Many people don’t consider protecting their garage floor. While most homeowners worry about the interior and exterior of their homes, they forget that a concrete slab can be a significant expense if it has to be replaced. Most people use a garage as a catch-all room. It is used for parking, for storage and even as a workshop. This means that the garage houses a myriad activities and materials which means that your concrete slab is likely to experience spills and drops that can crack, stain and weaken the surface. Therefore, before contributing to any more potential damage, find a flooring option that can protect your garage slab from harm. There are plenty of flooring options from coatings to tiles, and each has its pros and cons.
Garage floor epoxy is a tried and true option for a durable floor coating option. Epoxy is a hard coat that is applied like paint to your garages concrete surface. Once dry, it can withstand spills and drops without incurring any damage. Additionally, this coating protects the underlying concrete from staining and damage. Epoxy coatings are the standard in concrete floor protection, and the pricing for this coating is somewhere between paint and tile, depending on the installation method you choose. You can choose a DIY method, but this is inadvisable without experience because there is a method and science to the application.
Paint or Stain
Concrete painting or staining is affordable and can protect against some spills and some drops depending on the type of paint you use. An enamel-based paint will provide some durability. However, it is necessary to note that no paint last forever, and unlike epoxy, paint has a limited life.
Rubber mats can be cheaper or more expensive than paint, depending on the area you plan to fill. Mats allow you to pick and choose the areas that receive maximum protection which is why they can be less expensive than some options on the list. However, a mat does only protect the area it covers, which can be a con.
Garage tiles are durable and can be installed quickly especially the click together options. However, most tile options are vented, meaning that they will not protect your slab from spills or staining. The beauty of tiles is that they come in a variety of styles and patterns and can easily be replaced if damaged.
There are many garage flooring options, but not all of them offer the same level of protection against spills and drops. To decide on the best flooring option, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each and determine which is best for you.