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Whether your home is spacious and affords you a two-car garage, or average size with enough room to squeeze a Honda Civic, your garage is a valuable piece of real estate. And with recent home prices ballooning, this space should be getting much more respect from everyone. Let’s start from the ground up – the garage floor. For garage flooring in Brantford, and throughout the communities of Brant County, On Wall Solutions can provide you with the right product options and the great customer service for a complete job, from start to finish.
One way or another, the garage should be considered additional “living space” – not necessarily for living, but definitely extra space, and usable, depending on your family and lifestyle needs. It’s true that for some of us its still very much a dumping ground, where the seasonal stuff gets buried until needed, and where the things we won’t ever use again get stashed. But if you really think about it, that’s a waste – this is space that can deliver better value. For many, the garage has already been turned into a productive space: a practical work area; a convenient laundry zone; or a safe and secure shelter for the car.
So when it comes time to re-organizing; or refurbishing; or even renovating – where do you start? Not surprisingly, garage flooring experts will tell you that the floor area should be left for last – in other words, you take care of the floor after doing all the other work you plan to do. And these days, there are so many different products on the market, and so many new products introduced every year, it’s difficult to decide what direction to take. Not to mention that whatever flooring choice is made, there’s always the budget to consider.
To make things a little more straightforward, professional installers start off by suggesting a choice between two flooring options: coatings or coverings. Coatings are applied directly to the floor, using special application tools and equipment that suit the coating being used. Epoxy floor coatings, as an example, are used to repair existing floor damage, and provide a good base coat at the same time. These products are ideal where an odor-free environment is preferred. There are also various sealing products available which are designed to provide more basic protection. Floor coverings, on the other hand, are those products that are installed or applied on top of an existing garage floor. Depending on which product one chooses, the floor covering can usually be moved around, if necessary, or removed entirely. Inter-locking floor tiles are a good example here: they do a great job to improve the appearance of the floor with different colours and designs; they cover up existing cracks or stains; and they offer easy maintenance throughout the seasons.
For those who want to engage in a quick and easy “cover-up”, that’s always an approach – but it comes with short-term gains, and eventually, brings lots more work. As with anything, doing a proper job the first time is the best approach, and one that yields the best results and long-term product satisfaction. With this in mind, the professional installer will always advise a customer that proper garage floor restoration begins with proper preparation: a thorough cleaning to be sure; repair work using the correct product; and all work performed without taking shortcuts. As for more specialized work, like installing insulation under the floor – it’s probably a good idea to hire a company that specializes.
The most basic of floor applications is probably garage floor paint, like the traditional concrete paint that’s inexpensive and easy to apply. But be prepared for results that are also rather basic, especially with blistering, cracking or peeling over time. Epoxy paint, in this situation, would be a much superior product choice – this is a coating that is weather resistant; stands up nicely to moisture; and offers a finished floor that is heavy-duty, long lasting, and hardwearing. Epoxy preparation and application has always been a more involved process, sometimes tricky, so hiring a professional will make for a much less stressful project.
Choosing the right product for the job should really be easy – for garage flooring, you choose the product specifically designed for the garage. Choosing an outdoor patio tile that looks great to the eye is not a good decision. Garage floor tiles, as mentioned before, are a great option, but should be intended exclusively for that purpose, and for your particular needs – perhaps made from rigid plastic, flexible rubber, or wood composite (and probably interlocking). Opting for floor tiles does not mean hiding the old floor, with that “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. A damaged floor should be repaired – cracks should be properly patched; any gas, oil or grease stains should be thoroughly cleaned; and any pre-existing moisture issues should be addressed. It’s important to remember that doing it right the first time, means not having to do it again.
When it comes to garage flooring, there’s a time and a place for the DIY project. But there’s also a time and a place to go with the experts. For garage flooring in Brantford, and throughout the various communities of Brant County, the professionals at On Wall Solutions have the product selection and the installation experience to do it all. Whether you’re thinking of sprucing things up, or you’re looking to do a total renovation, everything is dependent on using the right products to suit the project, and the right tools and equipment to ensure a great installation.
At On Wall, our experts know garage-flooring products because they install them – they have extensive installation expertise from years of experience – and they have the know-how to address problems and come up with solutions. They’ll take you from the planning stages to final installation with a quick turnaround, timely scheduling, and flawless results. We do the work with minimal disruption, and with great care for your belongings – we can even stow away all your “stuff” when we’re done.