What to Add to a Concrete Garage Floor? Vinyl, Rubber or Other?

As concrete specialists at Kentuckiana Home Services, we love the purity, stability and nice clean look of a new concrete garage floor. However, garage floors by nature don’t stay clean forever, and they take their knocks. Many types of garage flooring can be ideal for protecting that concrete floor, hiding its blemishes (if not new), and attractively accommodating any activity planned for the garage, such as exercise or even entertaining. You might even want to pamper the cars with their own show space.

There are many options, including some paint-on, roll-on sealants, however they don’t hide the cracks and blemishes (if existing), and recent trends have gone more toward rubber and vinyl mats, squares and rolls for durability and a variety of designs and colors for choice of decor. So, we’ll focus on rubber and vinyl for now.

Many times, when people type “rubber garage floors” into Google, they are looking for vinyl, and vice-versa. Either way, investing in an attractive garage floor will accomplish two things: First, you will create a truly functional extra room and secondly, you will increase the resale value of your home.

Rubber Garage Flooring

Rubber garage flooring is available in a great variety of textures, patterns, and colors. It has the ability to withstand tons of weight and traffic from vehicles, and they typically come in 12-inch, 24-inch, and 36-inch squares.

Rubber flooring is resilient, hard-wearing, durable, and easy to clean. One historical “con” against rubber is that it will break down over time, although improvements have extended longevity, and warranties are available. If your rubber garage floor has been properly installed and maintained, rubber flooring can easily last 20 years. For eco-conscious homeowners, it is good to know that this flooring is also easy to recycle at specialty recycling centers.

Rubber flooring is typically the easiest to install. Many manufacturers have interlocking edges, while others have edge pins that make them easy to clip together and stick down. You can also easily cut the rubber tiles yourself with a sharp flooring knife.

Vinyl Garage Flooring

Flexible PVC is used for vinyl garage floors. Not only can this flooring option withstand the weight of cars, but it is ideally suited for home gyms, fitness centers, and workshops.

Vinyl garage floors are available in tiles or in a roll. Depending on the manufacturer, you may also be able to order your garage floor tiles in custom cut lengths. It is less porous and offers more cushion than rubber flooring. This flooring option is also available in variety of colors and patterns.

Need help looking at your garage floor options, or starting with a new concrete floor? Contact us. At Kentuckiana Home Services, we’re always happy to talk through your options and give you the benefit of our decades of experience.

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