When you open your garage door, what do you see? If you have been responsible about eliminating clutter and have everything organized, kudos to you. That means you should see quite a bit of the garage floor. What condition is it in? If it is stained and chipped from years of neglect, don’t worry. It is quite easy and affordable to give your garage floor a makeover. You will be astounded at what a difference it makes the next time that garage door lifts and you have a fresh new garage floor surface to welcome you home.
Paint Your Garage Floor
The most cost effective method for sprucing up your garage floor is to paint it. Use latex paint appropriate for the material of your garage floor which is likely made of concrete. Consider painting your garage floor a weekend project, as there is substantial time involved in cleaning, prepping and painting the garage floor. Staining the floor is also an option. Depending upon weather conditions in your area and the traffic that your garage floor endures, touch ups may be necessary. It is vital to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for any paint or stain you apply to your garage floor to ensure results you will be pleased with.
Apply Epoxy Coating
For a tougher surface than paint provides, consider using an epoxy coating for your garage floor. While epoxy coating products tend to be a bit more expensive and time-consuming to install, the durability benefits are often worth it depending upon your needs. There are simpler epoxy coating products that come pre-mixed but they don’t offer the long-lasting benefits of a true epoxy coating product, which has two parts that you mix right before applying. Keep in mind that some products will not work as well in high-moisture environments. Research products well in advance before purchasing and installing.
Cover Your Garage Floor
Sure, there’s nothing stopping you from throwing an old rug down in the garage. But if you want to refresh your garage and even give it a touch of class, consider a more professional garage floor covering option. The most common garage flooring options are tiles and mats. While tiles and mats are generally more expensive than painting your garage floor, it also is a much simpler process. You won’t have to worry about harmful fumes when installing garage floor tiles or mats.
Use Garage Tiles
If you choose to cover your garage floor with tiles, you have plenty of options. Garage floor tiles come in three forms: rigid, flexible and wood composite. Some tile flooring has an adhesive backing which requires extra preparation before installing and cannot be easily removed once installed. Many people find interlocking floor tiles to be ideal for their needs. They do not require adhesive as they simply snap into place and you can create your own unique pattern of colors and designs. When considering rigid versus flexible tiles, estimate the time you will spend on your feet working in the garage. Flexible tiles are more forgiving on the body than rigid tiles when it comes to standing for long periods of time.
Wood-based tiles offer a touch of class and make your garage feel homier versus an industrial workplace. Wood is designed to expand and contract with extreme weather changes so make sure to clearly follow the directions on the product when installing wood composite tiles. While not as well known, porcelain tiles are surprisingly durable and give your garage a professional touch. Garage tiles either come pre-treated or can be finished with a coating to repel water, mold and stains.
Try Garage Mats
The easiest way to refresh your garage floor is by simply rolling out a garage mat. Garage mats are an effective and cost-efficient way of covering up an old, stained garage floor and add a slip-resistant surface to your garage. Garage mats come pre-cut in a variety of sizes or you can cut or combine mats to custom fit it for your space. This requires very little installation time and mats are easy to remove and take outside to clean with a water hose.
As you can see, there are many attractive garage floor covering options available. Take time to research your options to find the covering that works best for your budget and for the way you use your garage. Ultimately, garage floor coverings offer not just cosmetic benefits but also create a safe surface for walking and working on projects. An attractive, well-maintained garage floor is one of those perks that you can proudly display when selling your home.