Shop Flooring: Wood-Composite Tiles
Add warmth and comfort
Although wood-composite tiles, such as DRIcore, are designed to be a subflooring material, on shop floors these large tiles can be used as-is. Easy to install with tongue-and-groove joinery, the tiles help insulate you from a cold floor. In this short article, find out how to install and where to buy these tiles.
DRIcore tiles are 7/8-in.-thick by about 2 ft. square and fit together with tongue-and-groove joints. This flooring product has a leveling system in which dedicated spacers are used to correct for minor imperfections in your floor. No fasteners or glue is needed. The clear acrylic finish is not meant as a wear surface but as a sealant; however, the manufacturer says it can be topcoated with a non-water-based paint or a polyurethane floor finish.
Pieces mate like a wood puzzle
Knock tiles together. Protect the tongue-and-groove edge with a block when knocking the tiles into place with a mallet.
Install leveling spacers where needed. These compensate for any unevenness in the floor.
Trim to size with a jigsaw. Make sure the tiles are on a stable support when cutting them.
Where to buy
Approximate cost: $1.47 per sq. ft.
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-Excerpt from Workshop Solutions 2008