After a few hours on a concrete floor, your feet, ankles, and legs start to suffer. And if you know your dogs will be barking in your workshop, you’ll spend less time there building things.
There is a quick, easy answer. If you want to warm up a concrete slab, put a spring in your step, and get the whole job done in an afternoon, DriCore panels are for you.
What I love most is how thin a DriCore floor is–under 1 in.–meaning you won’t steal valuable headroom under low ceilings. Yet it has all the benefits of the real thing: great insulation value, a moisture barrier, excellent strength and durability under a heavy machine or workbench, and the forgiving bounce of wood. It will be friendlier to your feet and friendlier to your tools, and just warm up the place.
To beautify and protect the floor you can stain or paint it. At minimum, you should roll out a couple coats of polyurethane. As for availability, you can pick up the panels or have them delivered from almost any Home Depot.
The secret to the system is the anatomy of the panel. They are 2-ft.-by-2-ft., so they are easy to carry around yet they cover a floor quickly. On their edges are tongues and grooves that fit together snugly but require no glue to keep them joined for life. And on the bottom is a bumpy plastic layer that acts both as a moisture barrier and an air gap, adding to the insulating value (R-17).
I’ve known about DriCore since my days at Fine Woodworking, but I spent a recent day at a friend’s shop, helping him install his floor, and we learned a few tips and tricks. Scroll down for the basics. There is also a how-to video here with lots more info.