Garage Flooring Ideas and Options
What’s the Best Garage Flooring Option?
The best garage flooring option is durable, attractive, stain resistant, and easy to clean. Garage floor ideas that work well, and suit every type of budget, include floor paint, concrete coatings, vinyl, tile, and stone. A clean and easy-to-maintain garage floor will increase the resale value of your home.
February 22, 2023, by: Jamie Sandford
From garage floor paint to the latest in coatings, epoxy and tiles, review the latest in garage flooring ideas, pictures and options. Learn about cost, installation prices and methods, and much more.
Garage floors have to be tough and durable, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with bare concrete. There are several options for garage flooring that will pass the toughness test while having visual appeal too. Investing in a really attractive garage floor will accomplish two things. Firstly you will create a truly functional extra room and secondly you will increase the resale value of your home.
In this flooring report, we share the most popular garage flooring ideas you may want to consider, along with pricing and installation information.
PAINTING A GARAGE FLOOR
Painting is a quick and cheap garage floor idea and a manageable DIY project. However your existing concrete floor needs to be in good condition and a painted garage floor doesn’t stand up well to wear and tear. This garage option does allow you to get creative as long as you prepare properly. Take a look at this article from Decorative Concrete Etc for more on how to paint a garage floor.
When choosing garage floor paint you have three options:
- Latex Acrylic Paint – is your cheapest option, this standard floor paint has the advantage of coming in many colors and a choice of matt, satin or gloss finishes. The downside is its durability, in fact acrylic floor paint is really only suitable for garages used for storage, as a laundry or workshop. Hot car tires and acrylic latex paint aren’t a good mix.
- One Part Epoxy Paint – This garage paint is a step up from latex acrylic and better suited to a garage where you actually park your car. This is still a standard acrylic paint but with epoxy blended in it becomes much tougher and more stain and peel resistant. Some brands are also UV resistant to prevent fading from sunlight.
- 2-Part Epoxy Garage Floor Coating Kit – These DIY garage floor kits deserve a special mention and some clarification. They are neither floor paint in the traditional sense of the word and neither should they be confused with a professional epoxy coating (see below). Think of them as a halfway house between the two. Intended for DIYers, these kits will give your floor a 2-3 millimeter tough protective covering and often come with decorative chips to give professional appearance. However stick very closely to the manufactures instructions to avoid disappointment and understand that these kits will not replicate the appearance and wear of a commercial grade epoxy coating.
Further Reading: Garage Floor Paint Reviews
There are a lot of different coatings that you can add to, or use to cover, a concrete garage floor. Some will cover up and strengthen concrete that has seen better days while other are thin finishes great for spicing up an otherwise dull surface.
- Stamped Concrete – Stamping can turn bare concrete into a garage floor that looks like it’s made from flagstone, paver stone or bricks. You get the durability and strength of concrete with a whole new look.
- Acid-Stained Concrete – Applying an acid solution to bare concrete is a coloring process that produces a chemical reaction with the lime within the concrete and results in an attractive mottled and marble like effect. Acid staining doesn’t cover up any flaws in your concrete and is best applied by a home flooring professional.
- Garage Flooring Epoxy Coatings – another floor option for the garage that is best applied by a professional is an commercial grade epoxy coating. If you’re looking for a really attractive and durable garage floor then epoxy is your premier choice. Whether you choose a solid color or go for a cool blend with glittery PVA chips you’re sure to end up with a highly impressive finish that is pretty indestructible. A commercial brand 100% solid epoxy can give you a floor coating up to 10 millimeters in thickness and is the kind of surface you might see in a car showroom.
- Micro Toppings and Acrylic Sealers – Too numerous to mention here, there are many different products that you can spray onto concrete to either improve its looks or to protect it. Take a look at the Concrete Network website for detailed info on the myriad of products available.
- Polyaspartic Coating – Polyaspartic garage floor coatings are trending right now. Although more exspensive than epoxy coatings they are more durable and stain resistant.
FLOOR TILE IDEAS FOR A CUSTOM LOOK
There are two types of tile typically suited for a garage space.
