Monthly Archives: September 2008

Published Garage Flooring Articles

Anyone who has been keeping up with our two garage flooring news and information sites know that we are doing our best to help our customers learn about these exciting products.  Many of these articles have been published by various online magazines.  Check out our forum board to see that latest garage flooring articles we’ve had posted.  If you would like to post any questions or comments, please do because we would love to hear from you.

To view our sister garage flooring news site, please check out the Garage Flooring News.

Race Day Parking Mats

Just about anyone with a garage floor would love to add a rolled garage floor product or garage floor tiles.  Unfortunately for many, these floors may be out of their current price range.  Those who are interested in the protection that a garage floor can provide but just can’t cover the entire garage floor should look into Race Day Parking Mats.

Race Day Parking Mats

Race Day Parking Mats

Race Day Parking Mats are a large 8′ x 20′ section of 55 mil garage flooring with a checked flag edge on each side.  They are made from the same quality high quality polyvinyl and are ribbed to control debris and keep liquids contained within the channels.

Some other benefits of the Race Day Parking Mats include:

  • Hides crack, stains and other blemishes in the garage floor
  • Multiple Race Day Parking Mats can be butted together for a seamless look
  • Reduces dirt and grease on shoes that can be tracked into your house or garage
PRODUCTS DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE
Race Day Parking Mats
Race
Day Parking Mats

What is the best garage floor?

What is the best garage floor is a difficult question to answer.  There generally is no doubt that adding garage flooring is a wise decision.  The added benefits outweigh the cost in most cases.  Inexpensive garage floor protection benefits include:

  • Added warmth to cold floors
  • Anti-fatigue properties
  • Easy clean-up
  • Improved appearance
  • Sound deadening
  • Less dirt tracked into your home
  • And many more…

Opinions will differ among those who have garage flooring as to which is the best garage floor.  The reason for that is quite simple, everyone has different needs.  Cost, style, comfort, safety, and cleanup are some of the aspects of the decision making process.  What is the best garage floor for one may not be the best garage floor for another.

If your looking at the purchase of a garage floor from a strictly cost related basis, then the best garage floor is the rolled garage flooring.  Dollar for dollar, rolled garage flooring is the least expensive per square foot and with different thicknesses and qualities available, you are sure to find a floor to meet your budget needs.

If appearance is the main quality you are looking for then the best garage floor is a tough one to answer.  As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  That being said, the general consensus as to which is the best looking garage floor is usually tile garage floors.  Because most garages are fairly large a single color rolled floor may be too much of one color for some people’s individual taste.  The multicolored tile garage floors help breakup that look with contrasting colors.  In addition, garage floor tiles allow you to design your floor any way you please and many people take advantage of that ability.  Popular patterns include boarders around the perimeter or a check board layout.

When it comes to comfort, generally rolled garage flooring or soft garage floor tiles make the best garage floor.  Many of the other flooring options are made from a hard plastic type material that is more comfortable than plain concrete, but not nearly as comfortable as the rolled garage floor.

If safety and cleanup are your primary reasons for looking into garage flooring, the best garage floor for you is most likely rolled garage flooring.  One of the biggest benefits of rolled garage flooring is that it is easy to clean.  Aside of the seems, rolled garage flooring does not allow spills or leaks to penetrate to the floor below.  That means spills are contained to the rolled garage flooring where they can be easily taken care of.  In addition because rolled garage flooring is not secured to the floor it can be dragged out of the garage and sprayed down occasionally with a garden hose.  Rigid garage floor tiles are usually solid or perforated.  The perforated types allows spills to drain below the tile to the floor below.  This can be beneficial in some applications but ultimately the difficulty becomes cleaning up spills below the tile.  Unless you pull up part of the floor, the spills will remain under the floor forever.  Even solid tiles are not installed tight enough where spills don’t leak down between the seems.

Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to install garage flooring, but deciding which is the best garage floor is strictly up to the individual making the purchase.

Garage Floor Tiles – What type is best for me?

