How To Choose the Best Garage Floor Mats


There is no easier way to cover your garage floor than by rolling out a mat. Garage floor mats come in a variety of styles, colors and materials. Some are like rugs, others are textured, and still others resemble padded gym mats.

Like garage floor tiles, mats can be installed over concrete floors that are stained or cracked without first having to perform some prep work. Moving or removing a garage floor mat is a breeze.

What To Look For In a Garage Floor Mat

While a garage floor mat may look like a simple rug or gym mat, it really needs to be much tougher. Some of the features you might want to look for when shopping for a garage floor mat include:

  • resists chemical and petroleum spills
  • slip resistant
  • cushioning
  • textured or grooved to channel liquids and dirt
  • easy to clean
  • able to withstand vehicle traffic
  • heavy enough to resist sliding around
  • smooth and strong enough to allow gliding around on a creeper

Mat thickness should also be considered. Standard mats are about 1/2-inch thick, while heavy-duty mats run about 3/4 inch. The latter will cost more and provide superior service, but for light duty a standard mat may be just fine.

The Benefits of Rollout Garage Floor Mats

Keep in mind that, because mats can be rolled up quickly, you could opt for a nicely cushioned product that could be moved out of the way if you needed to roll around on a creeper while doing some auto maintenance.

Mats are also easy to clean without creating a mess in the garage. Just roll it up, move it out onto the driveway or lawn, unroll it, and give it a good washing with the garden hose.

Installing Garage Floor Mats

You can find mats in sizes to fit most garages. You can also use two or more mats to cover the floor. Most garage floor mats can be cut with a utility knife.

Keep in mind that many types of garage floor mat will expand and contract with temperature variations. For that reason, it is not a good idea to tape the edges to the floor. Also, leave a 1/4-inch gap between the flooring and all walls.

Garage Floor Mat Costs

Standard thickness garage mats can be found starting at about $1.40 per square foot, while heavy-duty mats typically cost between $2.50 and $4 per square foot. Online sources include the following:

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  1. Great advice. Garage mats do more than just protect concrete floors. As you say, if you look for ones with a bit of cushion, you can also get anti fatigue benefits, which is great for commercial garages where mechanics spend a lot of time on their feet.

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