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What Size Containment Mat Do I Need for My Car and Garage?

Confused about what size containment mat you needWhat Size Containment Mat Do I Need for My Car and Garage?

The rule is simple. I call it 211. It’s not a perfect acronym, but it helps me remember.

  • Best Case: Order a containment mat that is at least 2′ longer and 2′ wider than your car.
  • Acceptable: Order a containment mat that is at least 2′ longer than your car and 1′ wider than your car.
  • Minimum:  Its going to be tighter. If you have snow on your roof or hood that slides off, I can guarantee you some is going to overshoot the mat. Order a containment mat that is 1′ longer and 1′ wider than your car.

So lets use an example. If you search the word dimensions and your vehicle name, for example Dimensions 2012 Honda Civic you will come up with a list of sites that may have that information. For this example I will use the results because I know they give the information I want. They list this vehicle at 5’9″ wide and 14′ 7.5″ long. Note: Use exterior dimensions, not wheel base.

If I have the room, the best case scenario would be to use a mat at least 7’9″ wide and at least 16’7.5″ long. For example, either of the two stock AutoFloorGuard products would work great. I could also get by with the narrower products on the market that measure 7.5′ wide — technically I could go narrower but they are not readily available. Using the formula above, I would never go less than 15’7.5″ long or about 16′

To put this in perspective, you need to look at the size of a typical parking spot. According to the Code in various places, they range from 7.5′ for compact cars all the way to 10 feet wide. Most are about 18′ long, depending on the applicable code.

So for ease of parking, parking space sizes offer a good guideline. Of course your garage is a little different so you have some flexibility. But another consideration is the height of your vehicle and where the snow might go if it slides off. Your goal is to keep it on the mat. We find that 2′ in the length will do just that. The width is still important but not as much.

Not to state the obvious, but you need to consider your garage as well. I drive a Suburban. I have to park as close to the rear wall of my garage as possible just to get the door to shut. I have to sacrifice on the length of the mat, otherwise it won’t fit in my garage. A containment mat in my garage would be a maximum of 2″ longer than my car. It is far from ideal, but it is what it is.






Containment Style Mats Reaching Equal Popularity With High End Roll Out Garage Flooring

Containment Style Mats Reaching Equal Popularity With High End Roll Out Garage Flooring

Auto FLoor Guard Side View Ground LevelFor over a decade, G-Floor from Better Life Technology has been the most popular product I have sold. Hands down, it still is. But something in the industry has changed. Containment mats such as the AutoFloorGuard or Park Smart Clean Park now represent an equal portion of our sales in the winter months. This month, for example, sales are neck and neck. We base these calculations on the sum of all G-Floor products versus the sum of all containment products –including absorbent mats. So how do you know which type of product is best for you? The answer is in the question. What is best for you? What are you looking to accomplish.

If you are looking for a mat with edging, designed to fully contain fluids and debris under a vehicle, a containment mat is likely the direction you should go –although you do need to give the G-Floor Ribbed Mat serious consideration.

If you are looking for a product that is both decorative and functional and you are considering covering your entire garage floor, the G-Floor garage floor mats are a better option.

New Auto Floor Guard Premium Photo Gallery

Check out the new Auto Floor Guard Premium

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We thought you would enjoy the new photos of the AutoFloorGuard premium with the taller edges!

Which way do the ribs go — Part Two

Do the ribs on my garage floor go up or down?

ribbed garage floor matThose of us in the industry have a problem. We are so embedded in the industry that sometimes we miss very obvious questions or we write them off as being silly — until we find out a lot of people have the same question — then we blog about it so we can look like an expert :-P

The ribs on a BLT G-Floor mat go up and they run towards the garage door NEVER wall to wall.

It really is that simple. Here is an example just o make sure. For the sake of argument lets assume you have a garage that is 20 feet wide and 24 feet deep. When we say it is 20′ wide we mean the garage door is on the 20′ wall.

You would install two 10×24 mats. The ribs would be up and they would be 24′ long and run back to front not left to right.

Having many kids at home, I know the next question. WHY? First of all if you put the smooth side that has absolutely no pattern up you are going to get hurt when it is wet. Second the ribs are not structural. Third they are designed to go up so they catch water, dirt, etc.

Why back to front? So when you take a broom or a squeegee you can push the water and dirt out of your garage instead of into your drywall. If it runs on its own due to the slope, we certainly would prefer it goes out of your garage than to the side.

Note: There is no difference back to front or front to back, just being descriptive.





Custom Cut Lengths of G-Floor

Custom Cut Lengths of G-Floor

You go online, perhaps you checked 10 different sites and you just can’t find the size you need to cover your garage floor. Perhaps your garage is 20×29 anDodge on Diamondd you need two 10×29 mats. All you can find are 10×24 mats. Now what?

We have always had the ability to offer custom cut lengths when a customer contacts us by phone. By the end of the week you will be able to order custom cut lengths online. No phone call, no freight quotes and no waiting to find out what the cost will be.

Simply select the pattern, then the color and the length of the mat you would like. We will run the custom mat for you and ship it in about 4-6 weeks.

In addition to custom cut solid G-Floor products, we also offer a full line of custom printed and cut garage flooring. If you can imagine it and your artist can give us a high res image scaled to size, we can print it on a floor for you!

Call 800-956-4301 for more information.


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.


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