There are many types of garage floor tiles available on the market today generally divided into two categories, rigid and soft.

Garage Floor Tiles

Garage Floor Tiles

Soft garage floor tiles are generally made from PVC vinyl and are quite durable.  Much thinner than the rigid garage floor tiles, soft garage floor tiles usually are of the peel and stick variety.  Peel and stick tiles have an adhesive applied to the back of the tile during the manufacturing process and a plastic backing is put over the adhesive.  To install this tile, simply peel off the backing and apply the tile to the floor.

The advantages to a soft garage tile floor is that the height of the tile is only about the thickness of a nickel, no big raises in the floor to worry about.  Another major advantage to this type of garage floor tile is that spills and leaks are less likely to penetrate the floor tile meaning they are easier to clean up.  The biggest disadvantage to soft peel and stick garage floor tiles is that they cannot be removed.  If you are considering moving and want to take your garage floor tiles, you may be interested in the rigid garage floor tile.

Rigid garage floor tiles are usually made from high impact polypropylene and are either perforated or solid.  Many companies manufacture rigid garage floor tiles and they are readily available online.  Like many other products we may buy, rigid garage floor tiles vary in quality so do your research to find the best garage floor tile for your budget.  Some of the cheap garage floor tiles can warp or break.

Perforated garage floor tiles allow liquids and spills to drain through the floor onto the concrete garage floor below it.  The benefits to this type of flooring is that the garage floor surface remains dry and safe.  But there is a major disadvantage to this type of garage floor too, spills and liquids that fall below the floor are difficult to clean.  Water spills can become moldy over time so care must be taken to be sure the area is properly ventilated when using this type of garage floor.

Solid, rigid garage floor tiles are basically the same tile as the perforated, less all the drain holes.  Solid tiles are heavier than the perforated types.  The solid garage floor tiles do not allow liquids to drain quite as easily as the perforated garage floor tiles.  However, spills should be promptly cleaned up to prevent liquids from draining between the cracks in the tile to the concrete floor below.  As with the perforated garage floor tile, liquids that drain below the floor’s surface are extremely difficult to clean.

Rigid garage floor tiles are usually installed using an interlocking mechanism on two sides of the tile.  This allows the tiles to be secured to each other easily and solidly.  Many manufacturers also make an edging that can be installed around the perimeter of the garage to give it a clean, finished look.

Whatever garage floor tile you are interested in purchasing, be sure to do your homework.  Specifically with the rigid garage floor tile, quality can be in issue with the cheaper types.  Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each type of garage floor tile to your application to determine which floor is best for you.

PRODUCTS DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE
RaceDay Peel & Stick Garage Floor Tiles - Levant
RaceDay Peel & Stick Garage Floor Tiles - Diamond Tread
RaceDay Peel & Stick Garage Floor Tiles - All

Garage Floors – Which one is right for me?

Garage floors have been a growing home improvement project in many houses today.  They add comfort, warmth, safety and beauty to a normally cold, hard place.  The most popular types of floors are rolled garage floors (sometimes call rubber garage floors) and garage floor tile.  When it comes to garage floor tiles there are many types to chose from including hard and soft.

The hard garage floor tiles are floating tiles and they are either perforated to allow water and spills to drain below them or solid to somewhat keep spills above the tile.  They usually have some kind of an attaching system that allows them to snap together and stay in place.   There are various types of plastic garage floor tiles and the quality of these tiles will vary greatly.  Always be sure to know the type of flooring you are buying because when it comes to plastic garage tiles, price is not nearly as important as quality.  Cheap garage floor tiles can warp and break under heavy loads.

Soft garage floor tiles are a rubber like material.  Actually made from PVC, soft tiles usually come in a peel and stick variety.  The popular rubber garage floor tiles manufactured by Better Life Technology are manufactured at an impressive 95 mil base thickness and include a peel and stick backing that makes installation a breeze.  BLT garage floor tiles are available in 3 colors including Midnight Black, Absolute White and Slate Grey.  They are available in levant and diamond tread patterns in both a 12″ and 24″ tile.

