The best option for garage flooring is a popular inquisition of the public nowadays. We require for ourselves the strongest, most durable, good-looking and long lasting floors out there. Depending upon the situation of your garage in general, there are three best types of flooring available for you to consider:
- Multi-coat resinous system
One of the finest out there, this coating is made of epoxy, polyurethane, or polyuria /polyaspartic solids. It is three to ten times stronger than finished concrete itself provided the manufacturer used good proportions of the mixture. It is most widely used in professional garages, warehouses and showrooms. It is customization with a wide variety of colors and chip designs from Floors Plus. Easily cleanable, stain-proof and chemical resistant, this is definitely your first option to consider.
The flooring does suffer some drawbacks, one of which is its inability to sustain in high-moisture areas, because high hydrostatic pressure starts to peel off the coating, so taking the location and condition of your garage into consideration would prove beneficial when installing this flooring. Similarly, if your concrete floor previously needs intensive crack repair, installation can prove very expensive, ranging from $4 to $8 per square foot.
- Interlocking garage floor tiles
This is an option you can install yourself too in order to save some bucks, and it can be setup in an average-sized garage in as few as two hours. Constituting polypropylene tiles, this flooring is extremely durable and tough, stain and moisture resistant, comes in a variety of colors to choose from and is more economical than the former option ranging from $2 to $5 per square foot. A particular advantage of these tiles in the hollow core at the bottom that provides air to the underside and combats moisture and mildew problems.
Disadvantages of this type is the difficult cleaning sometimes due to purchasing tiles from inexpensive companies, and the clicking sound you can hear when you trod on it.
- Porcelain tiled garage floor
The third option is porcelain tiles that have been gaining recent popularity due to their durable and chemical resistant nature. They are not easily scratched or damaged and are stain-proof. The cheapest option available out there and still argued as the best, porcelain flooring is a great consideration if your garage is not faced with moisture problems. It ranges from $2 to $4 per square foot with a contractor and even less if installing it oneself.
The disadvantages of this option are such that it can be slippery when wet, needs a lot of cleaning and is not available in a wide range of colors.