Question: What is the preferred flooring?
Here are some photos of my current workshop. It consists of 1/2 of a garage bay, which it shares with motorcycles. In order to get any work done, both of the cars have to be moved out from the other two (2) bays. So the 1/2 bay is just a storage area for the equipment when not in use. The problem is that all the equipment has to be "put away" when I am done.
Luckily for me, my wife has decided that she wants the garage bay with the motorcycles and woodworking equipment, for another car. This is good for me, because, I get to design and build another 560 sqft workshop under the current garage. I would like to do it correctly the first time, so after reviewing the many different workshops on this forum, I would like some input on what flooring do people prefer for their workshop. The floor will consist of engineered joists with 1-1/4" x 4' x 8' T&G plywood on top. This is where I get stumped. Do I just prep & paint the plywood, or should I put some heavy-duty tile on top of it? How about matting? How about 3/4" oak T&G flooring? How about 6" wide pine planks?
I have some pretty heavy equipment as you can see from the photos: Surface Planer - 950 lbs, Jointer (not pictured) - 550 lbs, Table Saw - 350 lbs, Drill press - 275 lbs. etc. All of the equipment is currently on wheels and will probably stay that way in the new workshop.
So, please help me out with this question:
What flooring do you prefer in your workshop?
If you would like to add some additional comments regarding your preference, that would be great also.
Thanks for all your input.