9 Garage Floor Protection Options Ranked From Best to Worst

Maybe you’ve been in the same home for many years and witnessed the gradual worsening of your garage floor’s durability and appearance.

Or perhaps you recently moved to a new house. It’s highly likely the homebuilder left a garage floor with the bare minimum in terms of the surface’s resilience and visual appeal.

In either situation, now is the time to think about upgrading the level of garage floor protection in one of your home’s hardest working rooms.

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Why garage floor protection is so important

Concrete garage floors take a beating.

In addition to everyday vehicle and pedestrian traffic, they’re exposed to dirt and dust, grease, automotive fluids and household chemical spills, hot tires, and road salt. And let’s not forget about the moisture brought into garages from the rain and snow.

Temperature fluctuations also put stress on a concrete floor as it contracts when it’s colder and expands when it’s warmer.

That’s a lot your flooring has to endure.

Over a number of years, a garage floor that hasn’t been maintained will start to show its age by exhibiting any of these surface flaws:

  • cracks
  • stains from spills, leaks, and efflorescence (a white powdery substance caused by deposits from mineral salt)
  • pitting (when a surface degrades and shows many small indentations)
  • an uneven surface color
  • spalling (when a concrete surface crumbles or flakes away)

With so many things in your daily routine capable of causing wear and tear on a garage floor, why not start giving a little TLC to the flooring in this busy home space?

Ranking the best and worst garage floor protection options

We’ve put together a list of nine garage floor protection options that homeowners will commonly turn to when making garage floor upgrades.

You’ll note that some of the products at the bottom of the list provide virtually no floor protection benefits.

We’re still including them because there’s a lot of misinformation and misperceptions out there about what protective benefits these products actually provide.

1. Polyaspartic floor coating

If we’re talking about your garage floor protection options, we may as well start with the best – a polyaspartic floor coating.

This high-performance coating is comprised of professional-grade materials that are applied by trained pros using special equipment to deliver long-lasting flooring protection.

Unlike most cheaper garage floor protection products that provide a less effective topical surface bond, polyaspartic coatings penetrate deeper into the concrete.

This creates a stronger foundational bond with the concrete that makes it more impermeable against water, chemicals, and other elements that can cause floor damage.

With its durable top coat, Garage Living’s Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating resists damage from impacts and abrasions, chemicals, and permanent markings left on the floor from “hot tire pickup”.

Because a good floor coating doesn’t wear down as quickly as a bare concrete floor, your garage will also produce a little less dust.

And whatever dust is present from floor wear and normal, everyday use won’t even be very visible. Polyaspartic floor coatings have decorative colored flakes broadcast across the floor before the top coat is applied. This obscures dust and adds a decorative flair to your garage’s interior look.

garage floor protection blue car in garage

A polyaspartic coating provides great floor protection, is easy to clean and maintain, and enhances a garage’s décor.

2. Epoxy floor coating

If you’re thinking of taking the DIY route when it comes to your garage floor protection upgrade, an epoxy floor coating kit is probably what you’ll buy.

We’ve all seen them in home improvement stores. Their box advertising promises to work wonders on your garage floor and boasts of how easy the product is to work with.

And they promise all of this at a surprisingly cheap price. Instead of being lured by a lower price tag, perhaps you should be wondering, “Hmmm…so what’s the catch?”.

The catch is that while epoxy coatings can do a serviceable job protecting your garage floor and updating the room’s décor, they fall well short of polyaspartic coatings in every measure of how the coating looks and keeps your garage floor protected.

Any epoxy coating kit’s materials will be substandard when compared to professional-grade polyaspartic coating materials.

Applying any coating product requires thorough preparation of the floor surface, properly mixed materials, and usage of the materials within a certain amount of time.

With epoxy and polyaspartic floor coatings, the temperature and humidity levels must also be taken into consideration. Unlike polyaspartic coatings, epoxies can’t be applied in extreme hot or cold temperatures.

There’s little room for error in the floor coating process, otherwise you’ll be left with a finished floor that’s visually unsatisfying and not providing you with complete garage floor protection. You’ll also need to revisit your garage flooring project for touch-ups or a complete redo sooner than you’d like.

Polyaspartic floor coatings require more expertise and specialized equipment to apply properly, which is why these projects are usually handled by professionals and cost more. Keep that in mind the next time a low-cost epoxy flooring kit catches your eye.

3. Garage floor tiles

garage floor protection red floor tileInstead of directly upgrading your concrete floor surface, another viable option is to use interlocking floor tiles in the garage.

