A professional garage needs to be able to withstand intense activity. The garage floor should be durable and long-wearing. You might have cars and heavy power tools on the floor, along with a steady traffic of people. Without the proper maintenance and coatings, your garage floor quickly deteriorates over time.
First up, let’s take a look at the different types of garage flooring.
Concrete is a popular option for garages because it’s affordable, strong, and easy to lay. It can withstand high pressure, and when properly coated, it can look super stylish. Polished concrete is usually stain-resistant, and it’s easy to clean dust and debris off it.
You might be transforming your garage into an at-home gym. Interlocking rubber tiles are perfect for at-home gyms and can provide a little comfort to your workouts. Rubber tiles can cover an old concrete floor and withstand any climate condition.
However, ceramic tiles are not suitable for a garage environment and will not withstand heavy traffic. Stay far away from the pretty ceramic tile section of your local homeware store and opt for something a little more durable.
If you need to coat an existing floor, epoxy resin might be the smart choice for you. Epoxy can improve the performance and durability of your floor. Just make sure your floors are resistant to moisture and dampness before apply epoxy.
Next up, you need to choose a floor paint that is suitable for your garage.
The main difference between epoxy paint and resin is their intended use. Epoxy resin makes your floor chemical, abrasion, and stain resistant. Epoxy paint will make your flooring glossy, beautiful and even stronger. You can choose the colour of epoxy paint and make your garage as stylish as you like. You might need to apply another coating in a few years to maintain the glossy sheen.
Polyurethane paint is designed for industrial environments and is often used to coat steel, concrete and wood. It combines a polyol resin and isocyanate hardener to produce a high-resistance coating. If your garage is subject to heavy-duty DIY work, polyurethane paint is your best bet.
You can use alkyd-urethane paint in both interior and exterior spaces. It’s easy to brush and spray and provides the same glossy look as epoxy paint.
Finally, you can use acrylic latex paint on a number of surfaces. You can use it on the walls, floors, steps and surfaces to add a little colour to your space. Acrylic paint creates a non-slip surface, which is particularly handy for clumsy DIYers.
Think about what you want to use your garage for, and choose the most appropriate flooring from there.