The garage is a versatile space in anybody’s home. It can be a car parking area, laundry area, small business space, or home gym. Investing in durable garage flooring becomes an asset as it allows you to maximize the space. You also get to save costs on maintenance and potential repairs.  

Your ideal garage flooring can sustain high traffic, fight damage, resist wear, and offer low maintenance. Choosing the correct type of floor can deliver the transformation of your space from a dull and run-down garage into an inviting and attractive space.

What are the advantages of having your garage floor coated?

Yes, you can always decide to leave your garage floor alone. After all, it is just the garage. However, you should not underestimate the importance of garage floors. Keep in mind that it is the only place at home that is always subjected to high impact and pressure. 

Updating your garage, especially the floor, may offer a wealth of benefits: 

  1. Installing floor coating, especially tough and resilient materials, will improve the floor’s durability. In the long run, it is a good investment as it will save you from needed maintenance and repair.
  2. Covering and coating will protect your floor from wear and tear. This is especially true if you choose resilient materials that can withstand pressures and constant traffic.
  3. Applying layers of materials or coats will cover and repair your floor’s imperfections, such as holes and cracks.
  4. You can increase your and your family’s safety by making the floor anti-slip.
  5. Along the way, you brighten the space even just by improving the floors. Your productivity will increase in tasks that you use the space for.
  6. Updating the floor with materials like epoxy and polyurea will make your garage easier to clean.

What Are the Top 6 Garage Flooring Options?

There are so many flooring options in the market today. Not all of them will work for your garage. Carefully consider your options by reading their descriptions below.  Also included are the pros and cons of each option. These will help you pick the one that answers your needs and requirements for your garage floor.

Rubber Tile Flooring

Popular among DIY fans, rubber tiles, such as flexible mats, are the type that can be easily installed. Rubber floor tiles are available in attractive interlocking patterns that are usually in the dimensions of 12×12 inches or 24×24 inches.

Most rubber tile floors withstand weather conditions. This floor covering provides extra strength and stability to your floor. Also low-maintenance, they can be cleaned effortlessly. This is the best choice for DIYers.

Pros & Cons:

Pros Cons
  • It uses a highly robust and stable material, rubber.
  • There are different style options available.
  • It is easy to install.
  • The project is quick to finish.
  • Repairs are also simple.  
  • The project is time-consuming if it is applied to a large area.
  • It is not waterproof.
  • Untextured rubber variants can be slippery, especially when wet.
  • The smell of rubber will linger in the first few months after installation.

Stone Flooring

Graphite, sandstone, and flagstone are examples of stone flooring. They are an excellent and high-end choice for garage floors.

Although extremely hard, resilient, and durable, stone flooring can be tremendously cold in winters. Consider the climate in your area before going with this type of flooring. If the weather is not a concern, eye-catching designs and pleasant colors are available.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
  • Stone is tough and durable.
  • They are stain-resistant.
  • It gives the space versatile designs and a luxurious look.
  • Stone can be cold in winter, making you uncomfortable working in the garage.
  • Compared to other options, it is costly.
  • Challenging to repair or replace

Polished Concrete Flooring

Polished concrete flooring is a good option for garages. As concrete flooring has been proven hard and resilient, polishing adds the aesthetic feel that your garage dramatically needs. Concrete floors perform under high traffic and pressure without immediate wear and tear.  

They are affordable and come easy for families with low budgets. Aside from being very easy to clean, polished concrete finishing also makes the floor stain resistant. They add beauty and elegance to your space without taking too much effort.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
  • Concrete is a hard and durable material. 
  • It will resist wear and tear, even with constant movement and pressure.
  • It is budget-friendly.
  • It offers low maintenance.
  • Your garage will look simple and elegant.
  • You can also introduce textures and different finishes. 
  • Concrete can be uncomfortable to stand in for too long (such as working on your car).
  • It is not moisture resistant. You will need sealing to fix this.
  • Moisture might result in molds.

Vinyl Flooring

Another option, though unpopular, is the vinyl tile flooring for garages. If your garage has conservative and limited traffic and pressure, this can be a feasible option. 

Vinyl tiles are comfortable and flexible. Plus, they can give your space a unique look since there are numerous color shades and composite tiles to choose from. In addition, maintenance and cleaning are also a breeze with this type of flooring.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
  • Vinyl flooring tiles are easy to install.
  • It is DIY-friendly.
  • Vinyl tiles come in different colors and styles.
  • It offers easy cleaning and simple maintenance.  
  • Installation requires the use of adhesive.
  • They are tricky to remove or replace.
  • Because this option is very cheap, installing it may negatively impact your home’s value.
  • It is not durable. Sharp or heavy objects can damage vinyl tiles.

Polyurea Garage Flooring

Polyurea is a substance that belongs to the polyurethane family. Like epoxy, it is also a heavy-duty material used for coating and sealing garage floors. It is easy and quick to install. It also makes your floor scratch- and abrasive-resistant.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
  • This option is more durable and resistant than other garage floor coatings.
  • You get simple maintenance. It is effortless to clean.
  • It is fast curing. 
  • It is safe since it is slip-resistant.
  • There is plenty of customizable options.  
  • It is costlier than other coatings.
  • Different brands have different performances.
  • It appears slippery when finished.
  • It can be damaged by battery acids and tire studs (by erosion).
  • Since it is thinly applied and absorbed by concrete, it cannot repair crooked floors.

Epoxy Flooring

Livening up your garage is not a problem as there are many attractive colors to choose from with epoxy flooring. It is a smart choice for your garage floor. Epoxy is a tough and enduring coating that can be applied to any kind of flooring. 

But other than aesthetics, the epoxy coating increases your garage flooring’s performance and durability. It acts as your floor’s protective coat from scratches, dents, cracks, and chemical spills. As versatile as it is, it can be used on concrete, stone, and other types of floors, except those that absorb moisture.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
  • This material is durable and wear-resistant.
  • Also, it is resistant to chemicals such as gasoline or bleach.
  • It is versatile as it can be used on top of any material to protect it against chipping and other damages.
  • It is not that expensive.
  • There is a wide selection of attractive colors.
  • It is easy to clean.
  • You will need a non-slip finish additive; otherwise, safety is compromised, especially when wet or after an oil spill. 
  • It is not moisture-resistant. If exposed to moisture, the coating might lift and break.
  • Poorly tolerant to heat, it may lift after being exposed to hot tires and direct sunlight.
  • It is too noisy to walk on. 

The Total Garage installs high-performance, long-lasting epoxy and polyurea garage floor coating systems. Our garage floor options provide an anti-slip surface, durability, and low maintenance. We offer a variety of color combinations that can match your space.

We can also build storage systems for your garage and commercial spaces. For any inquiries, call us today at 208-585-7171. You can send us an email at thetotalgarage@gmail.com to get a quote. We are located at 12783 Orchard Ave. Nampa, ID.