If you want to make your garage look great, you’ll need to choose the right garage flooring ideas based on which benefits are most important to you. Here are our five top options, from best to worst. The fastest option will have you ready to park your car in as little as one hour, but it will smell terrible while it dries and may be slippery after you use it for a few months.
Different Types of Garage Flooring Options
There are many types of garage flooring options to choose from, but which is best? Well, there is epoxy, concrete, rubber, tile, and a new technology called polyaspartics. Instead of ranking these flooring options, we are focusing on the top benefits homeowners are looking for and seeing who comes out on top for each one. If you’re looking for garage floor ideas that will help you create a stylish space in your home but also last for years to come, read on!
Benefit #1 – Fastest Curing
If you want to add new flooring in your garage, or if you’re looking for ways to refresh an old floor, a fast curing polyaspartics floor coating is probably your best option. Polyaspartic coatings can be applied – and cured – within a day, while epoxies, concrete, and even tiles may take longer to cure, seal, and finish.
Benefit #2 – Low Odor
If you don’t want garage smell to follow you into your home, low odor is key. Most garage floor paints and epoxies release a very strong smell, but some don’t. It’s important to sniff out these products before choosing them as they can cause headaches and nausea for your family and friends.
Concrete, polyasparatic, and tile are going to be your best bet for low odor garage flooring.
Benefit #3 – Shiny or Metallic Finish
Garage floors are subject to lots of wear and tear. They need to be durable, but if you want to give your floor some personality, why not choose a shiny finish? Shiny garage floors provide just as much protection as any other finish, so they’re great for garages with lots of foot traffic. However, they’re also reflective – so they can double as mirrors!
Some epoxy coating options are available in shiny or metallic finishes, to give you just the look you desire.
Benefit #4 – Durability
For ultimate durability, look for a product that is designed for or used by industrial applications. Of course, this can also mean the product is overkill and overpriced.
Urethanes, and epoxies fall into this category but their new friend polyaspartics have a surprisingly low price point for home garages and incredible benefits like one-day installations and cure times. Thick application and multiple layers means that your garage flooring will stand up to even the most brutal wear and tear.
The benefits of garage floor tiles are numerous, but one of their most important attributes is durability. Long-lasting and heavy-duty, a garage floor tile will last for many years before needing to be replaced or resurfaced. This benefit also means that you won’t have to worry about replacing garage floor tiles for quite some time, as long as you take care of them properly.
Benefit #5 – Design Options
Garage floors can easily be transformed into a showpiece. Garage floors provide a blank canvas and allow you to choose from a wide range of different colors, patterns, and textures. While many flooring options limit your design options, garage floors offer plenty of flexibility when it comes to decorating for your taste.
Concrete and tile are going to offer you the most options for design, as there are plenty of artistic options available. However, many epoxy, polyaspartic, and urethane manufacturers offer a wide variety of color choices.
Benefit #6 – Affordability
Garage floors may not be a big part of your decor budget, but you’ll definitely appreciate its affordability. There are many low-cost garage flooring ideas on our list, including concrete and polyaspartics. If you don’t have much money to spend but need durable garage floor coverings, then focus on these options.
Benefit #7: Environmentally Friendly/Non-Toxic
When we talk about environmental friendliness, we are usually focusing on VOC ratings. Low or No VOC products like polyaspartics are the perfect fit, because they are extremely environmentally friendly. Check that the products you purchase are VOC compliant.
Also, Oil-Resistant Rubber Garage Floors are ideal for garages, workshops, home gyms, dog rooms and more. A synthetic blend rubber floor can resist most common garage spills. It’s easy to clean with just soap and water.
Benefit #8: Best Reviews
The best reviewed garage floor systems are those that check all the boxes and have a solid installation vendor, or garage floor contractor, backing them up. For our money, that’s polyaspartic one-day floor installations by Surface Bella.
Choosing a Garage Flooring Contractor Near You
Before you embark on any garage flooring project, you’ll want to hire a contractor to handle installation. It doesn’t hurt to get quotes from more than one business, but be sure to consider service quality as well as price. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Do they rep quality products that align with the benefits you are looking for?
- Do they have good reviews and solid online presence, ensuring they will be there to support any questions or concerns you have after the sale?
- Are they truly local? Do they have a physical office in a location near you, signaling they aren’t some fly by night contractor!
We hope you will consider choosing Surface Bella in the Greenville, SC, Anderson, SC, and Spartanburg, SC areas (we also service parts of Western North Carolina!). Reach out today for a free, no obligation estimate, and hear about the garage flooring options available to you!