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G-Floor Garage Floor Mats Updated Installation Information

BLT G-Floor Garage Floor Mats Installation Update

G-Floor Small CoinSelecting the best method of installing G-Floor garage floor mats is essential to your long-term satisfaction with the products. With over a decade in the market, G-Floor has a time proven installation method for most applications. As we explain too many of our customers, it is like purchasing a car. While a rear wheel drive convertible might be a great choice for Florida it will not do as well as a 4WD SUV might in the mountains of Colorado. It is important to pick the right product and method for your specific project.

In a recent video and blog post we discussed how to best install a BLT garage floor mat. It is important to note that there are several different ways to install G-Floor and the video was discussing one specific method. This post gives you a brief overview of the various methods but it is not designed to replace the manufacturer’s instructions. Ultimately the decision  how to install the product has to be made by someone on the job site. With any of these methods make sure you read the STOP AND READ and make sure you allow the product to relax

Free Floating – easiest to install. Just roll out

Perimeter Tape – easy to install. This method uses a double-sided acrylic floor tape (not double-sided carpet tape) to adhere the floor along the edges and keep the floor from moving.

Full Adhered install – this method with gives you the best results for the flooring

Free Floating Installation

In our opinion this is perhaps the most user-friendly and most commonly used installation method. It also has a lot of variations. A modified version of the free-floating installation is what we show in our installation video. It is how I did my garage.

The benefits of a floating installation are simplicity and the ability to easily remove the floor. In its truest form, the floating floor consists of one or more mats that are simply rolled out and trimmed.  A gap has to be left all the way around each piece to allow for expansion and contraction.

Most of our customers use a modified version of a free-floating installation. In a modified version the mats are butted together and seam tape or a center strip is used. In most cases this installation method works very well. Like any installation method there are some potential pit falls.

Both free-floating installs and modified free-floating installs have some potential issues associated with them.  In most garages we have heavy storage items and relatively large temperature changes. BLT garage floor mats are made from PVC and like all PVC and other plastics it expands.  If your flooring can expand and contract in some places and not others it is possible that from time to time you can develop a ripple or bubble. Often when the temperature normalizes the mats will contract and everything will go back to the way it was.

Sometimes it is necessary to secure the areas to the floor using a double-sided acrylic tape or 3M #80 spray adhesive. Other times simply repositioning the mats and allowing them to relax again will fix the problem. In a small percentage of cases these two solutions will cause other areas to ripple. If that is the case you may have to consider a fully adhered option.

I’ve been in this business for over a decade. It is still my professional opinion that the benefits of the modified floating installation far outweigh the downsides.  While we have certainly had a few projects with the issues described above, it is important to understand that this is a very very small percentage of the garage floor mats we sell –and in many cases it’s because the directions were not followed. Well over 90% and perhaps as high as 99% of the mats we sell are installed in this way with very few issues.

 

Perimeter Tape Installation

This is just what it sounds like. The mats are rolled out, trimmed and dry fit. They are then allowed to completely relax. A double-sided acrylic tape is installed around the perimeter of the area to be covered and along the seams. The mats are then secured to the floor using the double-sided acrylic tape.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have never attempted this installation method. The manufacturer does not offer the tape and we have not sourced one. The upside is the mats are not likely to move. The downside is in the wrong conditions the middle of the mats will move and the edges cannot. You end up with bubble or ripples like you would with a floating floor.

Fully Adhered install

This is a permanent and professional installation method that when properly done will yield the best results. It should almost always be done in commercial, industrial and trailer applications. Professional flooring installers and contractors should give it serious consideration in residential installations. The average DIY consumer needs to proceed with extreme caution before attempting this installation.  It is extremely important to note that issues that arise from this type of installation are generally due to improper installation or poor site conditions and are not covered under  the manufacturer’s warranty.

The mats should be rolled out, allowed to relax and then trimmed to fit. Seam tape should be used at the seams. The appropriate adhesive should be selected and applied to properly prepared substrate.

Surface prep will vary depending on the adhesive and the installation. Generally you want a clean, oil free floor that is neither sealed nor coated. In some cases you will need to prime the floor. It is very important that you follow the directions from the manufacturer.

