Effects of Winter On Your Outdoor Concrete Floors In Orlando


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Even the moderate winters in Florida can harm uncoated or poorly coated concrete. As the temperature drops and moisture hangs in the air, outdoor concrete is at risk of absorbing the extra moisture from the environment.

The biggest risk to concrete in Florida is the moisture content. Known for its constant humidity, the moisture content in the air during the winter negatively affects uncoated floors and can cause cracking and spalling.

In this article, we’ll cover the effects of winter on your outdoor concrete floors and how you can prevent damage in Orlando.

How Does Cold Weather Affect Concrete?

Cold weather can affect concrete both directly and indirectly. Indirectly, cold weather causes the ground to be cooler, which causes concrete to set more slowly. Directly, cold weather causes moisture in the concrete and foundation to expand, resulting in damage over time.

Effects Of Winter On Outdoor Concrete

Cold weather has many effects on concrete, particularly on the moisture that seeps into concrete with the Florida humidity and abrupt rainy seasons. While Florida doesn’t usually reach freezing temperatures, we do see abrupt shifts between cool and hot weather, which can have a similar effect on concrete. The overall consequences are slowed cure time, cracking, and spalling concrete, which presents a hazard to Florida residents.

Slowed Curing

Cold weather and the winter season don’t just affect concrete that’s already been poured and set. It can also affect fresh concrete. If the temperature falls below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, the reaction required to strengthen concrete is slowed. This both prohibits curing, and results in weaker concrete overall. Fortunately, cold weather pouring is rarely an issue for Florida residents, as temperatures generally do not dip that low.

Cracking

In areas of concrete where moisture has broken the surface, cold temperatures cause the water to expand inside of it. As concrete is naturally porous, this can affect the entire surface and result in hairline cracks, and more significant cracks throughout the concrete. The cracks can give way to heaving, where the concrete begins to topple from the inside out and becomes an unlevel surface.

Spalling

Spalling happens when moisture gets into the concrete and touches the rebar structures inside of it. In cold temperatures, this can cause freezing which leads to expansion that pushes the structure out of place. Once they thaw, the moisture can then cause the bars to rust, which further deteriorates the concrete structure. The result is spalling or cracks throughout the concrete surface.

Why Choose Coating Designs

Fortunately, you can prevent moisture damage by applying a sealant to the concrete. At Coating Designs, we offer epoxy and polyaspartic concrete coatings, both of which are the best coatings to waterproof your flooring.

Florida home and business owners trust us because we’re the best concrete contractors in the area. We’re a five-star rated company, and we only use the highest quality products for your projects. Our expert team will work with you to customize a flooring solution that meets your needs and expectations.

Whether you need garage floor coatings, patio coatings, or commercial flooring, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to see how we can work together.

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Are you looking for decorative concrete coatings that can protect your flooring during the winter months? Do you want to work with the best concrete coating installers in Florida? Look no further than Coating Designs in Orlando, FL. We’re expert concrete coating contractors who will transform your space. We use the most innovative technology to provide the best value for your money and will not consider the project done until you’re 100% satisfied. Contact us today for a free quote.

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What are concrete coatings?

Our epoxy floor coatings are a concrete resurfacing option that is installed over existing concrete floors for both interior and exterior concrete. All of our coatings are installed by hand (we do not use any stamps), thus giving our clients a true, one-of-a-kind floor. We install a wide range of flooring systems such as: 100% solid epoxy, concrete stain, acrylic cement, and rubber based products.

Clients have the ability to customize any coating with our various color options and design techniques. Concrete Coatings are used not only in residential, but industrial and recreational settings as well. Premier uses only the highest quality, industrial products on the market to ensure every customer is getting the best value.

How Much Do Your Concrete Floor Coatings Cost?

Each project is customized to your particular concrete flooring needs. Every job we do is different, because we offer different types of coatings and finishes.  We will work with you to develop a free estimate keeping your budget in mind. 

How Durable Are Your Epoxy Concrete Coating Systems??

