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by Jon Nunan

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Though often overlooked, garage flooring is an important part of the overall look and performance of your garage. If you live in Washington DC, garage flooring that is a dull, gray, often cracked concrete slab is probably not foreign to you. Even worse, some homes might have no garage flooring at all, forcing the homeowner to deal with the tracked in grit and unsightly appearance of a dirt floor. You have several options when it comes to upgrading their existing garage flooring; Washington DC homeowners looking to boost appearance in a big way should consider which of these options fits their particular situation best.

Washington DC Garage Flooring Tile
Installing tile is one of the easiest methods of enhancing boring concrete garage flooring; Washington DC homeowners who are looking for a relatively inexpensive upgrade that will perform well and be installed quickly should take a closer look at this process. When compared to the ceramic tile in your bathroom, the tile used for garage floors is generally much larger and far more resilient. Those who spend a lot of time in their garages working on their vehicles or on other projects may find that this resilience makes walking or lying on your garage floor much more comfortable. Available in many different colors and styles, these interlocking tiles are resistant to oils and water stains. Once you pick the tiles out, they are extremely quick to install. The price and quality of garage flooring tile can vary dramatically, so it is best to do your homework before you settle on a brand.

Epoxy Coated Garage Flooring
In Washington DC, garage flooring is often subjected not only to dramatic annual temperature changes, but to some pretty nasty winter mixtures. The salt, dirt, and slush that your car brings into your garage will wreak havoc on a normal paint, but are little match for an epoxy coating. When properly installed, an epoxy coat will keep its appearance for years without chipping or peeling, which is why it is often seen in commercial garages.

Epoxy is available in many colors and much like paint can be applied to form patterns of any kind. An excellent choice for anyone looking to cover up the cracks and drabness of a typical concrete floor, epoxy is a bit more difficult to install than rubber tile. To hire a professional crew to apply an epoxy coat to a two car garage, expect prices to range from about $1,000 to around $4,000. If this project is for you, pay particular attention to the grade of epoxy you choose as some epoxy products you can find in your local hardware store perform almost as poorly as your run of the mill paint.

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Upgrading from Dirt Flooring to Concrete
If your garage has a dirt or gravel floor, it is likely that you've already considered an upgrade to concrete. A concrete garage floor is tough enough to handle plenty of weight and can last a lifetime. When upgrading from dirt or gravel, you'll also notice a big difference in appearance and cleanliness; let's face it, in Washington DC, garage flooring that can be tracked into the house when it is wet can spell big problems for appearances indoors! Pouring a concrete floor can be a lengthy process and must be done right in order to get the longevity the material is known for. Though we have seen concrete floors installed for as little as $800 in and around Washington DC, garage flooring is generally spacious enough to drive the price up; when dealing with the $2,000 to $7,000 the project is likely to cost, it is extremely important to get multiple quotes if you want the best price!

Jon Nunan is a freelance writer who draws on his experience in construction, ranging from landscaping to log home building, for his articles on home improvement.