Rolled garage floors are the lowest cost and easiest type of garage floor to install.  These floors are simply rolled out and the seems are either overlapped or butted together.  They do not need to be glued down and the seems do not need to be taped.  If you are interested in securing a rolled rubber garage floor, there are seeming tapes and floor adhesives available but they are certainly not required.  Rolled garage floors are available in widths from 7.5 to 10 feet wide and various lengths.  Custom lengths are also available if you are unable to locate the right size roll for your garage.  Rolled garage floors are available in 4 patterns including diamond tread, levant, coin and ribbed.  Various thicknesses are also available ranging from 55 mil to 85 mil and in 6 different colors.

Ultimately there are many reasons to choose one type of floor over another.  Cost, appearance, durability and ease of installation are the most common.  The look of a garage tile floor will be much different than that of a rolled garage floor.  Most garage floors are easy enough for the average homeowner to install themselves so if you are up to the challenge, you should be able to install any of these floors.  As for durability it is best to purchase the highest quality floor you can afford.  The cost of a heavy grade rolled floor may be about the same as a cheap tile floor.  But for the same amount of money, the rolled floor will last much longer and look much better.

PRODUCTS DISCUSSED IN THIS ARTICLE
Garage Floor Coverings
Garage Floor Mat
Rolled Garage Flooring

Garage Floors – How Much Do I Need?

Garage floors make a nice addition to any home and they are a fantastic home improvement project.  There are many types of garage flooring with the most popular being rolled garage flooring.  With the wide variety of textures, colors and thicknesses available, choosing the right garage floor can be a difficult task.

If you are looking for Garage Flooring That’s Inexpensive and Easy To Install, check out our article on that subject.  If you are more interested in Garage Floor Tiles, we have an article on that too.  Whatever type of flooring you choose you will need to determine how much flooring you need to purchase.  If you have a rectangular or square garage, that calculation is quite simply length x width.  For example, if your garage is 24′ x 20′, then you simply take 24 x 20 and determine that your garage is 480 square feet.  If you were going to purchase rolled garage floors then the your best option would be to choose a roll that is 10 feet wide and purchase the length you need for each 10 foot increment.  In our example 2 rolls of garage flooring that is 10 feet wide by 24 feet long would be perfect.  But what if you garage is 24′ x 22′?  If that is the case the best option would be to purchase rolled garage flooring that is 7.5′ wide and then buy 3 rolls at 24′ long.

In each of the examples above it is important to know the width and length of your garage.  Many of the garage floors available comes in various patterns and are generally rolled out from the back of the garage to the front.  By doing this, the seem will run along the length of the garage.  To determine the width of the rolls you will need you simply take the width of your garage and divide it by the various widths of flooring available.  The most common widths of rolled garage flooring are 7.5′, 8′, 9′ and 10′.  If your garage is 22′ wide then the best choice would be 3 rolls of the 7.5′ width flooring.  That would give you the least amount of waste when you install your floor.  Three rolls at 7.5′ wide would cover an area 22.5′ wide providing only 6 inches of waste.

Once you determine the width of the roll out flooring you need, the length is easy.  Purchase each of the rolls in the total length of the garage.  For example, if your garage is 24′ long then you will need each of your rolls to be 24′.  But what if the necessary length of garage flooring is not available?  The better garage flooring retailers like StoreItWell.com can special order customers the perfect length of flooring you need.  This eliminates waste and generally saves you money.  Because there are usually custom order cut charges, it is best to order 1 long run of flooring instead of 3 separate rolls.  In our 24′ long garage, that would mean a total roll length of 72′, (24’x3).

Calculating the right amount of garage flooring can be a difficult task but one that is extremely important if you are planning on this impressive home improvement project.  You don’t want to buy too much and waste your money but you also don’t want to buy too little and end up short on the job.  The right calculations are important to doing the job .  If you are not comfortable determining how much you need, ask for help.  We will be more than willing to help you order the perfect amount.