10 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Clear 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 Small Coin Versus Nitro Floor Mats: Why Pay More for an Imported Chinese Imitation than The American Original!
I 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!
We Must Always Improve How We Service Our Customers
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.
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.
Garage Flooring LLC announced today the ability to Pre Order the new G-Floor Small Coin garage floor mats from Better Life Technology. The garage floor mats offer a substantial cost savings over the original Coin Pattern garage mats. Many customers are curious as to the difference between the two products.
First and foremost, as the name might suggest, the Small Coin garage floor mats have a smaller coin pattern. They are about the diameter of a dime. The original coin mats have a larger circumference — a little larger than a quarter. Also as you can see from the picture the small coin has a texture to it for increased traction.
There is a thickness difference between the products as well. The original coin has a base thickness of 75 Mils where the new Small Coin is slightly thinner at 60 Mils. That accounts for roughly 1/67th of an inch difference in the thickness measured from the bottom of the mat to the bottom of the coin — and no I can’t find that on my tape measure either.
The difference in the amount of material does show up better on the scale than it would on a tape measure. The original Coin would weigh about 170 pounds for a 10 x 24 mat where the new Small Coin weighs about 140 pounds.
By popular demand we have added a second size at 24′ long in the small coin product. There have been more requests for material capable of covering 22-27′ wide garages and the new product combinations make that easier than ever.
We have also found that the new Small Coin pattern provides a better working surface for rolling toolboxes, creepers, jacks and other items. The coins are closer together and the wheels tend to glide from coin to coin.
While there is no ASTM testing as of yet to back this up, we feel the Small Coin pattern mat provides a clean advantage in traction as well. More surface area in contact with your foot along with the light texture provides a great grip.
For over a decade I have been a huge supporter of the G-Floor garage flooring product from Better Life Technology — and I still am. I have also written many articles and blog posts about staying away from less expensive garage floor mats out of China, and in general I still believe that is good advice.
That said there is still room in the market for a lower priced diamond garage mat. The Diamond Deck has been on the market for some time with little or no issues. Further, because they bring the product in on large master rolls, many of the issues that have shown up with other imports, have not been an issue.
We still believe G-Floor to be the best American Made garage floor mat on the market. If however you are looking for a less expensive alternative, Diamond Deck is the way to go! We are also getting ready to launch a new, less expensive small coin garage floor mat from G-Floor. If you are looking for an inexpensive coin pattern product, this is clearly the way to proceed.
With so much information about garage flooring on the market, there is one very basic concept that is overlooked. Simple garage flooring. When I started selling garage floor mats from Better Life Technology in 2001 that was the simple premise of the floor. A fast easy way to cover your garage floor without the work or preparation involved in an epoxy or tile floor. I was reminded of that today when my partner who focuses on the programming side of the business made this comment:
I’m just saying…with the all the options we have for floor covering, roll out mats are just the dead-simple option.
There are so many more options today then when we first started in this industry. When we first got into this business in 2001 we had one pattern of roll out flooring in two standard colors and four premium colors. Things have changed since then. One thing has not. The reason to go with a BLT G-Floor roll out garage floor mat is simple. Literally. Unpack it, roll it out and trim it to fit. No prep, no adhesive and most of our customers don’t even use a seam tape.
Please don’t misunderstand this post. We sell a lot of garage floor tiles and garage floor coating products and we love them. There is absolutely nothing wrong with either option and to the contrary for some of our customers, they are a much better fit. They are just more work.
The up side to the amount of choices you have in garage flooring is that you can get exactly what you want and in many cases you can get it when and where you need it. Unfortunately, sometimes those of us in the business spend so much time comparing the technical aspects of the product that we forget some of the most basic things. In this case that basic thing is there is not a simpler, easier to install garage floor protection product than the BLT G-Floor garage floor mats
The Front Edge of My Garage Floor Mat Will Not Stay Flat
Every once in a while we get a call from a customer who has a front edge of a garage floor mat that will not stay flat on the concrete. This issue is much more common when the product is purchased via a club store or home center that stores the product rolled OR when a customer does not install the product right away and it stays rolled for a long period of time.
Another cause for garage floor mats not staying flat is when the leading edge is exposed a higher temperature range than the rest of the floor — in other words too much cold or hot air coming under your garage door. First, make sure the mat is NOT installed under the door but a 1/4″ – 1/2″ short of the door. If the problem persists you can consider replacing the seal on the garage door itself and / or adding a garage door threshold. I am not a fan of the garage door threshold in conjunction with the ribbed mat because it makes it difficult to push moisture and dirt out.
If the problem persists, we have had great success with 3M # 80 spray adhesive applied to the front edge of the mat itself. For best results, apply this when the mat is relaxed.
What Do I Do With My Containment Mat in the Spring?
Containment mats like the Auto Floor Guard and the Park Smart Clean Park are used mostly in winter months to catch the snow, ice and water that comes off your vehicle. Many consumers overlook the fact that they are also very effective year round for catching mud, rain and grime that comes off your vehicle.
If you decide that you do not want to keep your containment mat installed in the summer, the product can be stored. For the 50 Mil Park Smart Clean Park we suggest carefully removing the edge pieces and rolling the product up the way it came. The Auto Floor Guard can be folded and stored until you are ready for use.
Our experience with the 20 Mil Park Smart Clean Park is that constantly removing and attaching the edge pieces can damage the mat.
One of the most popular questions this time of year is how will garage floor mats do with studded tires. The bottom line is this. If you take tires with metal studs and run them over a plastic floor, they are going to do some damage, that is just common sense.
We have had some customers use studded tires with the commercial grade BLT garage floor mats. Those customers who make turns and adjustments in the garage do significantly more damage to the floor that customers who simply pull in and out slowly.
The Auto Floor Guard and the 20 Mil Park Smart Clean Park products will be very quickly destroyed by studded snow tires. The 50 Mil Park Smart Clean Park used in conjunction with the floor runners from the same company have held up well. The runners will need to be replaced every few years.
We are working on a runner for the G-Floor Products.