5 Ways Great Garage Flooring Improves A Multipurpose Garage Space

For many years, the garage was viewed as a separate space in homes. Parking vehicles and storing yard tools and excess household items that didn’t have a home seemed to be its main purpose.

Any thoughts of aesthetics and style when it came to a garage space ranked low on the list of homeowners’ concerns about their property. This ingrained apathy towards a garage’s looks can perhaps best be exemplified with garage flooring.

For close to a century after the birth of the home garage in the early 1900s, the look of garage flooring was about as boring as could be. “Gray”, “dirty”, and “completely devoid of character” would be three appropriate descriptors that sum up how garage flooring was viewed for most homes.

Over the past 10-15 years, however, that mindset has been changing. An increasing number of homeowners have evolved their thinking when it comes to their garage space and how it looks and is used. They’ve come to realize that:

  • the garage is commonly the largest room in your house and offers a multitude of design possibilities
  • garages account for a substantial percentage of a home’s overall square footage and need to be utilized better to maximize your investment
  • the garage is being used more and more as a multipurpose space that should be considered an extension of your living space

One impactful way to improve your garage’s looks and functionality is to upgrade your garage flooring. Here’s five ways your busy garage space will benefit from having its floor surface revitalized.

1. New garage flooring simply looks much nicer

Just about anything would look better than a drab concrete floor that’s cracked and crumbling. Typical DIY approaches to restoring it can involve a few different approaches. Far more often than not, these fixes fail to produce optimal results, especially when it comes to looks.

Fillers and patches for repairing cracks and missing chunks of your garage flooring leave an uneven, ugly look and generally need to be fixed again just a few years later.

Painting your garage flooring isn’t ideal, as it quickly cracks and peels (especially in a busy multipurpose garage space). DIY garage flooring epoxy kits are another option that might be a marginally better than floor paint. However, they can be messy to work with and don’t produce the satisfying results of higher quality garage flooring options.

A true transformation of your busy garage space starts from the floor up and you won’t find a better-looking garage flooring option than a polyaspartic coating like Floortex™.

The multicolored look of a professional applied polyaspartic floor coating injects character and personality into your garage flooring’s appearance. Your floor’s fresh top coat will also deliver a long-lasting shine that improves the space’s aesthetics.

That’s why adding great garage flooring to such a busy area of your home only makes sense. Improving your surrounding environment enhances your comfort level and makes the space more inviting. There’s a reason appearance-conscious places like stores and car showrooms use this type of higher quality floor coating.

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2. You have more flexibility to shape your garage’s look

With the understanding that great garage flooring has a big impact on the space’s overall look, design flexibility becomes important.

Upgrading your multipurpose garage space can also involve adding a slatwall panel storage system. You’ll want to make sure everything ties together with color schemes that effectively complement each other.

Shaping your garage’s look becomes easier when your garage flooring color choices give you more flexibility. Floortex™ floor coatings come in 14 available colors to help you achieve your design goals.

Choose your floor color to complement your garage’s existing décor or color schemes of newly added upgrades, such as garage cabinetry. You can take the color of vehicles into consideration when choosing a coating color that will work best.

Floor tiles are another smart option when it comes upgrading your garage flooring. These easy-to-install PVC tiles have interlocking teeth and also offer a wide range of options to achieve the look you want. You can create an endless number of designs with the different colors and styles available.

3. Durable garage flooring makes more sense for a multipurpose space

Garages are now the main home access point for the majority of those that own a house. And garages are increasingly being used as multipurpose spaces that house workshops, crafting areas, fitness spaces, and man caves.

Because our garages are being used more, their surface needs to be durable. The daily rigours that a multipurpose garage space is subjected to demands it, in fact.

Compared to epoxy and polyurethane floor coatings, polyaspartic coatings are better able to accommodate the demands of this high traffic area in your home. Its exceptional adhesive properties form a strong bond with your old concrete floor.

Extreme temperature changes which cause your concrete floor to contract and expand are also less of an issue with a polyaspartic coating, which provides more flexibility.

Floortex™ floor coatings are also highly resistant to impacts and abrasions. That means dropped tools and heavy foot traffic on your garage flooring won’t result in unsightly premature wear and damage.

The coating’s strong resistance to oil, gas, salt, and most household chemicals also helps prolong its life. The resilient top coat is also UV stable, which ensures the garage flooring maintains its color and glossy look. And you’ll get better traction with this type of garage flooring because it has a textured surface.

4. A polyaspartic garage floor coating is easy to maintain

As pristine as a polyaspartic floor coating can look, the garage is still an area that’s going to get dirty. Nobody likes to clean, but wouldn’t it be nice to have garage flooring that makes this as easy as possible?

One of the benefits of a Floortex™ floor coating is that it actually does a great job obscuring the appearance of dirt and dust on its surface. That’s a result of the decorative flakes used during its application process and the textured floor surface it produces. This helps your garage flooring maintain a clean look for longer.

