Pros and Cons of 5 Popular Garage Floor Coverings

Often customers visit our site looking for garage floor ideas when getting ready to do a garage makeover. Even though we only sell what we believe to be the best vinyl garage floor tiles and the top garage floor roll out mats, we do get questions about other common garage floor coverings as well. We’ve put together a comparison of common garage flooring to help you determine what is the best flooring option for your garage renovation.

1.  Painted/Stained Concrete     


  • One the most budget-friendly garage flooring options
  • Available in an unlimited variety of oil-based or latex-based colors
  • Concrete paint is easy to apply – no experience or special equipment needed
  • Garage floor stain sinks into the concrete so less floor prep is needed
  • Stain for garage floors won’t peel or flake
  • Painted concrete and stained concrete are easy to clean
  • Impermeable to water
  • Mold- and mildew-resistant
  • UV-resistant


  • If using oil-based garage paint, you’ll need a primer
  • Installation of floor paint for the garage can be time consuming
  • Staining garage concrete may require professional installation to achieve desired outcome
  • Dry times can be long if in high humidity
  • Vulnerable to chemicals often found in a garage
  • May need a touch up every other year or so
  • A sealer should be used with stains to maintain beauty and durability adding an additional step
  • Hard to dispose of leftovers; not always an eco-friendly garage flooring alternative


2. Epoxy


  • Reasonably-priced alternative as long as installation is done properly
  • Fairly durable – dries super hard so it withstands heavy traffic and weight
  • Epoxy concrete coatings are waterproof and flame retardant
  • Easy to clean
  • Stain-resistant and chemical-resistant
  • Dries clear like a glass surface for a beautiful finish
  • Customizable with a variety of color/blend/metallic choices to choose from


  • Epoxy garage coatings can’t be used in locations that are consistently damp or where moisture comes up from the ground and through concrete because coating won’t adhere
  • It can take hours or even days to prepare concrete before applying
  • Surface must be free of dirt, grease or prior sealers and coatings – removal of prior coatings can be quite labor intensive
  • Prep can include power washing and even acid washing to ready for adhesion
  • Any cracks, holes or surface imperfections will be highlighted in finished project
  • Two-step process of primer then epoxy
  • Effective application is dependent on weather, temperature and humidity levels
  • There is drying/curing time between each process and you might not be able to use your garage for up to a week
  • Not for every DIYer has the skill level or patience for epoxy; costly to hire a professional installer
  • Dries fast so it has to be worked with quickly
  • A second coat or sealer is suggested for better durability
  • May need to be reapplied as often as every 1-3 years
  • Might discolor
  • Can chip and crack if heavy objects are dropped on it
  • May suffer from hot tire pick up

Note: One of the best options for protecting epoxy flooring and your garage staining investment is to use a Clear Floor Protector made of clear durable vinyl.

3.  Snap Together Tiles     


  • Quick and easy installation
  • Simple to work around odd shapes
  • May be used over imperfect garage floor
  • A variety of options to get creative with garage floor design
  • Interlocking floor tiles don’t require adhesive
  • Floating floor tiles are repositionable and you can take them with you if you move


  • Tile garage flooring can get expensive if the space is large
  • Seams are not watertight, so liquids can seep underneath
  • Mold and mildew might become an issue
  • Susceptible to fading with sun exposure
  • Temperature changes can cause unsnapping from expansion and contraction
  • Curling or tile disconnecting can cause safety concerns, tripping, falling, etc.


4.  Vinyl Tiles           


  • Vinyl tiles for the garage are easy to install
  • Not much prep except cleaning floor and filling large cracks and holes
  •  Many garage floor tiles, including our RaceDay® vinyl tile, are peel and stick tile adhesion
  • Numerous colors and surface textures to customize garage floor
  • Repairs can be isolated to 1 tile or a small section of tiles
  • Vinyl tiles are extremely durable – won’t chip, crack, tear or peel
  • Tough enough to drive a car on
  • Waterproof garage floor protection
  • Won't mold or mildew
  • Resistant to most common garage chemicals, corrosives and contaminants
  • Easy to clean with simple soap, water and a mop
  • Slip-resistant
  • Comfortable anti-fatigue benefits
  • Insulating
  • Sound buffering
  • Extremely versatile flooring for other residential and commercial spaces


· Can get pricey if covering a large space since you’re purchasing individual tiles

· Installation is more time consuming and labor-intensive than roll out vinyl flooring options


5.  Roll Out Mats    


  • Affordable garage floor covering and garage floor protection
  • Easiest to install over all the other garage flooring options
  • Typical installation time is around 30 minutes per garage roll out mat
  • No adhesive needed
  • Simply unroll garage flooring rolls
  • Easy to trim to fit
  • Little to no garage concrete prep necessary
  • Can drive on them immediately
  • Use one roll out garage mat as a parking pad or butt multiple garage flooring mats together for wall-to-wall coverage
  • For a more finished or permanent installation, adhering to concrete garage floor is an option
  • Can be moved outdoors for easy cleaning with a hose
  • Repositionable and can move with you
  • Available in a variety of colors, patterns and sizes
  • Extremely versatile to use outside the garage and for flooring for home and businesses
  • Vinyl roll out garage floor mats offer even more unparalleled features (see below)


  • Less customization than garage tile, epoxy garage coatings or garage paint and stain
  • Any large flooring imperfections may show through
  • Some sheet flooring is less durable than others (see below)


Why Are G-Floor Vinyl Garage Tiles and Vinyl Roll Out Mats the Best Garage FlooringOption?

G-Floor® Universal Flooring is the Gold Standard of garage flooring and is the #1 garage floor protector in the world. G-Floor is engineered differently and manufactured in the USA to outperform and outlast other vinyl garage floor coverings on the market today. Unlike competitors utilizing layers, fillers, laminate or only quality material on the top 10-20% of their sheet flooring and tile products, G-Floor is 100% premium polyvinyl through and through. While the others may look fine on the surface, fragile filler materials compacted together inside vinyl flooring actually decrease product longevity and break down quickly when wet. With G-Floor, you get the most durable vinyl garage flooring available. G-Floor is purposefully-designed to be lightweight and recyclable and because of its solid, waterproof construction, it won’t crack, scratch, peel, split, curl or deteriorate like the others. 

The G-Floor® Garage Flooring Advantage

  • Premium, durable, solid vinyl floor covering – no fillers, laminate or thin wear layers – providing years of floor protection
  • Waterproof flooring – single-piece design with no weak points to resist mold, mildew, scratching, denting, cracking, peeling, buckling and curling
  • Prevents concrete and subfloor deterioration while hiding floor imperfections
  • Resists oil, battery acid, brake fluid, anti-freeze, mud, salt and other common chemicals
  • Simple roll-out installation – DIY trim to fit; use one vinyl floor mat or multiple vinyl flooring rolls for wall-to-wall coverage
  • No adhesive needed (unless you want a permanent installation)
  • Easily cleans with soap, water and a mop
  • Slip resistant, flame retardant, anti-fatigue and sound buffering
  • Made in the USA
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

G-Floor Vinyl Peel and Stick Tiles and Garage Roll Out Flooring Mats are available in multiple colors, patterns and sizes to totally customize worn out concrete for a quick and beautiful garage flooring update.