Are you planning on doing your own garage flooring? This is certainly an excellent way to save money, and get something useful done at the same time, but I’m sure you’re wondering exactly what all doing your own garage flooring will entail. After all, this is an investment, and those who prefer to do it themselves are also usually pretty keen on saving money. So let’s give a quick overview of exactly what all you will have to do for each type of garage flooring.
Epoxy Garage Floor Paint: The Most Comprehensive Garage Flooring Option
Epoxy paint is some great stuff. For all extents and purposes, using epoxy is akin to adding an extra, sort of bouncy, and also stain-resistant layer to the top of your concrete garage floor. It’s also the cheapest if you do it yourself. Unfortunately, though, this comes at a cost of labor hours. Not only does an epoxy garage floor coating take the longest of any of these solutions, but it’s the only one with strict directions on exactly when you can install it. The weather has to be perfect, and you have to give it time to dry in between coats, as per the kit’s instructions. The floor must also be very clean before you even begin.
Garage Floor Tiles: Garage Flooring That Can Be Almost As Good As Epoxy Paint
Paint sound like a daunting project, but still need a good, thorough solution? Tiles will protect the concrete garage floor just as well from any stains. Not only are they almost as durable but, if needed, they can be individually replaced if they ever become damaged, providing you can find tiles of that design later on. When installing, you can take breaks whenever needed, though the install will take around as long as paint. As the tiles don’t really have to dry or anything, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about whether, although there may be some extremes that you will need to avoid, as per the directions. Since the tiles are going to stick to whatever happens to be on the floor, the cleanliness is just as important as when painting, if not more so.
Garage Floor Mats: The Alternative Garage Flooring
If the first two options just sound like too much work, then maybe a full garage floor mat would be your best solution. Generally, the install merely involves cutting and placing the mat. Cleaning the floor is a good idea, but not really necessary since there is nothing sticking to the concrete. If the floor is heavily damaged, a mat may be the only real solution. Unfortunately, a very large mat is often the most expensive option and, depending on the quality of the mat, simply driving on them may cause them to bunch or bend.