Garage Organization Series - Flooring Solutions
For some people, the floor of their garage is just another place to put the things they can't find room for. This results in a cluttered and inconveniently organized garage. Let's face it; it's not fun having to walk over and around things just to get to a screwdriver. But, if you get things up off of the floor, you may just be surprised at how much room your garage has.
With the brilliant options available in garage flooring these days, you can transform your garage from an oversized garbage bin into a handsome, well-organized workshop with premium foot space. Heck, you may even be able to fit your car in there!
One of the most common problems with garage storage is dampness. If you have ever stored a cardboard box full of books in your garage for a season, you know exactly what I'm talking about. But today, there are a number of flooring solutions to help reduce the moisture level on your garage floor.
1. Rubber Floor Mats
Rubber floor mats are great for garage floors and you can even get them sized to order from many companies. They help reduce the amount of dirt and snow you track into your home and they offer a gorgeous finish to your garage. In addition, they are easy to clean and spills can be easily managed. If you have ever tried scrubbing stains out of your garage floor, you will appreciate that! Rubber floor mats are anti-slip, non-conductive and fire-retardant, which makes it an ideal flooring solution for a garage that doubles as a workshop.
2. Garage Floor Tile
Ever dream of your garage looking like a showroom? Garage floor tiles can help you get the look you want! Available in a wide range of colors, designs and styles, garage floor tiles simply interlock and remain where you put them. Some also offer self-adhesive backing. High quality tiles can stand up to chemical spills and other auto-related liquids which makes them a perfect choice if your garage really is a garage!
3. Containment Mats
Similar in scope to the rubber floor mats mentioned earlier, containment mats are simply smaller versions which fit right under your car. These mats are excellent during the winter months for catching the snow, slush and ice falling from your vehicle and they prevent the water from spreading all across your garage floor.
4. Floor Paints/Coatings
If your garage is well-insulated and you don't have moisture problems, then a simple paint job on your floor may be all you need to give your garage a fresh look. There are a number of epoxy coatings and sealers available on the market which also come in a variety of colors.
There are also some new products in stores, like industrial-grade polyurea flooring. Polyurea is an innovative three-step application that results in an extremely durable floor, safe from cracking and chemically resistant to most common garage chemicals, even salt!