Floor tiles may be better suited to your floor upgrade budget. If you have floor damage that’s out of your price range to fix, floor tiles are also a cost-effective option to cover up an unattractive surface.

While floor tiles won’t actually remedy any issues with garage floor degradation, they do help minimize further surface damage from wear and tear occurring.

Floor tiles are made from plastic or stronger PVC materials for added durability when placed on your concrete floor.

Some types require adhesives and mortar to install, but look for the much-easier-to-work-with type that feature interlocking teeth.

Aside from their cost effectiveness and protective benefits, here are four other good reasons to consider interlocking floor tiles for your garage:

  • fast installation time
  • they’re versatile and can also be used in basements, laundry rooms, and storage rooms
  • when a tile eventually gets damaged, it’s extremely easy to replace
  • create a custom floor look with different tile colors and styles

4. Concrete resurfacer

One of the products that will probably show up on your radar when you’re considering different garage floor protection options are concrete resurfacers.

Concrete resurfacers are made up of a mixture of sand, Portland cement, polymer materials, and additional additives. A trowel, brush, or squeegee are typically used to apply them.

The product’s natural cement grey color can be enhanced with decorative pigments to create a more dynamic floor look.

The words “concrete resurfacer” certainly imply that this product will renew a flawed floor surface. That’s only partially true.

Intended as a more cosmetic fix for garage floors in need of a refresh, the floor protection benefits of concrete resurfacers are rather modest. This is partially because their application coat is usually fairly thin compared to an epoxy or polyaspartic coating.

Concrete resurfacers are more ideal for floors with light, superficial damage (meaning minor cracks and pitting). Bigger floor problems such as wide and deep cracks, spalling, and extensive pitting would need extensive repairs before applying a resurfacer over them.

5. Garage floor coverings

garage floor protection car parked on matGarage floor coverings like mats, rugs, parking pads, and trays tend to be used more in colder climates that get snow, which leaves garage floors a wet, sloppy mess during the winter.

These products can help protect your floor, but once again, the protection they offer is fairly superficial and limited.

The function that’s most appealing about them (other than their low cost) is they’ll help contain excess moisture from rain or melted snow and ice that’s tracked in by vehicles. That keeps your garage floor cleaner.

They’ll need to be emptied outside occasionally in order to drain the collected water. That can be a bit of a chore since they can get heavy with all that water and be quite messy to move.

One big drawback of these types of floor coverings is that if the pooled water isn’t emptied often enough, the extra moisture can increase your garage’s condensation levels. That’s not good. And if any collected water leaks underneath the covering, the cement is at risk of damage.

Another shortcoming with these products is that vehicles entering and exiting a garage can cause the coverings to shift and need repositioning. Some models with anti-skid bottoms will be more stable and using double-sided tape to keep them anchored might be helpful.

6. Floor sealer

Another popular product homeowners choose to protect their garage floors are roll-on sealers. They’re inexpensive, relatively easy to apply, and come in acrylic, latex, and urethane types.

But do they offer much flooring protection? As their name implies, this product does provide a seal for the floor that can protect it from stains and water damage.

However, sealers don’t perform at the same level as polyaspartic and epoxy floor coatings when it comes to protecting a floor.

They don’t bond to concrete as well as higher quality coatings. They also wear away faster.

Clear concrete sealers won’t hide blemishes from patches and repairs made to the floor before the sealer is applied. Tints can be used to add some color and may produce better visual results.

7. Floor patching

At this point on our list, the durability of the remaining garage floor protection options falls off dramatically.

Sure, repairing a garage floor using crack sealers and fillers, concrete patching compound, or water stop cement does prevent further damage to problematic floor areas.

There are a few reasons, however, to rethink this “bare minimum approach” to dealing with your garage floor’s issues.

First of all, these types of fixes using inexpensive tubes of sealant and filler aren’t a long-term floor repair solution. They typically don’t last and will need to be readdressed in a year or two.

Secondly, these types of repairs are only practical for smaller areas, not an entire garage floor in need of fixing.

And last (but not least) is the simple matter of aesthetics. Patches, touch-ups, and spot repairs just aren’t conducive to a good interior garage look, especially when they don’t match your floor’s color.

garage floor protection clutter in garage

Fixing floor cracks with repair products never looks very good and usually needs to be redone sooner rather than later.

8. Floor stain

They’re not as well-known as floor paints, but floor stains are another product you’ll see that promises to transform your garage floors.

