If you’re like me, you’ve made a few improvements to your garage, but now it’s time to tackle one of the biggest. And you’re wondering if garage floor tiles are any good.
Garage floor tiles are a durable flooring option that adds a certain style to your garage without breaking the bank.
They’re durable enough to handle heavy use, spills, floor jacks or even welding. A garage without compromising its ability to handle vehicles and other heavy equipment. They are easy to install and are also very durable, with good tiles lasting you many decades.
If you find yourself updating your current garage or having a new one built, you will likely think about the flooring options you have.
Where most people stick to a standard concrete floor, there are many other options available. Depending on what you will be using the garage space for, garage floor tiles provide surfaces suitable for the standard vehicle storage that garages are known for and for other purposes like a gym or workout space.
There are plenty of materials and brands to choose from. But before we look into each of them in detail, let us look at the benefits of garage floor tiles in general:
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What Type Of Product Is Best For Garage Flooring?
We get asked this question all the time, and there is no real single simple answer as to whether Epoxy Flooring, Garage Tiles or Garage Mats is best for your particular application. What you should never use is a clear and easy answer that we discuss below.
There are many variables that must be taken into consideration when purchasing flooring for your garage or business. Type of traffic, the volume of traffic, budget, vehicle size, product performance capacities and personal tastes to mention a few. So hopefully the discussion below will help you sort out which garage flooring product is best for you and which to avoid.
Quality Garage Flooring designed specifically for vehicular traffic is a large investment, so doing your research here will save time, money and heartache. You must try to keep the product quality levels about as equal as you can during your comparisons. For instance, it’s not a fair comparison to compare a $75.00 water-based epoxy kit from your Home Improvement store against a garage mat or garage tile, even the cheapest lowest quality mats and tiles win hands down. But if you’re comparing them to a military-grade quality epoxy coating system, then it’s a completely different story. The opposite holds also, don’t compare a cheap recycled hollow garage floor tile from China to a high-quality epoxy, the epoxy wins every time. If you keep all things equal, then it becomes a matter of time, budget and taste.
In the sections below, we’ll go over all the pros and cons of each product. We also have a great discussion on real garage flooring and what is marketed as garage flooring but should never be used as such HERE. Then between that page and this page you can take all that information and combine it with your own set of personal facts such as durability needs, taste, budget and make an informed decision as to which product you will be most happy with. Links to each product for more detailed information and images are in blue.
Why Garage Floor Tiles?
Garage floor tiles have some specific benefits compared to the other garage flooring options. Let’s take a look at a few of them:
- They look amazing: After all, the first thing we think about our dream garage is that it needs a cool looking floor. A good design for your floor tiles can give your garage a look you’ve been dreaming of.
- Durability: Garage floor tiles aren’t just a pretty covering. They offer some protection for your highest traffic area as well. They are extremely durable, and many will probably outlive your car.
- Easy replacement: Because of that durability, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll need to replace your garage floor tiles. But, because of the way they’re designed and installed, most floor tile installations will let you swap out an individual tile if it gets damaged.
- Spill-resistant: Garage floor tiles can resist pretty much all garage fluids, chemicals, road salts, dirt, etc.
- Easy to clean: Maintenance and cleanup are simple. Most stains or dirt can be easily wiped off. You can even add a wax now and then if you like a glossy look.
- Infinite options: The best part about garage floor tiles is an infinite number of options and configurations to choose from. You can create any design you can dream up.
PVC Plastic and Rubber Garage Flooring Tiles or Mats
Polypropylene Plastic Garage Floor Tile
If you want the best plastic flooring for a garage on the market, the Diamond option is it. Made in the USA from tough polypropylene plastic with numerous colours to choose from, this title presents a floor that looks and feels top-notch.
Durable enough to hold heavy weight loads of 10,000 pounds, these garage flooring tiles are a great surface on which to park your car, truck, boat, or motorcycle, and also your tools and equipment without sinking as other tiles will.
These plastic tiles for a garage floor feature a tight-fitting snap together with a connector system that makes for a quick and easy garage floor tile installation. They are waterproof and will not soak up liquids, and they will take all kinds of garage use and abuse and are easy to clean. They are also equipped with a slip-resistant diamond tread surface texture that provides a safe grip when walking on the flooring. For the best in durability with a clean and professional look, these snap-together modular garage floor tiles are the best.
Another polypropylene plastic garage floor tile option is the Perforated Tile. This product features a durable, snap together design with five tabs per side. The interlocking design allows for easy installation without glue or adhesive.
The unique interlocking snap together tile design is computer engineered for repeated installations without degradation to the interlocking tabs on the tiles, so this is an excellent option if frequent assembly and disassembly will be required.
