Garage Tile FAQ
We hope you found all the information you needed throughout the descriptions that are provided regarding our products. If you saw that we did not cover your inquiries, you may find clarification here. Listed below are questions that have been commonly asked by customers from the past, with our answers that follow. Still can’t find exactly what you’re inquiring about? Give us a call toll free at (877) 595-2040 to speak with a Customer Service Representative, or use Floor Junkies Contact Us form at the bottom of the page.
Why should I use these garage tiles instead of epoxy paint?
We do in fact believe that garage floor tiles are superior to epoxy floor paint when it comes to garage floor application. The creators of BlockTile attempted to paint their own garage floor in 2001. They soon learned after multiple attempts of reapplying the epoxy paint, that the material inevitably chips away even after short amounts of time. They knew there had to be a better solution. After spending a few years of extensive time and research, they discovered the solution and invested in manufacturing garage floor tiles. Our garage floor tiles are manufactured in the USA with UV color protection. Below are three reasons we believe that garage floor tiles are superior to epoxy floor paint.
- Epoxy floor paint tends to peel off frequently when cars are parked on top of it. Your vehicle’s tire pressure against the floor is simply too high even when parking small sports cars. It usually takes six months to a year to start seeing the effects, but the end results are undeniable. We have yet to see an epoxy painted floor hold up on a regular basis. Many of our customers try to use epoxy first, then later end up buying our garage floor tiles. Unlike epoxy paint, our garage floor tiles will look and feel new for many years.
- In most cases, epoxy floor paint requires professional application because it may be too difficult for the untrained individual to apply. Also, floor preparation prior to installing epoxy paint is not as easy as many people think. Epoxy paint will not adhere to concrete well when there are oil or grease stains, nor will the paint adhere properly if the floor was previously painted. Muriatic acid and a surface grinder are to be used to properly clean the floor prior to application. On the contrary, our interlocking garage floor tiles are very simple to install. No floor preparations are required other than sweeping the area clean. Also since you can simply attach the tiles together with your own two hands, tools are hardly necessary.
- In the case that you wish to create floor designs for your garage, it is not possible with epoxy paint. However, our garage floor tiles come in various colors and surface patterns to provide you with the opportunity to create unique and detailed designs for your floor. Please visit our garage-flooring gallery to view what some of our customers have accomplished.
What are interlocking garage floor tiles?
Interlocking garage floor tiles are really just as they sound; they are tiles made to be used in a garage that interlock together. With a Loop-to-Peg installation system, our garage tiles attach together like a puzzle. Two sides of each individual tile have loops while the opposite two sides have pegs. The loops and pegs of one tile attach to another tile’s loops and pegs by piecing them together with a single downward pushed force until they snap together.
What is the proper way to install the tiles on my garage floor?
Interlocking the tiles together is as simple as aligning the tiles correctly and snapping them together with your hand or a mallet. Aligning the Interlocking Floor Tiles is important. Remember that these interlocking tiles are modular in nature, so they can connect evenly if they are aligned incorrectly. Please see Figure 1 to review a basic diagram on how to align the tiles.
The correct tile alignment allows the loops to all face one direction. Make sure you align the pegs and loops correctly as this will allow them to snap together much easier. Please view our Garage Floor Tile Installation Guide for a more detailed explanation.
Do I need any tools for installation? If so, what are they and how do I use them?
Tools are not necessarily required, as these tiles can be connected by simply snapping them together with your bare hands. However, since we know many of you are installing large areas and because our tiles do have a rigid exterior, you may consider using a small plastic mallet and knee pads to further ease your installation process. For cutting the tile, you may need a jigsaw or utility knife depending on what tile you are choosing to cut. Please refer to our cutting question. Please view our Garage Floor Tile Installation Guide for a more detailed explanation.
Can these tiles be cut? If so, what do I cut them with?
