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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.

 

Cost:

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.

 

Finished Appearance:

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 rollout format.

 

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 down.

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.


Summary:

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.

 

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