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Lifts and other permanent obstacles
Many customers have permanent lifts on their garage floor. Like other permanent fixtures inside the garage, we recommend cutting around the obstacle. This can be accomplished using a jigsaw or other electric cutting devices designed to cut plastic. A utility knife is not strong enough. Please refer to the cutting device instruction manual for proper use and observe all safety precautions when cutting the interlocking floor tiles.

Do hot tires mark the interlocking floor tiles?
No, tires do not mark or stain the high-impact polypropylene garage floor tiles. This is the first question asked by customers in areas from Arizona or other hot areas of the country.

What materials are used to make garage floor tiles?
The most common material used to manufacture garage floor tiles is a high-impact polypropylene copolymer commonly known as high-impact plastic. However, we do also make Flexible PVC interlocking tiles (commonly known as vinyl plastic floor tiles or synthetic rubber floor tiles).

The advancement of thermo plastics in the last few decades allows this high-impact plastic to be strong enough to be used in garage floors, basement floors, gym floors and even patio floors. They can easily withstand the weight of heavy vehicles, jacks and other heavy equipment. The flexibility of the material also allows the ability to make interlocking floor systems. The interlocking tiles are designed to not come apart because the high-impact plastic will hold together. The garage floor tile system can also withstand a wide range of heat and cold making them perfect for your home garage floor, showroom floor or even a patio floor. The UV protection is part of the material allowing the garage tiles to look pristine even after 5 or even 10 years after initial installation.

Do interlocking floor tiles flex?
You can determine how much the tiles flex by looking at the materials from which they are made. The High-Impact polypropylene tiles from BlockTile & ModuTile are considered rigid. The tiles do conform over time to the floor underneath.

The only flexible tiles we sell are made from PVC (rubber flooring). These tiles are ideal for home gym floors or floors where very heavy equipment will roll over them.

Dimensions?
The high-impact polypropylene tiles come in two sizes.

1. 12” x 12” x 3/8” interlocking floor tile from BlockTile. These tiles are the standard home garage floor tiles designed for home use and light commercial applications. Yes, it does withstand the weight of heavy vehicles, such as Suburbans or ¾ ton trucks.

2. 12” x 12” x ½” interlocking floor tile from ModuTile. These tiles have a wider range of use due to its thickness. The main advantage of the thicker tile comes into play when the floor underneath is often wet or moist. The extra room underneath will allow for greater air and water circulation. In addition, because of the extra thickness, the tiles are heavier and will tend to shift less. Please remember that the tiles are designed as a floating floor, so the weight of the interlocking tiles is important.

The Flexible PVC (rubber floor tiles) comes in two sizes.
1. 18” x 18” x 3/8” interlocking floor tiles from BlockTile. These interlocking floor tiles have a zipper like interlocking system.

2. 12” x 12” x 3/8” interlocking floor tiles from BlockTile. These interlocking floor tiles use a peg to loop system to interlock. This interlocking system allows clean edges between the two tiles. To make larger squares, just use a 2 x 2 combination to make the checkerboard pattern.

Please refer to each tile description for the specific dimensions of the product.

Do liquids go underneath?
All of the interlocking tiles made out of high-impact polypropylene currently found in the market allow liquids to go beneath the tile. Having said that, we do sell heavily to northern states where snow is prevalent. Over the years, we sold over 2.5 million sq ft and continue to sell strong. The grooves underneath allow for air and water passage allowing the floor to dry. Prior to the installation, please pay attention to the garage floor or basement floor to see if water is retained. If the floor does not drained properly, it will hold liquids with or without the tiles. We make various water flow tiles (perforated floor tiles) that allow liquids to flow through them. Many of our customers realize that these tiles are very beneficial if you plan to power wash the floor clean.

Which interlocking floor tiles are easier to clean?
This is a hard one. All of them clean easily but relatively speaking the diamond pattern would probably easier to clean. The high-impact polypropylene garage floor is resistant to automobile oils break fluids and other common garage chemicals. The garage floor can easily be cleaned with a sponge mop using mild soap and water.

How do they interlock?
The high-impact polypropylene interlocking floor tiles use a peg and loop system. Essentially, the interlocking tiles will click together to form an instant floating floor for your garage floor, basement floor, convention floor or just about any other place you need an instant floor. Because of the interlocking system is so easy to install, it is considered a self-install interlocking floor system.

Will the garage floor tiles come apart when we drive on them?
No, our interlocking tiles are designed to be used on a garage floor and will not come apart under normal conditions. Refer to the installation section to understand what conditions could cause a problem.

Does it make noise?
Yes, the basic garage floor tiles can cause noise when you are walking on top of them. It is not overly noisy, but it is not as silent as a solid concrete floor. The reason the noise occurs is because the interlocking tiles are design for water flow and air passage under them. This creates a cavity under them making noise when walked on. A simple solution is to use underlayment. If the interlocking tiles are to be used for your garage floor, we recommend the use of landscape cloth to dampen the noise. For other uses such as convention floor, showroom floors or gym floors, you can also use carpet underlayment.

How many come in a case?
This depends on the tile you are buying, but it ranges from 30 to 40 tiles per case. The reason we mention this is to illustrate the portability of the floor. If you plan to use it as a convention floor, you can see the benefit of owning it. You can easily transport it back and forth to the convention allowing you to save money in the long run. The ability to place logos on the ModuTile diamond floor tile, makes them an obvious choice for use as a convention floor.

Does the color fade?
We use UV protection for both ModuTile and BlockTile products. We guarantee the color for 10 or 12 years depending on the interlocking floor you are buying. Please refer to each of the products for specifics about the guaranty.

Can you roll things on them?
Yes, the patterns on top of the tiles do not obstruct the movement of equipment such as tool chests or shop equipment with tires or casters on them. Many customers even use portable lifts on top of them. Of course, please pay attention to the weight limits of each garage floor system. The use of forklifts is only recommended for the Flexible PVC (rubber floor) tiles.

Does it have a cushion? anti-fatigue mats?
No, we do not sell anti-fatigue mats; they do not perform well for garage floors. All of the flooring we sell is considered "hard," and they are designed for use on your garage floor or home workshops where cars or heavy equipment will be rolled on top.

 
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