We use only industrial products on all of our epoxy floor projects. They are designed to give clients the most value and longevity over any other coating material on the market. Just to give you an idea of how strong our products are, we installed an epoxy flake floor in the garage of a Fire Station in 2008 to protect the firehouse’s garage from dirt, debris, salt, and the extreme work environment. Due to our expertise and industrial coatings, we have yet to receive a repair call. Those same products are used in all of our residential projects.

How long does a typical epoxy flooring project take to complete?

A typical residential project takes approximately 3 – 5 days to complete depending on several variables. Variables include, but are not limited to: size of job, repairs and/or preparation requirements, weather, additional design details, customer requests, etc.

What if I already have an existing concrete coating?

Unfortunately, we must grind off any existing coating and repair materials before we can install any of our concrete coatings. This ensures the integrity and longevity of our flooring systems. If you have stamped concrete that has faded, please contact us for options in reviving it.

How Long Do I Need To Stay Off My Concrete Floor Coating After It Is Installed?

If using 100% solids epoxy, your floor will be cured and walkable in about 12-18 hours. You can return to full heavy traffic after about 24 - 72 hours. Wait for at least 24 hours before moving light weight furniture on your brand new concrete coating flooring. Before moving anything heavy (car, equipment and furniture).

How do you prepare concrete for resurfacing?

We start every project by first preparing the concrete for our products. It is imperative that we have a fresh concrete surface before installing our concrete coatings on your project – this will allow our products to have only the BEST mechanical bond.

We spend approximately 66% of the project prepping your floor which may either be by diamond grinding or pressure washing the concrete (depending on the location of the project) and in some cases we do both! Most contractors will come in and just acid wash or not even prep your floor – we get calls all the time about botched installs with customers asking if we can save their project; we must start fresh every time.

Will I Need To Reseal My Concrete Floor Coating?

If you follow our maintenance and cleaning guidelines, you should not have to worry about resealing the concrete floor coating. We offer a professional grade cleaner that will easily remove stains or tire marks, but will also preserve the life of your concrete coating topcoat.

What If My Concrete Floor Has Cracks, Chips And Is Old?

No worries, we are experts in repairing existing problem areas of concrete. In some cases we have been found to be a cheaper alternative over tearing out and replacing existing slabs of concrete. Once we have saved your concrete we then install our decorative designs to hide the flaws and repairs.

How Do I Care For My Concrete Floor Coating?

You can clean our concrete coatings with typical sweeping, mopping or steaming. 

Will Oil Stain My Concrete Floor Coating?

Epoxy floor coatings are extremely resistant to most hazards, including cleaners, gas, oil, transmission fluid, and even most industrial chemicals. Our epoxy concrete coatings system is both oil and moisture resistant.

Who Invented Polyurea Coatings?

Andy Phelan, director of business development and training at Rhino Linings Corporation, explains, “Polyurea was invented in the early 1980s when a less moisture-sensitive form of polyurethane was desired. By replacing the hydroxyl group in the urethane with an amine group, a product we now call polyurea was formed.

What Are Polyurea Concrete Coatings?

Polyurea is useful for concrete floors, as it quickly and strongly bonds to concrete while providing a smooth, virtually impermeable surface that protects the floor from impact, water damage, chemicals, heat, and sunlight.

What Types Of Environments Can Epoxy Floor Coatings Be Used?

Epoxy flooring coatings can be used in a variety of environments.  The durability, slip resistant finish is fantastic for any industrial setting, storefronts, patios, or even driveways or garages.

How Are Epoxy Floor Coatings Applied?

We have perfected a six step process for applying Epoxy Floor Coatings that involves prepping the floor, prime floor with epoxy primer, fill all cracks, holes with epoxy grout, then apply epoxy paint. 

Can I Apply Epoxy Floor Coatings In Cold Temperatures?

You can!  Epoxy can be used at cold temperatures but must be handled and applied with techniques adapted to cold temperatures.

Do I Need To Hire A Professional To Install Epoxy Floor Coating?

Installing Epoxy Floor Coating correctly is critical to the appearance and durability of your flooring.  Hiring a professional is the best way to ensure that your flooring will look amazing and last a lifetime! 

Does My Concrete Floor Coating Come With A Warranty?

We provide a 5 year warranty on your concrete floor coatings against peeling, delamination and wear for as long as you own your home.

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Coating Designs of Orlando, FL

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