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Nitro Rolls Not Colored All The Way Through

Nitro Rolls not Colored Through

Nitro Rolls Not Colored Through

As we were shooting our video today comparing the G-Floor product and the Nitro product, we pulled out a still that we felt was worthy of its own post. When you flip the Nitro Roll over you can see that it is a completely separate color on the underside.

In the upcoming video we will show you just how thing the actual layer of color is. In the meantime, it is important to understand what this means to you as a customer. With G-Floor if your floor is cut or nicked, it is not going to be all the viable because the color goes through the product.

With Nitro Rolls the difference becomes very clear once the thin color layer is damaged. The color layer is only the beginning of the differences between the the products. We will be highlighting those differences over the next couple of weeks.

What way do the ribs run on BLT ribbed garage mats

Ribs run the length of the mat

What Way Do the Ribs Run on BLT Ribbed Garage Mats?

The ribs on a G-Floor garage floor mat always run the length of the mat. This is true on garage floor mats but is not true for motorcycle mats and kennel liners. The reason for this is the ribs are designed to help channel water and debris.

7.5×17 Ribs 17′ Long
8×22 Ribs 22′ Long
10×24 Ribs 10′ Long

When you consider the purpose of the ribs and the ability to clean the product, the directionality of the ribs becomes common sense.  When you pull a vehicle into the garage, water and debris fall off the vehicle.

The water is contained by the ribs and channeled towards the garage door. It is easily removed using a push broom or squeegee.  If the ribs were to run left to right, they would channel moisture into the sidewalls and that would create an issue

Protect a New Home’s Garage Floor in 15 Minutes

Protect a New Home’s Garage Floor in 15 Minutes

BLT Garage Flooring

So you purchased a new home and you don’t want the garage floor to look like your old one. How do you keep oil stains and alike off your floor without spending a fortune and take into account that your time is at a premium?

It was recently brought to my attention that we spend a lot of time talking about installing mats over the entire garage floor. How to deal with the seams, special cuts and other issues and that we have not covered how simple it is to protect a home’s garage floor in about 10-15 minutes.

While covering your entire garage floor is  a great option, many, if not most of our customers will buy the mats slightly smaller. There are two basic options:

  1. Purchase two parking pads. Unwrap and unroll one under each car. Obviously if you have a three car garage you would want three parking pads. This will protect the concrete from drips and tires.
  2. Purchase two larger mats like the 10×22 or 10×24. Roll them out and place a center strip between them. In this case you have protected most of the garage floor in an average 2-car garage.

With either of these options you will likely spend more time unpacking the mats than you will installing them! The best part is you could likely do this for between $400 and $100 and 15 minutes of your time. We would suggest the ribbed mat or the small coin mat.

 

How thick is a garage floor mat (really)

How thick is Your Garage Floor Mat Really?

G-Floor Small CoinWe published an article about FAQ‘s for garage floor mats, but the issue of thickness requires a blog post of its own. Unlike many industries there is no industry standard for measuring this type of thing. It is also important to understand that on products we do not sell, our numbers are an estimate.

Starting with G-Floor Because they are the Clear Industry Leader

G-Floor offers grades from 55 Mils to 85 Mils. Their commercial product is 75 Mils while their residential products range from 55 to 60 Mils. G-Floor measures their thickness at the base of the product. They do not include the height of the pattern.

Mils mm Inches
55 1.397 ~1/16th
60 1.524 ~1/16th
75 1.905 ~5/64th
85 2.159 ~5/64th

Diamond Deck Thickness

Diamond Deck is about 1/200th of an inch thicker than the G-Floor product in the commercial grade and about 1/200th thinner than the G-Floor in the industrial grade. They measure about 2.0 millimeters at the base.

Nitro Roll Thickness

Nitro Rolls claim to be about 2.5 millimeters  thick. Our measurements shows that this number is actually based on the top of the pattern — as opposed to the base. We measure the base at about 1.5MM or just slightly thinner than the G-Floor small coin product.

Size Does and Doesn’t Matter

When comparing apples to apples, thickness is somewhat important. A 75 Mil G-Floor garage floor mat will weigh more and lay flatter and be less likely to move than a 55 Mil. For most residential garages we believe you reach a point of diminishing return. A 60 Mil small coin garage floor mat performs just fine in my garage.

