Summer is right around the corner, and with the recent winter your garage floor might need some TLC. A garage floor is typically concrete, but there are many coverings to choose from that you can add, not only to add value to your home, but to make it more aesthetically pleasing as well. Additionally, having a garage floor covering can make it easier to clean up or hide salt or water stains.
Interlocking tiles are a great way to create your own color scheme and pattern. They are typically made from heavy-duty vinyl or rubber, and rather than sticking to the garage floor, they provide stability by locking together. This option is great for hiding salt and water stains and cracks in the concrete. It is also easy to repair. If a tile or multiple tiles become damaged, simply replace those with new tiles. This type of flooring does work best if the floor is level.
This option is great for multiple reasons. It’s easy to install. Simply unroll it on your garage floor, cut off what you don’t need, and you’re done! It covers those cracks and water and salt stains, and it is easy to clean. However, if it does get damaged, it is not the easiest to repair.
This option is for those of us who want to customize our garage floor even if there are no visible blemishes or cracks. These are also made from heavy-duty vinyl and are easy to cut and install. Due to the nature of them being tiles, they are easily customizable for different looks, patterns and colors. If you do go with this option, be sure to clean your garage floor thoroughly and to let it dry before installing any of the tiles.
Painting your garage floor is also an option because the supplies needed might already be laying around the house. It’s cost effective to elevate the look of your garage floor, but it can be labor intensive. Before painting the floor, be sure to clean it and to repair any cracks. Additionally, to have a longer lasting paint finish, make sure to prime it using a primer specifically for covering floors. This is the least durable option and may need sooner repairs or fixes.
If you use your garage for more than just storing your car, then carpet might be the perfect option for you. Depending on your specific use, whether it will be only used as an entertainment space or if you plan to use it for both car storage and entertainment, a product that might work best for you is TuffCarpet™. It can be power washed and doesn’t stain from oil spills. These tiles are installed the same way as the peel-and-stick tiles, which allows you a lot of room for customization.
Using epoxy can be more difficult, but you have almost unlimited customization. Epoxy, which is a type of paint containing built-in hardener, requires you to patch, clear and etch your surface. You also have to blend the paint and hardener and then apply to the floor and quickly because the mixture is only good for so long, typically 2 hours. You can scatter flat colored chips or other flat materials on the floor and then seal with a clear coat. This will make it more durable and longer lasting. Epoxy does not stain from oil, and wipes clean easily.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money or you have a tight budget, a concrete sealer might be the option for you. It will give the floor a slight sheen, will resist stains, and keeps the floor looking good. A solvent-based sealer is best, which can give it a wet look and offer protection for the floor. A water-based sealer works as well. It might not last as long, but it is less harsh smelling.
This option, unlike epoxy or paint, can be applied in a thin coat that lets the concrete floor show through. It is one of the least expensive options for covering your garage floor, if your floor is in good shape. It can, however, show the imperfections of spots and spills through the stain. They also last longer than paint and because it becomes part of the concrete, it won’t chip as easily.
Covering your garage floor can make it more attractive and add value, can transform it for projects or entertaining, or simply just help with maintenance. Which covering will you choose?
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