They’re chosen purely for their decorative appearance, which adds color or even a natural stone look to a garage floor’s surface. Floor stains are usually found in water-based and acid types.

Because stains add color to the floor, they can help to hide surface blemishes. But in terms of garage floor protection, stains do very little for a surface since they barely penetrate the concrete.

A sealer topcoat can be applied over the stain’s thin surface coating. This provides some protection for the stain and floor surface, as well as helps to make the stain stand out more.

9. Floor paint

Floor paint products, like floor stain products, do virtually nothing to protect a floor surface.

Despite this fact, they’re one of the most popular options for homeowners looking to spruce up the look of their garage floor.

Why? Once again, they’re cheap and fairly easy to apply yourself, although it’s not like you can just sweep your garage floor, pop open a can of paint, and start rolling it on.

Some surface preparation is required, whether it’s repairing cracks or other damage, or using a heavy-duty degreaser on the floor to help the paint adhere better and to get rid of tough stains.

It’s a common misconception from consumers that floor paints protect your floor. Unfortunately, once the paint has been applied and dried, all you’re getting is a cosmetic upgrade to your floor (and a relatively modest one, too).

Garage floor paint applications are notorious for being a short-lived floor improvement “solution”. The paint chips and flakes quickly and will need to be touched up or fully reapplied sooner rather than later.

Get the best garage floor protection available

As you can see from our list, there’s a lot to consider when choosing the right product to protect your garage floor.

Garage Living can take care of your floor upgrade needs with either an installation of interlocking floor tiles or a coating application of the best garage floor protection solution available.

In as little as a day, a Floortex™ polyaspartic floor coating can be applied in your garage that will last for years and make your garage stand out.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us today.

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Harbor Blue: Garage Living’s Newest Design Color

Garage Living is pleased to announce the launch of Harbor Blue, our newest color that adds a unique look to any garage makeover.

Harbor Blue was created by Garage Living and is exclusive to the company. It’s available when choosing a color for your garage’s cabinetry, floor coating, and slatwall panels.

Why blue is a great color for your garage

Good things come in blue. Blueberries, violets, and cheese. A solid investment is considered blue-chip and of all nature-inspired colors, blue is the truest. That’s just a few of the reasons why blue is the best color.

But for your garage? Absolutely! Blue is the essence of inspiration and beauty. It can conjure up images that calm and relax us, or stir our spirit, creating renewed energy.

Blue is where a cloudless sky meets the gently moving water on a warm, summer day. Transfixed watching sunlight dapple on the waves, changing the hue so subtly with every ripple, you can’t help but feel balanced and connected to nature.

The color, Harbor Blue brings to mind blue sky and water evoking a connection to nature.

The inspiration for Harbor Blue

The inspiration for Harbor Blue came from a weekend getaway surrounded by water, docks, and spectacular skies. Blue fit perfectly with the décor requirements of a year-round vacation home that’s meant to be a destination for relaxing. That the condo is located within a lakeside resort, the color choice, Harbor Blue makes even more sense.

The blue accents and trim on the lakeside resort condo’s exterior helped inspire Harbor Blue, the newest color available at Garage Living.

Harbor Blue is a perfect blend of all those blues, from cool slate to deep indigo and it’s the newest color exclusively available for your:

Your garage is an extension of your lifestyle

Our lifestyle is a reflection of who we are from the inside out. Our lifestyle doesn’t stop when we leave the house, (just as the color doesn’t have to stop at the garage door). Likely, we are constantly going through our garage to our vehicle to get to a destination not paying attention to this transitional space.

It’s actually the entryway in and out of our home. Why wouldn’t we want it to be as welcoming and stylish as any other part of our home, one that truly reflects our lifestyle?

Bring style to your garage through color

That’s what led Garage Living to create luxury garage interiors with style, color, custom detail and function in mind. Think of the interior of your home; it requires furnishings, flooring, lighting, and accessories. Just as we appreciate the luxury of a custom designed home, our garages are worthy of the same treatment.

Harbor Blue acts as an accent with gleaming stainless steel custom-cabinetry. This one-of-a-kind entertaining space is more than just a garage.

Incorporating Harbor Blue and décor to elevate your garage

Today, the styles we’re incorporating to our interior design is extending to our transition spaces, like garages. The color schemes that apply indoors can be interpreted and carried through beyond the entry.

Kitchen cabinets are starting to embrace a range of colors. We’re seeing rich, deep blue tones paired with warm brass or cool metal handles and the result is fresh and beautiful. Why not consider that same for the cabinetry in your garage?

