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How Does a G-Floor Garage Floor Mat Contain Water and Snow

Ribbed Garage Floor Mat

How Does a G-Floor Garage Floor Mat Contain Water and Snow

You failed to protect your garage floor, and now you have pitted concrete and stains. You want to protect your floor from further damage, but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg.

G-Floor ribbed garage floor mats from Better Life Technology are one of the original ways to protect your garage floor. In an error where there are a lot of containment mats on the market, there is often confusion about why to select a ribbed garage floor mat and exactly how it is going to function. First, lets clear up two other questions:

Two Ways to Use a Ribbed Garage Floor Mat

First, it is important to understand that there are two ways to use a ribbed garage floor mat. You can use it as a ParkingPad under a single vehicle or you can use it to cover all or most of your garage floor. There is no right or wrong, it’s just a matter of personal preference.

When to Opt for a Containment Mat

Auto Floor Guard Containment Mat

If your garage slopes the wrong way, or if it has a severe slope to the center or one side, a ribbed mat may not be your best option. If it slopes towards the center, because of a center drain, we would suggest another pattern such as the G-Floor coin garage floor mats. Why? If you have a drain, use it. If you do not have a center drain and your floor has a slope going anywhere other than out of the garage, you might consider a containment mat such as the Park Smart Clean Part or Auto Floor Guard.

So, How Does The G-Floor Ribbed Mat Contain Water

The simple answer is that the G-Floor ribbed mat is not designed as a containment mat. It is designed to give you an easy to clean floor that helps channel the moisture and debris out of the garage. It also helps to keep water, snow, slush and debris from spreading all over.

Water likes to hang out with itself. It does not want to be in small puddles, water tends to run together into larger puddles, and larger puddles spread all over the floor. The ribs keep the water from creating larger puddles by breaking up its natural bond. This means you have a small amount of water on the floor, and it does not tend to spread all over the garage.

Now, if you have lake effect snow, and you park your car outside where it gets 12″ of snow on it and then pull in to a 7.5′ x 17′ ribbed mat installed as a parking pad, you are probably going to have water on the garage floor! If this is you, use a containment mat, or cover the whole floor. For the rest of us, who, by the time we finally pull into the garage have small amounts of moisture and snow to deal with, the ribbed mat is a great option.

 

How Much Does It Cost to Cover a Two Car Garage?

granite spek flooringIf I had a dollar for every customer that asked how much material will I need or how much does it cost to cover a two car garage with garage floor mats or garage floor tiles, I would be a very rich man. The truth is every two car garage is different . There is no simple answer, but for the sake of argument, lets assume a two car garage is between 400 and 480 Sq. Ft. Lets assume we are using standard size mats to cover that floor and for tiles we will base it on a 20 x 22 garage with a 16′ overhead door. Disclaimer: These numbers are probably, perhaps even definitely, not 100% accurate for a wall to wall installation in your garage. You should measure first and then call us at 800-956-4301. 

Product Material Needed Approximate Cost (as of 12/2013)
G-Floor Ribbed 55 Mil 2 10′ x 22′ Ribbed Garage Floor Mats. 1 Center Strip $726.00
G-Floor Coin 75 Mil 2 10′ x 24′ Coin Garage Floor Mats. 1 Center Strip $1206.00
G-Floor Diamond 75 Mil 2 10′ x 24′ Diamond Garage Floor Mats. 1 Center Strip $1206.00
TrueLock Diamond 440 Tiles and 16 Male edges $1043.60
TrueLock Plus (all 13″) 399 Tiles and 15 Edge Pieces $1905.30
TrueLock Plus Ribbed 272 Tiles and 11 Edge Pieces $1885.32
MotorMat (All Patterns) 11 Boxes of Tile and 16 Female Edges. *Diamond pattern costs extra. Based on single color *$1351.89
TrueLock PVC 182 TrueLock PVC  Black, Gray or Dark Gray tiles. Colors extra. 16 lft edging $1668.90
Tuff Seal 210 Tuff Seal PVC Tiles and 16 lft Edging $2902.20

