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Garage Tile Installation

This installation page explains the ten points below that you should consider during installation.

  1. Tools Needed
  2. Garage Subfloor Conditions
  3. Wall-to-wall or Partial Installation
  4. Starting Point
  5. Tile Ramp Edges (trim)
  6. Aligning the First Garage Tile
  7. Interlocking the Garage Tiles
  8. Wall spacing
  9. Cutting the Garage Tiles (if needed)
  10. Post Installation Procedure

Tools Needed

When your installation calls for cuts, we recommend the use of a jig-saw with a fine tooth blade. For more on cutting, please see the "Cutting the Garage Tiles" section below. On large installations you may consider using a small plastic mallet and knee pads.

Garage Subfloor Conditions

Epoxy Paint Peeling Off

It is a matter of time until even the best epoxy paint floor installation begins to peel off.

There are three things you should look at when inspecting your concrete subfloor to determine if garage floor tiles are ready for installation.

  1. Smooth surface subfloor
  2. Adequately sloped garage floor
  3. Cracked or chipped concrete

Garage Floor Surface

Before you can install your new garage floor tiles, you need to determine if underlayment is needed. Over the years, we found that many of our customers buy our garage tiles after multiple failed attempts with epoxy paint installation. When installing garage tiles over epoxy painted concrete, please understand that the concrete floor will have less surface friction even if the surface was scraped off. If this is the case, a rubber underlayment may be needed to create additional friction between the concrete and the garage tiles. For dry garage installations, you can use the rubber underlayment on the entire surface. For normal garages where vehicles are being parked on a regular basis, you can use 2-ft rubber underlayment runners. The idea is to provide additional friction on the sections where the vehicle tires are rolling over underlayment runners.

Is the garage floor adequately sloped?

This is only an issue for very few customers. Most garages have properly sloped garage floors or drainage inside the garage that will allow water to escape. In rare cases, water will form puddles in the middle of the garage. If the floor is retaining water, the garage may need to be leveled prior to the installation of the garage floor tiles. Even with properly sloped subfloors, never use a hose to wash the floor. We recommend the use of a damp sponge mop. Please review the cleaning and maintenance section for the product you are purchasing for more details.

Is your garage floor cracked or chipped off?

It is not necessary for the garage floor to be flawless. The garage tiles can be installed over existing chipped or cracked floors. However, cracks should not have a vertical displacement of more than 1/4-inch. This also applies to chipped concrete.

Wall-to-wall or Partial Installation

The garage floor tiles are designed to form large floor mats. Tile ramp edges are available to transition from the concrete to the top of the tile. However, most people prefer to install wall-to-wall for a cleaner look.

Starting Point

Garage Floor Tile Installation Starting Point

Start at either side of the garage door entrance.

For a regular single car, two-car or even three-car garage, we recommend that you start the installation at the vehicle entrance. You can start from either end of the garage door side. However, if one of the adjacent walls has a door, we recommend that you choose the starting point on the side that has the door.

Why do you recommend starting from the garage gate side? The principle reason is that you need to control where the garage floor tile installation starts. We recommend for the tile ramp edges (tile trim) to align just inside of garage door. If you are starting the installation at the entrance side, you can easily accomplish this without having to remove or adjust the floor after it is already installed. When starting from the back of the garage, the tiles may align improperly when you are almost finished with the installation. This would cause additional work that would not have been necessary otherwise. Please remember that you do not want to cut the tiles on the front entrance side. Once a garage tile is cut, you will not be able to interlock it with another tile. If you are installing to fit, you would do all your cuts at the back of the garage.

Tile Ramp Edges (trim)

Tile ramp edges are recommended for garage floor installations where a vehicle will pull into the garage. This does not apply for customers who are turning a garage into a workroom, gym or other type of space where a car is not pulling into the garage. Tile ramp edges assist the vehicle’s tire to transition between the concrete floor and the garage floor tiles. If ramp edges are not used, the garage tile’s edge may become damaged with the weight of the vehicle. Ramp edges also assist in minimizing the movement of the garage floor when a vehicle enters or exits the garage.

