Garage Floor November 02nd, 2017 - 21:48:27
When it comes to garage flooring, many of you may have heard or seen the epoxy floor coverings that are available today, possibly even on TV. You see what looks like a simple process and beautiful results. What you dont see or hear is that most epoxy floor coverings fail and the process is extremely time consuming and difficult. The biggest reason the epoxy garage floors fail is adhesion, they simply dont stick well unless the surface has been properly prepped. That doesnt sound bad, right? Wrong. Here are some of the things you need to do to "prep" for an epoxy floor:
Rolled garage floors are the lowest cost and easiest type of garage floor to install. These floors are simply rolled out and the seems are either overlapped or butted together. They do not need to be glued down and the seems do not need to be taped. If you are interested in securing a rolled rubber garage floor, there are seeming tapes and floor adhesives available but they are certainly not required. Rolled floors are available in widths from 7.5 to 10 feet wide and various lengths. Custom lengths are also available if you are unable to locate the right size roll for your garage. Rolled garage floors are available in 4 patterns including diamond tread, levant, coin and ribbed. Various thicknesses are also available ranging from 55 mil to 85 mil and in 6 different colors.
People who work in garages have a way of not caring too terribly much what their garage floors look like. Most guys and gals that work on cars are really only concerned with getting it clean. Of course, theres always the vaunted checkerboard pattern that you can find on just about all types of coverings. There are options, though, and you can usually find multi-colored and solid colored tiles. You might even be able to find some garage floor tiles that are as varied in colors as paint. However, if work is not in your garages future, you might want to think about staining your concrete instead. Its not only cheaper, but could very well last longer.
At the end of the day, theres only two major varieties of garage tiles: theyre either made of rubber, or theyre not. If you tend to work in your garage, then rubber tiles are the way to go. Youll pay more up front, but the additional resistance to damage will make it worthwhile. You might even save money on tools that would have otherwise been damaged by dropping on a harder surface. This is why painted garage floors so often have a layer of rubber garage floor mats as well. If it seems like a waste of money, wait until you drop a tool and put a big crack or dent in your nice, pretty floor.