You can have cheap garage flooring without sacrificing quality, as long as you are aware of your choices and know where to cut costs without sacrificing quality. Choosing high quality flooring for your garage means it will be able to withstand the tough wear and tear this kind of surface usually suffers, but there are affordable garage flooring options that promise a good balance between toughness and price.
There is nothing cheaper than just painting your garage concrete floors with concrete paint, and repainting as necessary when the wear and tear shows too much for your tastes. Paint is only suitable if your floor is in good condition, and it’s more of an aesthetic improvement that won’t protect the underlying concrete or repair damage to it.
Rubber Garage Flooring
Rubber is the least expensive garage flooring option, but it’s also the less versatile. It is perfect if you intend to use your garage as a workshop, storage facility or even a home gym, but it’s too susceptible to petroleum based products (oils and grease) and heat, and can melt if you park a car hot from the outside. Not pretty! It is softer than a concrete floor and has good insulating and sound buggering qualities, so it’s the perfect flooring for a kid’s playing ground.
PVC Roll-Out Flooring
PVC or mat flooring is slightly more expensive than rubber, but it makes a notable difference in terms of durability and resistance. It is also extremely easy to install without professional help, which makes it one of the best cheap garage flooring choices provided you aren’t too bothered about the looks. To install PVC garage flooring you don’t even need adhesive, and you can pick up the mats and hose them outside if they get really dirty. They also come in a variety of colours and patterns, which means you can achieve a bit of a designer look. But admittedly, it looks very much like you just covered your garage floor with overlapping PVC mats, and not particularly pretty.
PVC Garage Floor Tile
PVC or high quality vinyl flooring tile is easier to install than epoxy, while giving a more aesthetically pleasing result than Roll-out flooring. Interlocking tiles create a seamless look, and can be installed by anybody with a minimum ability at DIY, time and the right cutting tools. They come in a variety of colours and patterns that you can combine, so it’s perfect if you intend to use the garage as a workshop or care about how the flooring looks like. Cheap garage PVC tiles mar and dent relatively easy, but there are also self-correcting versions that will recover their shape after a few days.
Installing an epoxy flooring on your garage is not a task for the inexperienced and it’s not cheap, but it looks great and protects the floor underneath, as well as lasting ages impervious to wear and tear, stains, grease and chemicals that will inevitable fall on it if you like tinkering with your car on your garage. You should look for high quality epoxy, and be prepared to spend time installing it adequately. For example, the floor needs to be perfectly clean before installing, and that may require using substances and tools that require more than a passing familiarity with DIY. But the result is absolutely worth it, and if you are looking to increase the value of your home this is the best option.