If you don’t think of your garage as a place where you want to spend time, the problem could be your floor. A bare concrete floor doesn’t exactly enhance the aesthetic of your garage. In fact, it can crack, crumble, and exacerbate moisture problems, making the garage a less-welcoming place than it should be. But you’re not stuck with bare concrete garage floors. Take a look at a few of the flooring options that will help make your garage into a space that you love.
Interlocking Floor Tiles
If you want a simple, do-it-yourself way to upgrade your garage floor, interlocking floor tiles are the way to go. These rubber tiles come in a variety of colors and styles, so you can make your garage look any way that you want. They don’t require any gluing or painting to install – the pieces simply lock together, like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
Rubber floor tiles are usually textured, which prevents slips and falls on the garage floor. The rubber is also friendly to your feet and legs. The bouncier surface prevents the fatigue that can occur from standing on a hard surface. And if part of the floor becomes damaged, you don’t have to redo the whole floor – you only have to replace the damaged tiles.
Concrete Sealer and Stain
Concrete sealers and stains are easy to apply. You just apply them with a sprayer or a paint roller. However, they’re tougher and last longer than paint. Sealers give your floor a clear, semi-glossy coating, and stains give your concrete floors the appearance of natural stone.
Concrete sealers and stains are a very affordable way to upgrade your garage floor. They’re resistant to water, oil, and some chemicals. They do require some maintenance, however. You’ll need to wax the floor once a year, and you’ll probably need to reapply the sealer or stain every two years or so.
Epoxy floor paint is more complicated to apply than some of the other options. You’ll need to clean the floor, patch any holes, and remove any stains before applying the epoxy. You’ll also need to use a primer to seal the floor before applying the epoxy paint. You can do this yourself, but many people find it easier to have a professional apply it to avoid mistakes.
The extra work involved in installing an epoxy floor in your garage is well worthwhile, however. Epoxy is a much harder substance than paints, sealers, or stains, and it will resist all kinds of chips, cracks, chemicals, and damage. It’s long-lasting and only needs to be reapplied every three to five years. It also comes in a wide variety of colors, so you can choose the style that works best with your garage’s aesthetic.
If you’re considering upgrading your garage, the floor is a great place to start. To find out more about your options for garage flooring and renovation, schedule your free design consultation.