Garage Flooring Options
The garage is an important part of the house which takes a lot of abuse. But just like the other parts of the house, the garage also deserves a touch of style. In picking the best flooring for the garage, the fact that the surface will be exposed to stain and possible breakage should be one of the foremost factors to be considered.
Garage flooring is broadly categorized into two, and they are, garage floor covering and garage floor coating. Covering options are best used if the garage concrete floor is not in perfect shape, that is, if there are some cracks on the floor. Users can opt for either option if the concrete is intact.
Garage Covering Types
Interlocking tiles are also referred to as “rigid plastic snap-together” tiles. They are a product of heavy duty rubber. They are relatively expensive but using them will conveniently hide cracks that may exist on the concrete surface. An advantage is that it is very easy to install, as the tiles snap together and are good to go. Tiles are sold for $3 to $ 6
Peel-and-Stick Tiles can work even if the garage floor is damaged but not severely. The installation is very easy and the possibility of creating interesting patterns by picking different colours together is another advantage. The cost ranges from $2.50 to $5 per sq. ft.
Roll out mat, also called Roll-Out Vinyl Flooring, it is the easiest garage flooring option and the best. Its installation is very simple; it involves rolling the material out and trimming out the excess material. The disadvantage is that, unlike tiles, repairing it is not very easy and colour combination for a unique pattern is impossible. They are sold in sq. ft and they cost $2.50 to $4 per one.
Garage Floor Coatings
The garage floor coating options are generally cheaper compared to floor covering options. They include stains, sealers, epoxy paints and floor paints. To use floor coatings, it is important to prepare the floor very well and to ensure that the floor is not a damp area. Unlike floor covering, coating option is time consuming and quite laborious.
This option involves painting the garage floor to improve its outlook. Although, it is time and labour intensive, it is the least expensive of the flooring options.
Garage floor may be covered with a specific kind of garage carpet known as Tuffcarpet. The installation is easy and pattern creation is very flexible
Epoxy paint has hardeners inbuilt and they require fast application to the floor once the paint and hardener has been mixed. The advantage is that it is resistant to oil stains. A single coat costs 30¢ to $1.50 per sq. ft.
There two types of sealers, one solvent-based while the other is water-based. The latter is softer to inhale but not as durable as the solvent-based.
Stains are transparent coating that reveals the concrete underneath. This option is one of the cheapest but it is best used on an intact concrete. A concrete stain lasts longer than paints and epoxy. Concrete stain costs 20¢ to 85¢ per sq. ft. for a single coat.