Work van flooring protects your investment, provides a safe environment for your employees, and makes sure your work van is the ultimate work tool.
Many people consider shelving, workbenches, ladders, and conduit carriers to be the goal of upfitting, and an organized work van is important, but the flooring for vans should never be overlooked. In fact, work van flooring is the base where all upfits should start. The right flooring is certainly visually appealing, but the benefits go well beyond simple aesthetics.
This blog will take a look at why work van flooring is vital to protecting your investment and providing a safe work environment for your employees, while also exploring popular flooring materials and other design considerations that will make your work van the ultimate work tool.
Most factory-direct vehicles feature bare-metal flooring. This is mainly because manufacturers know that fleet operators and van owners have specific flooring needs. Flooring is an integral part of most upfits and here’s why:
Protect Your Investment – When you bring your van to the job site, whether it be for plumbing, HVAC, construction, landscaping, or dog washing, it is going to take a beating, and the flooring will most likely be the target of most of the abuse. Hammers get dropped, remainders of conduit get tossed on the floor, equipment can leak chemicals, and a sharp turn or sudden stop can scatter parts. Work vans even double as mobile workstations, which means they need to be treated with the same care and forethought as a stationary workspace. Flooring is a wise investment that absorbs this damage, so you never have to worry about accidents spoiling the floor or wear and tear taking its toll. Even small punctures in the floor can allow chemicals and moisture to get beneath the floor and cause major damage in the long run. By protecting your vehicle, you protect its resale value.
Provide a Safe Workspace – It’s no secret that safety is paramount, but one fact that is often overlooked is that everything you do to enhance safety is also an investment in efficiency and productivity. Work van flooring can prevent slips, especially in wet weather or at muddy or icy job sites. Losing your grip in a work van when surrounded by metal tools and caustic chemicals is a major risk. Rubberized and grip flooring provides traction, which allows staff to easily and safely load and unload large and bulky items with ease. Never take chances with the health and safety of employees; install sturdy, rubberized flooring to keep workers safe on the job.
Reduced Noise – Work vans are loud. Even with the best shelving and equipment storage possible, items will still rattle around in the back. Rubber work mats and flooring stop shifting cargo and help dampen noise from the cargo area, reducing distractions and further increasing safety.
Easy to Clean – Work vans get messy, and bare metal floors aren’t designed to be cleaned, especially if they have been beaten out of shape and worn down by rough use. Custom van flooring is molded to fit specific vehicles, can withstand the dirt, grime, and dust, and can be cleaned with ease.
Your work van is a representation of your business, and a van that can’t stand up to wear and tear or always has a dirty, disorganized appearance is a bad sign for customers. Not only is work van flooring easier to clean, but it also looks much nicer than the bare metal from the manufacturer. Custom van flooring delivers a polished, professional appearance that makes your van look and feel well-maintained. A company that takes good care of its equipment and tools also takes care of its customers.
Rubberized Cargo Van Mats – Rubber mats are cut for specific vehicle models and wheelbases. They are a great option for upfitters that need the protection of rubberized flooring but the flexibility to provide great traction while still making it easy on knees. Rubber is shock absorbent, strong, and sturdy enough to maintain good looks for a long time. Rubber flooring for cargo vans is an important upgrade.
Composite Van Flooring Material – Composite materials combine the anti-slip safety of rubber with enhanced protection from dropped tools and general wear and tear. Layered with a rubberized top for traction, a mesh center for flexibility, and a TPO bottom for strength and durability, they come in panels of two or three for easy installation depending on the wheelbase of your vehicle.
At Advantage Outfitters, we excel at helping you get the most out of your work van build, from the floorboards up. We offer competitive online prices, quick shipping times, and personalized service that guides you through the entire upfitting process and helps you customize one van or a fleet of 100 or more. Call to speak to one of our experts or head to our how to buy page for more information about how we can help you get the ultimate work tool that will transform everything you do