Any self-reliant homeowner will know that a garage can be crucial to an effective renovation. You need a spot for equipment, paint and tools, so it has to be able to survive frequent and rough usage. Being easy to clean can make a huge difference.
Your garage floor is often one of the most overlooked yet important components in keeping your garage running smoothly. An old floor made of concrete may suffice, but with some simple garage floor coverings you can make your floor look great and last a lifetime.
One of the cheapest options is clear concrete sealer. It’s an easy-to-apply surface coating that shields your floor from road salts, chemical spills, oil stains, and even water.
It won’t mask the color of your floor, so ideally your floor still has a minimal number of cracks and stains. Epoxy coatings and paints won’t play well with sealer, so make sure to match it instead with concrete dyes and stains. Pick either a matte or glossy finish and you’re good to go.
Concrete stain is essentially a pigmented sealer. After the drying stage, it allows the concrete underneath to be visible. Similar to a transparent sealer, this works best if your floor is still looking good.
Stain has a longer lifespan than paint because it penetrates the concrete itself. Small holes and blemishes will be covered up.
Keep an eye out for water-based acrylic products, as these tend to be the easiest to apply. You can also look for concrete stains made just for garage floors, as these often have anti-slipping qualities.
Perhaps one of the toughest products to coat your garage floor with is epoxy floor paint. Available in a variety of hues, it resists most substances, including oil, gasoline and chemicals. As with concrete stain, water-based epoxies will be your friend when it comes to easy installation and clean up.
Before applying epoxy finish, make sure to scour the floor of oil or grease and fill in any fissures or pits. Then seal the garage floor with any concrete-friendly primer.
Usually you will be expected to premix the base product of your epoxy garage floor coating with a hardener before getting started with application. But some brands offer a coating that can be applied without any premixing beforehand.
You can find rubber tiles suited to the every day fixer-upper with interlocking edges and a glue-free install process. They’re durable, give the legs support, survive the occasional chemical spill, and are available in a variety of colors and designs. They’re easy to switch out with a new tile if one becomes ruined. What’s more, the majority of brands feature textures to prevent slipping.
One of the only downsides of a rubber floor is that it degrades on its own as time passes. But not to worry: almost all rubber tile floor products have warranties of up to 25-years.
Vinyl sheet flooring is an affordable yet sturdy option when it comes to garage floor upgrades. It’s made extra tough and thick for the wear-and-tear of garage floors. With a fairly simple installation process, it features anti-slipping texture for traction and a resistant surface for gasoline and oil spills.
For the more creative DIY homeowners, you can create your own floor patterns with peel-and-stick vinyl tiles. While it’s a little more of an intensive installation, your final product will look great.
Yes, carpet tiles made just for garage flooring are out there in stores. Essentially impossible to flatten, they’re built from powerful polymers that repel gasoline and other substances. You can power wash them without a second thought. These come in peel-and-stick varieties as well, replete with color options allowing you full creative freedom when designing your garage floor.