You probably never thought of doing anything to spruce up the appearance of your garage door. You can make your garage look less cold and sterile by adding an attractive flooring option. With so many to choose from, the process of selecting the right type of flooring can become frustrating. Most are a dull concrete. While this may work for the purpose it is intended for, there is a way to make the concrete more attractive. A coating can be applied directly to your existing concrete flooring. Using a simple roller, paint and epoxy is basically all that is needed to coat the floors of your garage. There is yet another option, floor coverings. The covering is laid over the garage floors. Tiles fit the description of what is generally laid over an existing floor to change its appearance. Tile flooring allows you to be creative with the design that you choose. They come in various colors and patterns, which mean you create a custom design for your floors. Another benefit to tile flooring is that they can be placed over concrete floors with grease and oil stains all over them. They can even be laid over cracked floors. Let’s discuss the three types of floor tiles that are commonly used on garage door floors, wood composite, flexible rubber and plastic tiles.
Wood Composite Flooring – This flooring contains polyethylene, which helps keep moisture on the bottom of the floor. Wood composite tiles are approximately 7/8 of an inch thick. They can support extremely heavy weight without incurring damage. The panels of the composite flooring have tongue and groove edges that are tapped into place with wood and a hammer. There is no sticky substance used, thus avoiding a mess that has to be cleaned up later. This type of flooring expands and contracts when the temperature changes. It is suggested that there is always enough room remaining around the edge to allow for the expansion during this time. To protect the edge of your garage, the tiles along the front edge of the door should be attached to a piece of concrete with screws, with a transition strip placed around the edge.
Flexible Flooring – Flexible flooring is soft and is very soft to walk and stand on. They can withstand a lot and are easy to clean up when stains are present. Generally, the flexible flooring, while used in garages, generally is not what the actual car stands on. They are often placed around the exterior of the garage, for aesthetic purposes. These tiles also come in many different colors and patterns. Again, allowing you to be creative in your flooring design.
Rigid Flooring – Rigid flooring tiles can be moved. This type of flooring must be applied using a tool which can securely lock the tiles together, side-by-side. They are offered in either perforated or solid. A popular rigid tile is made of 100 percent PVC, which are approximately ¼ inch thick. This type is capable of withstanding oil, grease and other types of chemicals that are found inside of a garage. The 100 percent PVC garage tile flooring is also tough enough to support heavy vehicles. Another popular heavy-duty, high-end type of rigid flooring is the ones that have metal thread surfaces. They are extremely durable.
Whichever type of flooring you choose to have installed, consult with our service technicians to find out the pros and cons of each type of flooring option that is of interest to you.