We invest a considerable amount of time and money on flooring our entire home to protect it from possible damage and also to add glamor and beauty. But at the same time, many of us hardly spare a thought when it comes to our garage floor. Being one of the most neglected part of many houses, they are often found with the same old and withering concrete floors that can't withstand harsh corrosive chemicals like grease, oil, battery acids and other substances. Continuous exposure to these materials corrodes the garage floor and leaves it dirty and stained, and cleaning such a concrete floor can be really challenging and time-consuming. Therefore, your garage also needs proper maintenance and care, to last longer and to look attractive like the rest of the house. In addition to this, it is an important part of your house and so, a well-maintained and clean garage will always add value to your house.

There are several options for garage flooring, out of which the common ones are vinyl or lacquer paints, epoxy and floor tiles. Though using vinyl and lacquer paints can protect your garage floor from corrosion, it is mainly regarded as a short run solution to the problem. Besides this, painting the entire floor can be really time-consuming and tedious. On the other hand, epoxy can be comparatively long-lasting than paints and they can enhance the look of your garage.

Though a bit expensive, garage floor tiles can provide a long-lasting or permanent solution to your garage flooring problem. The cost of installation of garage tiles is quite less and they can considerably reduce the cost of frequent repairs. Some garage tiles usually come with applied adhesive and a plastic covering placed over it. So all you need to do is to simply peel off the covering and then place it on your floor, just like a sticker. However, before pasting them on your garage floor, clean the floor properly and remove any grease and oil. Even interlocking tiles are easy to install and you can do it yourself with some simple instruments like a utility knife, knee pads and a tape measure. The basic difference between the tiles used for flooring your home and your garage, is that garage tiles usually do not require the type of adhesive used for tiles inside your home.

Garage floor tiles are available in a wide range of colors and patterns to conform to your taste and style. They are highly resistant to corrosive substances, including oil, chemicals, grease, brake fluid, etc. and they can be easily cleaned by sweeping or washing with water. They are also resilient to cracks and dents and can withstand the weight of heavy vehicles. Another advantage of garage floor tiles is that in case of minor damages, you can replace one or two of the damaged tiles instead of replacing the entire floor. But before installing garage tiles, make sure that the condition of your concrete floor is good enough.

Though many consider garage tiles an expensive option, they are quite easy to maintain and known for their longevity. They are one of the most durable garage flooring options that can enhance the quality of your garage, converting it from a neglected and messy place to an important and attractive part of your house.

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Author's Bio: 

Graeme Stephens has been running the largest owned carpet cleaning company
in new Zealand for 24 years. IICRC qualified "master restoration technician"