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15 Garage Flooring Ideas to Revamp Your Space

Whether your garage functions as a workshop or a place to store your car, it’s important to choose the right floor type. You want a garage floor that’s durable, visually appealing, and easy to maintain, but your options could be limited by your budget.

To help you decide on the best flooring option for your needs, we’ve outlined 13 garage flooring ideas and the advantages and disadvantages of each below. 

1. Granite Flooring

One of the advantages of having a granite garage floor is its visual appeal. It’s scratch-resistant and available in many colors and patterns to fit any garage design. However, it’s not resistant to certain chemicals such as bleach or vinegar, and installation is difficult and costly.

Advantages: 

  • Visual appeal
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Available in many designs

Disadvantages:

  • Not resistant to some types of powerful chemicals
  • Expensive installation

2. Epoxy

Apply an epoxy coat to your floor to increase its resistance to chemicals, moisture, and hot tires. Epoxy comes in many colors, increases your floor’s durability, and gives it a glossy finish. 

That said, it’s important to fix any imperfections on your floor before applying epoxy. If your floor holds moisture, it is unlikely to be suitable for an epoxy coating. If your floor is usually damp or you see areas with a white powdery residue, those could be signs of moisture damage.

Advantages: 

  • Many color options
  • Glossy finish
  • Resistant to chemical damage

Disadvantages:

  • Not suitable for floors that hold moisture
  • Can discolor when overexposed to sunlight

3. Polished Concrete

One of the advantages of a polished concrete garage floor is its durability. It can easily handle the weight of one or two cars and has a classic look that reflects light to brighten your space.

If you live in a snowy area, however, your car could track in road salts that damage the polish of your floor. To minimize damage, sweep and dust mop your floor regularly.

Advantages: 

  • Durable
  • Classic look
  • Brightens your space

Disadvantages:

  • Susceptible to chemical damage
  • Less suitable for snowy areas

4. Concrete Floor Paint

Painting a garage floor is an affordable way to improve its appearance. That said, paint is susceptible to staining and damage from chemicals and road salts.

While it’s time-consuming, you can save some money by painting your garage floors yourself. While you’re at it, you could repaint your garage door to bring your space to life.

Advantages: 

  • Very affordable
  • Easy to install
  • Many color options

Disadvantages:

  • Can be stained easily
  • Susceptible to chemical and road salt damage

5. Concrete Stain

Staining your concrete floor offers protection and a sleek look. After staining, your floor may resemble polished stone or marble. Painting your floor may be slightly less expensive, but staining is a more durable solution that’s easier to maintain. 

Concrete stain is affordable, but doesn’t add any insulation to your space. If it’s important for you to stay warm year-round, consider heating your garage.

Advantages: 

  • Sleek look
  • Resistant to oil spills and chemical damage
  • Can be used with other types of floor finishes

Disadvantages:

  • Doesn’t cover existing floor imperfections
  • Difficult to DIY

6. Concrete Sealers

Concrete sealers are inexpensive and prevent cracks, but don’t provide much protection from heavy traffic. Sealed concrete is stain- and moisture-resistant and can be used over paint for an extra layer of protection. For someone on a tight budget who uses their garage minimally, a sealer can do the trick.

Advantages: 

  • Very inexpensive
  • Stain- and moisture-resistant
  • Easy to apply

Disadvantages:

  • Typically susceptible to chemical damage
  • May need reapplication every one to three years

7. Foam Tiles

Foam tiles are comfortable to walk on, come in a variety of colors, and are usually waterproof. One disadvantage is that heavy objects can cause lasting impressions on foam surfaces. So while foam tiles might be better for a garage that functions as a personal gym, they aren’t as effective for parking.

If you want to use your garage for leisure but can’t think of another way to protect your car, check out our garage alternatives.

Advantages: 

  • Versatile design options
  • Typically waterproof
  • Comfortable to walk on

Disadvantages:

  • Can trap moisture beneath its surface
  • Heavy or sharp objects may cause damage

8. Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are a durable, stain-resistant garage flooring option that can last decades. It’s hard as stone, resistant to cracking and chipping, and requires little maintenance. 

Because of its longevity and durability, porcelain tiles can get expensive. If you’re comfortable with DIY installations, it could save you money to tile your own garage. 

Advantages: 

  • Durable and stain-resistant
  • Can last for decades
  • Requires minimal maintenance

Disadvantages:

  • Very expensive
  • Can be slippery

9. Polyvinyl Tiles

A garage floor of polyvinyl tile is durable and easy to maintain. It’s important, however, to have a level floor before installation. A disadvantage is that tiles can become slippery when moisture collects on them. This type of floor may also tear or bubble if it isn’t installed correctly.

