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Garage Flooring Design Options
Making your garage an extension of your living spaceIn a time not too long ago, garages were all the same: outbuildings that were storage areas for parked cars, with boring gray concrete or even dirt floors. Today garages have taken a more prominent place in the design of homes, often built to house three vehicles, and more often than not attached to the home. Garages have graduated from simple storage areas, becoming organized shops or showrooms. Today every bit of attention that a homeowner pays to the decorating of the home is paid to the garage as well, right down to what goes on the concrete floors.
The growing trend to customize residential garages seems to have generated in the Southwest, where mild weather encouraged people to spend time in their garages. With the addition of evaporative coolers and special heating systems, garages became useable in all corners of the U.S., in all kinds of weather. As garages became extensions of living spaces, the organizational needs for the garages evolved as well. One of the first steps in customizing garages, the addition of custom cabinets, may have led to the popularity of garage floor coatings. "An unlikely friend to the garage floor is custom garage cabinets," says Kirk Stokes at Key Resin West in Phoenix. "With people getting more organized and wanting cleaner and better looking garages, it's only natural that they would want to upgrade the look of the floor as well."
Now homeowners no longer have to settle for boring, gray concrete flooring. Their garage floors can be as aesthetically pleasing as the rest of their home. See these Key Resin garage floor systems.
The versatility of garage floor coatingsGarage floor coverings have the versatility to go with any style of décor. Looks can range from simple gray concrete with a sealer to a more complex colored base with multicolor flecks in it, offering a design similar to granite or terrazzo.
Color flakes come in a wide range of colors and are made of acrylic paint chips. This system provides an excellent wear surface that can stand up under walking and driving on, but if impact resistance is what you're looking for, decorative quartz is the way to go. Quartz floors are multicolored aggregates thrown to refusal into 100% solids epoxy and have the impact resistance not normally found with the acrylic paint chips.
Choosing the design for your garage floor covering can be as simple as matching the color of your house or as involved as hiding any imperfections or flaws in the existing floor. Coating the existing concrete with only a sealer, any imperfections will show through. A colored base with the paint chips or quartz aggregate thrown down to refusal would cover any imperfections that may exist. If the floor has no aesthetic reasons to choose full coverage, a medium or light paint chip coverage may be chosen for additional design variations.Garage Floor Project Examples
The owner of this property wanted to create the look of a cobblestone road in his own garage. Elite Crete’s Thin Finish was used for the gray basecoat, then the cobblestone stencil was placed, followed by Pure Texture in bluestone. Once dry, the stencil was removed revealing a custom, one-of-a-kind cobblestone garage floor.
This firehouse was in need of a concrete flooring system that would be fast to install and require little downtime for upkeep. The coating also needed to withstand the impact of heavy truck traffic as well as contact with oil, grease and harsh chemicals. The answer was to install HP Spartacote’s Sparta-Chip, a high-performance polyaspartic coating, which gives floors a terrazzo-like seamless flooring finish, enhanced by decorative vinyl chips that are broadcast into the surface.
This once rundown concrete floor received a new high-gloss decorative finish complete with a colorful logo and matching parking stalls. An epoxy coating tinted in various colors was used to cover the old floor. The aluminum-based decal logo was custom ordered and will hold up under heavy traffic.