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With today’s crazy house prices, the garage area should really be considered additional “living space” – maybe not for traditional “living” – but definitely a space that should be utilized more productively. Many of us still use the garage to dump and store, but it can deliver much more. When properly set up, a garage can offer much more than just a haven for the car, but it all depends on what you need and what your lifestyle demands. True, for storage the garage is ideal – for the seasonal stuff, for the stuff you need from time to time, and even for that stuff you will never use again. But in many cases, the garage can deliver more: it may be a quiet hobby area; perhaps a new laundry facility; maybe a fully stocked workshop. Quite simply, you can get more mileage from you garage.
Whatever you do to enhance or improve your garage space, the floor area should be the last piece of work undertaken. This makes sense, whether the work is minor or major. And when it comes to garage flooring in Waterloo, On Wall Solutions is your best choice for everything you’ll need: we have an extensive selection of garage flooring products; we have the best installers in the industry; and we offer superb customer service from the beginning of your job to the end. Whether you have a two-car garage, or a standard one-car garage, we’ll help you revive that valuable piece of real estate. We can help with a simple sprucing up, a minor refurbishing, or a major renovation – but whatever the project, flooring will probably be part of the plan.
Choosing a finish for the garage floor is an important decision, and should be based directly on one’s needs and usage priorities. There are a lot of products to choose from, each with different attributes, so it’s important to choose the one that’s best suited for your project. Experts in the field point to the two common options for garage floor finishes: floor coatings and floor coverings. Floor coatings are the ones you can apply right onto an existing floor, with the tools and equipment that ensure an effective application. The floor coatings fabricated with epoxy compounds tend to be multi-purpose – they are ideal for repairing damaged floors, and they provide a resilient coating at the same time. The epoxy coatings are used when an odor-free environment is required. There are also floor-sealing products that are more basic – these are designed for basic coverage and deliver basic results – no long-term durability, and a tendency to deteriorate over time.
The second group of garage flooring products is floor coverings – these are installed on top of an existing garage floor. These floor coverings have an advantage over other options, because you can move them around to suit your needs, or you can completely remove, again, depending on changing situations. Garage floor tiles are a good example of a floor covering, and these have become popular because of their features. These tiles enhance the overall appearance of the garage floor because they’re available in different designs and colour schemes. They are also an effective option in covering up existing damages to a floor, and are extremely easy to maintain throughout the year.
Having reputable product information can make for a more straightforward decision-making process. A genuine garage floor product, for instance, is designed for a particular application, and therefore has a particular purpose. At the same time, a good-looking outdoor patio tile is not a garage floor tile, and is not intended for that application. A garage floor tile, whether constructed from flexible rubber, or a more rigid wood-composite, is intended for that purpose and has the product features to suit the application. But again, using garage floor tiles to hide an old, ugly floor is going to be counter productive – a damaged floor needs to be repaired, and residue of any kind needs to be properly eliminated.
The most basic garage floor finish is garage floor paint – that conventional concrete paint that is on the cheap side, and quite easy to “paint on”. But like everything else we purchase, we get what we pay for, and garage floor paint provides results that are only basic, with noticeable deterioration over the years. That’s why choosing an epoxy-based coating is a better product choice – it’s a coating that delivers weather-resistance, resilience, and long-term wear and tear. (Preparation and application of epoxy floor coatings is known to be somewhat involved, so this might be the right time to hire a pro – it will probably turn out to be less stressful.)
Its important to note that the quick and easy fix for garage flooring is not a recommended option. The “quick-cover-up” brings short-term benefits, and eventually, more patching and more repairing. It’s really worthwhile to do the job right the first time, and to benefit from long-term results and long lasting product benefits. The good installers will insist on this approach, and will also insist on proper preparation for the garage floor before starting any kind of coating or covering.
In the end, a well-executed garage-flooring project should be straightforward. As an informed consumer, you should know when it’s the right time for a weekend project, and when it’s the right time to use the experts. So when considering garage flooring in Waterloo, consider On Wall Solutions as your best choice for the job. On Wall Solutions can provide you with the products, the experts and the expertise. We have a vast selection of garage flooring products, and we use the tools and equipment to deliver a flawless installation, regardless of the job size. Our trained personnel know their products – they have years installing experience – and they know how to solve problems, and provide solutions. As for our customer service team, they’ll assist you from the planning stage of your project to the final sweep up, providing a stress-free customer experience every time.