Intro to Garage Flooring Options
Go beyond bare concrete for your garage floor
By Home & Cabin 2017-01-19
The flooring in a room can really have an affect on the overall look and feel of the space, and while design and décor may not be high on the list of things to think about in a garage, a well chosen floor will enhance the garage experience.
The type of flooring one chooses, of course, depends on the intended use of the garage. Let’s start with the most basic option of bare concrete. This is a great option for a working garage, and also the simplest. The problem, though, is that any oil stains will have to be cleaned before a finish is applied in the future.
For a finished look with a protective coating, polished concrete is a great option. It’s a look that some people like enough to use in their living space, and it’s very low maintenance.
Epoxy is a good DIY coating option. It will protect the floor, looks good, and is a relatively low cost option. On the down side, epoxy may shrink, and is not as durable as some other finishes. Professionally applied roll-on coatings, like the sort offered by Line-X, are similar to epoxy but tend to be more durable.
Tile, like the one shown here, is a great way to give a garage that finished look. Made of durable plastic, the tiles lock together and come in a variety of patterns and colours from numerous companies. The tiles are strong enough to hold the weight of some vehicles and the pattern provides grip. Because they are stiff tiles, a relatively flat surface works best for this option
For uneven floors, and for a lower cost option, consider a garage mat. They come in a variety of sizes and many have a diamond plate pattern for that “garage” look. They also have the added benefit of being temporary, in case you want to upgrade to a different floor covering.