Comparing the Best Garage Flooring Materials

garage flooring

The floor in your garage takes a beating every day, from cars, chemicals, and dropped heavy objects. Depending on what you use your garage for, it’s important to pick the right flooring material to fit your needs. Before you begin, clean out your garage so you can evaluate the quality of your current floor. If it looks worn with cracks and indentations, a covering will hide and prevent further damage, while a coating will make them stand out. For a surface with very few blemishes, either a coating or a covering can work.

We’ll take you through a few popular flooring options to help you make a smart choice on a new surface.

Floor Coatings

Epoxy

Often found in commercial garages, such as warehouses, restaurants, and showrooms, an epoxy coating is water, chemical, and chip-resistant. It’s durable, so it won’t be heavily damaged by substances or objects that fall on it. This coating dries quickly and requires skilled application. We recommending leaving it to professionals, but if you’re feeling ambitious, you can purchase an epoxy kit at your local home improvement store for a DIY project.

Concrete Stain

Unlike paint, a concrete stain soaks into the concrete so it lasts longer. It acts similarly to a seal but includes pigments for a more decorative marble-like finish. Once you apply the stain, you’ll need to coat it with a concrete seal for a protective layer. We recommend touch ups and resealing every two years based on average traffic.

Concrete Seal

Concrete seals are affordable and easy to apply yourself. Because they’re clear, you’ll still be able to see existing stains and cracks in the floor, but it will protect from any new spills and mild damage. It’s important to remember that a sealer can only be used on pure or stained concrete, not on paint or epoxy.

Floor Coverings

Interlocking Tiles

These tiles are durable, stain resistant, and available in a variety of colors to personalize your garage. Made of a stiff plastic, they can stand up to tough applications and harsh weather conditions. Installation is fool-proof, simply requiring you to click them together like a puzzle.

Rubber Mats

Rubber mats are easy to install and rearrange and come in several sizes, colors, and patterns to match your garage style. All you need to do is roll them out and fit them together. If you’re thinking about a deep spring cleaning for your garage, simply roll up the mats to clean the floor beneath them.

We’re passionate about all things garage-related at Larry Myers Garage Doors, and we’ve been installing and servicing garage doors for both commercial and residential customers in the Portland-metro area since 1973. If you need further information about garage flooring options or a garage design project, contact us today!