Concrete Garage Floor Replacement
A garage is no longer just a place to park your car. For many, it’s an extended living space. Homeowners now are demanding clean and functional garages and it all starts with the concrete floor. Unfortunately, the garage floor can easily be damaged and neglected.
Do you have a worn-out, stained, uneven, or cracked concrete garage floor? Maybe you tried filling and sealing the cracks, but they just keep getting bigger and more noticeable? Has road salt and oil that may have dropped from your car damaged the floor?
If you’re embarrassed and tired of your garage floor, maybe now is the time to do something about it once and for all. Catalano Concrete can remove your old garage floor and pour a brand-new floor for your garage that will make you proud and improve the value of your home.
Catalano Concrete Garage Floor Key Features
- 5 inch thick concrete slab
- 4000 psi concrete with Fiber Mesh added
- Steel wire mesh reinforcement
- 4-6 inch compacted gravel base
- Vapor Barrier
- Owner on site during construction
Concrete Garage Floor Installation Process
Step 1. Site Preparation
The existing garage floor is removed and hauled away. The gravel sub base is regraded. The grade of the sub-base must have an even thickness to ensure the slab of the garage floor will have the same thickness throughout. The grading must also have enough pitch for proper drainage. Finally, steel wire mesh reinforcement is cut to fit and laid on base. The wire will be placed in the middle of the concrete slab during the pour. At this point, the garage floor is ready for municipality inspection.
Step 2. Pouring & Finishing
Wet concrete is poured in place and leveled off. Concrete is then bull-floated and left alone until all the water on top of the concrete floor has evaporated –this is to prevent water from getting trapped which can create a weak surface. Joints are cut with a hand groover to prevent unsightly random cracks. The entire area is now hand finished with a steel trowel. Twenty-four hours later the surface is now ready for light foot traffic. After seven days, cars can be parked on the floor.
We recommend that homeowners apply a concrete sealer to prevent staining and damage caused by deicers.
Signs a New Garage Floor May be Needed:
- Major cracking throughout (wide enough to fit a quarter) outside of the control joints
- Sections of the slab have sunk causing an uneven surface and possible standing water
- Finished surface has or is starting to deteriorate, exposing the stones in the slab
Reasons Garage Floors Fail
Poor Base Material and/or Compaction: Many of the garage floors built around the northwest suburbs of IL which are greater than 20 years old have been built on top of pea gravel. Pea gravel is no longer allowed to be used as a base material when building a garage floor due to its poor performance as a base. Also, if the base was never compacted right settling can occur over time and the garage floor will sink.
Cracked Foundation: If the wall around your garage floor has a crack that is allowing water to enter it may wash away the base and cause frost heaving to occur which may result in your floor cracking and/or sinking.
Poor Sub Soil: If the soil deep beneath the floor of your garage is made up of soil with a high-level moisture expansion can occur when temperatures drop below freezing. This expansion over time can lead to voids being created and cause the garage slab to sink and/or crack.
Lack of Control Joints: A typical two-car garage will require a joint down the middle and one across creating 4 equal squares. If the joints were never installed random cracking can occur.
Heavy Salt Damage: Salt that falls off the tires and undercarriage of vehicles can damage the garage floor overtime.
Schedule a Free Estimate
Whether you have uneven sidewalks, driveways, garage floors or patios, we provide hassle-free, no-obligation estimates for concrete raising projects, either in-person or online!