The floor of your garage takes a beating. You use your garage for storage, for car care, and as a workshop. A garage floor covering can keep your floor in good condition for many years, preventing the need for costly repairs. So, what types of garage flooring can you choose from?
Tiles, Quality at a Cost
The most durable floor covering is tile. You can choose from several materials, including rubber, polyvinyl or wood. The more durable choices are polyvinyl or rubber, which can withstand significant pressure without damaging their appearance, and absorb sound for a quieter work environment. Wood, however, offers a slightly noisier environment, but cushions better for standing and walking. Any of these three choices are easy enough to install, as they typically interlock. Tiles are a little more expensive than other options, at prices up to $6 per square foot.
Mats, For Easy Installation
Garage floor mats are the easiest garage flooring option to install. Mats are usually non-porous, and create a non-slip surface with raised patterns. They can be cut to a customized fit, making them an attractive option for any size garage. Mats will typically run less than $2 per square foot, making this the cheapest option, as well. This option will be most effective when paired with an epoxy paint, to seal off porous floors and prevent water from becoming trapped under the mats and eroding your floor.
Epoxy Paint, Sealed and Solid
Epoxy floor paint is the perfect combination of durability and low cost. Designed to seal off your floor from groundwater seepage, preventing long-term bacterial growth, this option will keep your floor in good condition the longest. It’s more difficult to install, and will be best applied by a professional, but with labor costs as low as $5 per square foot, you’ll find this can be the most cost-effective option. Just be careful, as painted floors can be slippery.
Remember to consult a garage flooring professional to asses which floor covering will be most effective in your garage space. With the right covering, you can ensure that your garage flooring will withstand many years of use.