Hard rubber can easily provide your newfound or well-established workshop.
Protective rubber surfacing is a great way to guard against damage to original floors, as well as tools.
Well placed thick rubber mats will offer anti-fatigue qualities, warmth, and added comfort during long projects.
So you decided to pursue your inner handy-man or woman. Congratulations! There’s nothing quite as satisfying as doing something all by yourself. Whether you’re greasing the chain on your bike, or trying to figure out why the vacuum isn’t working anymore—whatever the challenge may be we’re rooting for you! As you start to collect tools, and as your projects grow larger and more complicated, you’ll probably come to the realization that you need your own private workshop. What better place to set one up than in your shed? As center-base for all your DIY projects, your workshop has to be comfortable and function. Hard rubber can easily provide your newfound (or well-established) workshop with the perfect heavy-duty floor. Protective rubber surfacing is a great way to guard against damage to original floors, as well as tools, machines, and material that may be dropped. Well placed thick rubber mats will offer anti-fatigue qualities, warmth, and added comfort during long projects. And a specifically placed rubber equipment mat can even protect large expensive machines.
Check out these 6 ways that utilizing rubber flooring will help make your shed into a functional workshop.
A Comfortable Environment A workshop is most commonly known as a space where things are manufactured or repaired. Whatever the case may be for your particular application, this area should definitely offer you a comfortable surface. Whether you’re standing or sitting at a workbench, your flooring is going to affect your ankles, legs, and back. And although the original flooring of a shed can be nearly anything, more often than not, concrete is the surfacing you will find. Thick rubber mats provide a supple and elastic surface upon which to stand that is going to be far more forgiving than concrete. Being comfortable can greatly add to your productivity. It can also affect your attentiveness, which is something you absolutely should have while working around tools and machines.
Protect Your Tools Like previously stated—if you have a shed, it’s very likely that it has a concrete floor. Unfortunately concrete isn’t very kind to falling tools. Hard rubber flooring will not only protect your joints, but it can also help protect your tools should they be dropped. Again, this is thanks to rubbers elasticity. Installing protective rubber surfacing inside your workshop may help prolong the life of your tools—especially if you’re a butterfingers like me.
Protect Your Machines Tools come in a variety of shapes and sizes—some tools are effectively considered rather complicated and larger machines, such as a power saw, nail-gun, or an air compressor (and let’s not forget that many sheds are used to store washers, driers, and a number of other useful machines). This sort of equipment can cost a good amount of money, so it’s always in your best interest to protect them, because replacements can be very costly. A rubber equipment mat can be positioned under these machines to prevent them from moving due to their own vibrations. These tend to be thicker mats, which are perfectly suited to act as a buffer between your machines and the hard surface below. This is definitely a heavy-duty floor that’s going to stand up to abrasive treatment.
Protect Your Floors It would be a shame that while you are trying to fix one thing you accidently break another. As we stated, more often than not, shed flooring tends to be made out of concrete. But this isn’t always the case. Regardless of the flooring, this original surfacing is a permanent fixture and therefore worth protecting. Concrete can chip, and tiled floors can break and scratch—these are going to be costly repairs. Employing a hard rubber floor in your workshop is going to help protect the original floors from falling tools, and vibrating machines.
Professional Appearance Protective rubber mats won’t just be functional in your workshop; they can also add a touch of personal flair. Many hard rubber surfaces come with a variety of designs, anything from raised coin-like shapes to the classical diamond plate style. Just because you’re using a heavy-duty floor doesn’t mean it has to look out of place. Thick rubber mats are available in a variety of styles that can seamlessly fit into a range of different settings. And these designs are not just meant to look pretty—they also add traction, which will help keep you on your feet.
DIY Friendly Putting down a heavy-duty floor doesn’t have to be a hassle. Many rubber products come as mats, custom cut runners, or interlocking tiles—all of which are extremely friendly DIY projects. A rubber equipment mat, for example, is especially easy to lie down, and will often stay put under its own weight. However, if you’re looking for a more permanent flooring option, adhesives are available.
So if you are turning your shed into a functional workshop area, you should consider thick rubber mats or more expansive hard rubber flooring as a surfacing option. This protective rubber is tough enough to withstand abrasive conditions and protect the floors underneath, as well as your tools and machines.