Inside the Garage: 5 Reasons to Install Epoxy Flooring
If you’re looking to repair or replace your garage floor, you have a number of different options, like a fresh coat of paint or snap-together tiles. If want to make a lasting difference for your garage—from utility to looks—consider upgrading to epoxy flooring instead. Whether you use your garage as a bonus room, exercise space or storage, epoxy flooring is the perfect fit. Here’s why and what you need to know.
It Looks Great
Epoxy floor coating looks smooth, shiny and professional, especially when compared with other garage floor surfaces like paint, which chips quickly and easily. It transforms your current garage floor into a high-end looking surface, like a showroom for cars. If you’re an auto collector, this flooring will add a high-end touch to match your impressive vehicles.
Epoxy is Cost Effective
Renovations and repairs are expensive, so the key is knowing where to pinch your pennies and where to pay full price—in other words, knowing what’s worth the money versus paying less and getting what you pay for.
As such, epoxy flooring is one of the more affordable options. “Since it can be installed directly over concrete and other flooring types, the installation costs are quite a bit lower than the others,” according to blue&green tomorrow. They continue, “Pricing remains one of the biggest and the most immediate advantages you’ll find with epoxy flooring.”
It’s Long Lasting and Durable
You keep heavy, well-oiled machines in your garage: your cars. As a result, your garage floor needs to withstand tire treads, oil leaks, and transmission fluid, among other causes of wear and tear. That’s not all, “Flooring covered with epoxy will have a long life and can handle a massive amount of traffic. It’s also water resistant and dust proof, meaning cleaning up garage flooring is easy and fast,” says Calvin Kwekel, of Garage Floor Epoxy.
Easy Installation and Clean Up
The installation for installing epoxy flooring is much easier than many other flooring options. Not only is it applied over your existing garage floor surface, but it also dries quickly. This means you won’t have to stay out of your garage for an extended period of time. Epoxy is also chemical resistant, which allows you to avoid gas or oil stains and reduce cleaning time.
Increased Safety and Reduced Allergens
Whether you use your garage for residential or commercial purposes, installing epoxy will give you peace of mind that whoever enters your garage will be safe. When you put epoxy over your concrete floor, you create a non-slip, heat- and fire-resistant surface.
It’s also allergen friendly: “A lot of people with asthma or allergies opt for epoxy floors, because it seals the concrete and provides lower levels of dust and allergens,” according to the Kwekel. If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, this could provide a significant amount of relief.
Epoxy is a low-cost solution that makes your garage floor look great, while reducing cleaning time and wear and tear. Say goodbye to snap-tiles and painting and invest in a floor that makes your life easier.
BIO: Jessica Thiefels has been writing and editing for more than 10 years and is now a professional freelancer and consultant. She’s worked with a variety of real estate clients, and has written for Forbes, Porch, House Hunt Network, Homes.com and more. Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07.