If you have made the decision to install a garage on your property, you need to plan for avoiding some potential issues. One of the things that you need to consider is protecting your garage floor from moisture accumulation. One moisture problem that happens with a concrete garage floor is sweating. Here's a look at some things you should know about concrete floor sweating and your newly constructed garage.
Identify What Causes The Sweating Problem
The very first step toward preventing garage floor sweating is understanding the causes of the problem. When you know what can cause the floor to sweat, you can take proactive steps during construction to keep it from happening.
For example, one common cause of garage floor sweating is condensation buildup. Condensation occurs when the temperature of your garage floor is lower than the temperature of the air. Condensation forms on the cooler surface as the air coming in contact with it drops in temperature quickly.
Another common cause of garage floor sweating is moisture seeping up from the concrete. Remember that concrete is porous, so moisture beneath the floor can seep up through the concrete pad, resulting in moisture on the surface of the floor.
Prevent Sweating With Adjustments In Construction
When you construct your new garage, you can reduce the risk of dealing with any kind of floor sweating by being proactive in the construction phase. You can stop moisture from seeping up from below the concrete by installing a moisture barrier at the base of the garage before you have the concrete poured.
You can prevent moisture from condensation by either heating the garage floor and installing climate control in the garage or by ensuring that the garage is properly insulated, sealed, and built to maintain consistent temperatures.
Your garage construction contractor can help you install in-floor radiant heating, add proper insulation, and ensure that all of the doors, windows, and other openings are properly sealed or protected with weather stripping. The more you can do to maintain a consistent temperature between the garage air and the floor, the less condensation you will experience in your new garage later.
Garage floor sweating may not seem like a big deal, but it can be a serious problem. The longer your concrete floor is exposed to moisture, the greater your risk of concrete deterioration. Talk with your construction contractor ahead of time about ways to prevent floor sweating and take some steps to discourage sweating and any other moisture accumulation on your garage floor.
For more information, contact a garage builder.