Garage Floor Tiles
Garage floor tiles are the perfect way to renovate your flooring so that has more visual appeal and greater protection against potential wear and tear. Garage floors are often susceptible to water damage, stains, pealing, and other structural deterioration. Garage floor tiles offer an upgraded appearance and the setting will be a lot more welcoming and inviting. They also allow you to revamp your garage so that you can utilize it for different personal projects. There are also several different flooring materials and styles to choose from, and we also want to explain how they can benefit you.
Materials for Garage Flooring Tiles
When deciding which material to install, you should always consider which one will benefit you the most. Some examples include wood composite, PVC, and VCT tiles, and you can find these materials in different styles of garage floor tiles. Here is some additional information on these materials:
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PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride and it’s a type of synthetic rubber that’s lightweight but also strong because it can support heavy loads. It’s also known as vinyl flooring, and it’s a popular flooring option for its versatility. PVC tiles easily add more definition and character to your garage flooring, and they also come in a variety of stylistic designs. They usually come in interlocking pieces and they offer protection against potential water damage. PVC tiles are also perfect for garage floors because they have load-bearing capabilities, so they can sustain a lot of weight without crumbling or deteriorating.
Wood Composite Tiles
Wood composite tiles are a popular option for garage flooring because they provide an upgraded appearance and withstand a lot of weight. The polyethylene bottom portion of wood composite tiling accounts for the strength of the material. They also act as a repellent against moisture, and the tiles expand and contract when the temperature fluctuates. Wood composite tiles come in many different styles and finishes, which gives you more control over the decoration of your garage. Wood composite tiles are often difficult to find in a store, which means that you will likely need to special order them through a contractor.
Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT) is a type of material for your garage that is often used in commercial facilities. However, VCT is also commonly installed in residential car garages (as well as repair shops and showrooms). It is resistant to most mechanical fluids, including oil, gasoline, and corrosive chemicals. VCT tiles are also usually coated in multiple layers of wax, which also provides extra protection against road salts (this comes in handy if you live in a cold climate). Like the other tiling options, VCT comes in different color schemes and patterns, which allows you to get creative with the design of your flooring.
The Process of Installing Garage Floor Tiles
Professional installations are a multi-step process that requires a lot of prep work and attention to detail. Installers are always very thorough when it comes to planning everything out, and they are careful to not overlook anything. A lot of skill and precision goes into every installation, and we want to explain more about what the process entails.
Cleaning Your Garage Floor
A good thorough cleaning is absolutely necessary when it comes to installing floor tiles in your garage. Removing debris, dirt and bacteria will better prepare your concrete flooring to receive floor tiles. Also, a professional contractor will need to repair any cracks or other physical defects in your flooring as well. A bucket of hot water and powdered non-acidic detergent will do the job when it comes to sanitizing your floor and eliminating bacteria.
Filling in Cracks
Aged and deteriorated concrete flooring tends to have a lot of cracks in it. Filling in those cracks will strengthen the structural integrity of your flooring while also shielding it from potential damage. The tiles are installed on top of the concrete material, which will offer greater protection from moisture, heat, and chemicals. Although garage floor tiles act as your first line of defense, water can still seep through and impact your concrete flooring. However, if you fill in those cracks, water and excess moisture will have less of an effect on your flooring.
Sealing Your Concrete Flooring
It’s also advised that you hire a professional to seal off the concrete flooring in your garage. Although this may seem pointless to do, you should consider the extra protection and resilience it will provide for your garage floor. Concrete sealing will protect and preserve the structural integrity of your garage floor. This is a very simple and affordable procedure that will go a long way in restoring your concrete flooring to its original condition.
Garage floor tiling has several different applications – they include everything from a personal garage to commercial settings, such as auto repair shops or showrooms. We perform plenty of installations for car dealerships that need a flooring system that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Garage floor tiles are also customizable in terms of their appearance, and we offer many unique color schemes and design options. This way you can install a flooring system that corresponds to your branding and the way you market your business. We provide you with an array of choices, so feel free to explore everything that’s available to you.
Finding a Reputable Contractor
Many people underestimate all the effort and planning that goes into the installation process. For example, interlocking tiles seem simple enough to install because of their design and application, but you will still be in much better hands if you hire a professional. That’s because a professional contractor has all the knowledge and experience to ensure that no mistakes are made during the installation. They will know which materials to use and how to prepare your garage floor to receive the tiling. We always recommend that you hire someone who has plenty of experience and has a good reputation for providing quality customer service. You should always do some research ahead of time to ensure that you are hiring the right people for the job. This way you will be more at ease throughout the entire process. Also, make sure your contractor is communicating with you consistently at every stage of the installation.
Tips and Tricks for Installations
We want to emphasize how important it is to prepare your garage flooring before the installation. We always advise people to clear out their garage and sanitize the area the best they can. If your flooring is fairly brand new, then there will be less work in the preparations. A thorough cleaning will also reveal if there are any cracks or defects in your flooring, which will make things a lot easier for your contractor. Sealing cracks and repairing concrete often requires professional assistance, and we also advise that you have a contractor install the individual tiles. Garage floor tiles also tend to make a noise when you walk on them. However, you can limit the noises by laying synthetic landscape fabric down underneath the tiling.
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Can I install garage floor tiles by myself?
You can always undergo your own DIY installation project when it comes to floor tiling for your garage. However, if you don’t possess the necessary skill and experience to get the job done, then we strongly recommend that you hire a professional contractor. A lot can go wrong with a DIY project if you’re unsure of what you’re doing, and you can incur extra expenses just to repair your mistakes. Hiring a professional will allow you to avoid any major delays or drawbacks, and you will have a new flooring system in no time!
Are garage floor tiles durable?
Yes, they offer an incredible amount of strength and durability. As long as you are undergoing regular maintenance and cleanings, then the material will last for a long time and you won’t have to repair it often. Garage floor tiles have an average lifespan of 10 to 20 years. Floor tiles are also very versatile in terms of where you decide them, and they are very easy to maintain.
How long does it take to complete the average installation?
It ultimately depends on the size and scope of the project. For example, it will take more to install tiling in an auto repair shop versus a residential car garage. Also, the current condition of your concrete will factor into the time it takes to complete the installation. If you decide to repair defects and seal off your concrete flooring, then this will also add to the time it takes to complete everything. However, even with extra prep work, it won’t take too long to install your new tile flooring.
Will I need to replace an individual tile at some point?
There will come a point where you will need to repair or replace sections of your garage floor tiling. However, there is no need to worry because singles tiles are fairly simple to replace. You will need to hire a professional if your garage flooring requires extensive repairs. As a general rule of thumb, you should consult a professional and have them take a look at your flooring to determine what you should do next.