Installing the right flooring is a crucial part of converting your garage; whether you’re creating a man cave, a family games room or a home office. But how do you decide which type of flooring to use?
Fear not, as the Home and Build team have come up with a handy mini-guide that will help you to choose wisely.
Start by damp proofing
Before you do anything else, you’ll need to make sure that your garage floor has been damp-proofed. Painting liquid membrane directly onto the floor is the simplest way to do this, although you could use material membrane if you prefer. You can then place thermal insulation on top of the membrane before finishing with a layer of screed.
Floor tiles come in a variety of colours, patterns and materials. If you’re on a budget you could opt for PVC tiles, which snap together allowing you to create customised designs. As well as creating a durable waterproof layer, PVC tiles can handle heavy loads, making them ideal for heavy-use rooms such as a workshop.
Porcelain tiles are also hard-wearing, but they create a more effective barrier against noise and draughts. Because they look a little more stylish, you might want to consider them if you’re converting your garage into a home office or entertaining area.
Epoxy resin flooring
Epoxy resin flooring is made from resin and hardeners, which react to form a rigid material. This provides a strong, durable and waterproof coating that’s resistant to heat, water, oil and petrol. Perfect for a workshop or games room.
Despite being hardwearing, epoxy resin flooring is available in a range of bold colours and patterns. It can be pricey though, with a high end look costing up to £90 per square metre.
Vinyl flooring is available in hundreds of colours and designs, some of which even resemble wood, tiles or natural stone. Made from PVC, it’s water resistant and can be easily cleaned with a soft brush or warm, soapy water.
Vinyl’s durability and scratch resistance make it suitable for most garage conversions, although you’ll definitely need that layer of screed, as it has to be fitted on a smooth flat surface.
Carpet comes in an unlimited choice of colours and styles, which makes it perfect for family rooms, bedrooms and other living spaces. If you’re thinking of carpeting your garage conversion we recommend looking at carpet tiles, as they’re more hard-wearing than normal carpet and can be individually replaced if one becomes damaged or stained. The downside of carpet is its vulnerability to damp, so if you’re set on having it, decent damp proofing is essential!
Engineered wood flooring
Constructed from layers of wood that are pressed and glued together, engineered wood is ideal if you want to entertain in your garage conversion. It handles changes of temperature extremely well and you can choose from a variety of options, including cherry, maple and oak.
This kind of wooden flooring can either be glued down or installed as a floating floor. However, gluing it down will make it trickier to carry out any repairs.
If you’re converting your garage into a workshop or gym, why not opt for textured rubber flooring? It’s waterproof, resilient and surprisingly soft underfoot. Available mainly from online suppliers and specialist shops, rubber flooring might look a little industrial but it still comes in a wide range of colours. Sustainable natural rubber options are available and you can even source recycled rubber flooring from a few small suppliers.
If our mini-guide has helped you to pick the perfect flooring, why not let us know in the comments below? And if you’d like some more information about the conversion process, check out our handy video guide here.