Garages aren’t just places where cars are protected from the weather. These days, they are so much more, being used for a number of different purposes. That’s why your garage flooring should be appropriate, and it should protect the garage floor from oil or chemical spills. It should also be comfortable to work on it for longer periods of time, while giving the garage a nice look.
Rubber mats, epoxy paint and floor tiles are the most common flooring systems for garages. Personally, I would recommend using rubber mats, since they can be installed easily and a lot of people are happy using them as flooring for their garage. The area beneath the mat is smooth and the one on top has a raised design.
The number of sizes and designs is varied enough that you will have a unique look for your garage floor. Another plus of rubber mats is their low cost.Here are some of the things I enjoy about rubber mats and why I always recommend them.
First of all, installing them is a breeze. Put the rubber mats on your garage floor and that’s it. If you have an area where they don’t fit easily, simply cut them to make them fit.
Their cost is quite cheap compared to other flooring systems and you can find plenty of different sizes, shapes and designs. They also give you a surface area that is not slippery, while providing a cushion area and being insulated. Walking on rubber mats is quite comfortable.
Another reason why I recommend them is because the floor is protected in case of spills of all kinds (grease, oil, chemicals) or from dirt. They are easily maintained and they are durable, while keeping the dirt from your shoes on them, so you don’t take it inside the house.
Still, to be honest, rubber mats have their own limitations when they’re used for garage floors.
For one, they don’t do well if the temperature is high. That’s because their melting temperature is low, so when there are extremely high temperatures outside, they will melt. In addition to that, parking the car on the rubber can mean getting the tires stuck on the rubber.
The second disadvantage of rubber mats is that they’re damaged easily by petrol based products.
Getting rubber mats in your garage is easy, as I said before. First of all, make sure your garage is clean. Get rid of any cement bumps, dirt of debris before installing the mats. Use a broom or a vacuum cleaner to make sure the surface is clean. Fill any floor gaps that you see and level the areas that need it. Next, take the measures of the floor. In most cases, you will buy rubber mat rolls that will be 70 feet long and between 6 and 10 feet wide.
Buy more than you calculate that you will need. If any remains, it can be used to replace damaged parts in the future. Once you have the rubber mat, simply lay it on your garage floor.