 

 

 

Cleaning and Protecting G-Floor Garage Floor Mats

Hilway Direct Plus — Acrylic Floor Finish & Cleaner / Maintainer

Hilway Direct Plus Acrylic FinishAfter weeks of deciding on the best garage flooring for your garage, you take the measurements and place the order for your Better Life Technology (BLT) G-floor garage floor mats. You get the mats unloaded, rolled out and trimmed when it hits you… How in the world am I going to keep these mats looking like new?

I’ve been selling this product since 2001. The best answer is to order G-Floor plus from the outset. But for many of us that is not in the budget, or we are looking for more of a complete floor care system. An acrylic floor finish is a great solution and Hilway Direct Plus is the way to go. It can be applied full strength for the original coat and diluted to create a cleaner.

On average each application will last 3-6 months. Depending on the level of abuse the floor takes you can either apply a thin layer over top or use our stripper to remove the original coat and apply a fresh one.

Frustrated by Garage Floor Epoxy

G-Floor by BLT are the best quality Garage Floor Mats on the market.

Frustrated by Garage Floor Epoxy

So you went down to your local big box retail store and fell for the $99 miracle coating in a box. Or even worse, you purchased a high-end epoxy, and it still failed. You walk out into the garage in disgust, especially when you are accompanied by your wife who gives you that ‘seriously, what were you thinking look’

When you pull out of the garage the bare spots where the tires sit leave a pit in the bottom of your stomach. Would you be surprised to know I have been there myself, as have literally millions of Americans?

This frustration literally inspired the Better Life Technology Garage Floor Mat. The ‘Roll Out’ garage flooring that covers and beautifies almost any garage floor instantly.

  • NO floor preparation, grinding, or acid etching means this flooring product will solve your headache, not create a new one!
  • American Made
  • Requires no adhesives. This means there is nothing to ‘cure’ 
  • Does not lift on contact with hot tires
  • Simply roll it out, trim to fit and drive on your floor the very same day. No waiting, and no mess.

Note: If you want a good garage floor epoxy, start with a lot of elbow grease and a high-end coating.

 

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How do I prevent Oil Stains on My Garage Floor?

Carpet MatsWe get a lot of calls from customers who are looking for ways to prevent oil stains on their garage floor but they do not necessarily want to cover their whole garage floor with a mat. The question becomes is there an effective way to prevent oil from seeping into the concrete without covering the entire surface.

One option would be the use of a good concrete sealer. Sealers are great for protecting the entire floor at a relatively low price, but they do not resist 100% of all the liquid that falls on them.

If you are able to isolate the oil leak, battery acid or other containment, an Oil Dri Garage Guard product may be ideal. They are an inexpensive carpet like mat with a polyvinyl backing. The carpet absorbs the leaking fluids and the polyvinyl keeps the fluid from leaking through the mat. If Oil Dri mats are to small or if you can’t identify where the leak is coming from, then a Drymate mat may be a better solution.

If your like main home owners and your floor is already stained, we have found Pour N Restore very effective for removing different types of stains.

How to Install G-Floor Edge and Center Strips

G-Floor Center Strip Shown in Black

G-Floor Center Strip Shown in Black

In yesterday’s post we discussed the installation of the G-Floor Garage Floor Mat using the seam tape product. While the layout and other tips are still relevant, and we highly suggest reading the article, there is another method to dealing with the edges and seams, or joints where two mats come together.

In early 2012, G-Floor released its center and edge strip products. These products were designed to make for an easy, Do-It-Yourself garage floor mat installation.

While G-Floor can be installed with no accessories at all, many of our customers are looking for an easy way to connect more than one mat and to provide a finished look at the entrance to the garage. These products provide that option.

While installation of the center strips and edge strips in generally common sense, we wanted to cover a few tips that will make your installation more successful.