Once the surface is prepared, the adhesive is applied and the mats are rolled back out.  Then a heavy roller should be used to  make sure there is positive adhesion.

The fully adhered install presents major advantages for commercial and industrial applications. This is especially true in shop settings where heavy equipment is being rolled around on the floor on a regular basis. When properly done you will have a quality, almost seamless floor that is as professional in appearance as it is durable.

Common issues we see with this is failure to use the adhesive properly causing bubbles or poor adhesion. We also see people trying to adhere the floor over coated or improperly prepared substrates.  Different adhesives do better in different circumstances. If you are considering a fully adhered floor please give us a call so we can discuss the best options.

In most cases I would highly suggest residential customers start with a modified floating installation and use the fully adhered method only as a last resort. One last note. Installation methods are always changing. Web sites and articles, including this one can become outdated. You must read the current installation information provided with the mat and we highly suggest contacting the Garage Flooring LLC or Better Life Technology with questions on which method is best for you. Again, because you are the one who knows your job site conditions best, only you can decide what is likely to be the best method of installation for your project.

How to Use BLT G-Floor Seam Tape

How To Use BLT G-Floor Seam Tape

Check out our full installation video on our Video Resources Page . You can purchase seam tape and other accessories here.

This video is an excerpt from two of our other videos that go into further details about seaming options and garage floor mat installation. The video is not a substitute for the manufacturers instructions.

We find a lot of value in the fact that we produce our own videos in our own garages in real world situations. These are not expensive infomercial videos but real people using real product in real world situations.

 

33% Off Corvette and Camaro Garage Floor Mats

33% Off Corvette and Camaro Garage Floor Mats

Use coupon code GM33 Photos below Pricing. The 33% off is from the prices listed below and will be shown in the cart once you add to cart and apply the coupon code.  End result, you pay 33% LESS than the prices below

 

 

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Corvette-- Waiving Flag -- 7.5' x 17' with 3" Black Border (Ceramic Pattern) $499.00 ea.   
 
    
Corvette-- Waiving Flag -- 7.5' x 17' with 3" Black Border (Diamond Pattern) $499.00 ea.   
 
    
Corvette-- Waiving Flag -- 10' x 20' with 3" Black Border (Ceramic Pattern) $749.00 ea.   
 
    
Corvette-- Waiving Flag -- 10' x 20' with 3" Black Border (Diamond Pattern) $749.00 ea.   
 
    
Camaro -- Waiving Flag -- 7.5' x 17' with 3" Black Border $499.00 ea.   
 
    
Camaro -- Waiving Flag -- 10' x 20' with 3" Black Border $749.00 ea.   
 
    
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Freight Shipments

How to Deal With a Freight Shipment

Perhaps one of the hardest parts of this industry is dealing with freight shipments. While smaller mats (under 150 pounds and 9′ wide or less) can ship via FedEx ground; often to efficiently cover the entire garage we use larger 10′ material or master rolls that have to ship freight.

What to Expect?

When you order larger product and it is being shipped via freight, the product is delivered using the same large commercial trucks that deliver to commercial locations. For residential deliveries they will typically call ahead. The tracking results are almost never correct, because they will typically not deliver until they have talked with you and set an appointment. We have had 52′ trucks show up on many occasions. The truck will not have a lift gate. While the driver will help you slide the product off the back of the truck, he is not under any obligation to help you move the product where you want it.

You can also expect a call from a dispatcher who will tell you the total weight and ask how you are going to unload it. Remember, each roll can be unloaded individually and most often they are unloaded by hand.

Helpful Tips

  1. Let your sales person know about any private bridges, obstacles, dead end streets or other barriers to a large truck delivery.
  2. Plan on being home for at least 4 hours and waiting for a truck. It is helpful if you can have a couple extra people to help.
  3. BE NICE to the driver and they will typically be very helpful.
  4. DO NOT miss your appointment. Redelivery fees can be very expensive.
  5. Have a utility knife to cut the plastic wrap.
  6. BE READY and unroll your mats right away. Even if you do not trim them, getting them rolled out helps them relax

 

 

Still a big G-floor from BLT fan

G-Floor Small Coin

Over a decade later, and still loving G-Floor

I have been in this industry long enough to remember when the idea of ‘garage flooring’ sounded crazy to most people. There was little acceptance in the main stream marketplace and frankly it was an item that most people stumbled on accidentally.  At that time there was one product (G-Floor Ribbed) in two basic colors and four premium colors. The industry has changed a lot since those days and from time to  time we take a look at all the products we offer.

