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Shane1978

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This seems to be a common request, but few of the threads have anything too conclusive, so here we go again:

Ive just finished my new shed and want to cover the floor (caberfloor on base frame with 100mm insulation in the frame). I want to cover the floor in something rubber. Soft underfoot but hard wearing, easy to clean.
I want it wall-to-wall, so under workbenches.. Not just a 'fatigue mat'.
I don't want to glue it down as I might take it off one day and don't want to destroy the floor in the process.
Im worried about the material 'compressing' under the weight of workbenches if its too thick/soft.
Also (a little) worried about damage from sparks (eg. from angle-grinding).

Here are my options:

14mm rubber/resin tiles

OR

15 or 20mm gym mats (polyurethane)

OR

10/11mm EVA foam mats

What do you guys think?
I know people on here have had a good experience with the horse-box style rubber flooring (similar to option 1). Any other experience?
 
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MatMan

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Hi,

I posted about this recently in another thread (link below).


I think that either PVC Floor Tiles or Studded Rubber Flooring will be your best options as they're both thin and firm enough to go under workbenches without losing stability. I've explained a bit about them and their advantages in the other thread, so have a read. In your case specifically, both options will work, but the studded rubber does work best if you can tack it down to the floor to prevent it from lifting. It does have enough natural weight to lay flat, but a bit of glue does help to just make sure. PVC floor tiles may be the better option for you as you can just lay them on the floor and interlock them together. They'll last for years and will be fine with sparks. To make the standing more comfortable, try a fire-resistant Anti-Fatigue Mat or at least a mat with a Vinyl (or similar) top surface.
 

Jameshow

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Yes

Yes

No.

You can get rubber flooring either ribbed or buttons.

I'd go for buttons as the runs are likely to trap sawdust.
 

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I agree. The ribbed versions are definitely more popular in most settings and make excellent drawer or workbench liners, but they are less easy to clean because of the ribs.
 

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