Garage Epoxy Flooring vs. Garage Tile: Which Is Best?

by HGExpo.com on 02/21/2018 - 03:07 pm

Categories: Building & Remodeling, Garage/Basement/Storage

By Chad Gleske, Owner

Ohio Garage Interiors

Garage floors have come a long way since the old days when concrete provided a revolutionary improvement over dirt or bricks. Today, with many homeowners thinking of their garages as another room of the house, bland, dirty concrete flooring that is subject to cracking and chipping is simply not an option. That’s especially true in Northeast Ohio, where winters—and road salt—are brutal on a garage floor.

As you think about flooring options for your new garage, or fixing a worn concrete floor, two of the most popular choices are epoxy flooring or tiles, which are generally made of rubber, PVC, porcelain or ceramic. As you ponder those options, here are some variables to consider:

  • Appearance
  • Durability
  • Maintenance
  • Safety

Appearance

Using rigid or soft tiles, you can create attractive patterns by incorporating a variety of colors. Some tiles look like they unmistakably belong in the garage, while others would be appropriately decorative inside the house.

Epoxy flooring is available in hundreds of stunning flake colors, patterns and size combinations, including imitation stone, giving you the opportunity to customize your garage to fit the style of your home. Graphics, such as logos, can be incorporated into your epoxy floor. Because it is UV stable, it will never yellow.

Durability

The durability of tiles varies according to what they’re made from. Replacing a broken or chipped tile without disturbing the surrounding pieces can be a hassle.

Non-porous, stain-resistant epoxy coating is specially formulated to withstand the tough Northeast Ohio weather conditions. Epoxy flooring from Ohio Garage Interiors is finished with an aliphatic polyurea topcoat that is four times more durable than the underlying epoxy, and doesn’t need resealing for 12 to 15 years.

Maintenance

The epoxy coating is non-porous and seamless, so water, oil and other liquids can’t seep in and settle between the coating and the concrete, and the surface isn’t affected by salt, water or oil. When the floor gets wet or dirty, all you have to do is wipe or hose it down or squeegee it off. That’s why many animal hospitals—where pets have accidents—choose epoxy flooring.

Depending on the surface material, some tile floors offer similar ease of maintenance. Because they are pieced together, however, seams provide access for water or liquids to seep beneath the floor. Grouted tiles in particular are subject to staining. If you see how grout can become discolored inside your home, imagine what happens when you roll your tires over it. Rubber tiles can be especially difficult to maintain and can be easily damaged by solvents, automotive fluids and other mechanical substances.

Safety

Our epoxy system has great slip resistance when wet. Depending on what they are made from, some tiles also provide slip resistance. Rubber tiles, for example, can be made with slip-resistant patterns. However, unlike the smooth surface of the epoxy floor, the elevated patterns can make it difficult to roll tool chests or equipment across the floor.

Particularly on today’s new homes, the garage is usually the largest room in the house. Upgrading the floor from a simple concrete slab to a handsome, durable and easy-to-maintain surface will not only give you the option of using your garage as a year-round party area, but it can also be a safer, cleaner and more comfortable place to park and service your vehicles.

For your professional garage improvement project, you can schedule a no-cost consultation with Ohio Garage Interiors by calling 330-835-8111 or 440-520-9370. You can get more information at Ohio Garage's HGExpo Exhibit.