Hot tires can be a problem on concrete garage flooring. Referred to as hot tire pickup or hot tire lift, the situation can be frustrating after investing the time and money into coating your flooring. However, understanding the causes and what you can do to prevent the situation will ensure your garage flooring maintains the ideal condition.

As experts in the industry of premier coating services, our team would like to take this moment to look more in-depth at hot tire pickup, the causes, and prevention.


What is hot tire pickup?

If you’re not familiar with hot tire pickup, we’re here to help. But first, you must understand what it is that we’re talking about! Hot tire occurs after driving your vehicle then parking it in your garage. When driving, your tires slightly expand from heat.  This is a natural occurrence, and there’s not much you can do to prevent this from happening.

Once you return home and park your car in the garage, the tires begin to cool. The cooling process occurs from a transfer of heat from the tire to the tread and ultimately to the garage floor. This contraction causes pressure on the concrete flooring where your vehicle is parked. As the tires start to cool and shrink, they may pull off the sealer from the concrete surface. This is hot tire pickup.


A few reasons this situation occurs

Like anything, there may be several different reasons this situation is happening on your concrete garage flooring. Below is a brief overview of the most common:

  1. Inferior Epoxy Application

Possibly one of the most common reasons that hot tire pickup occurs is inferior application. With thousands of DIYers and inexperienced companies performing what appears to be a simple coating process, things can go wrong quickly. Inexpensive epoxy kits and improper adhesion create weak bonds allowing the sealer to easily peel from the concrete surface.

  1. Inadequate Preparation

Another common mistake falls within the very crucial preparation step. While many believe a sweep of the surface is sufficient, it’s not. Dirt, oil, stains, waxes, and any previous coatings must be removed before applying a new coat of sealer. There are also several other techniques a professional team will undergo before the application process begins. For example, grinding the concrete and performing water tests both help to ensure your surface is properly prepared.


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Remember, you get what you pay for, and your concrete garage flooring is no exception! If you’re experiencing hot tire pickup, it’s time to call our team at Premier Concrete Coatings. Your home deserves the highest levels of protection, and we’re here to help.

Call today to schedule your consultation (978) 575-7575.