When you are comparing apples and oranges, you have to consider other factors. G-Floor is substantially harder than the Nitro product for example. The G-Floor appears to be much higher quality and we know it lays flat. While a thicker Nitro product would be preferable when compared to the thin product they are offering, I would still take the G-Floor Product.
How Thick Is Your Garage Floor Mat Really

FAQ: G-Floor Garage Floor Mats

FAQ: G-Floor Garage Floor Mats

Silver under tireWe have made no secret of the fact that we are big fans of the G-Floor garage floor mats. I have personally been selling the product for over a decade and I have used it in my own garages time and time again. There are lots of questions that people have, so I thought I would answer a few of them here:

Will it cause a mold or mildew issue?

I have never had it happen and I have never had a customer tell me they had it happen. In a ‘perfect storm’ or I suppose an imperfect storm it is certainly possible. If you don’t have a moisture issue, the mats are not going to create one. If you do, put down a water blocking primer or sealer first. If you get an unexpected flood roll the mats up and let the floor dry.

Are they difficult to cut?

Definitely not… Well if you can cut a straight line :-) Some people are better at holding a straight line than others. In our installation video you will notice my wife did most of the cutting… That is because she could cut a straighter line with her eyes closes after being spun around 100 times than I could with a straight edge.

In all seriousness. Straight edge and a good, sharp, hooked utility knife is all it takes. It’s not difficult, but it does take time

Do they lay flat

When the garage floor mats get to you they will have been on a roll for a couple of days. You will roll them out there will be lumps, bumps and other issues. The end might even try to roll itself back up. Don’t worry, just let the mat relax and it will flatten out. You can find some tips here. Also sometimes the front of the mat will lift at the entry to the garage because of temperature variations. There are several really easy quick fixes.

What do I do if I have a drain

There are three solutions. If you are not using the drain, you could cover it up, but we do not suggest that. You may get an odor in your garage. You need to add water to the drain on a regular basis.

You can cut a hole out for the drain. That’s pretty self-explanatory…. Personally, I like the idea one of our customers used. Mark the location of the drain and drill a bunch of 1/4″ to 1/2″ holes through the mat.

What pattern and grade do you recommend

There are a lot of variables here. My first suggestion would be to give us a call so we can discuss how you use your garage and where you are located. My personal favorite is G-Floor Small Coin product. If I was consistently bringing water or snow into my garage I would consider the ribbed pattern. I would not get to hung up on the grade or thickness unless it is for a trailer or commercial / industrial application — or if you are a professional installer.

How do you put two or more mats together

There are a lot of options here. You can simply butt them together. You could use a seam tape, a center strip or even a double-sided acrylic tape. I would suggest doing nothing to start. Just butt them together, If you find you need to seam them together, watch our video

Is the product easy to install

Absolutely. Have a look at my wife and I installing our garage floor. Not to shabby for a e-commerce guy and school teacher. Here is a link to that video

Will the product stain

YES! Any product can stain. There are a few things you can do to shift the odds to your favor. First if it gets dirty or if something spills on it, clean it up! Second use the G-Floor Stain Blocker or Hilway Direct Plus products.

Is the product slick when wet

It certainly can be. You should always be safe on a wet surface.  That said some patterns are better than others. The small coin is the best I have seen and I have never had any issues with traction in my garage.

What is the felt backed product

It’s the original G-Floor product with felt backing to make it easier to adhere. It is highly recommended for trailers, but often size limitations mean it’s not practical.

Does the floor need to be glued down

Generally no. Some applications may need it and if you want a floor that does not expand and contract at all or move at all than you will need to glue it.

