From epoxy coating to modular tiling, you have lots of choices for making your garage space much more attractive with a small amount of effort. Your best flooring option will depend on your plans for using the space. While garages used solely for housing a vehicle require a flooring option that can resist staining, a garage that works as an extra room for the home may need something that offers more comfort. Check out these options to decide which might suit your home.
Tip: Regardless of the option you choose, be sure to properly repair any cracks or holes in your garage floor before beginning any new flooring projects.
Coatings vs. Coverings
To make the best choice, it’s important to determine whether you want to coat your current garage flooring or install a covering on top of it. A coating option requires you to apply a material onto the flooring with a roller. The main coating products are epoxy and paint. While both of these use the same application process, there are differences in their chemical components and durability.
Covering products are installed on top of the floor and can be removed if necessary. This option includes mats and tiles that are available in a variety of colors, sizes, and materials.
Epoxy vs. Paint
A fresh coat of concrete paint will quickly cover any staining and brighten your garage floor space. Latex concrete paint is inexpensive, easy to apply, and a breeze to clean up.
Floor epoxy is more difficult to prepare and apply; however, it is tougher and resists damage and wear longer. Epoxy provides a polished luster and is also stain and water-resistant. If you choose this option, be sure to read all of the instructions provided by the manufacturer before you begin the preparation and application process.
Rubber vs. Carpet
Rubber flooring is an excellent choice if you are using your garage space as a workshop. The cushioning of the rubber will provide you with the comfort you need to stand for long periods of time and will also prevent damage to tools and equipment that may accidentally fall. Rubber can become damaged by oil and other automotive chemicals, so it’s not an effective choice for installing in an area where you keep your vehicle. If you plan on dividing your garage space so half of it is for your car and half for your workshop, consider using two flooring options. You can apply an epoxy where you park your vehicle and install rubber flooring where you work on your projects.
Carpet tiles and mats are a fantastic option if you are using your garage as an extra play room or office space. By installing a carpet pad over your concrete slab before you lay your carpet, you can create even more comfort. Selecting remnants and end pieces of carpet can help you reduce your flooring costs. Visit your local hardware and flooring stores and speak with their sales representatives about your plans. They may be able to provide you with a selection of discounted pieces for your project.