You may be in the market for some quality garage floor covering that you can use to improve the appearance of your garage. When selecting what garage floor covering to use, there are many types from which to choose. Because of this, it helps to know what some users don’t like about these different types of floor covering, so that you’ll know what to look out for if you install one of them. This article will discuss some of these items so that you can be a more informed consumer.
One of the most economical floor covering methods is using vinyl or foam roll-out floor covering mats. All you have to do is drop them wherever you want to use them. No surface preparation is involved, and the mats provide a comfortable surface on which to stand. However, these mats can be difficult to clean, and if you’re looking to customize the look and feel of your garage, then your needs may be better served with another alternative.
Floor paint is another commonly used garage floor covering option. It is relatively economical when compared to other options, but the paint wears down after a while, requiring you to repaint the floor every couple of years, making this option more expensive in the long run. The paint also does nothing to cover up those cracks and chips in your floor.
Epoxy floor covering can give your garage floor a shiny, sparkling showroom appearance that is unmatched by any other floor covering type. However, extensive surface preparation is required to insure adhesion between the epoxy and the floor. If the epoxy isn’t mixed properly, you may end up with a garage floor that is covered with uncured epoxy, creating a real nightmare. You also need plenty of ventilation when applying the epoxy to the floor, as the epoxy gives off fumes as it cures. For these three reasons, most people who select epoxy floor covering have professionals do the job for them.
Tiled floor coverings are the most durable forms of floor covering. Not only that, but they are often the most aesthetically pleasing, as the tiles come in a wide variety of colors with numerous designs on them, similar to what you can find on rolls of decorative privacy window film. The durability of tiles, combined with their design flexibility, gives users the option of converting their garages into entertainment centers or billiard rooms later on. However, tile garage floor covering is often the most expensive floor covering method. If you use tiles that are of the peel-and-stick variety, then extensive surface preparation is required in order to insure adhesion to the floor. Once you set those peel-and-stick tiles in place, you can’t remove them and use them somewhere else. They’re on the floor to stay. Another concern with rigid tiles is that they develop cracks over time, which can cause potentially harmful liquids to penetrate your garage floor, causing damage to it.
Now that you know some of the things that users don’t like about the various types of garage floor covering, it is up to you to decide which type is best for you.