Customers can cut these tiles to accommodate a design or to simply complete the coverage of the garage floor. Our high-impact polymer tiles may be cut with a jigsaw as the most convenient option. A jigsaw is a machine with a fine, slow moving blade which enables cutting straight or curved lines in a sheet of wood, metal, or plastic. Because the jigsaw would be used to cut plastic, it is important to note that a thin, fine tooth blade should be used for this process. Usually, when the jigsaw is still packaged, it will list its purposes to help identify the exact one you will need. Other types of blades can also cut these types of tiles, but are not recommended. Flexible PVC or our rubber garage floor tiles can also be cut using a utility knife.
WARNING: We do not recommend using a table saw to cut these tiles for the following reasons: the blade of the table saw can grip the tile and send it flying like a missile, thus potentially creating a harmful incident. We have also heard of people reversing the direction of the blade. Please note that by doing this, the tile might become very hot and could possibly burn you. Please use a jigsaw and follow the manufacturer’s recommended directions and warnings.
Do I need to leave any space in between the tiles and my walls?
Yes, 1/2-inch should be left in between the tiles and your walls. We recommend this because temperature changes affect the size of the tiles. The tiles may buckle if they are installed too close to the walls. During summertime, our tiles tend to expand because of the heat; during wintertime, our tiles tend to contract because of the cold weather. The change is not drastic; but regardless, please be mindful of the space between your walls and the tiles to leave room for expansion and contraction.
Do I need to put anything underneath the tile before installation?
Although it is ultimately your choice, if you are installing your tiles above a soft area such as carpet, we do recommend that you place a firm underlayment underneath. This will help add support during your installation process.
Can I glue these tiles down?
No, the tiles are made with a grid structure underneath that do not allow for gluing. Also, these tiles are designed to work as a floating floor to allow expansion and contraction with changing temperature.
Can the garage tiles be installed if the concrete floor in my garage is uneven?
Yes, the tiles will conform to a slightly uneven concrete floor. If there is a crack on the concrete with a vertical displacement of more than 1/2-inch, you will then have to level out your concrete floor prior to installation.
Can I use interlocking garage floor tiles in my shop or commercial area?
Yes, these tiles are great for commercial display. However, it is not recommended or appropriate for use in a commercial garage or shop. Constant upkeep could be difficult in commercial environments.
What is the proper way to clean and maintain the garage tiles?
For small messes such as dirt, dust, small water spills, etc., the debris can simply be swept away with any cleaning tool. We have noticed that Swiffer products (e.g. the SweeperVac, Duster, and WetJet) collect the debris effectively. Regarding harder-to-remove stains, such as oil spills, grease, paint, etc., we recommend that you use a degreaser such as Goo-Gone or Zep. These degreasers have been tested on our garage floor tiles. Although the tiles are stain, slip, and mold resistant, it is important to properly maintain them. It is recommended to disassemble the tiles with a putty knife (carefully) 1 – 2 times each year to sweep or mop your subfloor of any stains, liquid, or debris that may have accumulated underneath.
Are these garage floor tiles slip resistant?
Our garage tiles were specifically engineered to be slip resistant by creating a textured surface on each garage tile. Of course, if the floor is wet, please use proper precaution as you would with any other wet floor.
Will hot tires ruin the tiles?
Hot tires should not mark or stain the high-impact polypropylene garage floor tiles. In some cases, it is possible for the Flexible PVC tiles to stain from hot tires; however, they can be cleaned simply by using a degreaser.
Can these tiles withstand heavy weights without getting damaged or dented?
All of our garage tiles were designed to be able to endure large amounts of weight. Our professional-grade flexible PVC tiles, however, have the capacity to endure even more severe rollover weights than the high-impact polymer tiles. These garage tiles will easily support substantial pressure that comes from the weight of large trucks and SUVs, pool tables, tool chests, etc.
Would a car/truck lift inconvenience my installation process?
Every permanent car and truck lift gets bolted down to the concrete subfloor, thus making it impossible for any direct contact with our tiles. However, our interlocking tiles can be installed around the anchored lift with no complication.
How can I get a Garage Flooring sample?
We do offer free sample tiles. To place an order for your sample, please email us using our Floor Junkies contact us page.. You must include your first and last name, street address, city/state/zip, and telephone number. Also specify the name of the tile(s) you would like a sample of, or else we have no way of knowing which tile to send to you.
