Installing RaceDeck Tile Floor in Your Man Cave
It doesn’t matter if you own or rent. Chances are if you’re reading this magazine, a workshop area is something that is very near and dear to your heart. Speaking from experience, we’ve chosen house purchases based heavily on the amount garage space included. We recently gained access to a bare two-car garage and couldn’t wait to start outfitting it with everything we’d need to work on project trucks. We decided to start from the bottom up (literally) with a new modular garage floor from RaceDeck.
We decided to go with the modular floor (a floating floor made of tiles that snap into place) rather than an epoxy floor coating for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, we’re not the most talented guys when it comes to coating large surfaces with thick, potentially messy chemicals. Without question, an attempt to coat the garage floor with an epoxy (or other chemical) coating would result in lots of splatter, ruined clothing, and some permanent footprints in the finished floor. Plus, a modular floor basically goes together like a bunch of big, flat Lego toys, so theoretically we could disassemble it and take it with us if we ever get booted from this particular garage. Yes, the possibility of a forced eviction is always part of our long-term contingency plans.
We’ve seen RaceDeck flooring (produced by SnapLock Industries) before and it always looks great. It can be ordered in 14 different colors, and any number of patterns can be created by combining different colored tiles. Each tile is patterned with a diamond-plate pattern that provides good grip, and the high-impact polymer tiles can support more than 50,000 pounds. We ended up with a great-looking checkerboard floor in our garage, and we’re now ready to outfit our workspace with toolboxes and other equipment. Check out the photos for a rundown of the installation.