Friday, December 12, 2014

Can I use rubber flooring in my garage?

A frequent request we receive here is for rolled or interlocking rubber tiles to use in garage areas.  Unfortunately, in most cases, this is not a good flooring fit.

Rubber is great for gym flooring-for garages, not so much.
 Let's preface this by stating that, if you'll be using your garage area only as a workout/gym room, rubber will work great.  Rubber flooring is the most popular product we sell for weight room areas and for facilities where exercise equipment will be used.  It protects the concrete as well as the weights/equipment.

However, if you'll be using your garage as a sort of multi-purpose room where cars will be present, rubber is not a good fit at all.  Rubber tires will chew up your rubber floor quickly.  This is because they both grip exceptionally well.

Another downside to rubber is that it is susceptible to solvents such as gas or oil.  These products can damage your rubber flooring.

Finally, excessive water on your rubber floor can damage it over time.  Melting snow and rain that is dragged in by your vehicle will pool on your rubber flooring which can break it down.  It can also get trapped beneath the rubber which can lead to mold or similar issues.

For those of you who are looking for a nice product that you can workout on but also park your car on, we recommend one of our garage floor tiles.  These interlocking tiles are available in various colors and are incredibly durable.  They can easily handle the weight of almost any vehicle and are impervious to water or solvents.  Garage floor tiles are available in a hard polypropylene plastic or a softer PVC plastic.  The PVC tiles typically require a bit more maintenance as they can become scuffed by high performance tires and require a sealant at installation and regularly throughout the life of your floor.

Have questions?  Call us at 877-822-6622.