In many ways, a garage is truly only as good as its flooring. An impressive workshop will quickly lose its luster if your expensive tools and immaculate workspace is resting on a filthy, chipped, or chemically-eroded concrete slab. Worse still, damaged concrete flooring can be a tripping menace, a constant antagonist to the condition of your car’s tires, and a serious fire hazard in the case of pooling petroleum spills. Global Garage experts offer a variety of home installation options to whip your floors into shape, but before you make the call, it is important to know exactly what you are looking for. Global Garage would like to offer you a brief primer containing some of the top things you should know before you can find yourself a great garage floor.
The risks of garage floor carpeting
For a number of reasons, many homeowners opt for garage floor carpeting. Some feel nostalgic for shag-carpeted garage hang-outs, while others are simply looking for a cheap and easy way to hide their cold concrete flooring. Though you may be tempted to try out carpeting in your garage, Global Garage experts caution homeowners against this choice. Standard carpeting is often used because the homeowner has excess yards of carpeting on the roll they used elsewhere, but this is especially ill-advised. Subject to extreme temperature changes throughout the year, standard carpeting will quickly fall victim to mold and mildew problems. Carpeting is also quite difficult to clean properly, especially given the unique kinds of dirt, chemicals, and debris that it will be exposed to in the garage. Most conventional carpet tiles will deteriorate when exposed to automotive fluids, and even those that don’t will become a serious fire hazard as flammable liquids are absorbed and held in the dense carpet fibers. Some fire-resistant options made for garages do exist, and these synthetic-fiber carpets are also resistant to stains and mold, but they still are found lacking in terms of their longevity and the protection they offer.
Interlocking Tiles can be a good alternative for garages. Especially DIY projects. There’s no grinding or extensive prep work and the finish is soft and flexible. However, you must be cautioned against mold and mildew under the tiles and the surface is typically not very chemical resistant which leads to staining. You also need to leave a one inch gap between the walls and edge of the tiles to allow for contraction and expansion. If you don’t the floor will buckle and lead to a tripping hazard.
Choosing the right epoxy coat
There are many different brands of epoxy available on the market, so ultimately this decision comes down to what suits you best. Waterborne epoxy paint is relatively easy to apply, but is not particularly durable. High solids epoxy is considered the next step up in commercial-grade epoxy products, and is resistant to stains, wear-and-tear, and chemicals. This style of epoxy is less user-friendly, and has a limited pot life which further puts pressure on the homeowner trying their hand at a DIY install. Premium multi-coat epoxy systems are comprised of a base coat primer, a basecoat, and 1-2 topcoats of clear epoxy or polyurethane. These floors can last up to 5 years, and are considerably thicker than other epoxy options. However, better options do exist. At Global Garage, flooring professionals prefer the use of polyaspatric chemicals, which have a number of benefits over traditional epoxy coatings recognized by the general public. Polyaspatric options are rated by the American Society of Testing and Manufacturing (ASTM) Standards as being about three times harder having three times the chemical resistance of Epoxy coatings. They also last a lifetime!