GoodYear Anti-Fatigue Flooring
GoodYear Anti-Fatigue Flooring. Click image to enlarge

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Ottawa, Ontario – Since I moved into my new home in October of last year I have been searching for a garage flooring solution to rid the floor of dust and dampness. The previous owners of our home also parked their vehicles in the garage during the winter months and salt stains were evident as well as oil and dust.

During the past few months I have been working on my own car quite a lot in my garage; lying on the cold cement floor is not the most comfortable of places to do your work. Each time I completed a job I would eye the Gator garage flooring at Costco, or rifle through the Canadian Tire flyer for the cement paint sales.

GoodYear Anti-Fatigue Flooring
GoodYear Anti-Fatigue Flooring. Click image to enlarge

A few times, I was close to purchasing, but every solution I eyed was between $400 and $500 at a minimum. Painting wasn’t nearly as expensive: it was closer to $200 depending on the application method and materials. I really loathed the idea of painting though, having to thoroughly clean or etch the garage floor with chemicals, let dry and then paint. My main concern was where the heck I was to store all my “junk” during the drying phases.

I finally found my solution — for me it was a stroke of luck — a Thursday afternoon stroll through Costco and on display were these Goodyear Anti-Fatigue flooring mats. At first glance I wrote them off as too expensive, but upon second inspection I noticed they might actually be viable. I required 432 square feet of floor covering and nine packages of 12 two-foot by two-foot tile. At a reasonable $23 per package looked like they would do the trick quite nicely. I loaded up the shopping cart with 10 packages (always buy one more than you think you need) and I checked out for just over $250 to complete my garage floor, much less than any other solution I had eyed.

I was hoping to use these to not only keep the garage floor clean and dust free but also to add cushioning to the flooring, and perhaps keep it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

GoodYear Anti-Fatigue Flooring
GoodYear Anti-Fatigue Flooring. Click image to enlarge

Upon closer inspection, I noticed the packaging notes on the back in smaller print: “Do not drive on tiles as they will be crushed and no longer cushion.” Darn… so I thought I guess I won’t be using these for the entire garage, I thought. Ultimately, I decided that I wasn’t too concerned about the cushioning — so be it if they get crushed.

Sunday morning around 10 am I started on my task of beautifying my room of the house (the garage). First thing was to clear the junk away, I really needed to clean up the garage and this was the perfect excuse. Pull all the loose items from the floor into the driveway and sweep any excess dust and debris out – I didn’t expect this to take very long at all.

After the initial cleaning was complete (which took much longer than expected) I started on the biggest jigsaw puzzle I had ever done. This is basically what these tiles are: large rubber puzzle pieces, made of recycled rubber and foam. They do have a chemical smell to them when you first open the package that does dissipate after a few hours.

It was pretty simple to put the pieces together one after the other, starting from one corner of the room and moving along. Each package comes with plenty of corner and edging pieces so there was no worry about an unfinished look. It turns out there were so many extra trim pieces when I finished I was able to fill an entire garbage bag full.

GoodYear Anti-Fatigue Flooring
GoodYear Anti-Fatigue Flooring. Click image to enlarge

I did have a couple of pieces that seemed to be cut slightly differently and didn’t quite fit without bubbling the edges. I ended up using these pieces for the corners or where trimming was required. Upon inspection of the final product, it was also obvious that not all the pieces are the same colour. In my application I didn’t really care – but if you plan to use this for show it could be an issue for you.

Once I completed the large centre portion of the room, I finished off with the edge pieces and a few places were custom trimming was required to get everything to fit cleanly. Although it was easy to do, my original time estimate was completely off the mark. Originally I had anticipated 20-30 minutes of tile placing time, which turned out to be more like three hours, but this was mainly because I didn’t start from the correct corner at first and had to work my way back to fix my mistake. Lesson learned: empty the entire garage before starting, not half of it like I did – in the long run it took me longer rather than saved me time by trying to do one half and then the other.

My material calculations turned out to be exactly correct in the end, as I needed nine boxes and had only three tiles left over. My significant other quickly snatched the extra tiles up to be used in front of the stove and sink in the kitchen where the floor is tile and hard on the heels.

I did park my car on the tiles, and yes the tiles did compress a little but not as significantly as I expected from the warning on the packaging. The tiles are supposed to be easy to clean and are waterproof to allow you to hose them down when needed. I used my shop-vac to clean up any dust or dirt tracked into the garage and it certainly made clean up easier with these tiles in place, and my garage floor no longer looks like a spotted mess.

The GoodYear Anti-Fatigue Flooring tiles ended up being exactly what I was looking for – easy to install, easy to clean and perfect for my small budget. Only time will tell how they hold up, but so far I like my new garage floor, and my toys aren’t complaining either.

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