. If for some reason you also want to do your garage flooring coating on your own, here is a simple guide to for you about the best time to do that.
It is a misconception that when you live in a place with northern climate, it is impossible to have a new garage floor in the winter. This is not true. You can usually hear this statement among amateur installers of DIY products who can’t apply floor coatings in winter. Fortunately, professionals can.
Zone Garage can carry out flooring projects in any weather by making necessary adjustments. They use coating mixtures and materials that can work for any specific weather forecast and any other variables. This makes it possible for Zone Garage to install garage floor epoxy in Edmonton in any conditions, with a slight difference in curing time.
If in any case, you can’t wait for the summer or for whatever reason that you want to do your own floor coating in winter, you may do so provided you use the correct kind of floor coating. When you do, you can actually have a new garage floor coating even it is snowing outside.
You can use a polyaspartic floor coating as this can be applied even in colder weather as compared to epoxy. It can be used year-round. However, it is a bit more costly than the other coating options.
In frigid weather, epoxy can still cure since there is still thermal energy in the air. But if you’re a novice in floor coating, it is not recommended to do this on your own during this time as you may not active a better application.
An epoxy garage floor coating requires a minimum temperature of 50-55° F (10-13° C). Urethane coating needs at least 40° F (4° C) to properly cure. In comparison, a polyaspartic coating can be applied even if the temperature drops at -22° F (-30° C).
If you are doing a multi-coat epoxy flooring, be sure to check the temperature requirements of each product that you will be using. For instance, a primer can have different temp requirements than a base coat.
The temperature of the concrete in your garage really matters, actually more than the outside air. It should be at least 55°F. This means the air temperature should be somewhere between 60° and 90°F for best possible drying.
Space heaters can warm up the concrete for winter floor coating application. But remember, if you are heating the entire garage, it needs to stay heated until the epoxy fully cures. If the temperatures drop below what is needed, the epoxy coating can stop curing and may never fully cure after that.
This will slightly slow the curing process of your coating. The general rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t apply epoxy if the humidity is greater than 85%. If you have anything close to that then it is best to wait for better conditions to ensure a streak-free coating. Almost all epoxy do not like a moist environment. The epoxy coating will only suffer from adverse reactions to the moisture in the air. So days without extremely high humidity levels are the best way to go.
Epoxy and other floor coatings install faster at warmer temperatures. So, if you want your garage floor epoxy in Edmonton to dry up faster, you should schedule the coating job in spring, summer, or fall. However, you can still have a new garage floor in the winter by using polyaspartic floor coating.
In addition, if you really want to do your own floor coating, you have to set aside at least 3 days to make sure you have enough time to finish the project. Keep in mind that the process of curing takes a couple days even if you have a perfect condition.