Home garages have been around for about a century now. For most of that time, it was a room that looked boring and nondescript.
Then something happened towards the end of the last century. Homeowners began to view the garage as a part of the house that wasn’t merely utilitarian.
Beyond just using the garage for parking vehicles and storage, this was a room that deserved to have more attention paid to its décor and appearance.
As the room’s main focal point, the garage floor was an obvious area to look to as an upgrade opportunity. New garage floor products began to appear on the market, including sealers and paints that added a decorative touch to a surface that had stayed dull grey for so many years.
Epoxy floor coatings that had been widely used for commercial and industrial applications eventually became available for residential use as well.
We’ve come a long way since then. Nowadays, highly advanced garage floor products offer more and more color and design options that can truly transform a garage’s look from “meh” to “magnificent!”. They also do a much better job of protecting the floor.
Not all products for upgrading a garage floor are created equal, however. Let’s take a look at what your options are when it comes to getting a new garage floor and which ones work best.
What are your new garage floor options?
There are many options for upgrading a garage floor, but not all of them are ideal for decorative improvements. For example, floor patching products like crack filler and patching compounds are purely for repairs and not meant for decorative purposes.
Roll-on sealers are another option you’re probably aware of. Their primary function is for protecting the floor, not beautifying it. Clear sealers show floor blemishes and imperfections after being applied. While some types allow tints to be added for better aesthetics, in general you shouldn’t look to sealers for any appreciable upgrade to a floor’s appearance.
When it comes to decorative floor renewal products, these are the five most common options:
- Epoxy coatings: this is the type of coating found in DIY floor coating kits and can also be professionally applied.
- Polyaspartic floor coatings: introduced in 2006, this more advanced type of coating has numerous advantages over epoxy floor coatings.
- Floor paints: while they are cheap and easy to apply, floor paints do have some major limitations.
- Interlocking floor tiles: most commonly available in PVC, rubber, vinyl, and porcelain styles, floor tiles install quickly and are a cost-effective flooring solution.
- Floor stains: not as widely used as the above new garage floor options, stains add color or even a natural stone look to a floor surface.