Vinyl Rollout Flooring For Your Shop
What is Vinyl Rollout Flooring from G-Floor?
Vinyl Rollout flooring is designed to be a quick and
inexpensive method of covering a garage or shop floor.
Essentially, the floor covering consists of 100% polyvinyl
material which is quite literally rolled onto a floor and
trimmed to fit. No adhesive is required for an average
garage, so if a large area is to be covered, several rolls
of flooring can be used and the seams butted together.
Vinyl Rollout flooring definitely provides protection for
the floor beneath. It is durable, textured for slip
resistance, and creates a surface that is dryer, softer,
and more temperate than the concrete it covers. It is
therefore a popular choice not only for garage floors, but
also for floors in shops, trailers, or any heavy traffic
areas where a durable, cushioned protective floor covering
is required. More recently the choices available in
rollout vinyl flooring were greatly expanded by Better
Life Technology with their new imaged Parking Pad
collection and their new imaged Granite Spek Roll out
flooring. These new items feature attractive and virtually
indestructible graphics, making them very aesthetically
appealing in a garage or shop; plus expanding their use to
car shows and other displays.
Why Choose Vinyl Rollout flooring for your Garage or Shop
When choosing a floor for your garage or shop, there are
several factors to consider:
Cost – this includes the materials of course; but must
also include cost of installation if you are not going to
or cannot install it yourself.
Finished appearance – this is a subjective matter which
can only be answered by the buyer. But generally
speaking, the fancier the environment, the more important
looks become. Someone who spends a lot of time in their
garage, using it as an upscale man cave is usually much
more particular than someone who just uses it to park the
car. In today’s market, with larger garages where people
spend more time, the aesthetic factor has been
increasingly more important.
Ease of installation – every time a floor goes down in a
garage or shop, all the contents have to be placed outside
or moved around inside the garage to make room for the new
floor. Either way it’s a big mess that no one wants to
deal with for very long. So a floor that installs quickly
is a big plus. Another plus is a floor that can be
installed by the buyer instead of a costly contractor.
Durability and maintenance – Most floor covering
companies tout their product’s durability and ease of
maintenance. But they don’t get into the degree to which
their product requires an absolute pristine floor before
applying; or the dirt and mildew (or worse) that build up
under floors with a raised surface and multiple seams.
Keeping these factors in mind, let’s see how they apply to
the three popular types of flooring available – vinyl
rollout, snap together tiles, and epoxy coatings.
Prices vary a lot depending on the seller, type of
product, and quantity. But generally vinyl rollout
flooring costs range from $3 to $5 a square foot, snap
together tile from $5 to $7 a square foot, and epoxy $6 to
$8 a square foot PLUS $5 to $15 for installation.
Conclusions: Vinyl rollout flooring is the least costly
option, with epoxy the most expensive by far over either
rollout or tile.
When snap together tiles came on the market, they offered
colors and color combinations that made them more
desirable to some than epoxy coatings. The original vinyl
rollout floors offered many colors and a selection of
textures, but they lacked the checkerboard look of tiles
and granite look of epoxy. With the recent
introduction of imaged Parking Pads and rollout Granite
Spec flooring from BLT, color choices, checkerboard
patterns, granite look, and gleaming sheen became
available in vinyl rollout flooring.
Conclusions: The early aesthetic advantages of snap
together tiles and epoxy coatings have been eliminated now
that new imaged and coated options are available in vinyl
Ease of Installation:
With vinyl rollout flooring, a standard two car garage
with fairly uncluttered side and back walls can be
installed in an hour or two - less if no trimming is
needed to make it fit. Snap together tiles take several
hours to line up and attach each tile to one another. The
tiles are also harder to trim and fit around cabinets,
door fittings, or anything else found in a garage or shop.
Both vinyl rollout and snap together tiles require little
floor preparation prior to installation. A good sweeping
is usually all that is required. This is definitely not
the case with epoxy coatings. Epoxy coatings require a
pristine floor before they can be applied. This requires
a lot of prep, cleaning, patching, and sealing. Epoxy
coating also take up to three days to cure. That means
all garage contents have to remain outside or somewhere
else in the house for three or more days. Epoxy coatings
also must be painstakingly applied for them to cure
properly. All of this is usually beyond the experience of
the average person, requiring a professional crew to do
the installation if it is to be done right.
Conclusions: Vinyl rollout flooring is by far the easiest
and quickest to install than either tiles or epoxy.
Durability and Maintenance:
Vinyl rollout flooring offers a virtually seamless floor
that provides a high degree of protection to the concrete
below. The flooring actually becomes a vapor barrier,
effectively sealing the concrete and protecting it.
Snap-together floor tiles have a seam every 12" to 18"
and some leave a gap between the tile and the floor. The
seams allow water, dirt, and chemicals to seep through
potentially staining the floor, and, depending on the size
of the gap under the tile, providing a perfect environment
for the growth of mold and mildew. For example, a 2-car
garage measuring 20' x 24' would have only one sealable
seam with vinyl rollout flooring as opposed to 480
individual tiles with a seam on each side of each and
every tile. Cleaning under the tiles require
disassembling the entire floor, while the rollout floor
can be rolled up and carried outside for a quick hose
As for durability, vinyl rollout flooring works equally
well in a showroom or in a working shop. It has proven
itself in both environments. Snap-together tiles look
nice in a showroom but do not fare well in a working
garage. Many epoxy coated or painted floors
are problematic in both environments. We all have heard
stories of chipping, peeling, and hot-tire pick up with
coated or painted floors. These problems were the driver
to find alternate floor covering solutions.
Conclusions: Vinyl rollout
flooring is the most desirable option, requiring least
maintenance with years of trouble-free durability.
There are a lot of flooring options on the market all with
different features. But if you are looking for a durable
floor covering with the lowest cost, terrific aesthetics,
easiest installation, lowest maintenance, and long life,
then vinyl rollout flooring from G-Floor is definitely
worthy of your consideration.