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Design a Classic Floor for Your Classic Car

Owning a classic car can be an exacting hobby. To maintain the value of your investment, it is important to look after it. You must make sure you find the right tools and skilled specialists for restoration work. It is also important to make sure your car is housed in a clean environment, such as a garage with a floor made from durable protective material that is resistant to stains and can easily be cleaned after working on your car. You also want your garage floor to look smart and show off your car to good effect.

Here's a rundown of some of the best flooring solutions for surfaces to complement your classic car:

Concrete:

Concrete offers an inexpensive and practical floor surface. However, bare concrete is porous and can be dusty, therefore concrete garage floors should be sealed to prevent moisture ingress and damage from accidental oil and chemical spillages. For the discerning classic car owner, another downside of concrete is that it can look rather dull and uninspiring.

Floor Paint:

Floor paint can be applied over concrete and sealant. It has the great advantage of being available in a variety of colours, so you can choose one that suits your classic car and helps it look its best.

Tiles or Vinyl:

But if you want something with more design possibilities, then consider floor tiles or roll-out vinyl. These can be laid quickly and easily in a variety of colours and patterns, although there are more durable options for your garage floor.

Epoxy:

To combine quick and easy with durable, an epoxy floor could be the way to go. Epoxy floors can be laid in just a couple of hours and are used in a variety of locations, including shops and healthcare environments, where the right colour scheme is crucial and fast installation times are a big advantage. Epoxy gives a clean edge and a hard-wearing finish that offers great stain resistance and safety features. A highly polished look can be achieved, one which will complement the gleaming lines of your classic car. Plus, you'll have time to go for a spin.

Whatever surface flooring you opt for, you will need to make sure that the supporting floor is free from movement or the potential for cracking. Where they are accessible, check the joists. If in doubt, an easy and inexpensive solution is to use restraint straps. These should be spaced no more than two metres apart, and supported on noggins between the joists. Ensure that the restraint straps do not bear on the perpend joints, and that they are notched into at least three joists and fixed with nails or screws drilled into the joist. Power tools such as the Makita LXT202 make the job of fixing restraint straps much quicker and easier.

Here's to long-lasting garage floors and their cars!

 



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