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Garage Flooring Options

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Your garage may be a utility space, but it doesn’t have to be an unattractive one. With so many garage flooring options to choose from, there is no reason your work space can’t be just as nice as the rest of your home. Consider these options if it’s time for a new garage floor in Las Vegas.

Tile

If you want to tile your garage floor, you can choose from flexible snap-together tiles or more rigid tiles made of a stiffer plastic. Stiffer tiles are better able to withstand pressure from floor jacks and heavy equipment but softer tiles are nicer to stand on for long periods of time. Both allow you to replace tiles as needed when one is stained or damaged. You can install one color tile or use multiple colors to make a custom pattern.

Roll-Out Mats

Made of thick rubber, roll-out mats are the fastest and easiest way to make over your garage floor. Simply unroll the mat and cut off any excess material at the edges of your floor. Be aware, however, that motorcycle kick stands and sharp objects can gouge these mats and tires and chemicals can cause stains. The only way to fix these issues is to replace the entire mat.

Carpet

Though it seems like an unusual choice for a garage, carpet designed to go in garages is available and offers many perks. Carpet provides a softer surface to lie on when you need to get under your car and the tiles come in a variety of colors so you can mix and match. These carpet tiles also resist oil and other stains and can be replaced one tile at a time if necessary. They also offer easy peel-and-stick installation.

Paint

A quick coat of paint can cover some stains and allows you to make your garage floor any color you can imagine. It’s important, however, that you seal any cracks in the floor before painting as they will be highlighted by the paint. Paint is a fairly inexpensive way to get the job done but may need redone as often as every three years with hard use.

Epoxy

Applied like paint, epoxy creates a tough, durable and satin resistant finish on garage floors. Epoxy, however, require two chemicals to be applied to the floor. You’ll need to work quickly, as the second chemical must be applied before the first one sets.

Concrete Sealer

An inexpensive way to protect your garage floor is to simply cover it with concrete sealer. The sealer will create a glossy finish and provide a coating that prevents oil and chemicals from staining the concrete. This clear finish will not, however, hide any existing defects in your garage floor.

Concrete Stain

Concrete stain will also protect your floor and allows you to mimic the look of natural stone or create other effects on your garage floor. Like sealer, stain bonds with the concrete making it very difficult to chip or damage and it will protect the concrete from chemicals. It, too, however, may allow existing stains and imperfections to show.

The Pros of Having a Garage

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The pros of having a garage are numerous. Living in Las Vegas, I’m sure you know how it is to step out of your house on a 90+ degree day, just to go start your car. And if you have leather…forget about it! After running the engine for five minutes or so, the car is usually cool enough for you to stomach getting into, let alone driving to your destination.

For those of you that maintain your car on a do it yourself basis, you probably know what the inconvenience of working on it outside is like, especially when you have to slide under it and you get burnt due to the hot sidewalk. A garage can change all that as well as provide you with the following benefits:

The Storage Potential

A garage opens up an enormous amount of additional storage space. If you own it; you can store it. Besides storing the obvious (your car) a garage provides ample space for storing landscaping equipment, tools, bikes, annual decorations and everything in between. When you run out of floor space, make sure to look up at the walls and ceiling for more storage space.

The Property Value

Adding a garage is a reasonably good investment according to remodeling magazine’s 2015 “Cost vs. Value Report.” If you invest $52,382, which is the national average, on this addition you can expect to recoup 64.8 percent or $33,938 of your investment at resale – or refinance. Already have a garage that you want to replace the door on?

Midrange garage door replacements, which on average cost $1,595, can net you 88.4 percent or $1,410 of your initial investment at time of resale. This a 5.9 percent higher rate than an upgrade garage door replacement. Whichever of the three options you choose, you can feel confident knowing that you’re making a good decision, economically speaking.

The Potential

Who said a garage had to be boring? Garages are like a blank canvas. Their¬†usability options are endless. With the space they provide you can turn them into workshops, gyms, home offices, day cares and the list goes on. Want to liven them up? Try painting the walls a cheerful color. And don’t forget the floors. Many options for garage flooring exist today including epoxy flooring.

Painting Your Garage Floor

The one area in most garages that gets overlooked is the garage floor. Most of us have had that one vehicle that leaks oil or transmission fluid and leaves an ever-lasting puddle of fluid on your garage floor. Eventually we end up just throwing down a piece of cardboard or pile of kitty litter to catch the oil when we can’t afford to fix the car. But when you remove the cardboard or kitty litter, you are still left with a nasty dark stain in the middle of your garage.

Other stains happen in the garage as well like cans of paint being knocked over, mud and dirt from the tires of your vehicle, that spilled cup of coffee when you are trying to open your car door with too many things in your hand. Let’s face it your garage floor takes some abuse.

Fortunately there is a solution to preventing stains and making your garage floor easier to clean. Epoxy paint is perfect for providing a stain-resistant floor and can give your garage that great auto showroom look and feel. Epoxy is tough, long-lasting and comes in different colors to help you customize the appearance of your garage. They often come with anti-skid additives as well to help give you grip on those snowy or rainy days.

Painting the floor of your garage is as easy as painting the walls of your house, but be aware, it does require more preparation. You will need to sweep the floor and clean the current stains the best you can before applying epoxy. It will take more than one coat as well, so plan on it being a multi-day process. I suggest doing some online research to understand the full process.

Even though it takes a little effort, painting your garage floor will make your life easier in the long run. It will make your garage floor look great and easy to clean. But if you don’t feel up to the task, there are plenty of professional companies that will be happy to help.