Tim R. has an interesting way of utilizing the space in his garage. He has set up a machine shop which he uses to design and build physics apparatus for science demonstrations. He also uses it for the occasional job for friends and neighbors. You can see some of his projects here: http://citizenscientistsleague.com. Just enter “Raney” or “Bald Engineer Guy”.
Well over a year ago, he decided to get some garage flooring for his shop. Initially, he was using an “inexpensive foam matting from a home center” but it made moving his table saw difficult and the flooring was starting to show its age. So he searched around and found Greatmats.
In stages, he has slowly floored most of his garage with our Modular Garage Floor Tile-Snap Coin. He uses industrial anti-fatigue mats to cover the rest.
Snap Coin tiles are a great flooring for both garages and workshops because they are extremely durable and resistant to many chemicals and petroleum based products. The tiles measure 12″ x 12″ and come in seven colors.
“The installation was easy,” Tim says. “Just remember to orient the mats per the instructions on the box. As simple as it was to install, I forgot that a time or two. So I kept the instructions nearby.”
Snap Coin Tiles are simple to install because they require no adhesive. This is also convenient should you ever decide to move your shop. Simply pack them up and bring them with you. These industrial tiles are tough enough to assemble multiple times without damaging the connection tabs. They are warrantied for ten years.
“I modified some of the tiles to fit around ‘obstructions’ like the metal stock rack. It was quick work to cut a tile to size on the band saw. The biggest challenge was installing the tiles under two heavy workbenches. Both are heavy-duty workbenches you’ll find in an industrial setting. However, with a crowbar, a six-ton capacity hydraulic jack and blocks of wood, I installed the tiles under each bench. Likely not a typical installation.”
For wall-to-wall installations, most people will use a table saw to cut the floor tiles to fit their room. We would recommend a finishing blade. Also, you might want to keep a can of lubricating oil handy so the blade doesn’t gum up from the plastic when it gets hot. A quick sand over the cut edge will remove any ragged edging.
Tim also told us, “snapping the tiles together goes quickly-quicker if you use a rubber mallet vs. pressing them into place. The plastic tiles are very rugged and a mallet won’t damage them.”
(Ed. note: This is true. Floors built of these tiles can support up to 50,000 lbs!)
“I didn’t track the time. but I suppose you could do a 20×20′ garage floor in four hours or maybe less without obstructions. The plastic tiles are a quality product and are well-suited to my needs. They don’t have a car running over them but a heavy table saw with steel wheels that gets moved a lot. There’s really no apparent wear after over a year. I like the flooring since it makes the shop brighter vs. the old cement floor.”
We asked Tim if he’d buy the garage floor tiles again.
“Since this flooring was done in stages, I made multiple purchases with one part of the shop completed…After I tiled almost half the shop, I wanted to see how well the tiles held up. It all worked very well. I would buy the tiles again.”
Would you recommend them to your friends?
“I’ve actually recommended the tiles to others-it’s a good product-I’ve been very happy with it.”
Thank you, Tim. We appreciate the review and the photos.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance, anti-fatigue sports flooring solution for your workout area, look no further. StayLock is a hassle-free and great looking exercise flooring for a variety of different purposes. Excellent for large or small installations, it can be used in both commercial and residential applications.
All colors are made from virgin PVC material. Black is made from material with a low percentage of recycled content. When the floor tile life span is completed, this material can be reclaimed and reground back into base material that can then be manufactured into useful products, which means this product need never go to the landfill.
Tiles are 1×1 foot and 9/16” inch thick. Each tile weighs 1-1/2 lbs. They are waterproof and have border ramps available. These tiles are available in bump top and orange peel surface designs. They come with a seven year warranty.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.
Our new StayLock modular floor tile features either a bump top or orange peel surface design. This floor is great for ergonomic and industrial fatigue flooring, aerobic and exercise floors, or in the home. The tile connection design holds these modular floor tiles together tightly. They will not separate over time. Installation of this waterproof basement floor tile is easy and quick; simply lay the tab side of the tile over the loops and connect the tiles together for a perfect fit every time. No adhesives or tape is required so you are free to disassemble and bring this floor along wherever you go.
If you need a small area of rubber flooring material, this product is a great and economical solution. Perfect for use as home gym mats, this 4×10 foot, solid piece of 1/4 inch thick rubber is available in either 100% black or a 10 percent fleck of a variety of colors. Excellent as cushion for standing on hard floors or easily cut it into gym mats, rolled rubber can be used under exercise equipment where tough and durable rubber flooring is needed. It will reduce vibration and noise as well as protect the floor. This rolled rubber material is a high density material that will easily withstand the weight of heavy equipment and high traffic areas. Use it as a home gym mat, for aerobics, or other exercise to minimize stress on your joints. Rolled rubber has anti-fatigue properties. This product can also be used in the basement or garage to create a safe and durable flooring surface. It is waterproof and easy to install. Better still, rolled rubber is a green product. With the color choices available, this roll of rubber will enhance the appearance of any room. It will also increase safety and protect your floors from wear and tear.
Installation is easy. Rolled rubber can be applied using a double sided, tape-down method or, in smaller residential locations, you can simply dry lay it. If you would like to use it as rubber mats, simply cut the piece to desired length and take it with you wherever you want to go. Rolled rubber is lightweight and easy to transport and install.
Clean this roll of rubber with a damp mop and floor cleaner with a neutral ph.
At Greatmats, we keep rolled rubber in stock and will ship direct to your door via UPS ground. It typically arrives within 3-6 working days from the time of order and comes with free shipping in the lower 48 states.
Contact Greatmats at http://www.greatmats.com – 877-822-6622.