G-Floor brand garage floor mats is still one of the best overall values in the industry and it is still what I use on my garage floor at home. Product selection always depends on your specific set of circumstances, but the G-Floor line of products offers a quick and easy installation at a relatively low price point — all on a quality American Made floor covering.

From my perspective as a business owner, the G-Floor small coin garage floor mat is the new standard in the garage flooring industry. Unless there is a compelling reason or aesthetic value to going another direction, it is the product that I recommend most often and very rarely have an issue.

One thing that has not changed is garage flooring is still an ‘expertise required’ product. We field calls every days from frustrated customers who purchased the right product for the wrong reasons from mass retailers that couldn’t or wouldn’t help them make a good selection.

While we still compete on price, and we still offer free shipping, the bottom line is we have the tools and the experience to put you in the right garage floor — and for most of our customers that is a G-Floor product.

 

How to Repair Lifting of Garage Floor Mats at Garage Door

How to Repair Lifting of Garage Floor Mats at Garage Door

Every once in a while we will have a customer call in and for one reason or another their garage floor mats are lifting at the entrance to the garage. This can be a frustrating experience as tires can catch them and people can trip over them.

The best solution is to try to avoid the problem to begin with. Cutting the garage floor mat about 1/4″ short of the garage door helps considerably. Making sure you have the proper expansion gaps and that the material was allowed to relax also helps.

Sometimes it still happens and there is a very simple solution. Simply spray 3M #80 spray adhesive on the concrete under the front couple of inches of the garage floor mat. Then lay the mat back down in accordance with the instructions provided. This should resolve the issue

10 Reasons I Went with G-Floor Small Coin Garage Floor Mats in my Own Garage

Installing Small Coin Garage Floor Mats10 Reasons I Went with G-Floor Small Coin Garage Floor Mats in my Own Garage

As an industry professional of over a decade, and,  with nearly two and a half decades of experience in the home improvement industry and one of the owners of this company, I think it goes without saying that I had a lot of choices as to what I put in my garage. Several vendors would have been thrilled to offer their product and I certainly could have installed the G-Floor product of my choice. Here are the reasons I, to the surprise of many, chose a value oriented, American Made product called G-Floor Small coin –and why I would never go back to another pattern again.

  1. Value: At 60 Mil base thickness with most of the floor being covered with the coins –and therefore significantly thicker—my experience has been that the small coin costs less than the other coin and diamond products we sell but performs as well if not better.
  2. Traction: I am sure I have repeated this over and over (and over and over and over) again, but the combination of ‘foot on floor’ surface area and the grip-it texture give the small coin garage floor mats a distinct advantage over our original coin and an absolute advantage over our diamond garage floor mats.
  3. Rolling Around: I am going to add some video to demonstrate this, but the G-Floor small coin garage floor mats offer little if any resistance to creeper and toolbox wheels. The secret is the size of the coins and their proximity to each other. Most wheels will go from ‘top of coin’ to ‘top of coin’ never impacting on the base. This means there is no ‘thud’ as you roll a creeper or toolbox across the floor.
  4. Appearance: The small coins hide installation imperfections and work well in both small and large garages. From standing height we found it hard to tell if the coins were not-so-perfectly aligned.
  5. Roll Size to Floor: The 8.5 x 24 and 10×24 can be combined to fit the vast majority of garages –including my odd-shaped garage.
  6. Ease of Installation: As with all G-Floor garage floor mats the G-Floor coin garage mats are incredibly easy to install. From the seams, to cutting around posts and stairs the product is ridiculously easy to work with. That’s not to say that some areas did not take a little time, but from a technical stand point it was a piece of cake and required only tools that most of us keep around the house –although I did spend $30 on a long straight edge and it was worth every penny.
  7. Price Point: The product is priced about the same as the Chinese imports but it is an American Made product from Better Life Technology. No cheap fillers. Colored all the way through and stored flat until you place your order. G-Floor small coin is perhaps the most perfectly priced garage flooring on the market. It’s not a cheap garage floor but it is considerably less expensive than the high-end garage floors.
  8. Durability and Flexibility: Get a sample, grab your hammer and smack it as hard as you can. Now go back and try that with a plastic garage floor tile –some will hold up better than others. In our 8 person, two large vehicle home where the garage is used for table saws, jacks, basketballs, cars, bikes and everything else you can imagine there is simply put not a better roll out garage flooring option on the market. We certainly have more expensive ones and we certainly have products we make more money on, but for an all-around garage floor, in most cases I cannot in good conscience recommend a different product. I will put some exceptions below.
  9. The company behind it: G-Floor was the first brand of garage flooring I ever sold. To this day we still sell about as much G-Floor as we do everything else combined. They have always stood by us and stood by their product.
  10. The bottom line is: it’s everything in lines 1-9. We offer many products that offer more of the items listed above than any import ever could; But the G-Floor small coin garage floor mat was the only product we sell that I felt was the perfect universal flooring. Quality, price, durability, flexibility, name brand, speed and service in one package.

