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Choosing the Best Garage Floor Containment Mats

Personal_Finance / Motoring Jan 23, 2020 - 07:20 PM GMT

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A concrete floor in your garage is a vital investment. It’s supposed to last for years. Plus, it requires the covering to last longer. And the only way to cover it is by rolling out on garage mat. Designed to handle your car’s weight and traffic, garage mats come in different styles, shapes, as well as materials. Plus, there are numerous vendors online selling garage mats. This makes it difficult to choose a mat that suits your explicit needs. Even more, things can be overwhelming—especially for new car owners. This article contains everything you should know as far as choosing the right garage floor mat for your garage. Keep reading:

Things to Look For

Of course, garage floor mats may look like simple rugs or gym mats. However, they are made from materials that are long-lasting and tougher than ordinary mats. So, when shopping around for a garage floor mat, look for the following features.


What is the resistance of that mat like? Is it resistant to chemicals? What about petroleum oil spills? These are some of the questions you should answer before settling on a particular mat for your garage. Remember, the floor will be exposed to petroleum spills. So, it’s better to get a mat that is resistant to these spills.

Slip-Resistance Improves Safety

The mat you purchase should be slip-resistant. This will prevent accidents occasioned by slip. With these mats, you improve the safety aspect of your garage.


The mat you purchase should come with cushioning. This will play a key role when it comes to reducing fatigue on the feet as well as legs.


Choose a mat that has textures and grooves. This construction helps channel water and dirt away—making them safe and dry. Also, they should be easy to clean. The materials must be easy to clean.

Vehicle Traffic

Purchase a mat that’s capable of withstanding vehicle traffic

Sliding and Strength

Go for a mat with sufficient weight. This ensures that your mat can resist sliding. Also, go for a mat with smoothness as well as the strength that allows a creeper to slide—especially if you want to conduct repairs.

Mat Thickness

Also, don’t forget about the mat thickness. In most cases, standard mats measure about 1/2-inch in terms of thickness. On the other hand, the heavy-duty mats can have a thickness of around 3/4 inch. Of course, thicker mats cost more. However, they are effective at protecting your garage floor. However, if you are looking for mats for light-duty use only, consider choosing standard mats.

Rollout Mats: The Benefits

Easy to roll, garage containment mats offer superior protection to floors against snow, water, and ice. You can easily remove them and clean the floor. Plus, most of these mats are smooth enough to allow creeping—especially when carrying out car repairs. Easy to clean, these mats are an ideal solution during the winter when the atmosphere has a lot of water. After cleaning garage containment mats, roll them under the sun. After they have dried, you can install them in your garage.

 Installing Mats

Garage mats come in different shapes and sizes. So, depending on your garage shape of size, you can get an option that suits your needs. Plus, they can be cut into a size that fits into your garage space. Also, you can combine mats and cover large areas. If you want to seam them together, you can use a special adhesive tape. Alternatively, you can use heavy-duty flooring tape.

It’s also important to note that garage mats tend to expand and contract depending on the prevailing temperature conditions. Thus, don’t tape the perimeter of the mats to the floor. Leave them free—it will give room for expansion. Also, consider leaving a gap of 1/4 inches between the floor and the walls. It will cater for expansion—especially during the warm season.


On average, you can get a standard contaminant mat from as low as $1.25 per sq.ft However, this is a standard thickness. On the higher side, heavy-duty mats can cost somewhere from $2.50-$4 per square foot. The best thing about these mats is that you can choose the area to cover. For instance, you can choose to cover the car tire area only. Thus makes it externally convenient—especially if you are on a budget. Also, you can join two mats to cover a large area. So, depending g on your budget and floor area, you can get the size that fits into your explicit needs.

Cleaning Garage Floor Mats

Normally, garage doors cover a large area. Cars need these masts for various reasons. Besides caring for the garage floor and the aesthetic appeal, garage mats can help you when it comes to cleaning your garage. They absorb anything that drips from the car. This includes mad, dirt, and even oil spilling. This makes it easy to clean garage floors. Remember, cleaning a garage floor can be difficult. Worse still, if the oils spill on the floor, things can be more complicated. However, a containment mat makes cleaning your garage easy and enjoyable. So, if you don’t want to have a rough time cleaning your garage floor, invest in a containment mat.

Use Elbow Grease to Clean Garage Mats

You don’t have to use any advanced technology to clean your garage floor. All you need is elbow grease. Also, you can use a sweeper to remove dust from the floor. This is not only convenient but also saves time when it comes to cleaning the floor.

Dealing with Oil Spills

Besides dirt and debris, dripping motor oil can spill on the floor. If you don’t have a mat, removing this oil can be a daunting task. However, you can take a containment mat in the open, spray it, and do away with the oil. The remaining oil can be scrubbed.

The Bottom-Line

Don’t choose any garage mat. Choose one that suits your garage’s explicit needs. The above article will help you purchase a garage mat that you can be proud of. From looking at the resistance to texture—these tips are all you need to choose the best garage containment mat.

By Lyle MacLeod

© 2020 Copyright Lyle MacLeod - All Rights Reserved Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.

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