Cheap Garage Flooring Cut Costs; Not Quality

Cheap Garage Flooring Cut Costs; Not Quality

Cheap Garage Flooring: Cut Costs; Not Quality

Cheap garage flooring doesnt have to be expensive in order to be good. You can cut costs when reflooring your garage, without sacrificing quality. There are several solutions to improving your garage. Among the top two are reflooring and organizing your garage. If you need to (or can afford to) do both it makes more sense to first work on the flooring (no sense in organizing your garage, only to have to move everything again to refloor it).

The biggest benefit to reflooring is protection. Daily wear and tear on most garage floors can be tough. Flooring options will depend on how you plan to use your garage. Well cover some basic alternatives:

This is the least expensive method, but it has limited use. Rubber works well if you plan on utilizing your garage as a kids playroom, as a family room, as a workout room with a home gym, or primarily as a storage facility.

Pros: Good insulation and sound buffer. Provides additional safety.

Cons: Susceptible to petroleum products (oils/grease) and heat, so if you live in a hot climate, dont leave the garage door open for long periods of time. Also watch out for hot car tires. you wont be happy with all that goo.

PVC flooring (roll-out type)

Slightly more expensive than rubber, PVC — also known as mat flooring — makes a notable difference. Its also easier to install than epoxy. They dont require adhesive and cleaning is a cinch. You can pick up the mats and hose them off if needed.

Pros Mats come in a variety of colors. Patterned/ribbed design helps with traction. Less expensive and easier to install than epoxy.

Cons Not many, though dont expect it to look like a designer job. And while installation is relatively easy (all you need is a utility/carpet knife), youll want to take care to join your edges with an overlapping technique to avoid creating seams.

PVC flooring (tile)

Tile provides more of a designer look that the roll-out (mat) type of PVC flooring. Like its PVC counterpart, its fairly easy to install as no adhesive is necessary. Theyre a bit thicker than the roll-out type, so youll need a cutting tool thats stronger than a utility knife. Opt for the interlocking tiles as theyll create a seamless look.

Pros Variety of colors and patterns. Easy to install. Nice look.

Cons Thicker mat surface makes it easier to dent and mar the surface. However, there are self-correcting tiles that spring back into shape after a couple of days. While easy, it will still take longer to install than the roll-out type.

This is the most expensive of the aforementioned alternatives. Epoxy is also the most difficult to install. If you arent experienced at this, start looking for someone who is, or find a professional. Also, dont scrimp on the quality of the epoxy product; there are some sub-standard products out there that will cause you grief in the long run.

Pros Great looking. High level of protection. Durability.

Cons Difficult and time consuming to install. (Floor must be completely cleaned before installing.)

Other Flooring Alternatives

There are several additional types of flooring styles, made by different manufacturers. If youll be working with tiles, the interlocking ones are best, for both aesthetic reasons and because they hold up well to turning tires. Costs will vary on the usual factors style, quality, the amount of product needed, shipping fees, etc.

  • Designs. Just because it’s a garage floor doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Choose among a wide selection of intricate designs available including diamond plate, ribbed, coin, etc.
  • Wood Veneers. If you are utilizing your garage as a second family room or play room for the toddlers, you might even consider Woyod Veneers. (Yes, faux wood does have a home in the garage.) Depending on the condition of your floor, there are various paint options for concrete/cement floors.
  • Paints. If youre floor is dingy, but in otherwise good condition, you might be able to spruce things up a bit with a splash of color and shine with concrete paint.
  • Area Mats. A fall-back option to doing the entire floor is to use garage floor mats. They come in different sizes and textures and are easily transportable. Theyre good for preventing floor stains, grease spots, and can do double duty work in basements. Containment mats will usually have raised edges thereby allowing them to hold liquids such as oil, grease, water, coolant, etc. Great to use even on a refloored garage.

In the end, reflooring your garage will not only make it more enjoyable and easier to maintain, but it will add more utility to this often under appreciated space that is part of your home. And a garage that looks well kept just might improve your homes resale value.

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