Some anecdotal information… I would use the seam tape everywhere except if I have a lot of shelving or heavy items in one place I would use the center strip and an expansion joint. I would absolutely NEVER install G-Floor and not use either Hilway Direct or the G-Floor stain blocker.

The ‘hook’ blades are so much easier to cut with than the standard blades and a long straight edge is priceless. If you don’t have something you can use I would definitely pay the $30-$50 it’s going to cost you to purchase one.

There are occasions where someone simply prefers the aesthetics of the original diamond or original coin garage floor mat and that is completely fine. Also if you are doing a parking pad or even a wall to wall installation for the purpose of containing liquids and debris the ribbed product may be a better fit in that specific case. Lastly there are situations where due to the limited size and color availability one of the other products simply fits better.

Obviously there are a host of other garage flooring products that we carry. This article is pertaining specifically to roll out garage flooring. There are some great quality garage floor tiles that I would use in a future installation in a heartbeat. Its like everything else, you have to look at what you are going to do with the product and what appearance you want, before you make a decision.

 

Small Coin Garage Floor Mats are the new standard in roll-out garage flooring. Hands down staff pick. Note lead times above. Free Shipping


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Clear G-Floor Garage Flooring is Back!

Clear Garage Flooring by G-Floor clear1_lift_376x376Clear G-Floor Garage Floor Mats from Better Life Technology are back!

Better Life Technology just announced that they are re-releasing the clear G-Floor garage floor mats for garage application. The product had been available but was discontinued and had only been available to the G-Floor Graphics dealers. Its back and available to protect your garage floor!

The G-Floor clear product is an outstanding way to protect you garage floor epoxy from hot tire lifting. While the clear product is not stain proof it offers a high level of protection to the garage floor coating below.

Pricing and additional details will be uploaded later this week and linked to from this article.

G-Floor clear is a similar to the original G-floor products. The difference is it is an optically clear product that allows you to see your garage floor while still offering a high degree of protection.

Since garage floor epoxy and even PVC garage floor tiles can stain. Clear garage flooring allows you to have to garage flooring of your choice –without worrying about stains and hot tire lifting.

If you do not have a coating that you are looking to protect, G-Floor also manufacturers a wide selection of solid colored and custom imaged garage floor mats. The garage floor mats can be installed under a single vehicle or they can be used to cover your entire garage floor. By contrast the clear product is designed for
those customers who already have a finished floor that they are looking to protect.

 

G-Floor Clear Garage Floor Mats

Clear PVC garage flooring is a great way to protect your epoxy floor or other floor coating while still being able to enjoy it! Please note this product is not stain proof. It is designed to protect the flooring underneath it

G-Floor Clear Garage Floor Mats
Product Single 2 or More Select Quantity & Order
Garage Floor & Multi-Use Clear Cover Floor Protector – 7.5′ × 17′ Ribbed $249.00 ea. $229.00 ea.     
Garage Floor & Multi-Use Clear Cover Floor Protector – 10′ × 22′ Ribbed $499.00 ea. $449.00 ea.     
Garage Floor & Multi-Use Clear Cover Floor Protector – 7.5′ × 17′ Levant $249.00 ea. $229.00 ea.     
Garage Floor & Multi-Use Clear Cover Floor Protector – 10′ × 22′ Levant $499.00 ea. $449.00 ea.     
 

