Why You Need A Floor Before We Can Install Your Garage Door

You may not realize it, but having a garage floor is very important for installing garage doors safely and accurately. At Creative Door, our policy requires customers to have a floor in place before we’ll install a new garage door. You may be wondering why that is. Here’s what you should know about how your floor impacts your garage door and the best garage flooring options available.

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Garage flooring is important for garage door safety

Garage floors are intended to provide a level, durable surface that can withstand heavy loads and frequent use. This even surface has a key role in making sure your garage door closes and seals all the way.

 When our technicians install garage doors, they need to make sure that the bottom of the door is completely flush with the floor. If there isn’t a professionally installed floor in place, the ground in your garage will inevitably be somewhat uneven, making it practically impossible to install your garage door without gaps or cracks along the bottom edge.

 A garage door that doesn’t close or seal properly is unsafe as well as unsatisfactory. Cold and hot air will be able to get in more easily, which affects the energy efficiency of your garage.  The gaps along the bottom will also allow snow, rain, dirt, and debris to find their way inside. There’s also the matter of safety—a garage door that doesn’t close evenly makes it easier for intruders to pry their way into your home through this entrance point.

 We want our customers to stay safe and feel completely satisfied with the quality of our services and products. In our expert opinion, it’s impossible to get the most out of your new garage door unless you have garage flooring.

Garage Flooring Options

Luckily, there are many garage flooring options beyond the standard grey slab of cement. Here are some of the ways to ensure your garage floor lasts for a long time while also looking its absolute best: 

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  • Painted concrete. Coating your garage floor with concrete paint is an easy way to bring some colour into the space and cover over any existing stains or damage. Keep in mind, however, that salt and road chemicals can wear away the paint over time, so you may need to repaint it every few years.
  • Sealed concrete. One of the most cost-effective garage floor finishes, sealed concrete is highly durable and protects your floor against everyday wear and tear. When applied correctly, it will only need to be reapplied every five to 10 years.
  • Stained concrete. If you want to give your garage a more sophisticated look, consider going for a stained floor. This translucent, decorative colouring soaks into the concrete and gives it a marbled finish that looks like natural stone. A urethane sealer can be applied over top to protect the floor from moisture, chemicals, and stains.

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  • Epoxy coated concrete. One of the toughest garage flooring options on the market, epoxy coating gives your floor a hard, chemical, and solvent resistant finish that prevents damage from moisture, stains, grease, and cracks. Plus, it’s available in variety of colours and textures.

  • Rollout mats. If you’re not ready to commit to a particular garage floor finish, rollout mats are a hassle-free way to protect your floor from everyday wear and tear. Simply roll out the rubber mats to the desired size and trim to meet your needs.
  • Rigid snap-together tiles. This type of flooring is easy to install, can accommodate heavy loads, and is more chemical resistant than mats. It’s also available with perforated tiles that help drain spills and snowmelt—a definite asset if you live in one of the many parts of Canada that gets a lot of snow.

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Ready to get Started? Contact a Creative Door Location Near You!

Once you have your garage floor, it’s time for the door. Here at Creative Door, we offer one of the most extensive catalogues of quality garage doors and garage door products in Canada. Whether you’re looking to install a new garage door or update an old one with the latest openers and access controls, our trained and certified technicians are at your service.

From Winnipeg to Vancouver, contact us to learn more about what we have to offer or visit one of our eight locations.

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