For some people, the garage is simply a place to park the car. Not much effort is put into it, and nothing about it gets noticed. Day in and day out, it is used for utility only, every bit as overlooked as a mudroom during the summer.
For some, though, the realization that there is a whole extra room—and a big one at that! —in the house can inspire changes. The garage can be a great workroom. It can be a wonderful place to exercise. It could be a mechanics shop. Maybe you will use it to work on your golf game in the winter or set up an easel to craft your masterpiece. Whatever the inspiration is, the garage can be a great place for activity.
First things first, though, we must do something about that floor. Years of utility usage have left it stained and gnarly-looking. So, how do you go about making a garage floor look nice? Good news: this article will tell you everything you need to know about sprucing up the place and give you plenty of garage floor ideas.
The activity makes a difference
What you decide to use your garage for makes all the difference regarding whether you want to use custom garage floor tiles or paint. For example, a weight room would be better served with a material with a little spring to help take some pressure off the knees and feet, whereas other activities might call for a nice, solid floor. Let's review some of the options and the activities they are best suited for.
Floor mats are the easiest and cheapest option up front, but generally, there is a reason that certain things are cheap and easy. Floor mats roll out easily enough, covering any grease or oil stains you might be trying to conceal, but they also bunch up easily and can get quite dirty. They can also be quite a pain to clean.
If you are looking for a simple fix to convert your garage into a gym, floor mats can work wonders, but if you are looking for a more permanent solution, this is one that we would steer clear of.
Floor paint is a custom garage flooring option with advantages and disadvantages.
The advantages are that it looks great and you can choose the color. When customizing your garage, the limitless possibility of paint is huge. That, and it isn't the most expensive way to cover your garage floor.
Then there are the downsides. It will look great, but only for so long. Even if you prepare your garage floor perfectly before painting, you can expect it to chip away at some point, often sooner rather than later.
Floor epoxy is like paint but much more durable and, arguably, looks better. Floor epoxy will give your garage floor a gorgeous sheen and protection from whatever activities you do in the garage.
The downside to epoxy is that it can be very difficult to get right. You must mix it just right because the chemicals won't bind properly if you don't. This is to say, if you decide to go with epoxy, it might be best to consult an experienced professional to help you install it.
When you think of what to do with your garage floor, a garage floor tile might be in your future. Okay, how about several garage floor tile?
There are a ton of advantages to floor tiles. Of all your options, these are the most customizable. You will be able to choose exactly the color you want. You can choose exactly the material that you want. You can fit them perfectly into the space that you are putting them in. You can mix and match so that one part of your garage has a certain type of tile while others have a different one.
Durability will depend on the type of tile you choose. These can range anywhere from vinyl to metal.
The only downside to tile is that it can be a bit pricey. But, of course, it is as pricey as you want it to be, as there is such a wide range of tile types that you have the pick of the litter.
If you are considering changing your garage floor, please contact Artisan Custom Closets today!