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G-Floor Small Coin Versus Nitro Garage Flooring

G-Floor Small Coin Versus Nitro Floor Mats: Why Pay More for an Imported Chinese Imitation than The American Original!

G-Floor Small CoinI suppose at first glance the Nitro floor mats available from a handful of related stores may look like a great deal. Before you place your order, we would highly suggest you request a sample first! According to the website Garage Flooring Inc (not to be confused with Garage Flooring LLC) the Nitro product is the deal of the month at only $1.95/ Sq. Ft. Compare that to the everyday low price of the Original G-Floor Brand in the new small coin pattern garage floor mats  for between $1.70 and $1.75/ Sq. Ft. (or as low as $1.55 in master rolls)  Whats even better is in a head to head comparison, we believe its clear that the new G-Floor Coin is a much better choice for reasons that go well beyond price.

Lets start with appearance. Holding a sample of the Nitro product in your hand it is very quickly apparent that the color layer is a very very thin layer that can easily be peeled away from the base layer. The G-Floor Small Coin material is the same color all the way through.

G-Floor Small Coin is manufactured in Emporia, KS. The Nitro product is made overseas, we believe it is made in China.

G-Floor small coin is stored flat and shipped rolled after you place your order. Nitro products come from China wrapped nice and tight. Similar product have had major issues at national chain stores and have been removed from the shelves. It was reported that these products did not lay flat and often were not the size advertised.

G-Floor small coin is designed for enhanced traction. The pattern is embossed while the base layer remains smooth. The coins are closer together allowing greater surface area in contact with your foot.

The small coin layout in specific means that creepers and jacks roll effortlessly. G-Floor small coin also has a reliable and proven seam method. G-Floor Small Coin is available in 8.5 and 10′ widths which means less seams and better coverage.

The bottom line is for less money you can have the time proven G-Floor product in a new and innovative pattern that is designed to give you the best of both worlds. How much did I like it? Check out our YouTube channel over the next few weeks and see what I am putting in my garage!

 

 

Customer Service Means Learning From Your Mistakes

We Must Always Improve How We Service Our Customers

Seam Tape

This little roll caused big problems for one of our customers.

So many companies talk about servicing their customers and learning from their mistakes. My personal belief is those who truly apply it to what they do will be successful and those who don’t will suffer. Sometimes ‘bean counters’ look at the cost of servicing a customer and conclude it is too expensive. At the very core of our company is a belief that first it is not about counting the pennies and second, in the long run, it is far more economical to take care of every customer.

This morning, I received a call from a customer who simply put did not believe we honored our word when it came to this policy. The freight company lost her roll of seam tape and her installers were not able to install their garage floor mats. Her husband had called several times and did not understand why this issue was not resolved.

Calling the Customer Back

Sometimes situations come up where we simply cannot resolve the problem then and there. One thing I have always stressed to my staff is even if we can’t resolve the issue yet or even if we do not have the answer yet, every customer should be contacted back before we leave for the day to let them know we are working on it for them.

In investigating this issue, what we found was that the phone number on the packing list for the material has the manufacturers phone number. The customer thought they were contacting us and in fact they had been speaking with the manufacturer. 

Being Prepared to Fix The Problem

Stuff happens and as a business you need to be in a position to resolve issues as soon as possible. In discussing the situation with the manufacturer, part of the solution became clear. We are bringing some rolls of seam tape into our offices so if an issue comes up we can personally send it out right away. They are going to do the same. We are also working on packaging ideas to find ways to make sure that a small roll of seam tape does not get lost on a 10′ pallet.

The Resolution

For this customer, our long-term resolutions was not going to fix their short-term problems. The simple solution was to overnight a replacement roll and that is what we did. Sometimes overnight shipping is not an option. Here it was. We also credited them back for the cost of the roll since they did not have it when they wanted it.

Why point out our flaws?

First, we are not perfect. Like any company issues happen from time to time. This particular issue pointed out a way that we could place future resolutions within our direct control –as opposed to someone at a warehouse hundreds of miles away. We believe our customers will appreciate the fact that we are willing to look at better ways to solving the problems that can arise from time to time.

 

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