Cabinet doors and drawers in Harbor Blue make an attractive and practical addition to the transition between home and the outdoors.

Drawers, locker doors, and stainless-steel countertops and backsplash are complemented by the wide, stainless drawer pulls.

Countertop options for the kitchen and bath range from wood, to solid surface materials and stainless steel. These options are also available to elevate your garage and the look of your entire home.

A qualified designer can assess, design and optimize the space to suit your needs. Choose from modular or customized cabinet options. Storage for sports, hobbies, vehicles and more are designed for your specific lifestyle. It’s like furnishing your home.

Floortex™ floor coating protects your floor

A concrete garage floor is susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. Like flooring in your home, there is an attractive and practical option to protect it for the long term. Garage Living uses Floortex™ – an impermeable, high-performance floor coating that is superior to common epoxy floors.

Not only is it hard-wearing and easy to clean, aesthetically the flooring is available in a variety of color blends. Harbor Blue features a mix of blue tints and tones, resulting in a beautiful and functional surface for vehicles, people and more.

Task lighting

You wouldn’t want to read and write in your home office without proper lighting, so add undermount LED task lighting over a work surface in the garage. It adds functional and practical light (and really brings out the blue!).

Undermount LED lighting.

Walls and accessories — décor for your garage

With the addition of slatwall panels, custom cabinetry and hardware, the garage’s curated color palette nicely reflects the beautiful, serene, and comfortable surroundings of home.

Now that you’re seeing the garage for what it really is — an opportunity to elevate your style, there’s no limit to what you can do. One great way to stylishly show off your organizational skills is with slatwall panels.

Ladders and bicycles utilizing slatwall storage to free up floor space.

Slatwall panels are an excellent option for taking advantage of your vertical space. Garage Living has over 40 accessories to choose from. Whether you need a simple hook to hang framed art or baskets of balls, slatwall panels are designed with style and function.

A welcoming home begins with your garage

Color shouldn’t stop at the garage door, make your whole home an inviting, starting at the point of entry. Adding beautiful color to your garage like Harbor Blue is just one more way to elevate your garage.

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Garage Floors and Coatings: 7 Interesting Facts Worth Knowing

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It wasn’t until the last couple of decades that homeowners gave much thought to their garage floors.

For ages, it was just that utilitarian, ugly gray surface with cracks, stains, and other imperfections that you parked on and didn’t get too worried about if a spill occurred on it. 

In short, if you looked up the word “drab” in the dictionary, the typical garage floor might very well be pictured.

That’s no longer the case for many homeowners. Garage flooring is increasingly being recognized as a part of the house worthy of some attention and care.

7 facts about garage floors and coatings 

It’s no surprise that both the garage and its flooring have risen in prominence when it comes to home makeover opportunities and priorities. 

After all, garages are one the hardest working areas in homes. 

The foundation of that hard-working space and the products that can help you get the most out of it deserve some attention.

Let’s get better-informed about garage floors and coatings with some interesting facts you might not know about them.

1. Garage flooring can (and should) look beautiful

When entering and exiting their house, 55% of homeowners do so through their garage doors, according to a Chamberlain Group study.

The garage has become a more heavily used home space and essentially “the new front door” for many of us. Clearly, that unattractive garage floor that’s uneven, cracked, scuffed, stained, and devoid of any style just isn’t going to cut it any longer.

A garage floor’s physical condition and appearance have a huge effect on the overall look and feel of a garage. Ask any garage makeover expert and they’ll tell you the application of a new floor coating is one of the key elements in transforming the appearance of the room.

There are plenty of great decorative floor coating options available nowadays to transform your garage floor into a beautiful, modern-looking surface. Epoxy and higher quality polyaspartic floor coatings are the two most common types.

That’s why in spaces where aesthetics matter (like automotive showrooms and retail spaces), professional floor coatings are used, in addition to the floor surface protection they provide. 

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2. Neglected garage floors can be unsafe

Neglected garage floors aren’t just an eyesore, they’re often a safety hazard. Your ability to safely walk in your garage can be adversely affected by floors that are uneven, damaged, slippery, and strewn with clutter.

