Garage Flooring 101


The garage floor is not typically not described as: picturesque. But the place where our cars occasionally drip oil is actually an area for opportunity! Your garage floor could be used to enhance the overall design and functionality of your home! Whether you are looking to repair, replace or upgrade, below are three simple steps to do so, in what we call Garage Flooring 101.


Step One – Purpose

First, you will need to decide the primary purpose of your garage. Are you converting your garage into an extended living space? Is your garage a storage unit or built out as a handyman’s workspace? Or, is your garage serving its most basic function as a place to park your car? Knowing the purpose your garage can help you better determine the most appropriate flooring option.


Step Two – Budget

After you have determined the purpose of your garage, the next step in choosing the proper flooring will be to know your budget. Garage door flooring can be simple and cheap or complex and expensive. What you are willing to spend will determine the durability, style and longevity of your garage floor.


Garage floor coverings, including tiles, come in a variety of materials suitable for any garage function. Polypropylene and porcelain tiles are durable, easy to clean, and can be purchased in a variety of colors. Tiles are easy to install and tend to keep moisture related issues at bay due to their hollow underside. Garage floor mats are another type of covering that is both functional and easy to install.


Paint is one of the most inexpensive and easy to apply garage floor options. A simple search will reveal just how many style options there are for painting your cement floor. From texture to design, a few easy-to-apply coats can take your concrete floor from cold and gray to purposeful and artistic.


Step Three – Prep and Install

Once you have chosen a purpose and budget for your garage floor, all that is left is to prep and install. Keep time and weather in mind when choosing when to install your garage floor. You will want to plan a safe place to store the items kept in your garage including chemicals, valuables and vehicles.


Prepping your floor will begin with cleaning and removing any oil or debris, then filling cracks with epoxy. You’ll then want to do a moisture and sealant test, fixing any discrepancies that may arise. If you are painting or laying tiles, start from the outside and work in an L-shape pattern until complete. When painting, apply with a roller brush and allow 24-hours between coats for drying; finish with appropriate epoxy shield or gloss.


Or you can always leave the prep and installation to the professionals. Call Overhead Door of Garden City to discuss your options and allow one of our representatives to suggest the best garage floor to fit your needs.


Overhead Door Garden City 620-275-4602