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Old 08-03-2015, 06:12 PM   #1
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Flooring choices for engine room ?

Full beam standup engine room, has 4 plywood floor panels between the engines that can be raised to access batteries, seacocks, strainers, etc. Wondering what I might cover those 3/4" plywood panels with that would look "high tech" but not be heavy....as the plywood is already pretty heavy by itself.

Ideally something that could be cut with carpet knife...like rubberized diamond plate or tread pattern.... but thinner than usual so not so heavy ? Or aluminum diamond plate that is so thin it could be cut with tin snips ? or ?
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Old 08-03-2015, 06:18 PM   #2
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I have been debating the same thing was thinking of something along this line it is less then a half pound per sq ft

214 - Diamondback - Chemetal Metal Laminates
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:33 PM   #3
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Or aluminum diamond plate that is so thin it could be cut with tin snips ? or ?

If you own or have access to a circular saw, turn the wood blade around and run it backwards to cut thin gauge metal and aluminum. Definitely wear eye and ear protection.

Much cleaner cut.
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yes for the thicker stuff this is a laminate similar to what my cabinet shop uses for back splashes in commercial kitchens in can be cut with a strong box cutter

I use the Ez cut tool works pretty good

metal roofing I do as you mentioned turn a ply blade around
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Perhaps cork.
Warm to touch and easy on your knees.
Probably will absorb some sound.
Probably will stain from engine fluids.
Probably good traction.
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Didn't know that and have cut quite a bit of sheet metal recently.
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Perhaps cork.
Warm to touch and easy on your knees.
Probably will absorb some sound.
Probably will stain from engine fluids.
Probably good traction.
Cheap.

Craig,
Didn't know that and have cut quite a bit of sheet metal recently.
now that is Idea how well does it clean up
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G-Floor RaceDay 12 in. x 12 in. Peel and Stick Diamond Tread Slate Grey Polyvinyl Tile (40 sq. ft. / case)-T95DT12SG40P3 - The Home Depot
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We used self adhesive vinyl planks through our previous boat floor couldn't tell it from real wood . It was great wearing and easy to clean just used a Stanley Knife and rule to cut them .
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That's something like what I've got. But if one needs to crawl, I'd go for something much softer.

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I have aluminum diamond plate on the engine room floor. I love it- easy to clean non slip surface that looks sharp. I hate it- get down on your (old like mine) knees and it sucks!!! Big Time. Leaves neat marks in the skin through my jeans if I am in one place very long.
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I recently bought these from harbor freight of all places, I cut it on the band saw at home to the width of the floor boards on both sides of the crawl around E.R. in our Ocean Alexander.. it is really kind on the knees.. and low cost enough to pitch if it gets too stained.


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I used this stuff: oil/chemical resistant, looks good and soft underfoot.


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I have aluminum diamond plate on the engine room floor. I love it- easy to clean non slip surface that looks sharp. I hate it- get down on your (old like mine) knees and it sucks!!! Big Time. Leaves neat marks in the skin through my jeans if I am in one place very long.

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I used this stuff: oil/chemical resistant, looks good and soft underfoot.


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Hmmm...looks perfect...but comes in frustrating sizes for this purpose as I would need two 3 x 8 rolls (over $450 plus serious shipping costs) and would be a lot of waste.
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Perhaps cork.
might be ok but I'd rather go for a commercial ship look, hence my high tech remark in original post. Seems like any oil spill on cork would be impossible to remove.
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I used those 12" square garage grating snap together tiles because they let wet stuff go through and remained slip resistant. Light weight
Cactus Mat 2554-CT Dri-Dek 12" x 12" Black Vinyl Interlocking Drainage Floor Tile - 9/16" Thick
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I used those 12" square garage grating snap together tiles because they let wet stuff go through and remained slip resistant. Light weight
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Not really feeling the love on those things. I have them already in cockpit storage area floor and you have to remove or at least fold back to access a removable deck plate. You could in theory glue them down but then how would you clean up spills ? In other words for my engine room purposes they would just add another layer of PITA. I want something bonded to the plywood floor that comes up with the floor and protects the floor...without adding much weight to the floor, which is already a bit heavy.
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I understand. They are not perfect but easy to cut and use. I put a screw in each end of a section so I could lift up for cleaning but still hold in place.


I always thought that the aluminum diamond plate looked very classy.
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Any idea what the below flooring style is called in the USA ? I see the words "round stud" banded about but seems like every link to the stuff in sheet form is either UK or Chinese source. Wondering if it called something else here ?


http://www.ufitflooring.com/flooring...r-flooring.jpg


No problem to find it in 12" squares at Home Depot or the Vetus sheets already mentioned (the Vetus stuff being better with more traction....but very expensive) but to find "round stud" pattern in thin sheets seems to be difficult here...unless it's called something else.
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