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6 Affordable Garage Floor Ideas for an Easy Upgrade

Nick P Cellucci
Written by Nick P Cellucci
Updated August 6, 2021
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There are many affordable, beautiful, and durable garage floor options that'll upgrade your space

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Low-budget home renovations often come with limited options. But when it comes to garage floors, however, that’s simply not the case. Use our list to get low-cost garage floor ideas, compare garage flooring prices, and find the best fit for your next project.

6 Budget-Friendly Garage Floor Ideas for Your Home

There are many reasons you may want to resurface your garage floor. Perhaps you spend a lot of time outdoors working on projects and you need a surface that can stand up to the wear and tear you subject it to. Maybe your bare concrete floors need protection from the elements that you experience in your area.

Whatever your needs, you may not always have the budget for expensive renovations. Luckily, there are a variety of affordable garage flooring options to match just about any budget level.

1. Concrete Garage Floor Paint

One of the most affordable garage floor ideas is concrete paint, which is, essentially, a tougher version of interior wall paint for your home. Highly susceptible to damage from road salts and other chemicals, floor paint is not as tough as the other options on this list. It is, however, the least expensive by far.

Simply roll it onto a clean, dry concrete surface and touch up as needed. Keep in mind that any amount of dirt, grease, or moisture on your floor can prevent your paint from sticking properly. You may want to hire a professional to ensure that your small budget doesn’t go to waste.

Cost of garage floor paint: $40 or less for each car in your garage ($0.15 per square foot). Requires a new coat every one to two years.

2. Concrete Sealers

Like paint, sealers are on the more affordable end of the spectrum and can also be applied with a roller. They’re also a bit tougher and can dry in finishes ranging from clear satin to tinted semi-gloss. If your budget is tight and you can’t afford any other options, a garage floor sealer alone may be enough.

Acrylic and latex sealers are very vulnerable to chemicals, but stick well to concrete and can be used as a primer for paints. Urethane sealers are the opposite, struggling to bond to bare concrete but resisting chemicals and sun damage quite well. It is often used on top of an epoxy floor to add extra durability.

Cost of concrete sealers: $50 for acrylic/latex in a one-car garage ($0.20 or less per square foot) or $65 to $135 for urethane ($0.25 to $0.50 per square foot).

3. Concrete Stains

Like the look of natural stone? Translucent concrete stains soak directly into your concrete garage floor, becoming a part of the concrete itself. Your concrete shows through the mottled stain to create the marbled look of natural stone. This option requires rolling or spraying on multiple coats and working them in with a scrub brush.

For better or worse, concrete stain is all about looks. While it won’t chip like paint, it also won’t protect your concrete. You’ll need a urethane sealer to protect against moisture, chemicals, and unwanted stains, as well as an annual waxing or touch-up. Your existing floors will also show through the stain, so beware of staining discolored concrete.

Cost of concrete stains: $50 to $225 for each car in your garage ($0.20 to $0.85 per square foot), not including the protective topcoat.

4. Epoxy Paint

A garage’s interior laid with epoxy

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Tougher than other garage floor ideas, epoxy contains a built-in hardener. Most epoxies are two-part formulas that get mixed before being rolled onto the flooring surface. These floors are tough, glossy, and beautiful, able to resist oil stains and wipe clean easily.

The main drawback is that you can’t drive on them until they’ve cured completely—a process that can take up to a full week. Depending on how much wear your epoxy floor experiences, you may need to recoat it every three to five years. Add a urethane sealer on top for extra durability.

Cost of epoxy paint: Between $80 and $400 for each car in your garage ($0.30 to $1.50 per square foot).

5. Carpet Tile

Carpet is not the first material people think of when flooring a garage, and traditional carpeting is not safe for spaces like the garage where heat, chemicals, and machinery converge. However, indoor-outdoor carpeting or carpet tiles designed for auto use are made of synthetic fibers that resist fire, staining, moisture, mold, mildew, and more.

Garage carpeting creates a warm atmosphere that insulates from noise and cold. It’s more comfortable than bare concrete in the winter, and the moisture-resistant backing is ideal for areas that get a lot of rain and snow. Simply vacuum for standard cleaning and blot small spills with mild detergent. Larger messes, however, are tough to deal with.

Cost of garage carpet tile: $265 to $400 for each car in your garage ($1 to $1.50 per square foot).

6. Flexible Interlocking Tiles

The last affordable garage floor idea on our list is flexible interlocking tiles. While some tile products stick directly to the floor, these colorful plastic, rubber, or vinyl squares require little to no preparation for installation. Simply snap them together and in just a few hours, you’ll have a stable, cushioned surface to stand, park, and work on. You can even combine various colors to create unique patterns and borders in your garage.

Great for hiding cracks in your concrete, these tough tiles are slip-resistant, withstand stains, clean up easily, and help prevent the formation of mildew. In case of damage, you can easily snap to remove and replace individual sections with fresh tiles.

Cost of flexible interlocking tiles: $530 to $1,320 for each car in your garage ($2 to $5 per square foot).

Garage Flooring FAQs

What is the best type of flooring for a garage?

With so many vastly different options to choose from, how can you find an inexpensive garage floor that you can also confidently say is the best? The right solution will be different for everyone and truly depends on your individual needs and stylistic tastes.

If you’re working with a smaller budget, a low-cost coating such as paint, sealer, or stain might be the best way to express your style in the garage. If you need a high-performance surface that can handle the tough projects and maintenance you do in the garage, or if you want a wide range of colorful customization options, flexible tiles might be for you.

What are the dangers of using budget garage flooring products?

As with anything you buy, be wary of prices that seem too good to be true. Some low-cost flooring products can contain chemicals that release harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the form of fumes that can be inhaled or dust that can cause skin conditions.

Even good-quality products can be dangerous for DIY-ers who don’t take proper precautions. Always carefully read manufacturer instructions and wear the recommended protective gear when working with paints and other chemicals. You can also hire a local garage flooring pro with the experience and equipment needed to perform the installation safely with no lingering fumes or debris.

Where can I buy affordable garage floors?

You’ll find many of the options we listed at big-box home improvement retailers and department stores, as well as smaller independent floor specialists in your area. Many of these stores offer full-service installation of the products they sell, and others may offer to refer you to a trusted partner for installation.

You can also shop for these products online. We recommend shopping around to compare prices, service offerings, and reviews from previous customers to help make a more informed final decision.

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