One of the questions we get a lot when we show up to repair a garage door or a garage door opener doesn’t have anything to do with garage doors. People want to know what we think is the best type of flooring for their garage. It’s a good question and, while we’re not flooring experts necessarily, we do see just about every different kind of flooring during the course of our workday and get to see which ones work and which ones don’t. So below we’re going to look at the different types of garage flooring that we think make the most sense.
Your Best Garage Flooring Options
There are many different types of flooring you could use on your garage. Which flooring solution is actually the most sensible will depend at least in part on how much you’re willing to pay and what look you’re trying to achieve. To simplify things though we’ve narrowed it down to what we consider the 2 best types of garage flooring based on affordability, versatility and the look of the finished product. Here they are.
- Polyurethane - When it comes to durability, practicality and providing protection from the typical hazards of the garage it’s hard to beat polyurethane. This type of resinous coating system has been used for decades in factories, warehouses, auto repair shops and even restaurants because it’s affordable, strong as all get-out and stain proof. If applied properly they also look great and feel great underfoot. They’re also available in a range of colors, are completely waterproof, a snap to clean up and won’t crack or chip if you drop something on them.
This is by far the most widely used type of flooring in both commercial and residential garages for all of the above reasons. Although, as with anything, it’s not without its drawbacks. These include the fact that, although it’s tough and shiny and long lasting, your flooring still has that industrial look to it. In addition, if your garage floor has a ton of tough greasy stains or has a lot of cracks the cost of preparing the floor to accept the polyurethane coating may be prohibitive. Also, while this type of coating will repel any water that drops on it, it’s not very good in dealing with water that wells up from the ground. So if your home is plagued by a high water table and constant hydrostatic pressure your polyurethane coating will likely end up peeling up off the floor.
- Polypropylene Garage Tiles - Tiles for the garage floor are available in a variety of materials but from our experience the best type are these hard plastic tiles. They come in a variety of colors, patterns and surface textures so you can achieve just about any kind of look you’re after. And they’re really easy to install. Some even have a bit of rubber mixed in which aids in their flexibility and durability. They typically range in size from 12” x 12” to 18” x 18” and are usually ½” thick (although it is possible to get thicker tiles if that’s what you’d like). These types of tiles use what is called a “peg and loop” system and easily snap into place using either a wooden mallet or your foot. When the entire floor is in place this type of fastening system is very secure. In addition, if a tile somehow cracks or breaks (very rare but it is possible) that tile can be quickly removed and a replacement snapped into place.
The bottom of these tiles is usually hollow allowing for air to circulate underneath and for any water that may make its way under the tile to drain off. This is especially convenient if you have a drain in your garage floor. The water will evacuate down the drain and the circulating air will dry the underside of the tiles once the water has drained away. They’re also stain resistant and, because of their plastic nature, very easy to keep clean. Most tiles like this are UV resistant as well, meaning you don’t have to worry about them fading because the sun shines directly into your garage when the door is open. They’ll hold their color brilliantly. If this type of garage flooring has a drawback it’s that it doesn’t last as long as polyurethane and should you spill oil on these tiles you’ll discover that they’re sometimes difficult to get completely clean because of the textured surface.
The Bottom Line
While there are other garage flooring options like rollout matts and even ceramic tiles our experience has shown that the 2 types described above are not only the most popular, but also the most practical, most cost-effective and will produce the most consistently positive results. To learn more or to arrange garage door repair or installation contact A Better Garage Door today.