Tackling any home improvement project can seem easy at first but only if you already know exactly what needs to be done and how to go about doing it. Some of the garage flooring ideas you hear about sound fairly easy but that is not the case for all garage floor treatments. Updating the floors in your garage is however, a great way to bring a new look to the space.
Some products take it a step forward and also help protect the floors from everyday garage chemicals like gasoline, oil, cleaning solutions, paints, and even salt during the winter months. Garage floor covers like tiles and mats are great for protecting the floors underneath. Garage coats like paint and epoxy also protect the floors underneath by bonding to the surface and making it look beautiful.
Proper preparation of the existing floors is by far the best thing you can do to ensure that you get the results you are looking for. Successful treatment of any surface must begin with a good cleaning and degreasing. Once the floors are clean and dry you can then begin installation of the new flooring or application of the surface coating. Products like vinyl tiles and rubber mats are easy to install and they come in various colors, sizes, and textures. Most are peel and stick which is super easy to install.
Others come with adhesives that must be applied as you lay each tile or mat down. Tiles come in cases or boxes of 10, 20, or more tiles. You can choose the size, color, and texture of tiles. Mats come in rolls of different thickness, lengths, and widths. Thick mats are so heavy they rarely need adhesives. If you are afraid the mat might shift under the weight of your vehicle, applying a coat of silicone to the edges of each mat can help keep it in place.
Coating products like paint and epoxy take more time to apply because they bond to the surface and create a new surface that is glossy and protected from harmful chemicals. Prior to painting you should apply a coat or two of primer. Depending on the color you are going for, tinted primer is likely to get you a better result. Once the primer is dry you can then apply a coat of paint.
Wait for the coat to completely dry before you determine a second coat is needed. Application of epoxy is similar. Epoxy comes in kits containing everything you will need to get that beautiful shiny surface you have always dreamed of. Epoxy must however, be properly mixed and applied in order to get a good result. Allow each step to completely dry before determining if a second coat is needed. Follow the epoxy instructions carefully and never rush through the process.
The final result of any treatment should give your garage floors a new look and the most expensive choices should also add layer of protection to the surface. There are many garage flooring ideas on the market today. Finding one that delivers exactly what you are looking for should be easy and before you know it, your garage floors will be the envy of your neighborhood.