We sell three types of tile ramp edges; corners, ramp edges with loops and ramp edges without loops (pegs under the tile). The loops or pegs is in reference to the long side of the tile ramp edge. If you take our recommendation of starting the installation at the entrance of the garage, you will need ramp edges with loops. The corners are not for a wall-to-wall installation.

Aligning the First Garage Tile

Garage Floor Tile Loop-to-peg locking systemt

Two sides of the tile have loops and two sides have pegs. The image above is an illustration of the 12-inch Garage Floor Tile made out of high-impact polypropylene.

Our garage tiles use a loop-to-peg interlocking system. Two sides of the tiles have loops and the other two sides have pegs under the tiles. In order to make the installation easier, we recommend that you point the loop sides of the tile to the opposite walls of your starting point (please see diagram for illustration). This will make for an easier installation as each proceeding tile you install will be snapping the pegs down into the loop side. What you are trying to avoid is picking up a preceding tile and sliding the loops underneath. In the beginning, it will not be a problem. However, after you continue installing the tiles and the floor grows, it will get harder to lift the floor to slide the next tile you are trying to install.


Interlocking the Garage Tiles

Now that you know the starting point, how to align the tiles and the use of the garage tile edges, you can begin your installation. The garage tiles have a modular design. Here are two things to keep in mind when installing the garage tiles. You should know the following basic information and the procedures for obtaining the best results.

  1. Basics
  2. Procedure

The Basics

As previously mentioned, each tile has two sides with loops and two sides with pegs under them. The peg side interlocks to the loop side. When interlocking the tiles, the loop side of the tiles should always be pointing the same direction. These tiles are modular in nature and the tiles can interlock even if you don’t align them correctly. However, as you continue your installation, you will quickly find out that some tiles will not interlock to each other as the pegs or loops are lined up incorrectly.

WARNING: In order to prevent stress marks, make sure the pegs are directly aligned on top of the loops when pressing down to interlock. For large installations, a small plastic mallet is recommended to assist the interlocking process. Please note that if you do not properly align the tiles when installing, the loops can break and/or stress marks can appear on top of the surface near the edges. The materials used to construct both the polymer and flexible PVC tiles are durable but not indestructible.

Procedure

Garage Post Obstacles

Install all full tiles first. Remember to cut at the end of the installation leaving the recommended spacing between the tiles and permanent objects.

We recommend that you install one row at a time going across the garage entrance. You will start each row from the same side you start the first tile. The first row will be the tile ramp edges. You should realign the floor after a few rows are installed. As the installation continues, the floor will get heavier and harder to move. Remember to install all the garage tiles that can be installed without being cut. You should adjust the flooring if needed prior to cutting the garage tiles. If you have columns or heavy objects, just skip it as you install the tiles one row at a time.

Wall spacing

High-impact polypropylene garage tiles (12x12-inch): We recommend a 1/2” gap between the tiles and the wall. This will allow enough room for expansion due to changes in temperatures.

Flexible PVC garage tiles (18x18-inch): These garage tiles require 1/4-inch spacing for expansion. It is possible to use less spacing in cooler climates.

Cutting the Garage Tiles (if needed)

We recommend the use of a jig-saw with a fine-tooth blade. This is a slow moving blade tool that is safer than other cutting equipment. For the Flexible PVC garage tiles and the perforated high-impact polypropylene tiles, a utility knife can also be used.

For a large project, you may also consider using a house siding cutter. This tool is often rented out at large hardware stores such as The Home Depot or Lowes. The benefit of renting a house-siding cutter is that it will cut the tiles effortlessly.

TIP: We recommend that you install all possible tiles prior to cutting. If the floor expands after installation, it may be necessary to make additional cuts to allow the recommended 1/2-inch gap.

Post Installation Procedure

During the first 72 hours after the garage flooring has been installed, the tiles may expand slightly and require additional adjustments to be made. If so, you may opt to make additional cuts to some of the tiles or shift the entire floor by lifting it and pulling it into position. Attempting to push the tiles is not recommended because it would compress the joints.