Why do garage floors develop cracks, become uneven, and end up looking unsightly over the course of a number of years? Here are a few things that can cause these issues:

  • floors can sink due to soil displacement beneath the garage foundation
  • a garage floor’s foundation and concrete surface were poorly prepared and applied
  • temperature changes put stress on the concrete floor as it contracts and expands
  • a garage has water drainage problems 
  • floors will commonly just settle over time
  • general wear and tear from spills, leaks, and foot and vehicle traffic

Adding a coating to your garage flooring will leave the surface smooth, unbroken, and safer to walk on. Some coatings even allow an anti-slip additive to be mixed in that improves foot traction.

Another option is to use a coating that has decorative flakes broadcast on the floor before a top coat is applied. This creates a textured surface that provides better traction, while also enhancing a garage’s décor.

3. There are numerous floor coating choices

When it comes to garage floors and coatings that can be used to restore their appearance, numerous options are available that vary in cost and quality.

Acrylic garage floor paint is the cheapest option, which makes it a popular choice for homeowners. Unfortunately, they soon find out that most DIY floor paints don’t do much to protect their floor, look very good, or last longer than a year or two before a reapplication is needed.

Some people choose to just use a clear garage floor sealer as a means of protecting a floor’s surface. This option has varying degrees of effectiveness depending on the quality of the product, but does nothing to improve a garage floor’s appearance with any sort of decorative upgrade.

Professionally applied or DIY epoxy floor coatings achieve better results in terms of both looks and surface protection, but can’t match the quality of a polyaspartic coating in either department.

Garage Living uses Floorex™ polyaspartic floor coatings for its superior quality that provides durable floor protection and a high-end look.

4. Coatings protect garage floors

Upgrading the appearance of their garage floor will be one of the main motivators for anyone looking to get a floor coating.

But it’s the protective benefits of floor coatings that warrant an equal amount of attention.

Think of how much activity occurs in your garage over the course of a year. If you’ve added efficient storage systems to eliminate floor clutter and allow for vehicle parking, your garage floor needs to be resilient enough to handle all of that foot and vehicle traffic.

Better quality coatings provide a stronger bond with your existing cement floor and have a higher percentage of solids by volume (meaning less of the applied material evaporates, leaving a thicker coated surface). 

A high quality floor coating should have excellent resistance to chemicals, abrasions, and impact. Also look for a floor coating that has a higher heat tolerance (to minimize tire marks) and can provide a waterproof floor seal. 

5. Proper preparation is critical

For any successful garage floor coating application, proper preparation is absolutely critical. 

Making mistakes or cutting corners with any aspect of the floor prep before a coating application inevitably leads to poor results (as can using a cheap product).

Preparation and application mistakes with DIY epoxy coating kits is a common occurrence. A polyaspartic coating product has a more complicated application process that leaves less room for error, so it’s best left to the pros.

Using state-of-the-art equipment, our floor coating application experts have an efficient and highly specialized process that allows floor projects to be completed in as little as a day.

Temperatures also need to be taken into account with any floor coating application. A freshly applied epoxy or polyaspartic floor coating can peel and bubble if temperature conditions aren’t optimal.

One of the advantages of using a polyaspartic coating is that it can be applied in a much wider range of temperatures and humidity conditions, unlike epoxy coatings.

Professional flooring applicators just need to make adjustments to the formulations of the base coat and top coat and the floor’s curing times.

6. Garage floors with coatings require less maintenance

We all know how tough it can be to keep a garage floor clean, considering how frequently the space is used. 

That’s why a resilient floor coating is worth the investment in more ways than one. First of all, you’ll spend less time and money in the future repairing cracks and other types of floor damage.

Secondly, a floor coating provides a smooth, seamless surface that’s easier to clean, whether the floor is being swept, scrubbed, squeegeed, or having spills cleaned up.

And finally, floor coatings with decorative flakes make dirt and dust less visible, which preserves the clean look of the room.

That doesn’t mean you rarely or never have to sweep your floor, it just means your garage floor won’t look unclean as quickly as it did before.

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7. A garage floor upgrade boosts your home’s value

If you’re looking for one more reason to justify getting a new garage floor coating, how about the fact that it can boost your home’s value?

A professionally applied high-end coating will serve you well for years to come with a high gloss flooring finish that won’t peel, flake, or yellow.

You can take pride in opening your garage doors instead of cringing at what the neighbors will think of your unsightly garage floor.

And when you eventually sell your home, a nice garage floor really stands out to prospective buyers who already place a high value on the garage as a home storage space.

Transform the look of your garage floor

Higher quality polyaspartic garage floor coatings are the coating of choice for discerning homeowners wishing to create a luxurious, beautiful garage space.

