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01-09-2014 12:07 AM

I hope I have this posted in the right place. I’m looking for some “wallet-efficient” ways to do something with my concrete floor in my shop. If a bag of money should find its way into my yard, or rooftop, I’d like to put a wood floor over the concrete. But, that’s if that big bag o cash should fall out of the sky on top of me. Other than that, I considered just paint, or epoxy. There are numerous things I can do. I’d just like to hear some input from you gr8 folks out there. Any comments, good/bad/ugly, are always appreciated. Thnx for readin my thoughts. Look forward to hearing from ya’ll.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#1 posted 01-09-2014 12:12 AM

Maybe the anti-slip rubber puzzel alike mats Roger? I would like a wooden floor too! :)

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#2 posted 01-09-2014 12:15 AM

well roger, is the concrete hurting your legs, if so then either wood or those mats you can get from harbor frieght would work, if you can go with 3/4 OSB, then just lay sleepers on the floor and then the sheets of OSB…lay the 2×4’s on the flat and then the sheet goods…i guess it depends on that bag of money huh…thats about all i know..either that or do you have a wood sawyer near bye who can give you some rough cut planks, plane them down a bit and go that route….good luck, i went with a wood floor from the start, and im glad i did,

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#3 posted 01-09-2014 12:17 AM

Epoxy paint looks good and helps with the cleanup, but considering the amount of time you spend in the shop, I’d seriously consider installing a plywood or similar sheet good surfacing overlaying furring strips. The ply gives some cushion to your feet/legs for those long hours and can be painted to give your floor surface a neat appearance. Of course, with the cost of plywood you may wish to pray for pennies from heaven (perhaps a downpour).

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#4 posted 01-09-2014 12:17 AM

How bout a DIY kit like this ?

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#5 posted 01-09-2014 12:22 AM

Hey Roger, glad to see you’re planning an upgrade such as your new floor. As for the two options that you gave outside of the wood flooring I would suggest an epoxy flooring. However, I would be leery about the big box store brands. My parents bought some from Home Depot and had to strip it all after one month. They had a section tearout while driving over it. This means that there is too much water in the mixture causing a very thin layer to be on your floor once it has evaporated. I purchased mine from It has much less water in the mixture creating a thicker and stronger bond to your concrete therefore creating a much more durable surface. I did a series on application for this product. You might want to check it out for your research. Good luck!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#6 posted 01-09-2014 12:22 AM

I just have mats in front of major tools and work areas, see'x3'---Black.aspx and Grizzly has some but their web site is not connecting with mine at this time. Good luck and enjoy your shop time.

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#7 posted 01-09-2014 12:28 AM

Thnx for the suggestions and input. I do have the “kindergarten” 24”x24” around a lot of my flooring and a few other mats from Woodcraft. They help a lot. I’m just thinking of the fact that concrete is so cold. I’m sure that hurts the heating potential of a warm shop. I do have an overhead heater, and a small floor heater I’ll use when needed. I only keep it around 55 -62 degrees during the cold months. kdc68: I have been to that link you posted, thnx. Really appreciate the thoughts folks.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 01-09-2014 12:28 AM

Hi Roger,
I have laminate wood flooring in my shop and like it. It cleans up well and looks great. Easier on the legs than concrete. Cheaper than real wood and cheaper than epoxy too, if my memory serves me right.
My 2 cents.

-- Marty,, 866-444-6996

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#9 posted 01-09-2014 12:31 AM

Sometimes the “Ollies” store has laminate flooring priced really low.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 01-09-2014 12:46 AM

Epoxy paint isn’t going to help with a cold floor.
I say stick with the foam mats for another couple of months until it warms up.

Or put in a wood floor with insulation underneath.


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#11 posted 01-09-2014 02:02 AM

Those puzzle piece floor mats are available at Harbor Freight for a 4”x4” section for $10.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 01-09-2014 02:17 AM

You could look at cow/horse mats. You get them at farm equipment stores. I actually just bought a 4’ x 6’ x 3/4” one to use as a work out mat. The thing is SUPER solid and cheap at $43. I bet the thing weighs well over 100 pounds. I got it at a local store by me but I bet you could find it by you. They also sell horse/cow stall mat by the foot. It is a lot cheaper than other flooring.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#13 posted 01-09-2014 02:18 AM

Roger, what are your main reasons and objectives you want in a new floor?

I saw 4×8 sheets of OSB at HD & thought they were very reasonable… 2×4’s too… for something just Easy on the Feet & would have a little insulation, might be so bad… cheap too.

... depends on what your target reasons are…

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#14 posted 01-09-2014 02:39 AM
This is a dimple membrane product. It serves as a decoupling(insulation) and prevents any moisture from rising up through your concrete slab. This product would also add a certain amount of cushion. You can put laminate or OSB directly over the top of it. I plan on laying this in my basement before too long. I’ll probably do a layer of 7/16” and then come back with a second layer in the opposite direction(covering up all the seams) and screw the two together. Then finish it off with porch and floor paint with anti-skid additive.

Good Luck!

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#15 posted 01-09-2014 02:57 AM

Roger, I’m going to try a couple of these this spring when they go on sale for around $30.00.
These are 3/4” thick and a bit firmer than the mats I’ve bought from the wood working supply type stores.
They can be placed directly on concrete and I believe would support stationary equipment as well. I’m going to cut them in half to make them 2 ft. x 6 ft. and use them in front of benches and tool stands.

My shop is 24 ft. x 24 ft. and would take 18 mats at $30.00 ea. (on sale) , would cost $540.00 + tax.
I don’t think I’ll be covering the entire floor. :-)

Here are the stores in southern Indiana that carry them all the time. Most any farm supply has them and they all sell them for the same price $39.99 ea. – 4’ x 6’ x 3/4”. Tractor Supply has a 10 yr. warranty on them.

Rubber Horse Stall Mat, 4 ft. x 6 ft. x 3/4”, Manufacturer: QUALITY RUBBER, $39.99 ea.
Limited 5 year warranty
Warranty : 10 Years

...just another option.

Best Regards. – Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

EDIT; Sorry, I was still typing and searching when Jeff posted #12.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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