Most garage floors are made out of cement, which is easily stained by oil and other chemicals that drip from your car. There are many different types of flooring that can be installed in your garage to protect it from such stains, and they can be broken down into two categories: floor paints/epoxy coatings, and synthetic coverings, such as rubber or plastic mats or tiles. Any type you choose can be installed on your own or by a professional flooring specialist.
Probably the easiest and most cost-effective type of flooring to do on your own, epoxy floor coverings are simply painted on. Floors that are protected by epoxy are super easy to clean with just a damp cloth or mop and cost anywhere from $.50 – $3.50 per square foot, depending on the type of epoxy you choose (1 or 2 part epoxy). If this is the type of flooring you choose, make sure it is made specifically for concrete floors and is free of additives so that it adheres correctly.
Synthetic Floor Square Coverings
Soft garage flooring tiles are made from PVC vinyl and last longer than their rigid counterpart. To install, simply remove the plastic backing that covers the adhesive, and stick them to the garage floor. Similar to epoxy coverings, this type of flooring prevents leaks and spills from reaching the concrete below, facilitating the cleaning process. However, once the tiles have been installed they cannot be taken apart or re-adjusted. If you are worried about un-installation, rigid floor tiles are probably a better solution.
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