Applying high-performance Floortex™ floor coatings is just one of Garage Living’s many specialities when it comes to garage improvement solutions.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us and you’ll be on your way to soon having an attractive garage floor you can be proud of.

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Top 11 Considerations When Choosing the Best Garage Floor Coating

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You have a few options when it comes to revitalizing your garage floor surface.

Some options, such as painting the garage floor or filling cracks and other imperfections with a concrete repair product, end up being short-term fixes.

Before you know it, you’ll have to repeat the repair process all over again because the floor paint has chipped or the cracks have opened up again (or new ones have formed).

These options also don’t leave your garage floor looking very nice or offer much in terms of protection for your floor.

How to find the best garage floor coating

The best solution for redoing the flooring in your garage is to have a proper garage floor coating application done. So what features are important when you’re comparing different flooring products in order to find the best garage floor coating ?

There are several key factors you need to consider in order to make an informed decision. Here are 11 important questions to ask when looking for the best garage floor coating for your home.

1. Does the floor coating have superior looks?

How the garage floor coating looks will likely be at the top of your list of priorities when it comes to deciding on the best garage floor coating for the job.

Unquestionably, a beautiful garage floor surface makes a huge difference in how a garage looks and feels.

DIY epoxy floor coating kits promise great looks and can be enticing because of their low price. As with anything in life, however, you get what you pay for.

Compared to a professionally applied polyaspartic garage floor coating, there’s a noticeable difference between the two. Polyaspartic floor coatings have a higher quality aesthetic and brighter shine than you’ll get with a cheaper epoxy coating.

The standout looks and many other attributes of Floortex™ floor coatings are specifically why they’re the only floor coating used by Garage Living.

2. How many floor coating colors are available?

One reason some garage floor coatings look better than others is because careful consideration was given to how the floor coating’s colors will best complement the rest of a garage’s décor.

The color you choose for a floor coating can have a big affect on your garage’s overall looks.

Everything from the color of a vehicle to the colors of your slatwall panels, cabinetry, and garage doors should be factored into what floor coating color is chosen.

For this reason, look for a garage floor coating that gives you a wide variety of floor coating colors to select from. This ensures you won’t have to compromise on how your garage looks once the flooring project is completed.

3. Is a professional application process used?

Garage floor coating applications require a specific skillset in order to achieve the very best results. That’s why it’s essential to look for a company that has professionals that are properly trained and use the highest quality equipment.

Aside from using a superior quality floor coating product, Garage Living’s floor projects are the best in the industry for a few reasons:

  • all our workers doing floor applications are professionally trained
  • Garage Living has invested in state-of-the-art equipment for our flooring jobs
  • our thorough 5-step application process ensures exceptional results

A DIY flooring job won’t have the same smooth and shiny look a professional floor application will. And you can almost guarantee it won’t last as long, either.

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For the best results, ensure a professional garage floor coating application process is used.

4. How durable is the floor coating?

That brings us to durability. If you’re looking for the best garage floor coating, the durability of the coating needs to be another major consideration.

You don’t want to spend your hard-earned money on having a garage floor coating applied, only to find out a year or two down the road that its durability leaves a lot to be desired.

A polyaspartic floor coating is longer-lasting and more resilient than epoxy floor coatings. For example, a high quality polyaspartic coating like Floortex™ will:

  • maintain its glossy finish longer and won’t yellow over time
  • waterproof your garage floor
  • provide better abrasion and impact resistance
  • resist “hot tire pickup” that leaves permanent markings from hot tires on a floor

Naturally, any garage floor surface still needs to be maintained and cleaned to ensure it enjoys the longest life possible.

5. Is it resistant to household chemicals?

As an extension of a floor coating’s durability, also consider how well the coating you’re choosing stands up to household chemicals.

It’s an inevitability that your garage floor will have some sort of spill occur on it involving any number of household chemicals or automotive fluids.

Fluids like cleaning products, oil, gas, and engine coolant can all damage your floor’s finish, so look for a coating with excellent chemical resistance.

Road salt will damage your garage floor’s finish. That’s one more reason your garage floor coating should deliver the highest degree of chemical resistance possible if you live in a northern climate where salt is used on the roads.

6. How long will the whole process take?

Considering many homeowners use the garage as the main entry and exit point for their house, no one wants to be without the use of their garage for a lengthy amount of time.

Therefore, finding out how long a garage floor coating application will take to complete is another factor worth considering. By “complete” we’re including the total amount of time the whole process will take. That’s from the start of the application process right through to when you can resume using the garage.