First Name Last Name
Street Address (no PO Box)
City, State Zip Code
Contact Telephone Number
How do I calculate exactly how many tiles I’ll need?
12 x 12-inch Polypropylene tile
First measure the length and width of your garage by feet. Since our polypropylene tiles measure 12 x 12-inch (1 sq. ft.), you simply multiply the length and width of the area (in feet). Your total then becomes your exact square footage, thus also being the amount of polypropylene tiles you will need. When measuring please round up to calculate waste.
Tile Measurement: 12 x 12-inch (1 sq. ft.)
Formula: L x W (ft.) = Tiles Needed
18 x 18-inch Flexible PVC Garage Floor Tile
You first measure the length and width of your garage by feet. Since our PVC tiles measure 18 x 18-inch (2.25 sq. ft.), you simply multiply the length and width of your area (in feet). Your total then becomes exactly how many square feet make up the area of your floor. In order to figure out how many tiles you will need, you then take that total number of square feet and divide that by 2.25 (being the area of the tile). Your answer is the total number of PVC tiles you will need.
Tile Measurement: 18 x 18-inch (2.25 sq. ft.)
Formula: (L x W = Area) / 2.25 sq. ft. = Tiles Needed
How many tiles come in one box?
Please see “Additional Info” on the product page for more detailed information.
What are the dimensions of the garage tiles?
We make 12 x 12-inch polymer tiles and 18 x 18-inch flex PVC tiles. Please see our individual tiles for more detailed information.
Do the garage tiles make a hollow noise? If so, what can I do about it?
The polymer garage floor tiles can produce a hollow noise when you are walking on them. Although the sounds are not too loud, they may not be as silent as our PVC tiles. The reason the “clacking” sound occurs is because a cavity is created underneath these tiles to allow a special grid design for air and water flow, thus making a hollow noise when walked on. On dry installations, using our Rubber Underlayment serves as a great solution to this issue as it will help mute these sounds.
Will the color of the tiles fade?
We use full UV protection in our products. The pigment of our garage tiles are designed to last 10 years, or even longer. If kept in constant sunlight, a slight fade in color is possible. Please be advised that these tiles were designed for garage use, so constant sunlight would hardly be a factor if used in these environments. Please refer to each of the products for specifics about the warranty.
Can I get the garage floor tile custom made for a specific color?
Yes, it is possible to custom make a tile to adhere to a specific color scheme. However, the minimum amount of tiles ordered to qualify for custom make must be 8,000 sq. ft. or more. The prices may differ as it could take much longer to create. We do ask our customers to allow at least a month for processing and shipping.
Can I combine a BlockTile product with another brand?
No, our tiles will only interlock with each other and cannot be combined with other brands. Please see each individual tile for the corresponding edge.
Are these tiles flexible?
You can determine how flexible these tiles are by the materials from which they are made. The High-Impact polypropylene tiles are considered rigid and sturdy. Although they can tolerate some bending, they are not indestructible and are not made to be flexible. The only flexible garage tiles we sell are made from Professional-Grade PVC. These tiles are ideal for floors where very heavy equipment will roll over them.
Where are Floor Junkies’ interlocking floor tiles made?
We strive to provide Made in the USA products. All BlockTile branded tiles are made in the USA. BlockTile is part of Floor Junkies brands. For other branded tiles or accessories please refer to the Additional Info on the product page.
What edges do I need for my garage floor project?
Our polymer Ramp Edges are meant to be paired up with our polymer tiles, just as our PVC Ramp Edges should go with our PVC tiles. Given the fact that our tiles are modular in nature, there is no right or wrong decision with your selection of “with Loops” or “with NO Loops” for your installation. For a standard garage floor installation, we recommend for you to begin your installation process at the entrance of the garage. If you follow this recommendation, it would require for you to use ramp edges with loops. See our Ramp Edges on our Garage Floor Accessories page for more info.
Can I purchase Inside Edges?
Unfortunately, no, we do not offer Inside Edges. However, the Ramp Edges we do have can very easily be made into Inside Edges. On the corners of the Ramp Edges, you would only have to cut at a 45-degree angle to create the illusion of a true Inside Edge piece. They will perform just as well as any actual Inside Edge.