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.
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.
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.