Let’s be honest…your garage floor takes a lot of abuse and shows signs of wear pretty quickly compared to other floors around your home. Tire marks, oil stains from all the equipment you store in the garage, bikes, sporting equipment…and let’s not forget the dirt from your car!
So what type of flooring would be the best choice for your garage? Before going any further, there are at least four things to consider when it comes the time to choose the right product for you:
- the kind of protection you’re looking for
- your desired look or style
- how much you’re willing to invest
No matter which type of flooring you choose, properly preparing the concrete is crucial for success. If there are cracks in the floor, you’ll have to fill them before applying the coating or installing the coverings.
Covering the garage floor with floor paint
The most affordable way to resurface your garage floor is to paint it. Latex-based paint that is easy to apply is commonly used on concrete floors. However, it is more vulnerable to oil and gas stains. You have to clean it quickly in the event of a spill. This type of paint will typically last for two to three years and is easy to clean. There are also acrylic-type paints for concrete floors and acrylic stains. Talk to a paint specialist about how to prepare the surface for applying the product you choose and the varieties of paints that are available.
This is the most popular choice among consumers. You can even apply this paint yourself using the appropriate products or have it done by a professional. Epoxy is a very resilient product. It repels water and oil stains. You can customize the coating finish by carefully selecting the type of flakes and chips. Epoxy is easy in terms of upkeep and isn’t difficult to clean, if you use a floor squeegee.
Rubber, vinyl composition or porcelain tiles
These tiles are also an option for your flooring but are a more expensive choice than the first two. They are nonetheless, the best in terms of durability, finish and maintenance.
- Snap together tiles: there are many colors to choose from and you can even design the shape you would like by using design software. These tiles are made of rubber, which makes them flexible. They’re easy to clean; a broom or vacuum will do the job. There is also rubber matting available that can be rolled out over the garage floor instead of using tiles that have to be linked together.
- Vinyl composition tiles: commonly used in grocery stores, these tiles measure 12 x 12 inches and are 1/8 of an inch thick. They come in glossy finishes and the best part about them is that they don’t stain easily.
- Porcelain tiles: thicker than ceramic tiles, these tiles are one of the most durable choices for your garage floor. You can install them the same way you would put in ceramic tiles in the kitchen.
Depending on your preferences and your needs, you can bet that you’ll be pleased with one of the three options presented here and will add value to your garage. Talk to a professional that can tell you more about the different types of garage flooring they can offer you. While they’re at it, they can explain the difference in pricing for all the coatings and coverings that exist on the market.
Don’t forget about your garage door!
We can provide you with a detailed quote by email or come to your home to show you the entire range of garage doors that are available on the market. We’ll help you choose the best fit for you, based on your personal taste and your budget. If you do decide to change your garage door, in order to get an idea of what the finished product could look like, use our Design Centre or take a look at our photo gallery.