Want to completely transform the look and functionality of your garage? A variety of garage flooring products are made for placing on top of the concrete slab to make the surface more comfortable, functional, and attractive. These tend to be either grid/tile systems or mats. For information on paints and finishes, please see Garage Floor Paints & Finishes.


Garage Floor Grids & Tiles

For a showroom-finish garage floor, vinyl and aluminum garage floor tile systems are available. Most of these tiles link or snap together, so they’re easy to install, allowing you to create patterns using different colors or rearrange or remove them altogether as you wish.

Polypropylene floor grids snap together and provide a handsome, durable floor that can withstand extremely heavy moving loads. Photo: Incstores
Polypropylene floor grids snap together and provide a handsome, durable floor that can withstand extremely heavy moving loads. Incstores

Tile systems are expensive, particularly those made of aluminum, but they create a more resilient, and certainly more attractive, floor underfoot than bare concrete, and as a result they are favored by car hobbyists and anyone else who spends considerable amounts of time in the garage.

Tiles come in several varieties. Some are solid surfaced while others have an open, lattice-like pattern. Most are 3/8- to 1/2-inch thick. Contrasting or matching beveled edge strips provide a finished look. The top-of-the-line aluminum tiles are typically metal laminated to a plastic base.

Vinyl Mats for Garage Floors

The latest in garage floor finishing is roll-out vinyl garage floor mats. Much like the resilient flooring used in kitchens, the mats are available in 8-foot-wide rolls up to 36 feet in length.

Vinyl floor mat
Vinyl floor mat, imprinted with a coin pattern, rolls out on a garage floor. Incstores

Three 8-by-24-foot rolls will cover a typical double (two bay) garage floor. According to Gladiator Garage Works, which introduced this product in 2007, once the mats are installed they will not creep, tear or wrinkle in normal use, even under the weight of automobiles.

There is always the possibility that water can become trapped beneath the mat, or that insects will take up residence underneath it. Edges, especially those facing the garage doors, also could be vulnerable to curling and casual damage.

Gladiator claims that a bead of silicone applied under the edges prevents the mats from lifting and keeps water from seeping in.

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An avid builder and remodeler, Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996. Read more about Don Vandervort