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Garages are a useful addition to any home and generally increase the value of your property. Of course, there are many different uses for garages, ranging from being a showplace for multiple vehicles to being a utility room for your home.

Choosing the right floor finish for your garage is likely to be dependent on what you use the garage for. After all, if you see it as an extension of your home you’ll probably want it to have a similar flooring to your home. That may mean tiles or even carpet, both things that you are unlikely to drive a vehicle on!

Fortunately, there is a range of other options worth considering.

Epoxy Flooring

One of the best options, although not the cheapest, is epoxy floor coatings. Epoxy flooring is created by mixing a hardener with a resin. Once the two ingredients are mixed you’ll have a limited amount of time to get the product on the floor before it sets.

The good news is that once it has set it is incredibly durable. Epoxy flooring is water-resistant, stain-resistant, and can even cope with heavy items, such as tools, being accidentally dropped onto it.

Best of all, you can get the flooring in a wide array of colours and even add patterns into it when laying it.

Of course, it is important to prepare the floor properly first.

There are several variants of epoxy flooring that may be worth considering, this includes polyurethane flooring which is similar to epoxy but generally softer and more flexible. That makes it easier to walk on but not generally as durable as an epoxy flooring.

Garage Floor Paint

A simpler, and cheaper option, is to use garage floor paint on your garage floor. Many companies are now making this and they are often designed to be stain resistant. This helps the durability of the product although the garage floor paint will never last as long as a properly applied epoxy floor coating.

Applying garage floor paint means cleaning the floor first and then simply painting the space. It is advisable to empty it first and take the opportunity to sort the clutter in your garage.


Vinyl is a less popular option for garage floors but it is a softer option. The biggest issue with vinyl is that it needs to go onto a smooth surface. That means cleaning your garage floor and potentially putting insulation down first to smooth the bumps in your concrete.

Vinyl flooring can simply be laid on top of the existing garage floor or insulation. It is warm to your feet and usually waterproof. But, it doesn’t handle being driven on, making it a good choice if the garage isn’t used for the car but is an extended part of your home.

The bottom line is that you need to choose a garage floor finish that suits your needs. If you consider them first choosing the floor finish becomes surprisingly easy.