Best garage floor options

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Best garage  floor options

The Sunday Mail

GARAGES can protect more than your car.

Easily repurposed, they can become a storage space, home gym or workshop for do-it-yourself projects. The best garage floor options will depend on your garage’s intended use. Here are some of the most popular garage floor options and their pros and cons.

Standard garage floor options

  1. Concrete: Concrete floors are generally resilient with a beautiful reflective finish. They can withstand high pressure without giving way to wear and tear. Whether polished, painted or stained, concrete garage flooring is affordable and readily available for a fast turnaround. Although polishing can be time-consuming, polished concrete is stain-resistant and easy to clean, making it ideal for car storage, art projects and mudroom use. However, it offers no cushion or insulation, so it is best for attached garages and moderate climates.

Painted concrete is versatile and allows for a truly customisable look.

Some specialty paints can also reinforce the concrete and protect it from fuel and oil spills.

However, painted concrete is prone to scuffing and chipping, especially common with daily garage use.

  1. Vinyl plank: Standard vinyl garage flooring includes vinyl plank and composite tile. Vinyl planks or luxury vinyl tiles (LVTs) are fantastic for low-traffic garages. They are available in different types, including engineered vinyl planks. Available in various styles and wood-mimicking finishes, LVTs are waterproof and easy to clean. But vinyl planks are not climate-resistant. If your garage is exposed to the elements, this may not be the best choice. Similarly, it is not made to withstand the weight of vehicles and the stains they can leave behind. Vinyl composite tiles are more robust than vinyl planks because they combine vinyl chips with durable fillers like limestone.

Keeping them shiny, however, requires a lot of maintenance, including regular cleaning, buffing and waxing. They can also easily be stained by car tyres or leaks.

  1. Interlocking rubber tiles: Much like the flooring in a gym, rubber tiles can be perfect for a garage retrofit for a home fitness enthusiast or a playroom. Rubber tiles are available in different colours and can be customised with several patterns and borders. They are great for hiding cracks in a concrete floor, though they work best when the garage floor is level. Rubber tile flooring requires limited maintenance, is easy to clean and is reasonably priced. They can be installed on any subfloor and complement concrete floors well.
  2. Epoxy flooring: This garage floor option involves applying a coat of paint containing a built-in hardener to the existing floor. Epoxy flooring is durable, has a great aesthetic appeal and is available in various colours and finishes, including marble, metallic and granite. Epoxy is damage-resistant and can handle substantial weight. The disadvantage of epoxy flooring is that it emits an unpleasant odour that is especially toxic during application. It has a lengthy curing time that may extend up to 72 hours, depending on the type of coating and amount of paint applied.

This flooring does not absorb moisture and, when wet, presents a significant slipping hazard.

  1. Stone flooring: This garage flooring includes higher-end options like sandstone, graphite and flagstone. These usually come in tile or pebbled (bound with epoxy) forms. They can have a sophisticated look when professionally fitted and installed. The cost of installation is higher than other garage flooring, which can be a deterrent for homeowners.

Since stone flooring can become extremely cold in winter months, it is not ideal for continued personal use. While this kind of flooring can withstand the weight of parked cars and vans, stone is porous.

This means any leaks or spills will likely stay unless the garage flooring is professionally cleaned.

The aesthetic benefits have to be weighed against practicality.

Garage flooring materials

  1. Pure concrete: While painted, polished or stained concrete are solid garage flooring options, pure concrete is less so. It can be permanently discoloured or degraded by minor mishaps.
  2. Wood: Wooden garage flooring is also an unconventional choice. It could be attractive and viable in certain environments, but it is wise to consult a structural engineer before committing to this material.

Wood can become a fire hazard, especially due to fuel and oil spills. Also, it is not moisture- and humidity-resistant. Heavy objects can also damage wood floors.

  1. Standard indoor carpet: Standard carpets are also a no-go for garages. Specialised carpets made from polyester, nylon and polypropylene synthetic fibres are strong enough to withstand garage use. They are durable and fire-resistant. Standard carpets, however, are not built to withstand the pressure of tyres and will wear away very quickly. They are also a major fire hazard. —

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