The garage makeover is becoming a new trend for homeowners. In fact, the National Association of Homebuilders estimates that Americans have spent over $2.5 billion on their garages! If you’re not ready to turn this space into a man-cave, one thing you can do to perk up the room is apply a floor paint or sealant or use tiles or mats.
Your garage floor takes a beating from the road grime brought in on your car’s tires, water and oil leaks from your car’s engine, and general use such as scraping trash cans and kids dragging toys around. Not only will a floor sealant or mat protect this surface, it will add some color and style to an otherwise utilitarian space.
Using garage floor paint is one option. There are many different types that can be found at local hardware stores. Look for paints that are chemical resistant, moisture and mildew resistant, and skid resistant. Some require a primer coat, others have the primer built-in. You can also find fade resistant, waterproof, and textured products.
Epoxy is one of the most popular coatings for garage floors. It is a thermosetting resin that is formed by mixing epoxide resin with polyamine hardener. Epoxy coatings have superior strength and durability, so you won’t have to worry about damaging the surface with normal garage wear-and-tear like dropped power tools or overturned tricycles. If you are concerned about slipping, add slip resistant aggregate when applying the final coat. A point to note about epoxy is something called “hot tire pick up.” This is when your car’s tires are hot from driving and then they sit on the epoxy flooring, thus softening the epoxy. Then, as the tires cool, the epoxy will stick to the tire and be pulled up. Using a very high-quality epoxy or having it professionally installed will help prevent this from happening.
Another option is placing interlocking tiles on top of the existing garage floor. Often made of durable PVC or heavy-duty plastic, these tiles come in all sorts of thicknesses, colors, and patterns. Garage floor tiles vary widely in price, so you will likely find something that fits your style and budget. Additionally, other surface coverings come in rolled mats that you simply spread across your garage floor. Most of this type of flooring is made of highly durable vinyl and is very easy to install. They can also be cut to form pads or mats to cover only certain areas. These also come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, as well as different thicknesses.