Of course, the dirt may be obscured, but it still needs to be dealt with eventually. Dirt and dust will sweep up easily off the smooth surface and any spills are a breeze to clean up.

A more thorough cleaning also doesn’t require much effort. Simply give your garage floor a good sweep, hose it off, and squeegee out the excess water.

The ease of maintenance with higher quality garage floor coatings also extends to the fact they won’t need to be repaired for years. That durable surface will be intact and problem-free for much longer than what you’ll get from inferior types of floor coatings.

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5. Polyaspartic garage floor coatings are safer and a greener option

Garages are used to store a number of harmful solvents and chemicals, such as gas, cleaning products, paints, and automotive fluids. Naturally, you take great care to store these safely.

But have you ever considered whether or not your garage flooring itself is safe and environmentally friendly? Chances are you’ve never given it a second thought.

One advantage of polyaspartic floor coatings is that they’re a safer and greener option when it comes to these two areas. A polyaspartic coating is ultra low in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). They’re the slowly releasing organic chemicals that can be harmful in higher quantities.

If you’re using your garage frequently, environmental safety warrants consideration. A polyaspartic coating is your safest option and if it’s safer for you, it’s safer for the environment outside your garage.

Getting great garage flooring can take less than a day

Does new garage flooring like a Floortex™ polyaspartic coating sound like the perfect way to improve your busy garage space? If so, Garage Living is just a free in-home design consultation away!

A member of our design team can further explain the benefits of this great product. That includes the facts that Floortex™ floor coating projects come with a 10 year limited warranty and can take less than a day to complete.

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Top 5 Garage Floor Design Trends

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Long gone are the days when a garage was considered a dingy addition to one’s home. Now, garages can look polished and put-together – you just have to have the right flooring. These five garage floor design trends, for example, can help you design a space as attractive as it is functional.

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1. Textured look

You don’t want your garage floors to actually be textured. This would make the surface very hard to clean. But a textured appearance can add visual interest and hide the appearance of dirt.

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2. Neutral colors

Natural shades like charcoal and khaki are versatile, ensuring they’ll match any car you buy in the future. Consider a shade of silver or brown for your garage. You can also select a color based on your garage’s cabinetry.

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3. Sleek styles

The rough look of concrete is out, and sleeker, more polished flooring is in. Give your garage a sophisticated touch with a floor coating that gleams.

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4. Tile designs

If your style is contemporary, try interlocking tiles. Large black and white tiles are a great way to give your garage an interesting look. There are also additional colours to select from.

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5. Eco-friendly coatings

Going green is a trend in all areas of design. Search for a floor coating that is environmentally friendly, such as Floortex™ Floor Coating, to design a stylish garage the safe way.

4 Reasons To Hire A Professional For Your Garage Floor Project

One surefire way make your garage a more welcoming environment is to upgrade the flooring you’ll step on every day. Across North America, more and more garage owners are seeing the benefits of covering their existing concrete floor with a surface that’s easy to clean, resistant to damage and more pleasing to the eye.

Interlocking floor tiles are a quick, efficient way to accomplish this task.

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Garage Living PVC interlocking tiles which snap together in a breeze. Pearl silver tile with a metallic look is shown here in the centre area with a slate coloured boarder. This product easily installs without adhesives or mortar. The flooring features an anti-tripping transition strip.

For the most durable, comprehensive floor coverage, many garage owners are opting instead for a comprehensive floor coating.

Garage Living Rhino Floortex CoatingGarage Living Rhino Linings Polyaspartic Coatings can complete your garage floor in as little as one day.

If you are researching this type of floor coating solution, you know it is possible to attempt this project yourself. However, before you roll up your sleeves and prepare to tackle your garage floor yourself, here are four reasons you’re better off to contract with a seasoned professional

1. Great preparation. At Garage Living we prepare every floor with our industrial diamond grinding equipment and dustless self-contained vacuum system. This removes the cracks, pits and chips from your floor, which are likely to remain in a DIY project. This paves the way for a smooth final product.

2. Even application. A trained professional will ensure your garage floor coating is applied evenly, including the decorative chips that really make today’s coated garage floors stand out. Your installer will also remove any excess chips before applying a seamless UV stable top coat to give your floor that long-lasting, beautiful colour.

3. Quality products. When it comes to garage flooring options, you get what you pay for. Inexpensive DIY alternatives will chip, crack or spread unevenly, but Garage Living only uses Rhino Linings, made from the highest-grade materials that are guaranteed not to flake, peel or blister, so you know your garage floor was created to last.

4. A warranty you can count on. If your DIY project falters, where will you turn? Hiring a professional removes the concern of operator error on your part because you’ll have a written warranty, ensuring quality work and giving you peace of mind.