A great looking garage starts with the floor up. Luckily there are many options available to you when considering buying a new garage floor. The most popular choices over bare concrete garage floors are epoxy surfaces, painted garage flooring and garage flooring tiles. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages of ownership.
Regardless of what surface you choose for your garage floor its a good practice to prep your floor correctly. Remove all dirt and debris, fill cracks and remove stains that may flash if applying a coating to the floor. Measure the square footage of your floor and calculate how much material you need. Allow for a few extra yards when using a coating like paint or epoxy for touch up. Take note of the color code for future re-coats.
Important questions to ask yourself are:
1. How long will this flooring system last?
2. What steps are required to install the flooring?
3. What upkeep and maintenance is required to maintain the original finish?
4. What is the 5 year cost to own?
Considerations for Epoxy Garage Floors
Epoxy offers a high gloss and mostly tough surface. Some considerations for epoxy garage flooring are:
1. Slippery surface 2. High prep time 3. Dangerous vapors 4. Dark colors may fade if exposed to UV light 5. Light colors may yellow if exposed to UV light 6. High gloss finish
Life expectancy: 3-5 years. 10 Yr Cost to Own (material costs only): $900-$1300
Painted Garage Floors using Latex Paints
1. Constant maintenance 2. Low life expectancy 3. High Prep time 4. Soft surface that chips and flakes easily 5. Cheapest application choice 6. No maintenance required
Life expectancy: 2-4 years. 10 Yr Cost to Own (material costs only): $600-$1000
Garage Flooring Tiles
1. Long life 2. Huge warranty period 3. High initial cost 4. Many options and configurations 5. Durable 6. Easy to repair damaged sections of flooring
Life Expectancy: 15-20 years 10 Yr Cost to Own (material costs only): $1000 – $2000
Garage flooring tiles are a floating floor system, Most are raised 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch off the main flooring substrate. This is good for cold wet areas as a floating floor allows for air circulation thus provides a dryer, warmer surface compared to bare cement.