Many people neglect their garage floor frequently leaving the concrete surface unpainted and unprotected. However, there are a wide range of concrete floor paints available which can be used to make your garage look smart, individual and easy to clean. Garage floor paint can often contribute to maintaining a clean, uncluttered garage enabling you to carry out the jobs and hobbies you love without stress and interference.
Types of paint available
There are a wide range of concrete floor paints available, though specialized garage floor paint should be considered for this part of the home. This type of paint is incredibly versatile, protective and economical, and can be applied directly to the concrete or over previous garage floor coatings. Garage floor paint is self-priming and, therefore, incredibly easy to use. Furthermore, it is easy to wash and is resistant to bleach and other chemical products, as well as wear and tear and fading over time.
If your garage is vulnerable to the effects of moisture and damp, you may want to consider purchasing water based epoxy floor paint for waterproofing basement floors. This two part paint will seal, protect and waterproof new or old concrete flooring.
If you frequently use your garage and often spill slippery substances on the garage floor, you might want to consider investing in some anti-slip concrete floor paint. This can be purchased as a paint which can be applied directly onto the concrete. Alternatively, epoxy non slip floor coating can be applied to the original garage floor paint in areas which are especially vulnerable to slippage, such as around a workbench.
Choosing the right colour
White is often the color of choice for anyone looking to paint their garage floor, the clean industrial look gives the garage floor a great sheen. However, it can also look cold and clinical. The best color really depends on the style of the building and the items which are stored within it. There is a wide range of colors available ranging from warm earthy colors and pastels to bright primary ones. One great tip for choosing the color for your garage floor paint is to see what it looks like next to your car or any vehicle you store in the garage.
If you have an organized and consistent structure within your garage, why not define the areas with some line painting of varying shades. Line painting can look great and can also prevent the garage from looking cluttered. Think about how you use your garage, then box and line-paint separate different areas such as car parking spaces, areas around a bench or workspace, different types of storage areas. If you really want to introduce an interesting style within your garage, vary the colors of each section in order to build a hyper-specialized and personalized work zone.
About the Author
Graham Handley is an expert in home improvements and design. Graham has written for a wide range of trade journals, newspapers and magazines and has recently been reviewing the best garage floor paint products on the market.