Garage floors come in a dull shade of concrete. Over time, stains, chemicals and nicks can create an unsightly floor. Even if you predominantly park your car in the garage, resurfacing the floor can improve the overall functionality of the garage. Floors in the garage have different uses and needs than an interior floor. Here are the basics to resurfacing your garage floor.
When To Resurface
There are several reasons to consider garage floor resurfacing. If you want to add color or style to the garage, updating the flooring can add attractiveness and functionality. Floor cracks, dings and missing concrete should be addressed prior to the application of coverings or coatings. Resurfacing the flooring is a good idea if you plan to convert your garage into a living space.
Floor Prep and Repairs
Don’t simply cover the floor if there is damage to the concrete. Wet concrete is often a sign of a bigger problem that should be dealt with before prepping the floor. Properly preparing the floor enables the coating or covering to bond with the concrete. Floor coatings such as epoxy have problems sticking to grease, debris, oil and other stains. Preparing the floor usually leaves behind a rough surface to aid in adhesion.
Types of Floor Coverings
If you plan to convert the garage, you can choose a variety of flooring options including tile and carpet. The floor may need additional padding beneath carpet for a more comfort. However, typical indoor flooring options are not the best in a garage. Traditional carpet and tile cannot handle the rigors of a garage or support the weight of a vehicle without feeling stress. There are a variety of tiles specifically designed for garage floors including flexible rubber and plastic, wood composite and rigid plastic tiles. Floor mats made for the garage come in a variety of materials, styles and colors for an easy, customized look.
Types of Floor Coatings
Epoxy floor coatings are a popular, inexpensive flooring option for garages. Paint for concrete floors may require more applications over time than epoxy but can be less expensive. Both paint and epoxy come in a variety of colors. Epoxy leaves behind a hard, durable finish absent in latex paint.
Hiring a professional to resurface the garage floor often saves you money down the road. Professional coatings last longer than most box store kits. An experienced contractor can handle patching the floor where needed and prepping the surface for a long-lasting bond. Research the available contractors in your area to find one that fits your budget.