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How to Find Garage Flooring Contractors in Ottawa

Garage floors need to be tough, durable, and resistant to considerable amounts of damage. They should be able to handle oil and chemical stains, high traffic, impact from tools, etc. Not all floors can endure this amount of wear and tear. However, to get good results, you need right garage floor contractors in Ottawa. We at The Floor Company have put together a small guide to help you choose the best possible contractor.garage floor ottawa colour flakes

Decide What You Want

Before you hire a contractor, carefully consider what you want. You should determine your budget, research the variety of coatings available, and decide just which coating and floor you want for your garage. That would help you narrow down the list of garage floor contractors in Ottawa and save some time on the search.

Ask Around 

If your friends or neighbours have recently remodeled their garage, you should ask them for suggestions and recommendations. Because they have personal experience with their chosen contractors, they can give you an honest opinion. You can note down the names of contractors they recommend and mark contractors they disapprove of. This will help you stay clear of bad experiences and low quality work.

Look Online

Most garage floor contractors in Ottawa will have their own websites or listings on platforms like Yelp and Google+. You can add the highest rated contractors to your list and research them. Be sure to read the online reviews and explore their website because that would help you shortlist the best contractors.

Get Quotes

After you’ve shortlisted all contractors, call them or contact them through their online forms for quotes and details. You can also prepare a list of questions that would address your specific concerns and requirements. Most contractors would be perfectly willing to answer your questions and provide estimates. They’ll also provide references to previous clients if you ask.

At this point, all you need to do is study the quotes, compare different contractors, and make your decision. If you follow these steps, you’ll be able to hire the best garage floor contractors in Ottawa.

For information on concrete garage floors or to get an estimate, you can contact us at The Floor Company. If you’re calling from Ottawa and surrounding areas, dial 1800 461 3121. If you’re calling from Kingston, Bellevielle, Peterborough and Durham, dial 1877 277 9877. You can also email us at or fill in this contact us form.

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Decorative Chip Concrete Garage Floor Finishes

Your garage floor is likely the last place you thought you’d renovate in your home. Lately, in the last 10 years or so, decorative chip finishes for garage floors have been popping up everywhere.

Many contractors in various fields have been adding garage chip flooring to their repertoire. The thought process is often “well I’m already doing their central vac, I may as well do their garage floor while I am there!” While this is sound business thinking, it may not be the best for the consumer at the other end of the transaction. flake floor garage finish chip floor ottawa

Decorative garage chip floors go much deeper than the surface you walk on. There is a very specific and technical method that must be followed to ensure the longest lasting decorative chip coating possible.

Concrete flooring contractors know that when it comes to any kind of chip floor, surface preparation is key. You don’t want to hire a contractor who doesn’t have concrete grinding or shot blasting equipment for surface preparation. You want a contractor who has the know how and equipment to properly abrade your floor to ensure the entire decorative chip system is able to seep into the concrete garage floor and expand into it’s pores. This is key for a long lasting and durable installation.

You can read more about surface preparation and the perils of skipping steps or attempting a DIY decorative chip floor elsewhere on this blog.

On the topic of decorative chip choices: There are MANY. Rest easy though, usually a concrete flooring contractor will provide a basic book of samples of decorative chip options. There are always custom blends available of course.

Decorative chips are essentially smashed up little pieces of vinyl. They are available in sizes from 1/32 all the way to 1 inch. The most common, and in my opinion the nicest, are 1/16″ and 1/4″ flakes.

If you have a floor that isn’t quite perfect in terms of smoothness or levelness, a 1/4″ chip is your best bet. 1/16″ chips show more imperfections. However, there are base coats that are self-levelling which can be applied prior to installing a decorative chip floor.

If you level out and smooth your floor with self-levelling epoxy first, you can easily go ahead with 1/16″ flakes for a super rich and less busy look.

Contact us today to discover your options in decorative chip concrete garage floor finishes.