Advantages: 

  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • Water-resistant

Disadvantages:

  • Can be slippery
  • Can tear or bubble with improper installation

10. Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles are a comfy option that is easy to install. They come in interlocking or peel-and-stick pieces, which cover your garage floor underneath. While they’re susceptible to oil stains, tiles are easy to swap and replace.

This option is better if you’re planning to use your garage as a workshop or extra room. If you often have cars coming in and out, it can dislodge your tiles.

Advantages: 

  • Comfortable to walk on
  • Versatile design options
  • Easy installation

Disadvantages:

  • Not ideal for parking
  • Susceptible to staining

11. Laminate Tiles

Laminate tiles are a comfy option for people using their garage for recreation. These tiles imitate the look of wood, are inexpensive to install, and are scratch-resistant. But most laminate flooring options can’t withstand the weight of cars without being damaged. They’re also susceptible to damage from moisture.

When designing a garage with comfort in mind, make sure you ventilate your space for ideal temperature levels and air quality.

Advantages: 

  • Inexpensive installation
  • Visually appealing
  • Stain-resistant

Disadvantages:

  • Typically can’t support the weight of cars
  • Susceptible to moisture damage

12. Slate Tiles

Slate tiles are versatile and stain-resistant. They come in shades such as tan, gray, and earthy green. But they can be expensive to install, and pure slate tiles may wear down under a car’s weight over a long period of time.

Advantages: 

  • Versatile look and texture
  • Stain-resistant
  • Low maintenance

Disadvantages:

  • Not ideal for parking cars
  • Expensive installation

13. Roll-Out Mats

Roll-out mats are easy to install, move, and swap out. They are typically made of rubber or polyvinyl and are oil- and stain-resistant. In snowy weather, they protect your concrete floors from road salt and freeze damage.

But roll-out mats might bulge over depressions if your concrete floor beneath has damage. Moisture may also get trapped between the mat and your floor, which can cause an unpleasant smell.

Advantages: 

  • Easy to install
  • Oil- and stain-resistant
  • Resistant to damage in snowy weather

Disadvantages:

  • Bulges over cracks and depressions in floor
  • Can trap moisture beneath surface

14. Gravel

Gravel is an eco-friendly, cost-efficient garage flooring option that’s easy to install. Due to the movability of the material, gravel is ideal for garages used for storing items, rather than those used for vehicle storage. Parking and moving a car on gravel causes large divots and pot holes over time.

Advantages: 

  • Easy to install
  • Very inexpensive 
  • Long-lasting 

Disadvantages:

  • Not ideal for parking cars
  • Bottom layer can trap moisture 

15. Treated Wood

Pressure-treated wood is durable and can sustain a great deal of weight, making it a great option for storing furniture, boxes, and other large items. 

However, if you plan to use your garage for vehicle storage, you may want to add an additional protective coating or park on top of a plastic tarp that covers the floor. Water, oil, and other fluids that often drip from parked cars can damage the wood over time.

Advantages: 

  • Highly durable 
  • Insulates against cold temperatures

Disadvantages:

  • Not ideal for vehicle storage 
  • Susceptible to warping 
  • Not stain-resistant

Choosing the Right Flooring for You

Remember to keep the main purpose of your garage in mind when considering your flooring options. If you’re searching for the ideal floor for a leisure space, you’ll likely care more about comfortable materials, whereas if your garage is your workshop, you might care more about durability and functionality. 
If you need a new garage altogether, check out our metal garages to find an option that fits your needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Type of Flooring is Best for a Garage?

For a garage that’s going to house vehicles, concrete is usually the best flooring for a garage. This is the strongest material to hold up to wear and tear. To slow down the deterioration that’s bound to happen, explore garage floor covering ideas to layer on top of the concrete, like rubber tiles, mats, or epoxy coatings.

Which Types of Garage Flooring Are The Most Affordable?

Wood
Plastic tiles
Sealed concrete
Gravel
Mat
Two-part epoxies

How Can I Make My Garage Floor Look Nice?

There are many ways to make your shed or garage floor look better, most of them involving choosing a surface covering and keeping the area clean. Concrete floors have options for mats, epoxy, stains, and tiles. A wood-floor garage can accommodate many of these options, too. Investing in a high-quality covering along with regular sweeping and mopping will keep your garage floor looking nice.

How Do You Refinish a Concrete Garage Floor?

To resurface a concrete floor, you’ll need to buy a concrete refinishing product. These are available at most stores that sell paint, stains, and other finishes. Once you’ve chosen your product, you’ll have to soak the floor thoroughly and then push out any puddles that gather with a mop or broom. Once the concrete has become damp but not wet, you should pour the refinishing product on the floor and quickly spread it across the surface.

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Alan Bernau Jr

Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 75,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

Alan Bernau Jr. is the founder and owner of Alan’s Factory Outlet. He has helped more than 75,000 homeowners design and install custom carports and garages over the last 20 years.

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