It all started with me washing the floor in my very dated, very sinfully wallpapered guest bathroom. When installed correctly with a multiple coat system, this type of garage flooring is one of the most durable and stain resistant floors you can have in your garage. They can be a little slippery when wet, but anti-slip additives can be applied at the time of installation. While some of these newer materials can provide even better protection than epoxy, they do cost more and need to be installed by a professional. Vinyl composite tile , otherwise known as VCT, is generally the flooring of choice for this.
Garage floor coatings such as these require the most work and preparation of your floor when compared to any other garage flooring option. These are plastic tiles constructed of either rigid polypropylene or more rubber like PVC that interlock or snap together like a puzzle piece. This alone can create a variety of different garage flooring ideas when you start designing your floor with the tile design software available from the many different manufacturers that sell these tiles.
The nice thing about this garage flooring option is that little to no floor preparation is required and it can take only a few hours to install in your garage with very few tools. One of the more traditional garage flooring ideas that people like are the black and white checkered design. When coated and polished properly with wax, this flooring will give fairly good stain resistance but needs quick attention with chemical spills or gasoline. If you are familiar with laying tile you can save even more with the installation.
If not, expect $2 – $4 per square foot for installation depending on your area. If you are looking for a garage flooring option that is easy to install yet still gets the job done, then look no further than a good garage floor mat. Mats made in the USA cost a little more than the foreign made brands, but they are of much better quality and last longer. Though mats do offer great protection and looks for the average garage, they don’t stand up as well to heavy use from home garage mechanics that may frequently be using car jacks, jack stands, and other heavy equipment to work on their vehicles.
People have been painting the concrete in their garage long before a market had been established for garage flooring products. Finally there is the protection of a concrete garage floor sealer for those who like the looks of bare concrete but still want to protect it. This garage flooring option is relatively inexpensive as well as easy to apply. I have a friend who had vinyl floors in her house and was diagnosed with sleep apnea.