If you are the type of person that has always liked the idea of carpeting for your garage floor, then a Drymate Fabric Garage Floor Mat may be just what you need. Concrete floors are hard and are the reason why you see the occasional garage that has been carpeted. It creates a softer, more inviting look for some people as well as creating a floor that feels better on bare feet.
The problem with carpet however is that it will not stand up long to automobiles and their fluids, chemicals, spills, and the other perils that a garage is susceptible to. It also makes them hard to clean. That is why manufacturers have started producing floor mats for the garage made of fabric.
Made in sizes large enough to park your car on or even bigger to cover your entire floor, these fabric mats are fast becoming popular as a much better option to carpet. Besides protecting your floor or hiding those unsightly cracks and stains you may have, the benefits of a fabric floor mat are plenty.
Drymate mats are made of 50% recycled fibers and have a waterproof, bonded backing that the fabric is attached to. This backing helps the mat adhere to the concrete and doesn’t let fluids leak through. This is good at protecting your garage floor because it acts as an oil absorbing floor mat.
The fabric has a texture similar to felt and is absorbing so that liquids don’t run like they can on a hard surface. In fact, some mats can hold up to five times their weight in liquids. That comes in handy if you live in the Snow Belt and deal with melted snow from your car onto the floor.
Besides being water absorbent, an often overlooked benefit of garage floor mats is that they absorb sound as well. Your garage will lose that hollow sound that a concrete floor can create. They are resistant to stains and provide an anti-slip surface to walk on. They are also good at catching any dirt and debris that may be tracked into the house. One other additional benefit is the thermal barrier it will provide from your cold concrete.
This is a good example of a fabric mat by Drymate
The best part about Drymate fabric garage floor mats is that they are much easier to clean than carpet. You can vacuum them for the easy stuff or better yet, for tougher cleaning jobs just roll them up and take them outside to hose down on your driveway or lawn. They will clean right up with soap and water and are lightweight to move.
As one of your lesser expensive garage flooring options, costs for these mats begin at a little over $1.15 a square foot and go up from there. A typical parking mat is 17’x7.4’ and fits most cars. Deals can be had on larger mats that are 20’x7.4’that will go end to end in a typical 2-car garage. Lay them side by side for an almost invisible seam and you can cover your entire floor. You can get the best pricing with free shipping here.
Since the mats are not real thick, they are easy to cut to fit with a good utility knife or construction scissors. For a more permanent fit you can adhere the edges and seams with a special double sided carpet tape, but it will limit your ability to easily roll them up and take outside to clean.
One thing to keep in mind is that a mat solution like this will not last forever. They will eventually wear out and need replacing. How long they last is also dependent on how busy your garage floor traffic is.
Fabric floor mats for the garage are a much better solution than carpet. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to clean, easy to install, and you can just roll them up and take them with you if you move. They won’t mold and mildew like carpet can and are much more stain resistant.