You don’t have to be a homeowner or garage aficionado to know that moisture is one of the words you never want to use to describe conditions in your home. Whether it’s humidity, leaks, or any other damage, moisture somewhere around your home is a pretty big deal. So if you’re a homeowner who starts to notice condensation collecting on your garage floor, it’s a sign that something is off. At The Garage Floor Company, we know everything about garage floors inside and out, so we can give you all the information needed to understand why garage floors sweat and what you can do about it.
Condensation occurs when warm moist air comes in contact with the cooler garage floor. When these two different temperatures interact, it causes the flooring surface to sweat, creating a mist that percolates on the floor.
Condensation on your floor can be a major problem that can lead to slips, falls, and damage to the floor over time. Fortunately, this is a relatively common occurrence, so much so that it’s considered “sweating slab syndrome” to many garage floor specialists. Condensation occurs mostly during the warmer months, but that doesn’t mean you should just let it be, as a deeper-rooted problem could put your entire garage floor at risk.
When installing your floors or getting a professional concrete polishing, specialists should ensure you have a solid vapor barrier installed to prevent moisture from rising up through the concrete slab. In the worst cases, moisture is a problem when vapor barriers aren’t installed, which allows moisture on the ground to rise and penetrate the concrete. If the concrete garage floor has cracks and damage, the moisture can eventually rise and create a damp garage environment.
There are a few solid ways to reduce condensation that can help you isolate the problem. These solutions include:
- Reduce Humidity in the Garage With a Humidifier
- Increase the Garage Air Temperature
- Allow More Air to Circulate in the Garage
- Close Doors and Windows
These solutions are relatively simple and easy to implement and will make it much easier to identify the source of moisture. High humidity can create moisture pooling on the garage floor, which is why you should try to reduce humidity levels and use a fan to blow air off the ground to prevent it from cooling down enough to create moisture. If you constantly leave windows and doors open, closing them keeps drafts away and the garage at a more stable temperature.
So what can you do about moisture? Start by installing your moisture barrier between the hard core and the concrete garage floor. This is the most important way to prevent condensation, and anything else you do won’t be as effective if there isn’t that protective barrier. Liquid membranes are another solid option and are painted directly on the floor to create a tight seal. If you’re really serious about preventing moisture, consider reaching out to your local garage floor company for ways to install epoxy and polyaspartic floor coatings and concrete sealers that provide strong layers of protection against moisture in the air and the ground.
There’s a reason we’re — probably — the best garage floor installers in the world, and it isnt just because of our premium color and design choices and high-quality garage epoxy services. The Garage Floor Company can help keep condensation and other types of moisture off your floor for good, and all it takes is one call to one of our expert contractors. We know the importance of a quality garage floor, and sealing yours is just one step in the right direction. Contact us today to learn more about preventing condensation and keeping your garage floors sturdy for years.