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Old 08-01-2017, 10:25 PM   #1
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Flooring idea (feedback requested)

While pondering my options for flooring, seeking something durable and nonslip, I thought of using aluminum diamond plate. It's available in 4x8 sheets, and I thought the diamond plate would help make it nonslip. Yes, I know about electrolysis between aluminum and steel, so I'd probably give the two some separation with some 1/4" underlayment plywood.

Anyone done this? How'd it work? What did you do? What would you do differently? Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? Feedback?

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Old 08-01-2017, 10:31 PM   #2
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It isn't very homey... I mean walking on that stuff barefoot might be uncomfortable. I have had diamond plate on truck beds, and it's still pretty slick when wet or oily. If your liking the industrial look they make a "diamond plate" rubber floor for garages..


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Old 08-01-2017, 10:43 PM   #3
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Depends what you are using the space for. If it is living, then I agree with above, sounds miserable to walk on. Engineered hardwood is durable, easily installed, looks good, and cleans well. If utility is what you are after, get those rubber puzzle gym mats (or they make ones specifically for garages).
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:03 PM   #4
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Ah yes, I forgot to include what I plan to use it for. Actually I haven't decided but it will probably remain a passenger-hauler. Some manner of industrial carpet may work better for party-wagon or limo type service (which can be had in festive or conservative styles).
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Old 08-01-2017, 11:16 PM   #5
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Diamond plate makes more sense now, easy to hose out when complete.
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I saw a post here a few, up to 6 months ago, about a bus specific flooring for commercial application. One sheet, wall to wall and very durable. In a multitude of patterns/colors. May have been Tango that posted it... Looked really cool and may be what you are looking for.
Diamond plate would also work.

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They do make steel diamond plate that's MUCH cheaper than aluminum.
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I would use closed cell foam board between the floor and diamond plate. It would give you both sound dampening and thermal insulation. It wouldn't absorb water like plywood. Although more expensive I would stick with the aluminum no paint to maintain or potential for rust.

I'm thinking about using radiant floor heat with pex routed into rigid foam with aluminum diamond plate over the top. The aluminum would transfer the heat evenly and more quickly than plywood subfloor and covering.

If you go with the diamond plate let me know how you like it.
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