Mike R. writes: “Sams Club sells an interlocking mat product that works great as a cheap-ass shop floor. They are black on the reverse side so you don’t have to deal with the obnoxious colors. You get 33 square feet for just under $20, which works out to like .60 a square foot. I’ve got it in a basement shop, kids play area and laundry room, and it’s held up great for 6 months of random kid and shoe abuse. Since it’s a thick rubber foam, it’s alot more comforatable to stand an walk on than concrete. The panels are easy to pull up and replace if you manage to screw one up. It’s also very easy to cut with a utility knife, so installation was painless.”
“I doubt this would last long if you parked cars on it, but I plan on putting some in the shop area in my garage this spring. I haven’t had this in a greasy or oily enviroment yet so I don’t know how well it will handle that kind of abuse.”
Kudos for fining such a cheap alternative. Even though we’ve got an epoxy finish on the TM shop floor, I’m thinking about picking some of these up to lay down under and around our horizontal/vertical metal-cutting band saw. We’re always dropping cut steel around there, and this looks like just the ticket to protect the floor.
Util-a-Mat Reversible Mat, 8-Pack [Sam’s Club]