Options for Covering Your Garage Floor
Opt for garage flooring that can withstand regular wear and tear
By Robert Ferguson
Homeowners invest a lot of money in flooring but often overlook the garage. Though not often seen by visitors, the garage still needs a flooring that is easy to keep clean and maintain. Common options for covering the garage floor include rolled covering or floor mats; epoxy surfaces; paint; and rubber or plastic tiles. After addressing your garage flooring, you will wonder why you waited so long to do it.
Rolled Covering or Floor Mats
Rolled covering and garage floor mats are made of polyvinyl material. They are easy to install, and adhesive is not required on either type. The rolled covering is simply rolled onto the floor and the mats are placed in desired locations. The mats can be taken outside for cleaning. Simply scrub them with some soap and water and rinse them off. For the mechanics in the family, mats provide a softer surface to lie on when working under the car. Another benefit is they will reduce that empty echo sound most garages have.
Interlocking plastic floor tiles are another option. They can stand the weight of a 6000-pound vehicle and come in many different colors and styles. Installation and cleanup is easy. Tools needed for installation are a utility knife, tape measure and chalk line. Many companies produce these tiles, and the price range varies -- so do your homework.
Epoxy Floor Paint
Polyepoxide coating is an epoxy-based product. The downsides are that it is more expensive and harder to install, and has a high odor. The plus sides are that it is durable and attractive, and adds value to your home. The application process requires multiple stages, so it is a longer process than painting, but it is well worth the extra effort and expense. It works well for outside porches also. Be sure to use in a well-ventilated area.
When it comes to painting your garage floor, polyurethane paint is a good choice. This would be useful around a lot of mechanical work because of its high resistance to spills. It is resistant to yellowing, fading and chipping. Prime the floor before applying this paint to ensure a good bond.
Latex paint is the least expensive option of them all. It is not very durable when exposed to the constant pressure of automobiles being parked or driven on it. It also has a tendency to chip or peel. However, because latex paint isn't that expensive, you can apply coats on a regular basis to freshen it up if you do not mind repainting.
Indoor-outdoor carpet is a another choice for a garage floor. However, if not glued down when installed, it will constantly have wrinkles and a tendency to roll up, or fold at the edges. It also absorbs oil and other spills, as well as their odors, and is prone to staining compared to the other options.
About the Author
Robert Ferguson is a licensed building contractor with more than 30 years of experience, focusing primarily on residential remodeling, repair, renovation and construction.
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