Whether you are planning to build a home or renovate your current garage, one of the most important decisions you will make is your garage flooring. The floor of your garage goes through quite a bit. Your car drives on it, and your workshop will be supported by it, your children play there, and your spare boxes and equipment will likely be stored there. The quality of your garage floor will determine how well it holds up to each of these things and influence how welcoming your garage will be for socializing if you choose to add a fridge and a couch for good measure.
So what kind of garage flooring is best for your home? Let’s take a look at the four most common garage flooring options and highlight their qualities.
Concrete Garage Floors
Concrete is by far the most common type of garage flooring and is often what is left by the original construction before any official flooring is added. many people are happy with a plain concrete garage floor, but they decay quite considerably over time. An exposed or painted garage floor will crack and crumble over time. Particularly in climates that experience extreme changes in temperature or humidity.
In the long term, concrete is a better basis for a sturdy garage floor coating but must be sealed and reinforced or it will make your garage less safe and harder to clean as it decays.
Tile Garage Floors
Some people choose to install tile over the concrete in their garage. Tile is more common if you do not plan to park your car in the garage but still wish to use it as a shared utility area of your home. Durability and functionality will depend on the type of tile you choose to install and tile is most common for families remodeling the garage into an additional living area.
Epoxy Garage Floor Coating
For a multi-purpose garage, Epoxy is one of the most practical garage floor options. Epoxy is the top choice for remodeling a garage that already has a cracked concrete floor, as epoxy is also the go-to solution for filling cracks in concrete and bonds very well with the original concrete slab when the floor is prepared correctly. Epoxy is applied in multiple layers of flexible polymer that is then sealed with at top-coat. Epoxy lasts for decades and most maintenance requirements involve a simple reapplication of the resistant top-coat. Epoxy is highly damage resistant and can be applied in varying levels of thickness.
Polyurea Garage Floors
Polyurea is another form of polymer floor coat that is great for improving a standard concrete slab. Polyurea is more flexible and springy than epoxy, making it the best flooring for families who plan to make the garage a safe semi-indoor place for children to play. Polyurea is reminiscent of flexible gym floors and is the most resistant to impacts. Polyurea has a standard thickness and is the most chemical-resistant of the options.
Which floor type is best for your garage? If you have a pristine concrete floor, you may choose to keep it that way. If your garage is being renovated into a fully indoor living area, you may choose tile. But if your garage concrete is already cracked or crumbling, than a coating floor is your best answer for both repairing the floor and providing a new pristine floor surface that will last for decades. Epoxy repairs concrete best while polyurea is the most flexible and chemical resistant. The needs of your home and your own family lifestyle will help you decide which flooring is the best choice for your garage. Contact us today for a consultation on choosing and installing the new floor for your garage.