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Will Race Ramps Work on My Garage Floor?

03/11/2021

A frequently-asked question our team gets asked a lot is the ability of our ramps to grip and stay in place on certain surfaces. While Race Ramps are often used in both outdoor and indoor settings, in this article, we’ll specifically address the most common types of garage flooring. From untreated bare concrete to epoxy and plastic modular flooring, we’ll point out some best practices when using our ramps on each surface type.

*Note: If your vehicle is heavily modified with high horsepower, please take additional caution when using our ramps on extra smooth surfaces!

Race Ramps wheel cribs on a bare concrete floor
Using Wheel Cribs for extra lift on a bare concrete floor.

Bare Concrete Floors

All Race Ramps are finished with a textured, durable coating that provides grip when the vehicle is ascending the ramps. Bare concrete floors provide the least resistance when it comes to grip. Before placing Race Ramps on the bare concrete floor, be sure to sweep any debris so that the ramp can make full contact with the ground.

Polished concrete floor
Look at the shine on this polished concrete floor!

Polished Concrete Floors

In contrast to a bare concrete floor, a polished concrete floor adds a layer of sheen, thereby causing a slicker surface. While the exterior coating on Race Ramps is designed to assist in grip, even on slick surfaces, if you find that the ramps are incurring some movement during vehicle ascent, options include adding a few strips of tread tape to the bottom of the ramps to assist.

Red 1970 Corvette Stingary on Race Ramps on textured epoxy floor
This car lover gave their red 1970 Corvette Stingray a boost on XT Race Ramps in their garage with a textured epoxy floor.

Textured Epoxy Floors

Epoxy floors are very popular for garages because they give a customized look and feel to the entire house. Just as we may change wall colors, garage floor customization is just as fun! What does this mean for using Race Ramps? If you have an epoxied garage floor with the textured flakes, then you have added back that textured, grippier surface. Adding a clear coat to epoxy floors is an option. Therefore, if your textured epoxy floor is not clear-coated, our ramps will have more traction. If you have applied a clear coat on top, then there is an added layer of “slickness” to the floor, but the textured flakes assist in helping our ramps grip. Similar to our suggestion for a polished concrete floor, if you still find that the Race Ramps are incurring some movement, apply a few strips of trade tape to the bottom.

Customized Mustang raised up on scissor lift with Race Ramps car lift ramps
Race Ramps Car Lift Ramps on a smooth epoxy floor help this customized 'Stang get up on a scissor lift.

Smooth Epoxy Floors

mooth epoxy floor can present a similar scenario as polished concrete. As many epoxy floors are finished with a clear coat, the floor is slicker. With a steady throttle, our ramps’ textured coating assists in providing grip. Our recommendation is similar to that of the polished concrete floor, if you find that the ramps are incurring some movement, add a few strips of tread tape to the bottom of the ramp.

Red 1966 Chevrolet Nova on plastic modular flooring with XT Race Ramps
At SEMA 2019, we set up a red 1966 Chevy Nova on customized XT Race Ramps at our booth with plastic modular flooring.

Plastic Modular Flooring

Perhaps the most challenging surface in which to use Race Ramps is on plastic modular flooring such as RaceDeck or Swisstrax. However, our textured coating helps in gaining traction. When using this type of flooring, even more throttle control is needed. As noted earlier, vehicles with high horsepower need to exercise even more caution during the ascent. Overall, we have many Race Ramps owners who use our ramps on plastic modular flooring. Again, if additional traction is needed, we suggest apply a few strips of tread tape to the bottom of the ramp for good measure.

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