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Wood floors are good insulators
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The air-gap engineered into
DRIcore tiles lifts the wooden
portion off the concrete, which
creates an insulating layer.

Wood floors are good insulators

Air-gap tiles

Although not pretty, air-gap wooden tiles, right, offer extreme breathability for concrete floors prone to dampness. The oriented strand board (OSB) tiles, measuring 24x24", have patterned plastic undersides that actually lift the tiles off the floor. Not only does the created space allow the most air movement of any flooring option, but minimal amounts of running water can freely flow underneath. This solution is best for a basement shop or garage that doesn't share space with an auto.

You may have to cut tiles to clear obstacles, but the tongue-and-groove edges make for fast installation. If you'll be rolling heavy equipment around, you may want to add some of the edge tiles to the floor to prevent shifting. Shims are available that fit the patterned plastic on the under-side to level the tiles on uneven floors. The tiles are nearly 1" thick so transition and reducing strips (available at home centers) are required on exposed edges.

The tiles come only one way--bare wood--but can be painted if desired. Or, you may choose to use the tiles as a subfloor for another flooring material to be laid on top. You can find the tiles at many national home centers (one brand name is DRIcore; information at, where they sell for about $6 each, or about $1.50/sq. ft. Only paint is less expensive.


Comments (11)
FlashGordo wrote:

I used an epoxy floor paint on my shop and it all came up. Went through the whole clean till you could eat off it. Repeated and did the same thing. A friend that puts up buildings told me that if they didn't put down plastic before pouring concrete, no paint would ever stick. The topic didn't come up when we were planning the shop and I guess they didn't. Just stuck with an ugly floor.

1/14/2016 02:24:20 PM Report Abuse
bomstadmk wrote:

I live in the north where winter-time means somewhat unavoidable salt/sand dripping from my vehicles. How do each hold up to this environment?

6/2/2015 08:04:11 AM Report Abuse
Bitter1095 wrote:

I was told that newly poured concrete should cure for about 60 days before applying an epoxy coat. But considering that the Hoover Dam is still curing, I'm planning on waiting about 6 months.

5/28/2015 12:00:26 PM Report Abuse
arlenewendell wrote:

The floor looks very elegant.

3/18/2014 06:16:33 AM Report Abuse
claysoules wrote:

A question about the epoxy systems: How long must newly poured concrete cure before applying the epoxy?

1/19/2012 04:25:23 PM Report Abuse
pfruehan wrote:

I installed the Dricore floor in my garage last fall. It not only makes the concrete easier on the back, but if i drop a board, it is somewhat forgiving. Also, the air space underneath provides a layer of warmth in the winter. They are very easy to install and cut.

8/6/2011 02:52:58 PM Report Abuse
Jeff.mcnulty wrote:

I'm thinking of a cheap laminent .60 to .80 cents a sq/ft. Any pros/cons?

8/5/2011 11:27:27 PM Report Abuse
Toolen wrote:

There is no better floor surface for a shop (concrete floor) than the polyaspartic based products offered by Alternative Surfaces Co. I recently had my 700 sq ft shop floor done and it is beautiful, durable easy to clean. Concrete surface is machine ground and smoothed before the products are applied. Cost is about $2.75-$3.00 sq ft. and is guaranteed for a lifetime. Only problem is I can not see saw dust on the floor because of the color I chose. Check it out at

8/4/2011 03:44:57 PM Report Abuse
reggiek wrote:

I use the Horse stall mats for my shop floor...they insulate well and are stiff enough to vacuum and to roll even the heaviest tool on. My shop is not large enough (who's is?) for my tools to all have a permanent most are on wheeled carts or have casters.

8/4/2011 02:57:26 PM Report Abuse
abbottf1467762 wrote:

I had them and sent them back to the barn. Since they were not attached to the floor they would shift and leave spaces that would impede tool stand wheels. If you attach them permanently to the floor, that are comfortable and rubber tools wheels did roll well on them.

8/4/2011 10:44:15 AM Report Abuse
endixon1 wrote:

I've been thinking horse stall mats might work well. Mini test indicated table saw wheels still worked. Anyone else? D2

8/4/2011 09:58:13 AM Report Abuse

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