 

Clearance: G-Floor 9×20 75 Mil Coin 5 Colors

Clearance: G-Floor 9×20 75 Mil Coin in 5 Colors

coin garage floorsWhen Better Life Technology Offered us the chance to buy some clearance 9×20 75 Mil coin garage floor mats, we jumped on the opportunity! Now we are passing the savings on to you! The offer is good while supplies last, and unfortunately they do not have any gray. They do have lots of black.
One important note. Please do not mix this product with other coin product. They were manufactured at different times and the colors may not match. ‘Why are these mats on clearance?’ you ask…. The size simply is not a regular size. These are first quality mats with a full manufacturers warranty. View all coin garage floor mats

 

Clearance 9x20 Coin Mats -- Do Not Mix with Regular mats

First quality, just a different size than we normally sell. These 9x20 75 Mil coin garage mats are a steal. They may not match other sizes, so we do not suggest mixing. All sales final. Clearance, no returns. 30 Day Money Back guarantee does not apply

Clearance 9x20 Coin Mats -- Do Not Mix with Regular mats
Size Single 2 or More Select Quantity, Color & Order

Standard Size
$330.00 $313.50        
 

I unrolled My Garage Floor Mat and It Won’t Lay Flat

Rippled garage floor mat that will not lay flatPerhaps one of the most frequent calls we get from customer’s is that they just unrolled their garage floor mat and it is not laying flat. Perhaps it looks a little like the image to the right. Sometimes it can look worse and often it can look better. The bottom line is you have unrolled your mat and it is not flattening out.

Assuming you purchased G-Floor from Better Life Technology Stop. Don’t panic. This is so common that the manufacturer has put it in their Stop and Read instructions –which if you’re like many of us you politely put to the side and thought I don’t need this :-)

First things first. Roll the mat back up and Read the Stop and Read. Even if you think your floor is clean, sweep it one more time. Then run your hands over it to make sure there are no bumps, lumps or other flaws to telegraph through.

Now roll your mat back out. Make sure it has a good 1/4″ to 1/2″ on all sides. Take a push broom and sweep it. Push hard and push out as much of the air as you can. Now the hard part. Walk away and leave it. The mat is the picture above relaxed in about two days. You should be able to see a drastic difference in about 24 hours and the mat will typically lat flat (at 72 degrees F) in about 3 FULL days. In the winter it may be more like 7 days or longer.

Important Note: If you purchased a garage floor mat from China, a club store or a home center they may have been rolled for a very long period of time and will take considerable time to flatten out. G-Floor almost always does.

 

 

The Best Garage Floor Mat Yet

Installing Small Coin Garage Floor MatsA recent Blog post from All Garage Floors calls the G-Floor small coin garage floor mat the best garage floor mat yet. They go on to say that it has greatly shortened their list of recommended products.

While much of the information appears to be sourced from our site, we appreciate the extensive coverage of the benefits of the product. Read the Article Here or check out the small coin garage floor mats here

USA V China

USA Vs. China: G-Floor Vs. Not G-Floor

G-FLoor Versus Nitro Rolls Flooring

G-Floor on the Left and Nitro Rolls  on the right. Both have been sitting flat for well over a month

If you want a cheap garage floor there are a lot of options out there for you. We just want to make sure you know that items that pretend to look like G-Floor do not perform or roll out like G-Floor.

On the left, originating from Emporia KS is the clear and reigning champion of the roll out garage flooring industry, G-Floor. On the right… Well its ‘Not G-Floor’ sold under the brand name ‘Nitro Roll’.

Taking a look from above, you can see that the curl come out of the G-Floor product because it is made in the USA and stored flat until its shipped. And on the right….. We’ll we are not going to say something bad about the competitor. We will let you make your own decision. We will tell you the fact that it comes shipped rolled in large containers from overseas.

Beauty is more than skin deep… Well it is with G-Floor

Garage Flooring Made in China

Garage Flooring Made in China

Unlike G-Floor the products made overseas and in China are not colored all the way through. This means once the color layer is damaged, its gone.

G-Floor products are made with the same quality garage flooring material all the way through.

Lets ‘Back Up’ For A Second

G-Floor on the Left and Nitro on the RIght

It is also important to have a look at the underside of the two products. When you look at the back side of the G-Floor product you find the same material as you find on the face of the product — less the pattern.

The made in China products have a less than flattering rubbery and powdery feel that whites out when you bend it over.

The bottom line is this. While the cheap stuff coming out of China may seem to compete on the same playing field as the G-Floor product, the truth is it lacks the quality materials and American workmanship that have been the backbone of the G-Floor product for over a decade.

 

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.

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