What Type Of Flooring Is Best For My Garage?

Usually when you buy a home, the garage is finished with only the classic concrete. It can look nice for the first little while as it is a smooth texture and a neutral color. But, once time passes and as there is more traffic through the garage, the flooring can easily look dirty and cheap. For example, what if the car you park in the garage leaks? Although there are types of salts and other ways to try and remove these stains, it is very difficult to get the floor back in to pristine looking condition.

 

That is why it is so important to take precautions for your flooring so you can keep it protected before something such as oil can seriously damage it.

 

There are a few different options to protect your garage floor. We, at Monkey Bar Storage, recommend any of the following: Epoxy Coatings, Polyurea Coatings, or Tile Coverings. (There are other options such as carpet or regular paint as well. However, these are not to the same standard, durability, or functionality.)

 

Epoxy Coating

Epoxy is a permanent chemical floor coating that provides protection in your garage. It is available in many different colors for a seamless and beautiful floor.
 

    1. 1. Prepare the concrete. All cracks and seams will be filled and then we diamond grind the surface for maximum adhesion to the concrete. This protects your floor from peeling or lifting. Other DIY kits may provide an acid wash for a basic surface layer preparation.

 

    1. 2. Epoxy base coat. This is a tinted primer base coat that attaches to the grinded floor.

 

    1. 3. Layer of decorative chips (optional). This increases the grip of your floor, making it more difficult for you (or other objects) to slip or fall. The decorative chips also allow you to add your own style, making your garage something you’ll be proud of.

 

Positives Negatives
+ Easy to Clean – Hours of Floor Preparation
+ Lots of Color Options – Doesn’t Last Forever
+ Fall Resistant
+ Affordable Option

 

 

Polyurea Coating

Polyurea is a newer chemical, two-part concrete sealant. It is extremely strong and also comes in a variety of colors.
 

    1. 1. Prepare the concrete. All cracks and seams will be filled and then we diamond grind the surface for maximum adhesion to the concrete. This protects your floor from peeling or lifting. Other DIY kits may provide an acid wash for a basic surface layer preparation.

 

    1. 2. Epoxy base coat. This is a tinted primer base coat that attaches to the grinded floor.

 

    1. 3. Layer of decorative chips. Instead of lightly sprinkling your garage floor with chips, we recommend completely covering it so that it maximizes protection and is more slip resistant. Choose from a variety of different shapes and colors.

 

    1. 4. Polyurea Top Coat. This is a final, clear, high durability coat that is resistant to chemicals and is UV stable. This means that no oil or sun will discolor your garage floor.

 

Positives Negatives
+ Easy to Clean – Costs More Than Epoxy
+ Lots of Color Options – Not DIY Friendly
+ Fall Resistant
+ Fast Installation
+ Lasts for Years
+ Industrial Strength

 

Tile Covering

Tile Coverings are completely customizable to fit the shape and style of any garage. They are high quality, interlocking squares that go on top of the original flooring.
 

    1. 1. Choose texture and color of tiles. Monkey Bars has 5 different textures to choose from: Ribtrax, Cointrax, Diamondtrax, Floortrax, and Sportrax. Make sure to choose a design that will fit your needs.

 

    1. 2. Install the panels. The panels are installed by connecting and interlocking each one together. Often times, you will need a rubber mallet to pound tiles into place.

 

    1. 3. Cut excess tabs. To make sure the tiles fit the unique shape of your garage, the tiles will need to be cut into shape. The tabs will be trimmed on the outer edges as the final touch.

 

Positives Negatives
+ Liquids Drain Easily – More Expensive Than Coatings
+ Lots of Color Options – Not DIY Friendly
+ Non-Slip
+ UV Stable
+ Fast Installation
+ Crack and Joint Cover-Up
+ Lifetime Durability

 

Conclusion

There is not one “best” method for protecting your garage floors. Each of these methods are similar in multiple ways, while each still have their vast differences. That being said, any of these garage floor options will increase the value of your home. Make sure to choose the method that will fit your needs best so that you can keep your flooring protected from stains and deterioration.