If you’re in the process of remodeling or updating your home garage, the time to select a new floor will arrive eventually. There are a lot of options for types of garage floors — you may go with a mat covering, a coating of epoxy floor paint, or garage floor tiles. Tile garage floors have become a popular choice for garage owners because they’re easy to install and to remove, and they can be layered over stained or cracked original concrete garage floors. To install garage tiles you simply snap them into place. Garage tiles also appear to the design savvy, because they can be installed in a pattern (checkerboard is a popular design) and come in a variety of colors and textures. Garage floor tiles are typically 12 x 12 or 24 x 24 inch squares and typically start at $2.50 per square foot.
Rigid plastic garage floor tiles are strong enough to support cars and car jacks, and tough enough to withstand the chemicals, oils, grease, and other materials that are typical in a garage setting. Rigid plastic floor tiles also offer a unique aesthetic. The best rigid garage floor tiles are made of PVC, usually about a quarter inch thick. Some high end models feature a metal tread surface.
Flexible garage floor tiles are available in a variety of colors, patterns, profiles, and materials. Like rigid plastic garage floor tiles, flexible floor tiles are super easy to install, but unlike rigid plastic tiles, flexible garage floor tiles can be much easier to stand on or walk on for long periods of time. Within the flexible tile category, you may choose either rubber or plastic. Flexible PVC tiles are great for typical garage use; rubber plastic tiles are easy to clean, which makes them good to have around work spaces, but they may not be durable enough to use underneath cars.
The kind of garage floor you choose depends on your personal needs, both your plans for the space and your design concept.