The inside of the garage is just as important as the outside. It can be a fun project that also adds some appeal to using your garage. To help you decide how to do your garage floor, you need to know what its primary use will be.
Are you looking solely for a general storage space? Don’t change a thing; plain concrete is already for you. However, there are tons of options to spruce it up a bit. Will you be working on maintaining your vehicles and need slip resistance? You should look into epoxy with a topcoat. Need something cheap and easy to install? Interlocking tiles are the way to go. Now, let’s get to the why:
These are pretty basic. Most garage floors are already concrete, and if you’re just looking for general storage in your garage, you don’t need to change a thing. If you’re looking for a bit of a cleaner look or you want to cover some imperfections you can check out concrete staining. If you’ll be living in the space, consider insulating the concrete floor.
Most people choose either latex or epoxy to coat their garage floors. They’re all a little different depending on what you’re going for. Many people choose latex paint for their garage floors for a number of reasons. It cleans up with soap and water, dries quickly, can prevent mildew and moisture, and it’s environmentally responsible (generally has fewer volatile organic compounds).
Epoxy comes in different makeups with 100% epoxy being the best option. It cures after a chemical process, leaving it harder, thicker and more attractive. From there, you can get a two-part solvent base, which is a middle-of-the-road coating. These are easier to work with than 100% epoxy, but it’s a thinner coating with less durability. Then there’s the one-part solvent epoxy, which is convenient because it’s pre-mixed, but it’s almost the same as paint.
Floor coverings can be one of the most inexpensive routes when re-doing your garage floor. You can always get a giant mat or carpet, but without utilizing proper adhesion methods and without using flooring specifically built for a garage, it probably won’t last too long. When choosing a garage floor matt, you want to be sure it is slip resistant and chemical resistant, especially if you’ll be doing a lot of car maintenance. Cushioning is also important along with easy cleaning capabilities, but the most important thing is the weight of the matt so it won’t slide.
Interlocking tiles are probably the easiest and generally cheaper methods of installing your garage flooring. You can get them made from plastic, rubber, or wood. You can also get them designed to your specifications if you’re looking for something unique. You can use these tiles to create intricate patterns or do something more standard like a checkered floor. When choosing interlocking tiles, consider flexibility, durability, and weight. If you go for wood, be sure to add an oil-based floor paint to coat the top. For more tips on garages and garage doors, check out the rest of our blogs!
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