How to Choose the Right Garage Flooring

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Weighing Your Garage Flooring Options: Epoxy Coating vs. Modular Floor Tiles

What a difference a finished Garage Floor can make.

When the first home garages were built in the 1920s, little attention was paid to the flooring. Even today, most garages have unfinished concrete floors.  But it’s not the 1920s anymore! We’ve now entered a new era in garage design, and homeowners no longer have to settle for ugly, gray concrete flooring in the garage.

Never before has there been such a large variety of garage flooring options available.

Some of the garage flooring options available include:

  • Stained concrete
  • Epoxy coating
  • Polyaspartic coating
  • Modular, interlocking garage floor tiles
  • Porcelain tiles
  • Vinyl
  • Rubberized garage floor mats

Here, we’re going to talk about two of the more popular (and durable) garage flooring options available: epoxy coatings and modular floor tiles.

Epoxy-Coated Garage Flooring

One of the most popular choices for garage flooring today is epoxy-coated garage flooring. That’s because not only is epoxy coating one of the most durable treatments you can apply to a garage floor, but it also has a nice glossy finish.

Epoxy coating is a good garage flooring choice because it is:

  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Moisture resistant
  • Resistant to cracking and chipping
  • Stain resistant

Epoxy-coated garage flooring comes in a variety of finishes, so you can customize the color and style to satisfy your aesthetic. The thicker coating also helps cover over cracks and other flaws in the concrete beneath it, making for a smoother, more attractive garage floor.

Polyaspartic Garage Floor Coatings – An Alternative to Epoxy

We can’t talk about epoxy coating without also mentioning polyaspartic-coated garage flooring. Polyaspartic coating is a newer type of floor coating that is now being used as an alternative to epoxy-coated flooring.

Polyaspartic coating is very similar to epoxy coating, but it has two main differences:

  1. Polyaspartic coating can be applied year-round, even in extreme temperatures, whereas epoxy coating can only be applied when certain weather conditions are met.
  2. Epoxy coating generally takes 3 to 5 days to cure. Polyaspartic coating has a faster cure rate than epoxy, and it usually can be applied in one day, putting you back in your garage the next day.

A Polyaspartic garage floor coating does have one drawback. It costs more than an epoxy coating. When choosing between the two, you’ll have to decide whether having your garage back a few days sooner is worth the price difference.

Modular Garage Floor Tilesracedeck

Modular garage floor tiles are interlocking tiles, usually made of rigid polypropylene plastic or more flexible rubber, that snap together on top of your existing garage floor. Modular floor tiles offer the ultimate in garage flooring customization. With many different patterns and colors to choose from, you can custom design your garage floor however you like.  Garage Designs installs a very popular modular tile system from Racedeck.

You can choose an all solid color, create a design using multiple colors, install a retro black and white checkerboard pattern, or show your team spirit by outfitting your garage floor in the colors of your alma mater or favorite professional sports team. You can even create colored borders to designate areas for parking, storage, and work space. With modular garage floor tiles, there is no limit to your creativity.

Modular garage floor tiles have many benefits. This type of garage flooring is:

  • Easy to clean
  • UV stable, meaning the tiles won’t fade in sunlight
  • Stain resistant
  • Resistant to mold and mildew
  • Resistant to oil, petroleum products, antifreeze, and chemicals
  • Built to handle extreme rolling load capacities

Another advantage to modular garage tile flooring is that it can be installed in just a few hours. Plus, there is no special floor preparation required prior to installation.

Which type of garage flooring is right for you?

All three garage flooring options are available in a wide variety of colors, offer excellent durability, and provide a measure of safety and comfort that bare concrete garage flooring simply can’t. Each garage flooring type has its own individual benefits, but all are great options. The right type of flooring for your garage will depend on how much you want to spend, how you want it to look, and how you plan to use it.

If you need help deciding what type of garage flooring is the right choice for your garage, contact Garage Designs for a free in-home assessment. We’ll help you decide what type of garage flooring will work best for your needs and then set you up with a fully customized garage floor that will make your garage pop.

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