This is one more area where polyaspartic floor coatings come out ahead. Epoxy floor coating applications require a much longer time to complete because their curing times are significantly slower. In some cases, that can mean your garage will be unusable for a full week.

Polyaspartic garage floor coating applications can be completed much faster because their top coat cures quite quickly.

Depending on temperature conditions (which affects curing times), a garage floor with a fresh Floortex™ coating can handle foot traffic within 8 hours of the top coat being applied. In as little as 24 hours, the floor can accommodate vehicle traffic.

7. Are there limitations on when the floor coating can be applied?

You might be planning to get a garage floor coating at a certain time of the year without being aware that some floor coatings can only be applied in specific temperature conditions.

Epoxy floor coating applications require a minimum temperature of 50-55° F (10-13° C). Urethane garage floor coatings need a minimum temperature of 40° F (4° C) to be applied. For homeowners in northern climates, that window of opportunity for having a floor coating application becomes much smaller.

On the other hand, polyaspartic floor coatings can be applied virtually year-round, regardless of where you live. Polyaspartic floor coatings like Floortex™ give you a lot more versatility because they can be applied in temperatures as low as -22° F (-30° C) and as high as 104° F (40° C).

Note that temperature conditions will factor into the amount of time it takes a top coat to cure.

8. Is the garage floor coating easy to maintain?

When any spills occur, you want your floor coating to offer great protection and also make it as easy as possible to clean spills up.

A higher quality floor coating like Floortex™ makes that possible. The perfectly smooth flooring surface and protective top coat makes cleaning up spills very easy.

Cleaning the entire garage floor is simple as well. You just need to give it a sweep, hose the floor off, and then use a squeegee to remove the excess water. Once or twice a year, you can give the floor a more thorough scrubbing using a cleaning product.

The decorative flakes used in polyaspartic floor coatings also do an excellent job of hiding dirt. That helps to preserve the clean look of your garage floor for longer.

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Your garage floor coating should be easy to clean and maintain.

9. How well does the coating seal a garage floor?

The quality of floor coating product being used in an application undoubtedly plays a major factor in how well it protects and seals your garage floor.

The application process and level of preparation being out into a flooring project are just as important. Taking shortcuts with any of these factors will likely result in a finished project that leaves you unsatisfied and needs to be redone sooner than you’d like.

One reason Garage Living believes Floortex™ is the best garage floor coating available is that it provides a level of sealant protection that is second-to-none.

Our through preparation process ensures the coating penetrates deep within your concrete floor to ensure lasting durability. Your floor will have a waterproof seal that minimizes the likelihood of unsightly cracks forming.

Many of our projects even apply the Floortex™ floor coating to your garage’s lower walls. This baseboard-style look creates a nice seamless aesthetic between the garage’s floors and walls. It also adds further protection against water damage to your garage.

10. How environmentally friendly is the garage floor coating?

When deciding on what the best garage floor coating for your needs is, worrying about how your choice may affect the environment probably doesn’t rank highly on your list of concerns. You may not even be aware it is something you should be concerned about.

The fact is, some garage floor coatings emit a higher level of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) than others. VOCs are chemicals that are slowly released into the air and are found in many products around the home.

Look for a polyaspartic floor coating, like Floortex™, that emits the lowest level of VOCs possible. It’s better for the environment and also for your family’s health.

11. Is the floor coating backed by a warranty?

Any product claiming to be the best garage floor coating available should be able to back that up with a strong warranty.

After all, no homeowner wants to discover their new floor coating has started to flake and lose its shine after a short amount of time.

Knowing the company that did your floor coating application stands behind its product and work for many years provides comforting peace of mind.

For every flooring project, Garage Living confidently provides a minimum 10-year limited warranty. This assures our customers that their garage floors are guaranteed not to flake, peel, or blister. Consult your local Garage Living location for more details.

Get the best garage floor coating available

When weighing the pros and cons of different floor coating products, we think you’ll find that Floortex™ coatings are the best garage floor coating you can choose.

Getting your garage floor transformation started is as simple as scheduling your free in-home design consultation with us.

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5 Reasons to Get Your Garage Floor Coating in the Winter

It’s a common misconception that homes located in northern climates are unable to get a new garage floor coating in the winter. This is simply untrue…provided you use the right type of garage floor coating.

With a polyaspartic floor coating, you have a lot more flexibility in terms of when it can be used. Its year-round usability is just one of several advantages that polyaspartic coatings have over epoxy coatings.

