Every man needs a space. A sacred space, where he can take sanctuary and find solace in all things manly. To each and every one of you reading this, allow to me propose a space that oft goes overlooked – a space that while housing your most prized possession, rarely is anything more than a soulless white box with a concrete floor. This space of which I speak is… you guessed it… your garage, and despite boasting an ample amount of square footage for your vehicles, tools and gear, rarely sees anything more than a coat of paint over its cold, barren floor.
It’s time to change that. It’s time to view your garage for what it should be – a space that houses the finest German engineering on the planet. A space that invites you to escape the stresses of everyday life and admire the curves of whatever Mercedes model you’ve chosen while dabbling in a bit of mechanic work. And it’s time to stop thinking that epoxy paint somehow makes concrete look any better, because it doesn’t. You and your Mercedes deserve better.
Enter Swisstrax, the finest garage flooring on the planet. If you’re too lazy to read the rest of this article, I’ll say it in a single sentence. Swisstrax is the simplest, sexiest, most bulletproof way to upgrade your garage style in a single day. Period. Nothing even comes close. Check out their website, and you’ll see why in about 30 seconds.
Swisstrax is the simplest, sexiest, most bulletproof way to upgrade your garage style in a single day. Period.
For those of you that want a more technical overview, read on and I’ll tell you about my personal experience with Swisstrax, and why they’re the only option you should be considering for turning your garage from that abysmal, bland white box into a space fit for the king you are.
What is Swisstrax?
In a nutshell, Swisstrax is the finest modular flooring system on the planet. It’s Swiss engineered, American-made, and available in a huge range of colors and designs. It installs instantly over your existing floor, no special prep work, tools or adhesives required. And it completely transforms the look of your garage in a single day. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can install this themselves, to the point my 11 year old son was doing it for me. And the results are absolutely unbelievable.
I know what you’re thinking – what if I don’t have a garage? You’re in luck, because Swisstrax can transform any space that needs instant, durable, great looking flooring that can withstand the toughest abuse. Home gyms, basketball courts, pool areas, workshops, dance floors, event spaces, even airplane hangars. Wherever you need flooring, Swisstrax has an option that not only looks great, but can withstand whatever abuse you can throw at it.
Swisstrax Flooring Types
Before I go any further, I want to quickly mention Swisstrax flooring types. The heart of the Swisstrax lineup is their Ribtrax Pro series of tiles, which is the flooring I chose, and the one I’ll go into more detail about in a second. In addition to Ribtrax Pro, there’s Ribtrax Pro Smooth, Diamondtrax Home, Vinyltrax Pro, Graphictrax Pro and Logotrax Pro.
Giving you a quick summary of each, Ribtrax Pro is the most durable of the group, and it’s the one available in the widest color range (18 colors in total). Alternatively, Ribtrax Pro Smooth is also supremely durable, available in fewer colors and with a smoother surface compared to the conventional Ribtrax Pro tiles. Vinyltrax Pro is a slightly less bulletproof option, but with the advantage of different styles that mimic wood grain, perfect for applications where a more natural look is favored. Diamondtrax Home is an option if you want a fully solid floor tile surface, unlike the Ribtrax Pro designs that have perforations built in. And Graphictrax Pro and Logotrax Pro offer the ability to have a logo and/or graphics printed on tiles that you can then integrate into other Swisstrax flooring, giving your design a highly personalized look.
The Swisstrax website goes into great detail about different applications for each type of flooring along with a great comparison tool, but whatever option you go with, I have no doubt that all perform as beautifully as the Ribtrax Pro tiles I’m using in my own garage.
Swisstrax Ribtrax Pro
Now that you have an overview of the entire Swisstrax lineup, let’s look at Swisstrax Ribtrax Pro tiles specifically, which is the product I chose for my own garage. Ribtrax Pro tiles are the best selling member of the Swisstrax family, a 15.75″ injection molded polypropylene copolymer tile that come in your choice of 18 different colors. Each tile is 0.75″ thick and utilizes 24 connectors, and despite their supremely solid locking mechanisms, they assemble without any special tools, adhesives or past experience necessary. Imagine building a checkerboard one square at a time, and that’s exactly what installing Ribtrax Pro is like – a single day is all it takes to completely transform your space from bland to extraordinary. Because there are so many color variations, the style options of Ribtrax Pro are nearly endless, letting you choose from solid colored floors, borders, checkered floors, colored designs to match your chosen vehicles, plaid patterns, striped patterns – you’re limited only by your imagination. A quick look at the Swisstrax Instagram account is a great place to get inspired. Once you’ve narrowed down your design, you can then use Swisstrax’s online floor designer to finalize your design, and they’ll do the rest of the work for you, making sure you have the correct tiles in the correct colors.
Swisstrax Ribtrax Pro is so well built that it’s backed up with a limited lifetime, non pro-rated, no restocking fee warranty, which means you never have to worry about your flooring performing beautifully over the long run.
Style is great, but let’s face it – we’re talking about a garage, and garage flooring needs to stand up to tremendous amounts of wear and tear, which is why I believe so many people forgo flooring in the first place. They think it can’t hold up long term to the abuse of their vehicles driving over it, day after day, year after year, and for most flooring options, that’s true. But not Swisstrax. Ribtrax Pro tiles are the most bulletproof garage flooring option on the planet, capable of withstanding 70,000 lbs of rollover weight and compressive strength of 3120 psi. For me, this was the number one factor in choosing Swisstrax, as I wanted a no maintenance floor that would hold up to year after year of abuse while staying great looking. Swisstrax Ribtrax Pro is so well built that it’s backed up with a limited lifetime, non pro-rated, no restocking fee warranty, which means you never have to worry about your flooring performing beautifully over the long run. Not only do Ribtrax Pro tiles boast Superman like strength, they’re also chemically resistant to oil, gas, acid and solvents; UV stabilized to make them highly fade resistant; and heat resistant, giving them a temperature operating range of -22°F to +248°F. In short, you finally have a flooring option tough enough to stand up to anything you can throw at it.
So they look great; they’re strong enough to hold the weight of a Gulfstream jet, and you can install them in a day with no special tools required. So what’s the icing on the cake? For me, the answer is how well they perform once they’re installed. They key to Ribtrax Pro tiles is the design of the tiles themselves, or more specifically, the perforations incorporated as part of the design. Each tile notes perforations of 0.13″, which is integral if you’re using the tiles in anything other than ideal conditions. The perforations are large enough to let water, dust and dirt pass through to the integrated channels beneath, keeping the surface of my garage floor clean while letting everything else pass through. The channels still allow water to run into my garage drain, meaning full drainage functionality is kept without any plumbing modifications, while dirt and dust can be easily vacuumed with a shop vac when necessary. The perforations are the perfect size, however, as they’re tight enough to prevent smaller items, like screws and other hardware, from falling through the cracks, which is great if you’re using the flooring for any type of mechanic operations. Overall, the perforations mean your garage floor will look and stay drastically cleaner than it will with any garage floor paint or coatings, making it the obvious choice if you’re looking to take your garage to the next level.
Swisstrax Ribtrax Pro Conclusion
I said it before and I’ll say it again: Swisstrax is the simplest, sexiest, most bulletproof way to upgrade your garage style in a single day. For me it’s been an absolute game changer in my garage, transforming it from the most forgotten space in my house to a space that is the envy of all my friends. Ribtrax Pro tiles look absolutely phenomenal, they’re simple to install, and they’ve held up to extensive use exactly as advertised. If you’re looking for a way to transform a space that needs the ultimate in durable and stylish flooring, you need to check out Swisstrax now. You won’t be disappointed.