- Porcelain Tiles – Car showrooms have been using classy porcelain tiles for years so why not in your garage too? If you’ve already tackled tiling yourself there’s no reason this couldn’t be a DIY project. Garage floor tiles can be slippery when wet so maybe not a good idea in a damp garage and although the tiles are tough you could crack them if you drop heavy tools. Click here for our main tile and stone buyers guide.
- Plastic or PVC Interlocking Tiles – Here at Home Flooring Pros we love plastic interlocking garage floor tiles. Really easy to install, not too expensive and they look great, giving you the freedom to create your own custom design. Non slip, stain and mold resistant and in a wide range of colors and styles, as long as you buy a high quality product you will have a unique durable garage floor that will last.
VINYL FLOORING OPTIONS FOR THE GARAGE
There are several vinyl flooring options, some more durable than others.
- Interior Home Vinyl Flooring – If you’re not too hard on your garage floors, a sheet of vinyl can form a nice floor. It’s easy to clean and stands up to moisture, mud, salt and more. Perfect if you’re using your garage space as a home gym or laundry room.
- Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT) – Sturdier than standard domestic vinyl flooring, vinyl composite tiles are a fairly easy to install option. Most commonly seen in commercial settings, like schools and supermarkets they offer a hard-wearing no-nonsense surface with a retro feel.
- Polyvinyl Peel and Stick Garage Floor Tiles – With self-adhesive backing, polyvinyl garage tiles are a really easy way to create that custom car garage look. They come in a wide range of striking colors with a diamond or levant tread pattern. Unlike VCT they don’t require waxing and give great protection against spills and stains.
STONE FLOORING OPTIONS IN A GARAGE
- Pavers or bricks can work well in a garage, especially if you’re using them in the driveway too. A durable but more expensive option to install, this type of project is best tackled at the same time as laying stone in your driveway.
DIY INSTALLATION OR PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTOR?
Regardless of whether you’re planning to install a garage floor yourself or are considering a professional it’s always worth getting a free installation quote or two so you can compare costs vs time and make an informed decision. If you’re not sure which of the garage flooring options listed above are within your DIY skill level here’s our general breakdown of ease of installation.
EASY GARAGE FLOORING FOR DIYers
Many of our garage floor options are suitable for even inexperienced do-it-yourself installers. Acrylic paint and 1-part epoxy paint are pretty straight forward, as are plastic or PVC interlocking tiles and Polyvinyl peel and stick tiles. You need a little bit more know how to install vinyl composite tiles or sheet vinyl flooring but really the most important step with all these options is the preparation of your existing concrete floor.
Make sure the concrete is thoroughly clean which means not just a quick mop but a removal of any elements that might interfere with your new flooring like old oil stains etc. If you have cracks or holes anywhere in your floor these will need repairing too. And for water based floor paint you need to check that your concrete is porous. If water forms into droplets on the surface then you will need to put down a primer first before painting
MEDIUM TO TRICKY GARAGE FLOOR PROJECTS
If you are handy round the house and have done your fair share of diy projects than the following options should be within your expertise. While designed with domestic use in mind, a 2-part epoxy paint kit is best left to a confident DIYer. Instructions need to be followed precisely and once opened there is a limited period of time to get the floor coated before the product sets, definitely a job for two people. Laying porcelain tiles is also a job for the more experienced, preparation of the substrate is vitally important when tiling. Take a look at our tile installation cost guide for more info.
PROFESSIONALLY INSTALLED GARAGE FLOOR COATINGS
All the main garage floor overlays should really be left to the professionals. Stamped and acid stained concrete, 100% solid epoxy and other specialist sealers all require working with products that are beyond the experience of most homeowners. Preparation of the existing floor is often complex, products more complicated to use and more care is need to protect the walls and doors of you garage too.
Take the time to watch this epoxy garage floor installation video to get a clear idea of all the different elements involved in a successful installation.