How to Install G-Floor Edge and Center Strips

  1. Looking at the center strip from above, you will notice that the bottom is wider than the top.  That is how the product should be oriented. The wider portion should be at the base and the narrower portion should be covering your seams.
  2. G-Floor, like almost any flooring product, will expand and contract. When you are doing your installation you want to leave 1/4″ – 1/2″gap at any walls or posts that you are cutting around. Likewise, when you place the mat into the edge strip or center strip, do not push the mat all the way in. Pull it back about 1/4″ to leave room for expansion and contraction.
  3. Professional Tip: Making sure to follow the suggestions above, there is one more optional step that can be done. The edge strips and center strips can be secured to the floor using our QuickStick adhesive or double-sided indoor outdoor carpet tape. DO NOT adhere the mats. This will allow your mats to expand and contract freely while keeping your edge and center strips in place. In many cases the edge strip will only be used at the front entrance to the garage. 
  4. We have included some images below that you can click on to enlarge.

 

 

G-Floor Seam Questions

Where to Cut and How To Seam G-Floor Roll Out Garage Flooring

Roll Out G-Floor MatsToday’s post is based off a conversation we had with a customer today — combined with a few other questions we have been asked over the years. One of the most important decisions you will make about your G-Floor Garage Floor mat is where to place the seams and how to lay the product out. In other words, “Layout”. While each job has specific issues that need to be addressed, this is some general information based on best practices. It is also important to note that we always suggest the G-Floor Brand Seam Tape if a seam tape is to be used.

  • Seams should run perpendicular to the garage door.
  • Seam tape should not be used until after the mats have been cut, installed and have fully relaxed
  • Seams are often necessary, but the fewer the seams the better your install
  • Avoid using small pieces to fill in the gap
  • Use factory edges for the seams and cuts unless you are an experienced professional and are familiar with the ‘double cut’ method. So in general your cuts are done along the wall.
  • Seam tape is used between two sections of flooring to hold them together. It is not used at the perimiter and does not hold the mat to the floor.

 

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Can Garage Flooring Be Installed In The Winter

Granite-Spek1_24x16-OptimizedOne question we get from customers on a regular basis is do they need to wait for spring or summer to install their garage flooring, or can they install it in the middle of winter. For the most part garage flooring can be installed any time of year. But there are a few restrictions and there are definitely some installation tips that you are going to want to consider. First and foremost if you are considering a garage floor epoxy, each product will have a minimum installation temperature. Our garage floor coatings can be installed in temperatures as low as 45 degrees. BUT what about garage floor mats and garage floor tiles?

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Which Containment Mat Should I Buy

Auto Floor Guard Vs Park Smart Clean Park | Which Containment Mat is Right for YOU

One of the questions we get asked all winter long is which containment mat is better, the Auto Floor Guard or Park Smart Clean Park containment mat. First and foremost, we do not recommend the 20 Mil Park Smart product. If you are going to use the Park Smart Clean Park, we suggest 50 Mil. The Auto Floor Guard is much easier to install and to move around, but it is Made in China. The Park Smart Clean Park is Made in the USA and likely provides better protection for an epoxy floor because of its thickness. 

The chart below is designed to give you an overview

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Don’t Let the Drain Drain You — Simple Solution to Garage Drains

Have you ever noticed that when we are building or remodeling things we tend to make it much much harder than it needs to be. Many parts of the country have drains in their garage floor. Depending on where you are in the country and who your builder is, the drain may be circular or a long rectangle. If you are really lucky they will have sloped your floor towards your drain. In an unrelated side note, the rectangular drain at the front of the garage makes a whole lot more sense than the circular drain in the middle of the garage because who wants a slope into their garage? I digress.

Over the years we have gotten a lot of pictures from people with different elaborate methods of cutting out their floor around the drain and making it look good. We even have people send us suggestions for specific caulks that ‘perfectly match’ the flooring.

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