Garage floors are perfect candidates for parking your cars, trucks, and SUVs on. They allow a relatively hard and flat surface for doing projects on. They can take a certain reasonable amount of use and abuse over the years without having to replace it, and they are pretty easy to clean and maintain when there is a mishap. However, garage floors can also become stained, dirty, and even damaged. Of course, these situations can be remedied, but there are also things you can do as a homeowner to seal, protect or even cover the concrete to give it as long a life as possible. Lets take a look at some of the options available to best care for and protect our garage floors.
Since garage floors are meant to be used, it only makes sense to take steps to protect them from damage. Having to repair cracked and broken concrete can be expensive and is easily avoided. Manufacturers have done a good job of making garage floor coverings. For example, there are floor mats that come in various lengths and widths. These are usually made from vinyl and are extremely durable. One of the nice things about this option is that you can easily customize their placement to suit your particular needs. You can even get them in different patterns.
Another product many people choose for protecting garage floors is an epoxy paint coating that is just brushed or rolled on. This type of covering does not give padding or sound insulation like other options, but it does come in various colors and is extremely durable once applied. I have found this option to be perhaps the most practical for many home owners. The process of applying it is somewhat involved, but easily up to the skill level of almost anyone who can read and follow simple instructions. Garage floors benefit from this type of coating because the epoxy acts as a sealant that, once cured, is nearly rock hard, and will protect the floor for years and years. Before applying the epoxy the floor has to be cleaned thoroughly, and several coatings may be required. Some manufacturers even make small texture granules that can be added to give additional traction and looks to the floor.
No discussion of garage floors is complete without a consideration of interlocking rubber tiles. These come in various colors and are great to use if you want to create a customized look and feel to your garage floor. You can interlock each panel together in whatever pattern you find pleasing. Garage floors with this sort of covering look amazing. Think 1950’s black and white checkered floor. Let your imagination go crazy with this product and design something really unique.
So, as you can see, garage floors don’t have to remain dull gray and unprotected any longer. Whether you want to create a fun customized look, or cover and protect the floor from dings and other damage, you now have some really good options in floor coverings. I hope you can discover what will work best for you. Once you find the perfect product, then your floor will be one of thousands of other garage floors that got the covering they needed to look their best.