AVERAGE GARAGE FLOOR PRICES AND INSTALLATION COSTS
So now we get down to it…what is it going to cost to buy and install your garage flooring of choice? Please bear in mind that the following prices are a rough indicator of the average you will pay for flooring in your garage. They do not include removal of existing flooring, they assume that there are no exceptional circumstances to your installation and that you are buying mid range materials…in short they should be viewed as a starting point and you should get a professional quote if you want a true indicator of floor prices and installation costs.
CHEAPEST FLOORING OPTIONS
The following garage flooring products are typically DIY projects so there are no installation costs other than your own time and effort.
Garage Paint – A good quality concrete floor paint for you garage, either latex acrylic or 1-part epoxy paint, like BEHR or Seal-Krete will cost around $30 per gallon and can coat up to 500 Sq/ft.
2-Part Epoxy Paint – The recognized brands of DIY 2-Part Epoxy garage floor coating kits, like Rust-Oleum and Quikrete, cost around $100. Rust-Oleum seems to offer better value though as their kits are two gallons compared with Quikrete’s one gallon.
Plastic/PVC Garage Tiles – Easy to install yourself, durable and a great custom look these plastic or PVC floor tiles cost between $3 and $5 per square foot.
Peel and Stick Garage Floor Tiles – Not quite as durable as plastic or PVC but still easy to install and great looking, these self adhesive tiles come in packs of 12×12 tiles (24×24 available). A pack of 20 will cost around $65 which equates to $3 per square foot.
EXPENSIVE FLOORING OPTIONS
The following garage flooring included more expensive materials and typically professional installation.
Stamped Concrete – Installing a stamped concrete floor in your garage will cost between $10 and $18 per square foot. The more patterns and coloring effects the more expensive the installation. $10 good, $15 better and $18 best.
Acid-Stained Concrete – The cost of applying an acid stain to a preexisting concrete floor, assuming the floor is in a suitable condition in the first place, is fairly low, around $3 per sq/ft. If you are installing a whole new concrete floor as well then expect to pay between $8 and $12 per sq/ft.
Commercial Grade Epoxy Flooring – If you want the professional long lasting look of a 100% solids epoxy floor then the epoxy product itself costs about $500 or $1 per sq/ft. The epoxy garage floor cost for professional installation (recommended) varies quite dramatically depending on location and preparatory work but you can expect prices to start at around $4 per square foot.
Porcelain Garage Tile – You can pick up a good quality garage floor tile for $2 per sq/ft from your local building merchants or splash out for custom tile from a high end company like VAULT between $4 and $5 per sq/ft. Look to add a further $4 per sq/ft for professional installation although this amount can vary.
Stone and Concrete Pavers – As mentioned above laying pavers in your garage is something you will probably want to do as an extension of a stone/concrete driveway. Giving an average price is tricky given the variables of pavers available and the installation challenges. Anything between $12 to $28 should be budgeted.
Durability should probably be your main consideration for garage flooring, especially if you’re parking cars and storing equipment in it. If you’re using the garage as a living space, then your options increase greatly. What type of flooring have you installed in the past and how did it work? Use our comments section below to share your experience with other readers. Your input will help them make the right choice as they consider their garage flooring options.
OTHER PLACES YOU CAN FIND GARAGE FLOORING IDEAS AND PROJECTS
- Houzz – Go to this site for thousands of great garage floor images to give you inspiration. Never be lost for a remodeling idea.
- All Garage Floors – If there’s a more comprehensive site detailing all things ‘garage floor’ then we certainly haven’t found it!
- Elite Expressions – Great site for all your garage needs. Check out their RaceDay Peel & Stick Tiles.
GARAGE FLOOR PHOTOS ON PINTEREST
About the Author:
Jamie Sandford is the Owner and Chief Editor of Home Flooring Pros (find out more). After 12 years’ experience in screen and stage set construction, followed by a further 15 years working in the home renovation/remodeling business, he now writes and curates online home improvement advice.
“Buying and installing home flooring should be a fairly straightforward process, but often it isn’t. After more than 15 years experience in home flooring and remodeling, I started Home Flooring Pros in 2013 to help homeowners navigate the often-over complicated process of choosing, buying and installing a home floor. The aim is to save you time and money by helping you to make better floor buying decisions.”