Garage Floor Ideas
Garage flooring needs to stand up to a lot of abuse from chemicals, extreme weather and wear from vehicles. But just because it takes a beating doesn’t mean it has to be boring. There are many flooring options that will improve the look and feel of your garage, making it an unexpectedly interesting home improvement project.
Coatings – These options adhere to your existing floor
Concrete sealer is a clear or tinted coating that is applied to your existing floor. It is inexpensive and easy to apply, making it a great choice for DIY beginners or those on a tight budget. The sealer will help protect your floor against water, mild chemicals, oil, and road salts.
Concrete sealer won’t hide blemishes or disguise cracks and can’t be used over existing paints or epoxy coatings. Though it can add a slight sheen and tint, it will not make a significant aesthetic improvement to your garage.
Concrete stain is applied in a thin coat, then soaks into the concrete to become part of the floor. Another budget- and beginner-friendly option, concrete stain comes in a variety of colors and can even give your floor the appearance of natural stone.
Unlike sealer, this option does not protect the concrete and will require a separate coat of a sealer to protect against chemicals and moisture. Though concrete stain won’t necessarily hide blemishes or cracks, it can sometimes help disguise these imperfections.
Epoxy is a very durable coating for floors that typically comes in a two-part formula of paint and hardener. This option completely covers cracks and stains in a properly prepared floor and resists marring, oil, gasoline, and other chemicals.
You can apply epoxy as a DIY project, but it is trickier than stains and sealers. You will need to patch, clean and possibly etch the floor, and application work needs to be done quickly so the epoxy doesn’t dry before you are done. The coating takes up to a week to cure completely and may need reapplication every three to five years.
Coverings – These options lay on top of your existing floor
Snap-together tiles are made of rigid interlocking plastic and offer extreme durability at a low price. They are also very easy to install — all you have to do is sweep away the debris and lay down the tiles. The rigid plastic is chemical resistant and stands up to heavy loads like floor jacks.
The color options for plastic tiles tend to be limited, so you may have to settle for black, white and neutrals. While they will completely hide stained and damaged floors, their rigidity makes them difficult to install over uneven floors, cracks and buckles.
Flexible interlocking tiles are usually made of heavy-duty vinyl or rubber. They come in a variety of colors so you can create unique designs and color combinations. Installation for flexible tiles is the same as with the rigid plastic tiles, but this variety will be more forgiving over imperfect, uneven surfaces.
Flexible tiles are more susceptible to staining and damage than their rigid plastic counterparts, but it is easy to replace individual tiles.
These are just some common types of garage floors – some people also use roll-out mats, porcelain tiles, paint, sheet vinyl and even garage-specific carpeting. Work with a professional to determine the best type of floor for the way you use your garage.