When it comes to floor coverings for your garage, there are a multitude of different options you can choose from depending on your requirements. Two such options are PVC tiles and epoxy or garage paint. These are designed to provide a complete floor covering for your garage floor and each has its own pros and cons.
As leaders in the supply of garage flooring, the team at Garage Floors Direct have helped countless clients find the right flooring for their specific needs. In fact, almost a third of our customers come to us looking for a solution to flaky and unsightly painted garage floors.
In this blog post we’ll have a look at why you may want to consider PVC tiles as your choice of garage flooring rather than epoxy or garage paint.
What are PVC floor tiles?
PVC or polyvinyl chloride floor tiles are a durable, hardwearing and versatile flooring option, and as a result they are extremely popular for many different situations in domestic, commercial and professional settings.
PVC is made from a type of plastic known as vinyl. Garage Floors Direct offer PVC Flooring in both interlocking tile form and roll form. Vinyl plastic flooring is resistant to water, stains and scratches, meaning they have outstanding longevity when used for applications such as flooring.
As a result, they tend to be a popular choice for buildings which have high footfall, such as offices, schools, hospitals and other public spaces. They also make a great choice if you’re looking to replace the flooring in your garage at home.
Why choose PVC floor tiles for your garage floor?
If you’re looking for something which is straight forward to install, simple to maintain and easy to keep hygienically clean, PVC tiles for your garage floor could be the ideal choice.
They are especially good for garage floors as they are extremely durable so can withstand heavy traffic and heavy use.
Plus, the plastic can be made in an array of different colours, textures and patterns, meaning that you can create PVC floor tiles which are completely unique whilst putting your own stamp on the garage that they’re being fitted in.
In particular, the solid PVC DuraFlex range of floor tiles are capable of dealing with heavy duty applications – trolley jacks, axle stands and car lifts can all be used in conjunction with the tiles without worrying about indenting or damaging them. Storage racking and cabinets are also not a problem when used with solid tiles.
Because the PVC garage flooring comes in tile format, they are easy to replace in the unlikely event that one of the tiles becomes damaged in any way. Simply wiggle a flathead screwdriver under the damaged tile, lift and replace. It’s as simple as that!
Whether you’re using your garage to store vehicles, carry out mechanical work, using it as a workshop or simply using it for extra storage space, PVC garage flooring can protect your garage floor whilst providing an aesthetically pleasing, cost effective and long lasting option.
Are PVC garage floor tiles eco-friendly?
These days, many people are considering the eco credentials of what they install at home. From additional insulation to save on your energy bills or choosing options which are better for the environment, looking after our planet is top of the agenda.
PVC garage floor tiles can be environmentally friendly as they are easily recycled and can be repurposed when no longer needed. They have more than one life, meaning that they do not need to end up on landfill, even though they are made of plastic. There are no adhesives needed with Garage Floors Direct floor tiles, adding to their eco-friendly credentials.
When using epoxy or resin there are often chemicals and additives used that are not kind to the environment, slowly releasing into the area, particularly whilst still setting. Floor paints aren’t without issue either – many paints include a pigment, which is then carried by the resin or binding product. Many leading paints still include elements such as arsenic and formaldehyde. Some paint manufacturers also include heavy metals, which have toxicity concerns of their own.
What about using paint for a garage floor?
Although painting the floor can be a cheap option for garages, it often doesn’t provide the best value for money. This is because it is not durable for areas of heavy usage and can be easily damaged or stained.
You’ll probably find that most garage flooring is poured concrete which has been painted over the years. Often this paint will be peeling a patchy in places, making it not very appealing to the eye. This means that there is likely to be lots of upkeep if you want to keep your floor looking flawless (pardon the pun!).
Additionally, paint over a hard concrete floor can be extremely cold, creating a cool temperature in the garage throughout year.
Could an epoxy floor be suitable for my garage floor?
Although epoxy flooring does have some benefits, there are a number of disadvantages to consider.
One of the biggest downsides of epoxy flooring is its price. Epoxy flooring is one of the most expensive options when it comes to flooring and requires professional installation to ensure a high quality finish.
Professional installation will also take time, as epoxy flooring needs to be cured properly. This is a process which can sometimes take a few days, ultimately meaning that your garage will be out of action for a period of time.
Epoxy flooring also comes with its own health and safety hazard, as it can become extremely slippery when wet – not ideal if you are working on your car and you have an oil leak, or you want to wash your vehicle in the garage.