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Hey everyone, so I moved into a new home one year ago. It did not have a garage, so waited the year out.

In the process now of getting it built. Like almost 90% of the homes in my area it will be detached.

I have been going back and forth trying to decide what type of flooring to go with. Been doing a lot of research, joined Garagejournal.com to help in my research as well.

Jumped on the Sherwin Williams sale last week and bought their H&C shield-crete epoxy, but may return it. Have seen people using VCT, the locking tiles, but that option is real expensve, and now, to my surprises on garagejournal.com rectified porcelain tiles. Which look amazing. An you can find tiles in clearance for under .99/sq.ft.

Can't wait for the garage to get done, as I get another project to do around the house, with the shelving an flooring.

Curious to see what some of you guys have done in regards to flooring in your garages. How have they held up? Do you guys do work on your cars in them?
 

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I looked at all of the options and am sticking with plain concrete right now. I think each has their pros and cons and the cons seem to outweigh the pros, at least for me.
 

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I'm also going through a garage floor make over, right now it is painted with regular concrete paint. I look at a few options and decided to go with the two part epoxy system with flakes added for the granite look.
 

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I had thought of doing some type of finish on my garage floor, but I need one that stands up to mig welding, which pretty much negates anything but regular concrete....
 

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Till you cant make a garage, atleast you must be covering your car with a car cover. Right? That should be ok too..
Yes, I have covers for both cars, thought the Accord gets used more. But the garage and a new driveway will be done in a couple weeks.

If I decide to go epoxy of sealer route, I will have to let the concrete sure. Don't think I have to do that if I tile it.

Either way, not going to go with plain concrete. If anything will at least seal the concrete to give it a glossy look.
 

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I had grand thoughts of a finished garage floor when I built a new one in 2009. Decided to just stick with a smooth finish on the concrete. Easy to clean. Saved the money and put it in accessories for my 11 MDX!
 

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Want to put an epoxy finish on the floor or something similar but have like 5 things that are higher priority on the "to-do" list. Moved to a new home almost two months ago, concrete will do for now.
 

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I want the floor to look more finished then plain concrete.

Even though it is detached it will have electrical wired out to it. Going to be insulated, and I plan on putting in baseboard heating for the winter months.

This way I can work on the cars, and detail them through the winter.

Wrapping and framing just finished up yesterday.
 

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Had the same issue several years ago. Bought a product from reputed paint store with labels stating clearly it will not have hot tire issues ........ followed their recommendation but still got hot tire peels! Turned out the company sold a more commercial grade (epoxy) and sent me two cans for free to redo my floor ..... and by the way if you don't clean where your tires are regularly parked, the epoxy will yellow over time. Opted to avoid the headache of redoing the floor and bought the BLT vinyl floor covering (gray with diamond patterns like truck storage bins) sold at Costco. For a two car garage you need 2.5 rolls; they usually retail at $170 and I believe I got them on sale for $150. You can wash/hose them, take them out if you need ..... they have been quite durable. I have even put jack stands lifting cars - they do make an impression on the vinyl but no tear. YMMV
 

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How's this for a garage??

Did I do good? Can be used as a bomb shelter--or zombie hideout! Finished in Sept 09.
 

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That's an 8 x 16 ft door. Back wall was 11 ft block because it is a retaining wall (12 inch block). Garage same height as house above ground level. Cost me $2500 to have rock jack hammered out for 21 x 24 ft garage--large Cat track hoe with jack hammer attachment. Quite a sight to see it work.
 

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Ive been deciding what I want to do as well. I have decided not to do epoxy as my garage is not a heavy duty working area. I'm merely doing it for looks and easy cleaning.

I have decided to do acid staining or acetone dye. Topped with clear epoxy and urethane it should last a lifetime. Acid staining is pretty easy to do too.

If I had a new floor I'd probably just polish and seal it, possibly coat it with clear epoxy and urethane.
 

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I've got racedeck tiles 9 years ago and still happy with them.
Race deck | Garage flooring |Race deck garage flooring | Race Deck.com

You can kind of see what it looks like in this picture.


You can just wipe off any fluids (oil, coolant, etc.) and the temperature is relatively stable (=not cold like concrete) and it's also very easy to install (along as your garage is clean with not much stuff). I think it's much better than epoxy. The only few minor draw backs are that I have to place a wood underneath the jack/jack stand to jack up the car so that it won't ding the tiles and the plastic tile will expand when they get hot from the sun. Otherwise, this tiles has been working great and if there are any damages, I just can replace the tiles (haven't had to do such yet). Also you can take the tiles with you if you decide to move.

P.S. I or any of my family members do not work for racedeck. I just happened to be a happy customer.
 

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Yeah, a lot of the members over at garagejournal.com have them. Saw a few installs over there, and RaceDeck is forum sponsor there I think.

Their product does look nice, especially they're freeflow tiles. Great point about being able to take the tiles with you.

I am still leaning towards porcelain. Have some samples of this coming to my house, 24x24 good ratings across the board. Just wish they were rectified.

Ceramic & Porcelain Tile - Style: Costa Chic / Size: 24"x24" / Finish: Honed
 

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Had to bump this. I ended up installing RaceDeck freeflow tiles in my garage on Saturday. So far, I really like them.






 

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That looks great. FreeFlow is definitely on my list for options for sure.

Did you end up going directly with RaceDeck or a reseller?
 

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That looks great. FreeFlow is definitely on my list for options for sure.

Did you end up going directly with RaceDeck or a reseller?
Went directly through Racedeck via garagejournal.com (decent discount for forum members). If you haven't been on that site you definitely need to check it out.
 

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Went directly through Racedeck via garagejournal.com (decent discount for forum members). If you haven't been on that site you definitely need to check it out.
I have been lurking there since my garage\backyard reno started. Been using that site for research, see first post in this thread. :D
 
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