Nanine Garage Floor November 02nd, 2017 - 22:50:15
Garage floor mats are economical, improve the look of the floor and are quick and easy to install. Costing less than $2 a square foot on average, they are the fastest of all three options to put down. They can be purchased online, as a roll or a complete mat, and installation is as simple as cutting them to fit the garage as needed, and then unrolling. They create a seamless look in a smaller garage or can be used only under the car in a larger garage. Manufactured with raised patterns to reduce slipping, they are not a good solution for use on unsealed cement floors, as the ground moisture seeping upwards through the pores of the concrete will be trapped under the non-porous polyvinyl of the mat, causing mold and bacteria to flourish and eroding the floor over time.
This type of flooring surface is good if you are attempting to clean up a garage floor for re-sale. Again, you can apply this type of surface yourself with relative ease. You can also touch up spots that become too dirty or stained in time. It is very important that you repair any cracks or other damage with a good sealer. If you fail to do so you will find that many surfaces will wear out quickly and tiles may come loose making it difficult to repair in the future.
You will find that tile garage flooring comes in many cool and unique styles for your viewing pleasure. You may choose a diamond pattern in many different colors like blue, red or sliver to name a few. If you enjoy something more traditional you may want to choose the classic checker board look. If you decide to apply an epoxy type garage flooring it is less expensive, but may not have the longevity that you are looking for.
Epoxy floor paint is used to seal porous cement floors from mold and cracking damage caused by garage spills and ground moisture. It is a must for long-term durability. Used alone it will improve the appearance of your floor, and make cleaning up fast, but painted cement is a hard and slippery surface ill-suited for standing and walking upon. A non-professional can apply epoxy paint, which costs from $2.50-$5 a square foot, but the preparation, mixing and painting is time consuming and difficult. Applied by a professional, the labor costs from $5-$15 and hour on top of supplies. Using additional coverings over a sealed floor will lengthen its life even more.