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A Big Difference

Simple Steps to a Nicer Garage Floor

Story Larry Jewett / Images Michele Jewett - October 31, 2013 10:00 AM

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1 This is the starting point. The bare garage floor was beginning to lose its color and appeal. The choice for a new floor was the BLT Granite Spek.

 
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2 The floor arrived in a 10 x 24-foot roll with two rolls on this pallet. Measure the surface area of your garage and have those measurements in hand when ordering. The floor was well protected in shipping tubes, wrapped in cardboard and encased in thin plastic for visual inspection.

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3 A close-up of the pattern of the floor. The chosen pattern was “Ocean” and it was a tough choice, since many of the nine options have great eye appeal.

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4 The plastic is being peeled away and the flooring is going to be unrolled. We want to get it flat before starting to allow for a more consistent final product.

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5 We have started the process of unrolling it in the garage. We will take the unrolled flooring out into the sunlight to allow the warmth of the sun to assist in this process. The more you can keep the floor flattened, the better it will be when working it into final position.

 
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6 We repeated the process with the second roll, looking for any blemishes or nicks. None were found as each roll was in perfect shape.

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7 Our flattening process was moved inside when an afternoon thunderstorm popped up. We used free weights along the edge to help keep the corners from rolling, which was probably overkill. We wanted to do all we could to keep it flat.

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8 It’s time for the actual installation. We brought the edge of the first roll to the rear of the garage. This will be our starting edge and the floor will butt up nicely to the step-up portion, which is not being covered. From the edge of the step up to the point where the garage door comes down is 20 feet.

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9 We have laid the floor along the rear edge and along one side to get it square. Since our garage is not a full 24 feet wide, we would have to trim.  Measure twice (or more) and cut once. We left more than enough to provide for a finer trimming later.

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10 You have to look closely to see the fitment, but the trimmed piece tucks very nicely against the side wall. The same view is seen at the opposite side where no trimming was required.

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11 We placed the second piece onto the floor and pulled it beyond the seam, working it back until there is a clean connection between the two pieces. You have to look closely to find the seam when you are walking in the garage since there are no gaps.

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12 Yes, this is the seam. Can you find it?

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13 Here’s a view of “before” and “after”. When the garage door is closed, none of the Granite Spek will be outside since the width of the rolls proved a perfect fit.

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14 It was time to step back and enjoy the view before hauling in tool boxes and exercise equipment. A big difference in a little time and I’m sure the knees will appreciate it next time I’m crawling around looking for a socket.

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15 The Fiat will be a regular member of the garage community now that the floor is done. Honestly, we used the new flooring as an excuse to clean out the garage as well since we didn’t want clutter in our “new” garage. No matter what we bring in, it looks better on the BLT floor.  

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Parking Pads

If you’re happy with your garage floor, but want something more, BLT makes Parking Pads for your car. These pads are made of the same durable material as the Granite Spek floors and feature clear vinyl with a printed pattern bonded to the reverse side. They are available in several popular graphic images and styles for a touch of class. Complete details and information are available from BLT.

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It’s your work environment, a place where you spend time and you want that time to be pleasant.

No one wants to toil in dingy conditions, where things are dirty and the whole atmosphere just becomes depressing.

Painting a garage floor adds color, but that’s about it. After a while, the fluids that are inevitably spilled or leaked are going to take a toll. Cracks from dropped tools, starters, etc. will start to show. Soon, you will have a colorful, but otherwise bad-looking floor.

The appearance of the floor isn’t going to make you a better mechanic or get your long-stalled project moving any quicker. It can, however, keep you out of the doghouse when you’re not tracking garage grime into the house.

There have been plenty of products developed to help cover the garage floor. One option is an epoxy application that literally takes days to apply. There are tile squares that can be put down, but the misalignment of one can ruin the whole outcome. The best approach is to use roll-out sheeting like that developed by Better Life Technology (BLT). Even the most meticulous mechanic will spend no more than a few hours to carry the job from start to finish.

The G-Floor concept developed by BLT is finding its way into garages across the country, due in part to its ease of application and quality of material. Another key component is the look that is available which completes the checklist of desires in garage floor improvement.

Your flooring arrives in rolls, in our case, we needed a pair of 10- by 24-foot rolls to cover the area that was 20 x 23 feet (there are also 10- x 48-foot rolls). It meant we would have to do a little trimming, but that was the least of our worries. The application process is simple. There are no glues needed to hold the flooring to the surface. You can, but don’t have to, use seam tape to abut the two sections. If you simply take your time to align the flooring pieces, it will stay in place and not “walk” away from where it was put. Shop applications can consider use of BLT’s specially designed adhesives.

One of the most recent creations

of BLT is the Granite Spek. This flooring uses the same tough material as traditional G-Floor and parking pads. It is available in nine color options as well as two surface textures, tread and ceramic. It has the same durability, but adds another appearance appeal for those who don’t want a checkerboard or plain pattern. It is made from 75-mil solid vinyl, which is sturdy, but simple to cut for trimming.

We had an ugly green floor in this garage that was in need of some attention. When we decided to go with the BLT Granite Spek, it was simply a case of clearing the garage, sweeping the concrete and putting down the rolls.

The flooring has been down for over a month. It’s showing no signs of wear and there have been two oil changes conducted with drippage onto the floor surface. The oil wiped right up without a long lasting stain. The wife now insists on having the car in the garage (when there’s not something being worked on). She’s also happy that nothing gets tracked inside anymore.

Follow along as we put down our flooring. If you read the whole article and look at all of the pictures, you’ve spent about as much time as you would installing the floor. It’s so easy even a teenager was willing to help.

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