There are many different garage floor covering ideas to choose from, depending on your needs and of course your budget.
Your garage floor is one of the most important aspects of your garage, but it also takes the most abuse. This can be from leaking vehicles and spills as well as from the differences in heat and cold. It is important because it is really the foundation of the garage, and you want to protect it as much as you can.
The least expensive garage floor covering is paint. It is easily applied to a clean floor. It fills the pores in concrete which makes clean-up a lot easier, even after the paint wears off. Concrete paint sticks well to a clean garage floor.
Two problems are associated with painting your garage floor.
Epoxy is the next least expensive, costing around $2.50-$5.00 per square foot to put down. One of the more economical garage floor covering ideas is epoxy coating, which comes as a clear coat or a colored base. If you are careful and follow the instructions, you can even do it yourself over the course of a few days.
There are pros and cons to this type of flooring. This is a good idea if you need to seal concrete pores or have to fix a crack. It will completely cover the garage floor, and provide an excellent barrier from mold and mildew build up. However, on the other hand it is difficult to mix up and apply for the DIY person.
It is also very time consuming and most people just hire someone to put it on, upping the costs. The other problem is that this type of covering is slippery, so in order to avoid this, sand is added to the mixture, or other coverings are used over it.
Good used as a stand alone product or as an extra barrier of protection, the floor mat is another solution. These too are very inexpensive, costing as little as $2 a square foot, but much depends on the size, as well as the surface texture. The colors and styles are also a big factor in price.
They are the easiest garage floor covering to lay down. For small garages it is simply a matter of cutting them to fit around the edges of the floor and rolling them out. For larger garages these mats can be put down right under the vehicle, or your work area. They have raised patterns for slip resistance, and are simple to install on your own.
If they get too dirty, you can simply spray them down with a hose, or take them outside for a power wash. The downside to laying these on an unsealed floor is that any moisture is trapped between the mat and the concrete, a haven for bacteria and mold to prosper.
The last type of garage floor covering is the garage floor tile. If you want a completely custom look, then this is the way to go. They are at the top of the cost factor, as much as $6 PSF and really not much harder than putting down a floor mat.
These tiles are interlocking, making them easy to install, and come in a variety of different materials. You can buy rubber tiles, polyvinyl, as well as wood. For wooden tiles, they have a plastic system that the tiles lock into, providing more cushioning, but these tiles produce a lot more noise and are more difficult to keep clean.
Polyvinyl and rubber are a good choice because they don't have a frame, are much more rugged, able to withstand up to 50,000 pounds of pressure. They are noise dampening, and will maintain their appearance for years. All of these floor tiles are usually some what porous, allowing moisture to drain.
There are many different online retailers that sell garage floor covering products. You just have to be really careful in order to make sure you are getting the best covering at the lowest prices.
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