If you are looking for a quick way to cover your garage floor, mats are a great option. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Minneapolis, MN has a few tips that will get you started in choosing the right garage floor mats. We are always looking for ways to help our customers improve their garage.
What Do You Need The Garage Mats For?
To start with, you need to know what you plan to use the mats for. This will help you find the right type for your garage. If you are going to use the mats to stand on while working on projects, you will want something that is thicker. If you just need to cover over cracks or spills, then you could get by with something that is lighter weight.
Here are a few qualities to consider in a new mat:
- Cushioned – great for in front of workbenches.
- Slip-resistant – good for work areas that tend to get covered with liquids.
- Won’t slide – maps that slide around while you walk on them can be dangerous. Look for ones that have grippers on the bottom.
- Thickness – a thicker mat usually offer superior performance to thinner products. They also tend to stay in place better.
- Smooth or textured – smooth mats are best if you need to roll under a car. Textured mats are best if you need to contain spills.
- Spill-resistant – mats that are spill resistant won’t absorb liquids, making it easier to clean up.
Depending on what you need the mats for, you may want a combination of these features.
Rollout Mats or Rubber Tiles?
Another thing to consider is whether or not you want a mat that can be moved or a more permanent solution. Rollout mats are great if you need to cover the floor while you are working on projects. These can easily be moved out of the way when you don’t need them. Also, you can take these mats out of your garage to spray off and clean.
However, you may want something that stays in place. You can get rubber tiles that you glue together to create the surface. This type of flooring can be customized to fit your floor by cutting the tiles to size. We recommend if you cover your entire floor with this type of mat, that you give a ¼ inch gap between the mat and wall for expansion.
Consider Your Budget
Everyone has a budget for their projects. Depending on how large of an area you need to cover, you may want to start by covering part of your floor and expanding. Generally, a standard mat starts at about $1.25 per square foot. If you want something that is heavier duty, you are looking at a starting cost of $2.25 per square foot.
Garage floor mats are not the only way to cover your floor. You can consider painting the floor with epoxy or installing tiles meant for your garage. It’s always a good idea to research all of your options before making a purchase.
The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Minneapolis, Minnesota is always looking for ways to help our customers. While we don’t install garage flooring, we can take care of your garage door. If your door stops working, be sure to get in touch with us right away. We’ll get someone out to your home to take a look.