|Forum topic by SWM||posted 03-17-2011 03:34 PM||12965 views||2 times favorited||37 replies|
03-17-2011 03:34 PM
And so the shop renovation project continues…..
I was hoping to draw from the collective experience of my fellow lumberjocks on this one. I just can’t seem to find a suitable floor material, at least one that I want to shell out $$$ for.
I would like a new floor to accomplish two things. One, provide a smoother surface that cleans up easy and doesn’t trap so much dust! Two, extra cushion would be nice. I have lots of rubber floor mats at different work stations, but very rarely find myself using them.
Rubber garage floor tiles. This is the quick and easy solution. Although not the cheapest (I found these on ebay for $2.50/sq.ft) I was willing to pay it if they met my two criteria. I requested and received a sample in the mail yesterday (always a good idea before you spend $1200). They appear sturdy enough for my 600 lb planer at first test. However, they have leather like background that that seems very hard to sweep.
Vinyl floor: Would be great if it come in 13’ widths. Only comes in 12’. Would require lots of horizontal seems across floor to minimize waste. I’ve also noticed that my 600 lb planer leaves a noticeable indention in the vinyl floor adjacent to my workshop. It’s cheap, but I’m not sure it’s durable enough for a wood shop? It should be relatively inexpensive, but doesn’t provide much cushion.
Commercial glue down tile. I may be leaning towards this option since my disappointment in the rubber floor tiles. I would need to level the floor in order to use these tiles. However, once leveled, durability should be really good. These are pretty inexpensive, but the hassle of cleaning and leveling the floor can’t go unnoticed.
PLYWOOD! I could lay down 2×4 sleepers horizontal on 16” centers and cover with 3/4 T&G flooring for less than $1/sq ft. I would probably then paint with a porch and floor utility paint. This option probably meets both of my criteria, but I’m a little unsure how a future prospective house buyer would look at this type of floor. I”m sure a non-lumberjock may really be confused, but who cares???? I’d also have to to trim the doors about 1”. Not the easiest thing to do on fiberglass!
Hardwood/bamboo flooring: I really like this option, but naturally it’s the most expensive. I’d have a hard time justifying spending $3-4/ sq. ft for a workshop with OSB walls.
I would love to hear some ideas of what worked for you in your shop!
Thanks for the input
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