Garage Projects — September 28, 2013 at 12:45 am

Garage Flooring Options

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You’ve spent a lot of time cleaning, organizing and getting your garage just right. But that old dirty concrete just keeps staring you right in the face. Luckily, there are many options for DIYers these days that can add the finishing touch to your garage. To figure out what option works best for you, start with these questions:

1. What am I going to be using my garage for? Will I be spending a lot of time on my feet working in the garage? Or will it simply be a place to park my car?

2. How much time and money do I want to spend on my garage floor?

3. What are my skills? Am I comfortable working with epoxy? Or something simpler like rolling out a mat?

 

Types of Garage Flooring

Epoxy flooring

This is one of the more popular types of flooring which can give a garage that showroom finished look. A variety of base colors and color flakes offer several options to home owners. Epoxy flooring also offers great durability for high traffic garages and resists the chemicals and fluids which often leak from cars. Most options include various forms of anti-skid textures to help offer more grip on snowy or rainy days. To properly lay down an epoxy floor, you’ll need to be confident in your painting skills and ability to follow directions on working with various chemicals.

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This Old House provides a good overview of how to install an epoxy floor. Most epoxy flooring manufactures also offer youtube videos on how to install using their product.

View their article here.

 

 

 

 Garage Floor Tiles

Much easier to install than epoxy flooring, garage floor tiles offer a variety of material, color and installation options to choose from. Interlocking tiles are very easy to install and provide both durability and comfort. Various patterns allow home owners to create a truly custom look for their garage. For high traffic working type garages, harder plastic tiles work very well and tend to cost less than their thicker, rubber siblings.

Installing Interlocking Plastic Tiles

Going to be working out or spending a lot of time on your feet in your garage? Thicker rubber tiles provide a comfortable option for walking spaces while leaving the concrete exposed for the parking areas.

 

Rubber Floor Mats

Probably the easiest to install, rubber floor mats provide decent protection and durability combined with a wide variety of colors and materials. For simple working areas, a basic rubber floor mat can do the trick. Areas around work benches or exercise equipment are perfect areas for a simple rubber mat to provide some extra cushion and prevent sore, fatigued feet. Looking for entire garage floor coverage? Large rolls, often coming in 9′ wide options can easily be rolled out across the entire garage floor providing protection and cushion. Here’s a video on how easy it is to install:

For even more flooring options, here’s a good blog article for home owners.¬†