Protect Your Floor The Easy Way
“Custom garage mats are very easy to install, require minimal garage
floor preparation, do not require adhesives, and offer great protection.”
Garage Floor Mats are the easiest garage floor covering option with many sizes, colors and patterns to protect and enhance your garage’s value. Standard sizes run from 7 1/2 to 10 feet wide and 14 to 24 feet long, with extended lengths available beyond 50 feet. It’s simple to customize and protect any garage floor.
Some people prefer to cover the entire floor while others choose to protect only the area under a single car or truck. If you are looking to cover stains, cracks and other concrete blemishes, using a mat with a smooth finished edge will do the trick.
If you want to contain spills, drips, and potential fluid run-off, you may want to look at styles with a raised outer edge. It’s sort of like using a placemat to keep your cereal and milk off the kitchen table, except the “milk” may be melted ice, motor oil or other automotive fluids, and the “kitchen table” is your garage floor.
Garage Floor Mats – How Do You Choose?
With so many colors and patterns, how do you choose the right one? Color is probably the easiest choice. Just match your taste or garage colors. When choosing a pattern, the three most common are diamond plate, ribbed and “coin” design.
G-Floor Roll-Out Garage Flooring is probably the most common brand on the market today. G-Floor® offers heavy duty PVC construction in six different colors and four different patterns, with a variety of sizes up to 10 feet wide. If you just want to cover the area under your vehicle or you want to cover the entire garage floor, the G-Floor® is a great choice.
Coin Pattern Garage Floor Covering is another popular choice as it tends to work better for home mechanics. Anything with smaller wheels generally rolls better, including tool boxes, creepers, vacuums, etc. Also available in high-grade PVC, this material can be rolled out and installed wall-to-wall for a complete floor covering solution.
Coin pattern flooring can be butted together for a seamless looking installation. Automotive fluids, road grime, water, etc., can be kept off your garage floor, preserving the concrete underneath. The extra cushion also makes working in the garage more comfortable.
What are the advantages of Garage Floor Mats?
Floor mats are very easy to install, require minimal garage floor preparation, do not require adhesives, and offer great protection. Other advantages include:
- Easy to clean with soap and water
- Helps keep liquids out of the garage with built in channels
- Limits dirt and debris tracking
- Extended life for your concrete
- Helps keep automotive fluids contained
- Offers the benefits of an anti-fatigue mat, including working and walking comfort
- Can be cut to perfectly fit your garage space
- Makes for a quieter garage
- Long lasting protection
- Covers discolored or damaged concrete
Like garage floor tiles, the impact to the look and feel of your garage is extraordinary, with minimal work. With many colors and patters to choose from, you can customize your garage in no time. Plus, you can take them with you if you move!
What are the disadvantages?
Garage floor mats typically cost more than concrete sealers, garage floor paint orepoxy garage floor coatings. If you have a large garage floor to cover, the cost can add up. If you want a truly custom or “one of a kind” garage floor, it is more difficult to achieve with garage floor mats as opposed to garage floor tiles.
Cheap products can be deceptively attractive, but may not last. Be sure to shop for high quality mats like G-Floor®, which is made of 100% high quality polyvinyl. Some products use a layer of quality material laminated to a layer of lesser quality material that may not hold up as well. Lower quality products often cost less, but deteriorate much faster. Choose wisely!
What do Garage Floor Mats cost?
Available in a variety of widths, colors and patterns, costs range from about $1.40 per square foot at the low end, to more than $2.50 per square foot on the high end for commercial and industrial grade mats. Cheaper alternatives are available, but will not last as long or hold up as well. Think “easy installation” and long-lasting, instant protection.
If you want to spend a little more for a truly custom garage floor, consider the benefits of interlocking garage floor tiles. Remember to compare your garage flooring options first; then make your decision.
Where do you get it?
I prefer to shop and buy garage floor mats online where you can find a large selection of garage flooring and garage accessories from which to choose. You can certainly find them at a variety of big box retailers, including Costco, but the best selection and competitive pricing is available online.
Garage floor mats are an excellent choice for dramatic, almost instant results. If you buy quality, you will have a long-lasting, durable and protective garage floor surface for many years of enjoyment.
Much like using garage floor tiles, you can turn a drab, oil stained garage floor into a visually appealing, multi-purpose extension to your home in less than one day. Plus, you can take it with you if you ever move!