There are a lot of options to cover the concrete in your garage, but they vary greatly in cost, prep time and appearance. Additionally, how you use your garage will affect which flooring is a good fit for you. Completing such a project, however, could help you sell your home. Organizing all these factors in one place can be overwhelming, so here are a few of the most popular options to get you started.
This is one of the most common floor coverings for concrete floors. It needs a moisture-free concrete to seal to the floor properly, so the concrete has to be prepped carefully; some garages might not be a good fit if there is moisture seeping into the concrete from the ground. You can save a lot of money by taking a long weekend to apply the epoxy itself; properly applied this is a great option for garages. It provides a shiny, but low maintenance, easy to clean and durable surface that will stand up to years of hard use.
Flexible Plastic Tiles
These tiles are relatively easy to install. You simply snap them together, cutting them where necessary. If you’re creative by nature, you can buy several colors and create colorful patterns on the floor of your garage. They are vulnerable to staining, so you may need to replace tiles; however, it is easy to snap out a damaged tile and replace it.
The paint is prone to chipping, staining and getting damaged, so it’s not ideal if you’re doing a lot of work in your garage. You’ll want to keep some paint on hand to fix these blemishes with easy touch-up jobs. Applying it involves prep work like the epoxy, so plan on a long weekend to get this installed. Applying it, however, is a simple matter of rolling it on. While not the most durable flooring, it’s the most budget-friendly option.
Rigid Plastic Tiles
Like the flexible plastic tiles, these are easy to install and come in colors that enable you to put a unique pattern on your garage floor. They are essentially a more durable version of the flexible tiles; they’re less prone to staining and will hold more weight. Unfortunately, water is more likely to seep beneath them and cause mildew on the concrete. There are designs that attempt to mitigate this, but mildew is still an issue to look out for if you purchase these.
An ideal garage floor needs to be durable, stain resistant and within your budget. That said, it is still part of your house. The right flooring will help your garage look nice, all while enabling you to spend less time maintaining it. It’s sometimes hard to keep floors clean, I have chosen some popular systems but I might receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on a link.