[info_box]Whether you use your garage for standard purposes, turn it into living space for the family or make it your man cave, flooring is an important consideration. How you plan to use the garage will factor into what product and what colors you select, so let’s consider your options. You can get more details on any of these by visiting their main page.[/info_box]
Solid Concrete Floors:
It starts with plain concrete. Leaving it as it is can be a fine choice, especially if it’s a newer concrete floor and you’re vehicles aren’t leaking. It’s easy to sweep and hose off. If you’re having a fresh floor poured, you can add tinting to the concrete for a small price increase. Your color options span the spectrum. Repairing a concrete floor is a cheaper alternative as well.
If you want to upgrade the appearance in the short-run, quality garage floor paint does a decent job. Just don’t expect it to last more than 2-5 years depending on how you use the garage. Acid staining the concrete is a more permanent look. Acid-stained concrete can have the appearance of granite. Tinted, stained concrete broadens your options.
Epoxy floor coating is very durable. It can be a DIY project too. The epoxy resin is spread on wet. It dries in a few days, and your floor is finished. It comes in a variety of colors and will fill small cracks in the concrete. Large cracks need crack-filler first.
Decorative Chip Floors:
These floors take epoxy to the next level. A layer of wet epoxy resin is put down. Then, colored flakes or chips are spread on top of it. When the resin dries, the excess chips are swept off. The floor is then given one or more coats of clear finish. These durable, attractive floors are used in schools, municipal buildings, airport terminals, malls and other high-traffic locations. They maintain their appearance very well. These floors go great with any type of cabinetry including traditional wood, stainless steel and powder-coated wood.
Garage Flooring Tiles:
These tiles are made from PVC vinyl, polypropylene or other polymers. Typically ¼” to ½” thick, they range in size from 8” to 24” square. The garage floor tiles have interlocking edges that snap together, so they’re easy to install and remove. They’re resistant to car fluids and hold up well to road salt and dirt, though they do require regular cleaning. Color and design options are nearly unlimited. They are used in weight rooms, locker rooms, showrooms, on patios and in many other locations. They make outstanding garage floors.
Choosing your Garage Flooring
Our pages on each type of flooring are a good place to gather information. You’ll learn the pros and cons of each type, and we include pricing information too. It will help you decide on flooring if you have an idea of what type of cabinets you plan to use, and vice versa. Our guides provide ideas you can run with and apply to your own garage. They’ll prove helpful as you put your whole design together. As you spend time on our pages, you’ll find garage flooring products that meet your budget and perfectly fit your plans.