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A Forever Home Gets Organized From the Ground Up

By Gladiator Contributor Renee M.: working mom of two, craft lover, forever home owner

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Gladiator brand compensated the contributor of this post, but this post represents the contributor’s own opinion.


At some point, we just kind of accepted the perpetual griminess of our socks and feet. Gross, I know. But who has time to think about garage flooring when there’s birthday cakes to frost, school buses to catch and family gatherings to plan?


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Recently, though, after a few moments of deep, soul-searching reflection (and discovering one too many holes in our dwindling supply of socks), we finally decided to look into viable flooring solutions.


We knew immediately what kind we wanted: visually pleasing, kid friendly and easy to install. Nothing too fancy, really. We didn’t have time for yet another elaborate project. At first, we considered using an epoxy coat, but that would’ve been too much of a hassle. Not my style. Gladiator® flooring was a no-brainer.


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One of the nice things about Gladiator brand is that they allow you to purchase flooring in two ways: as individual tiles or as packs of four. The packs come preassembled, which can be a HUGE time-saver. Before, it took an hour to install a small area with the individual tiles. The preassembled Silver and Charcoal Tiles cut it down to 15 minutes. Definitely my style.


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We found that cutting the tiles down using a jigsaw with a plexiglass jigsaw blade worked well. After cutting, we lightly sanded the edges with a low-grit sanding block for a clean, finished edge.


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The area closest to the house is raised, so we had to figure out how to install flooring in a way that made the two different levels look as continuous and seamless as possible. We experimented with a few different methods, but in the end, we decided to paint the front edge and are thrilled with the way it turned out. We matched the color to the dark gray tile, which gave everything a nice, clean finish.


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Even though Gladiator flooring features a slightly higher price tag, it more than makes up for it with the product’s durability and design options. It also looks pretty darn nice.


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Our garage is still a work in progress, but we can already walk out onto the platform without shoes on.


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To be honest, we’ve kind of caught the home-improvement bug. I’ve already started a checklist. So many projects to accomplish, one (clean) step at a time.


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