Shop upgrades #1: DRIcore sub flooring

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Blog entry by need2boat posted 06-06-2011 04:26 AM 5504 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It doesn’t take long to realize standing on concrete sucks. I looked into a few different options decided to go with product called Dricore sold locally thru HomeDepot and Lowes. Since the square footage of my floor is less then 200.00 price worked for my budge plus its easy to install and works great for concrete. The price works out to around 1.50 SF.

I started by sealing the concrete to help with moisture. I then layed out the tiles and alternated seams on each row.. The tiles cut easy and all that’s needed to assemble is a smack with a hammed and block of wood. The manufacture recommended to add concrete screws around the perimeter when dealing with heavy equipment alternating every few tiles. After the floor was done I coated it with two coats of minwax polyurethane for floors.

It took me about 1/2 a day to install and another to finish the floors. I finished it off with some red oak trim I milled from some rough cut I had. I still need to add the transitions at the doors but due to the heat the poly was drying slow and will hold for a few days.

I’m quite happy with the end results and would recommend as something to look at.

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 05:06 AM

Nice floor! How well has it stood up to the weight of your machinery? I’m looking at using this on my garage floor; I figure by the time I buy wood for stringers and plywood for the floor it is almost as much using Dricore.

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 12:44 PM

Joe, this is a nice looking upgrade to your shop. I have been considering doing something to mine and will certainly have to take a look at this product.

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 05:34 PM

high on my maybe do list too, I would like to know how long you have had it and has it really helped your back and legs?

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 06:14 PM

Rob To your question on flex under weight. My floor was for the most part flat due to that I’m very happy. THe heaviest tool I have is my 15” planer and rolling it on the floor is fine. The thing to keep in mind is anywhere the floor transitions over a bump or is not leveled with the driCore sims is where you’ll get flex. The fit even when the tiles are floating is quite good, but adding the concrete screws really is the ticket. I had a few low spots right at the walls edge but it didn’t end up being much of an issue, I used a few shims under the tiles.

Ken I just did this last week and worked the full day in it yesterday. I can tell you 100% it’s easier on you legs plus if your rolling tools around, and sweeping dust is way easier.

I made some some transitions for the door which are in the picture drying on my bench.


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#5 posted 09-24-2012 09:03 PM

Hi Joe, this looks fantastic, I am in the process of doing my floor now (520 sq ft.) I wanted to find out how yours is wearing and your thoughts on the polyurethane and if you thought that was the best option to seal them. I don’t expect much if any water to hit the surface but I do have utility sink in my shop.


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