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12-10-2015 03:59 PM

I’m converting the 2nd bedroom of my condo into a workshop. I’m ready to put flooring throughout the 1,042 sq ft condo and have some decisions to make about material, color, and cost.

I like the look of dark red/brown flooring (like Brazilian Cherry) and at $2.49 per sq ft for laminate from Home Depot, that’s do-able.

But today only, Home Depot has a sale on engineered wood at $2.09 per sq ft, normally $4.39. This seems like a great deal.



What material is better for a workshop? What color is better (if it actually does matter, I’m thinking sawdust, tools and parts falling to the floor, moving wheeled tools and wheeled tables around, etc). But I’ve always liked the dark red/brown color and it would go well with my furniture and wall colors for the rest of the condo.

What about Resilient Vinyl Plank flooring and Strand Bamboo flooring?

What do you recommend? I’m open to 2 different colors/materials for the condo. I’m flexible.

Something to also consier: I have a 100-pound German Shepherd Dog. Sharp nails and sloppy drinking.

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#1 posted 12-10-2015 06:10 PM

Maybe I’m wrong, but I just cannot imagine a laminate holding up for any period of time in a woodshop. When I think of all the things I’ve dropped, (sharpened tools, heavy blocks of wood come to mind), I think within a couple years you would have a chipped up, terrible looking floor that you would be tearing up.

There is a reason that most of us have concrete and use rubber pads of fairly heavy density to walk around on.

Also, do you plan on having any tools that will be on roll-around stands? If so, I can see your planer stand digging nice grooves into the wood over time.

To me, if you are starting with a wood subfloor, I’d think in terms of something really dense and strong. I know one guy who did his shop with high density exercise mats like you see in university multi-use gyms. I’ve seen asphalt vinyl tile, and even met one guy who put in really tight woven outdoor industrial carpet, although he hated it cause it caught so much dust.

But residential wood flooring laminate? I’d say it will not hold up. Unless you are a scroll saw guy doing really small projects, or a pen maker with one stationary lathe.
Just my opinion.

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#2 posted 12-10-2015 06:33 PM

Thanks fro the reply Paul.

I’m new to woodworking, and it’s something I do for enjoyment and not for money. I’ve made things before (I’ve built probably 2-dozen poker tables) but now I have some entry-level bench tools that are making a big difference for me.

Most of the tools will be stationary, but I want to have wheeled combination table saw/router/assembly table. The rest will be stationary on workbenches.

Maybe resilient vinyl plank flooring would be good? It’s common in a commerical setting—it gives the look of wood, with commercial durability. I remember going to a Texas de Brazil restaurant and noticing the flooring, it looked like wood but it was resilient vinyl planks.

My sub-floor is concrete, so maybe another option is to put in laminate/wood flooring througout the rest of the condo, and just leave the concrete sub-floor and put down some hard rubber gym flooring. I think the resilient vinyl planks would be similar to the gym flooring, but without the thickness.

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#3 posted 12-10-2015 06:37 PM

This is an example of resilient vinyl plank flooring, in a gym. Maybe not a good example, no one really drops an elliptical machine; it’s not like the weight room where people regularly drop 45-pound plates on the floor.

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#4 posted 12-10-2015 07:50 PM

Have you taught of Cork ? color, texture, resilience, sound dampening, cheap…Its even used on comercial walkways and on cruise ships decks. I used it in the basement for a studio and its both comfortable, resistant and nice.

-- PJ

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#5 posted 12-10-2015 08:10 PM

Two things to think of,one heavy stuff is hard to roll around on a soft floor,I.e some vinyl plank flooring,carpet,rubber flooring.
2)Sound,Your in a condo some floor will act like a drum.
Have you gone online and checked lumber liquidators? they advertise 1.00+ sq ft flooring.may save you enough for that planer or jointer. or at least a L-N something.

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#6 posted 12-11-2015 01:30 AM

Of the options you listed, the engineered wood would be my choice: very stable, way more moisture resistant than laminate, and the finish is usually near bulletproof.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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