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    In an effort to control sound, hold in the heat, and to improve comfort I installed foam tile flooring in my cabin. Prior to this we were stuck with the cold aluminum floor that was cool even in the summertime. I'm still waiting to try it out on a trip but we both like it already. Only time will tell for certain.

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    I used a tablesaw and a finish blade to cut the tiles just like any other material:

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    If I were to do it again I would use the .75" thick material. I used the .51" thick and it was quite easy to work into corners and over access hatches. I suspect that the .75" would have even better insulation properties though that half inch stuff is not too darn bad!

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    Nice work...that should change the game a bit.


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    Iceking,
    Same thing we did, same material. It also dries quickly, your going to love it.

    Only comment is, DO NOT WEAR CROCS on your boat now. A little water on your crocs or on the floor will make it unbelievably slippery, like a darn skating rink.
    I'm pretty sure we used a razor blade or scissors to cut ours, you method is pretty fancy.
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    Where did you guys get that material?
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    looks like the foam flooring they sell at walmart and i think i've seen it at costco.

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    Also available at Lowes.
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    Did you do anything to the floor to help prevent corrosion on the floor?

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    The flooring was purchased at Home Depot. Just regular 1/2" foam floor tiles for like $20/16sqft. It seems to have held up well in the garage and if I don't like it then I'm out a grand total of $80... Like I said above if I'd seen the 3/4" material then I'd have gone with it instead. Just kneeling on this material during the install gave me the feedback that it keeps the heat in quite well. My legs were warm wherever I was in contact with the flooring.

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    Help me out on this corrosion concern. The flooring underneath is the epoxy-coated aluminum cabin floor. The tile is not glued down. I swept it up good and press-fit the tiles tightly into the areas that were covered. Water splashes in the cabin should be minimal and infrequently encountered. I plan upon taking up the tiles to sweep underneath and catch the little pebbles and junk that gets dragged in on the footgear.

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    I'll take that under advisement...hope that my Mucks and hikers will keep me upright on the flooring...

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    Rubber contains carbon which is a cathodic to aluminum and will cause galvanic corrosion. The epoxy should act like an insulator giving you the protection you need. Just make sure the epoxy is on the sides where the rubber is touching the aluminum and all cracks are sealed to keep out any water.
    You might also ask a boat shop if there other thing you should do.

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    I think you'll be just fine, just pull the tiles up once in awhile to let things dry out. Knowing you you'll pull them up after every trip(maybe during) and sterilize & disinfect the whole floor and dry it with a heat gun !!! Then go over it with a black light to see if you missed any spots Its a boat not a operating room.

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    Ditto on Potbuilders statement.
    Each trip ours are pulled up, rinsed off, the floor is wiped down along with everything else.
    After it dries, toss it back in. We did not glue ours down.

    This is a no brainer.....it's just a floor mat to walk on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Ditto on Potbuilders statement.
    Each trip ours are pulled up, rinsed off, the floor is wiped down along with everything else.
    After it dries, toss it back in. We did not glue ours down.

    This is a no brainer.....it's just a floor mat to walk on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Each trip ours are pulled up, rinsed off, the floor is wiped down along with everything else.
    After it dries, toss it back in. We did not glue ours down.

    This is a no brainer.....it's just a floor mat to walk on!
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    Sounds like a lot of work for a no brainer............LOL

    I would not want the job to remove, clean and replace IceKing02 mat after every trip.

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    Mine is 3 squares. Toss it out, hose it down, throw it back in.
    It took more time to type this than deal with it......it really is a no brainer, LOL!
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