As you’ll discover, there’s no need to wait until the weather warms up in the spring to enjoy the benefits that a new garage floor coating provides.

There are even a couple of advantages to having your damaged floor rejuvenated with a polyaspartic garage floor coating in the winter.

garage floor coating in the winter application

Our professionals adjust the mixtures and materials used during the garage floor coating process to suit specific temperature conditions.

1. Cold temperatures won’t delay your garage floor project

To apply an epoxy garage floor coating, a minimum temperature of 50-55° F (10-13° C) is required. Urethane garage floor coatings require a minimum temperature of 40° F (4° C) to be applied. That significantly restricts the times of year they can be used on garage floors located in colder climates.

Compare that to the versatility of a polyaspartic garage floor coating like Floortex™. Getting a garage floor coating in the winter isn’t a problem when this high quality product is used for the job. That’s because Floortex™ garage floor coatings can be applied in temperatures as low as -22° F (-30° C).

We can carry out flooring projects during the colder weather by making adjustments, based on the temperature, of the Floortex™ mixture and materials used.

The application versatility of polyaspartic coatings also lets them be used when the temperatures are blazing hot. That means even when the temperature rises as high as 104° F (40° C), a polyaspartic garage floor coating application can be done.

Colder temperatures do affect how long the curing time for the floor top coat takes. It can range anywhere from 8-24 hours before foot traffic can resume and between 24-96 hours before vehicles can use your garage again.

A Garage Living representative will let you know how climate factors will affect the curing time for your particular garage flooring project.

2. A garage floor coating in the winter has the same quality

Getting a polyaspartic garage floor coating in the winter provides you with the same level of flooring surface quality as a floor that’s done when the weather is warmer.

You’ll still get a durable, attractive floor surface that’s easy to maintain and provides the following benefits:

  • a UV stable topcoat that prevents the floor from fading and yellowing over time
  • exceptional impact and abrasion resistance
  • highly resistant to most household chemicals and automotive fluids
  • guaranteed not to blister, flake, or peel
  • ability to customize floor with a range of available colors
  • textured surface provides better traction than epoxy floor coatings

And whether you get your garage floor coating in the winter or any other time of the year, Garage Living still provides the same 10 year limited warranty after every flooring application. And the entire process can still be completed in as little as one day, depending on the weather.

3. Get your new garage floor quicker

Now that you’re educated about the fact that getting a garage floor coating in the winter is indeed possible in colder climates, you can use that information to your advantage.

Because many people wrongly presume they need to wait until the spring or summer to get their floors redone, the lead time to book a garage flooring project is actually shorter in the winter.

Our work crews aren’t quite as overwhelmed with scheduled projects as they are during the warmer months of the year. That means the time between booking your initial design consultation and the flooring project being completed will typically be shorter in the winter than during the spring and summer months.

4. Protect your floors from damaging road salt

Road salt brought in to your garage on your vehicles during the winter leaves ugly white salt stains on the floor. The salt can also take a real toll on your garage floor’s durability over a long period of time.

That’s because melted salt mixed with water from rain and melted snow gets down into the floor’s cracks and then refreezes again when the temperature drops. This puts extra stress on the natural expansion and contraction process that a garage floor experiences with changes in temperature. Over a period of time, the floor will be more likely to crack and existing cracks will only get longer and deeper.

Getting a polyaspartic coating applied before the winter begins provides you with the best protection for your garage floor. But even getting a garage floor coating any time before winter ends can save your floor from the ravages of road salt.

Even with durable protection, garage floors still need to be cleaned occasionally during the winter months. A smooth Floortex™ floor coating makes it even easier to maintain a clean floor during the winter and all throughout the year.

garage floor coating in the winter floor closeup

Year-round garage floor coating applications are possible when you use a polyaspartic floor coating like Floortex™.

5. Enjoy a better-looking garage floor

Making the wise decision to get your garage floor coating in the winter and not later on means you’ll get to enjoy a better-looking garage floor that much sooner.

A new garage floor, especially one with the aesthetic benefits that the decorative flakes used in the Floortex™ application process provide, can have a huge impact on a garage’s overall look.

You’ll have a fresh, durable garage floor surface that’s all ready to take on the heavier foot traffic that comes with the increased usage of your garage when the warmer spring weather arrives.

Garage makeover solutions all year round

Along with taking care of your garage floor coating project, Garage Living’s other garage makeover solutions are also capable of being installed any time of the year. Schedule your free in-home design consultation with us today.

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