These tiles are also rated for 10,000 pounds per square foot, and they provide additional grip when the tiles are wet. Because water drains through these tiles rapidly, this garage tile floor is very desirable for wet areas of your garage.
PVC Plastic Garage Floor Tile
PVC Coin Garage Floor Tiles are made from top quality recycled material and are very easy to install without adhesive with their interlocking sides. They feature a raised coin top surface for added traction and create a very clean and fresh appearance.
They are resistant to the effects of heat, cold, or humidity, and they are very easy to clean and maintain. Since they are resistant to oils, gas, and chemicals, they are among the best options for plastic flooring for a garage.
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Rubber Garage Flooring Tiles or Mats
Perhaps you will be using a portion of your garage as a home gym. If so, a rubber garage floor tile suitable for workouts will be needed.
Garages sometimes tend to house a lot of moisture. Rubber is water-resistant and provides traction when wet. It will not absorb water or other liquids, and it is extremely durable and versatile. It is an excellent material for garage gym flooring as it is stain, mould, and mildew resistant.
Although there are a number of rubber garage floor mats at Greatmats, the ShokLok Rubber Tiles are superior for a garage setting. This heavy-duty, ¾ inch commercial grade recycled rubber is completely non-absorbent, meaning, it will not harbour or promote bacteria growth.
In garages that could tend to be damp, this non-absorbent feature is a must. It contains an agent that reduces the rubber aroma, and its waffle-like design on the underside of the tiles provide a reduction in noise and vibration. This rubber puzzle tile does not curl and is available with optional straight and bevelled edges to avoid tripping hazards and provide a finished look for garage floor mats.
Although not a tile, the Plyometric Rubber Roll is another product that Greatmats offers as rubber flooring for garages. This flooring is designed specifically for repetitious and rigorous athletic workouts like plyometrics and aerobics.
This rubber roll is known for providing exceptional cushion and shock absorption. It will withstand the weight of exercise equipment or other heavy items stored in a garage, and it is made in the USA with the best materials and quality craftsmanship. Rubber flooring rolls are easy to install over a concrete subfloor with either glue or double-faced tape and are available in a variety of colours and thicknesses. Once the rubber flooring roll is placed and secured, it requires little maintenance, with a sweeping, vacuuming, or damp mop cleaning process, as needed.
What You Should Know About Interlocking Garage Floor Tiles
Interlocking garage floor tiles have fast become popular as a viable garage flooring option. You may have seen pictures of these tiled floors, but what do you know about them? After all, how durable can plastic garage tiles be? You may be surprised by the answer.
What makes interlocking garage floor tiles so popular is they create a custom garage floor look available in a variety of colours, textures, and functions. They are extremely durable and most importantly, easy to install. Undoubtedly, the most fun is creating your unique design that matches your style and requirements.
However, as popular as interlocking tiles are, they do create quite a few questions among those interested in this type of garage flooring. Doubts and concerns range from their durability and weight ratings, to how well small wheels roll over the tiles.
With two different materials to choose from, hard plastic construction versus rubber-like PVC, we will review each of these tiles’ benefits. We will also address some of the drawbacks that each material has in order for you to learn the facts about this popular garage flooring option.
Hard Plastic Garage Tiles
The rigid, hard plastic tile is the most popular and versatile of the two construction types. They are made of high-impact polypropylene which is a thermoplastic polymer. Some manufacturers even claim to mix in a small percentage of rubber for anti-slip and anti-fatigue properties.
Depending on the brand, standard sizing is either 12″ x12 or 13″ x13″, while some manufacturers offer sizes as large as 18″ x18″. Thickness is 1/2″ as an industry standard, though one manufacturer does produce a particular style at 3/4″ thick.
They are assembled with a peg and loop system that snaps into place with your foot or a tap of a rubber mallet. The strength and structure of this peg and loop system are parameters that can help determine the quality of one brand of tile over the other.
You also have a choice of either a solid top construction or a ribbed flow-through structure that allows for surface drainage. Popular surface patterns for the solid top construction are coined and diamonds, while some manufacturers offer a levant style surface pattern. At last count, there was up to thirteen different colours to choose from.
Bottom grid of plastic garage floor tiles undersides of these tiles has a hollow core construction with a reinforced grid type system. This creates a much lighter tile that is very strong to support thousands of pounds and allow for the circulation of air and water drainage underneath the tile.
Due to the high-impact polypropylene construction, nothing sticks to the tile and makes them very hard to stain. Subsequently, this also makes them very easy to clean.
Besides looking good, there are a number of other benefits as well. They are resistant to chemicals, oils, grease, hydraulic fluid, road salts, acids, and other automotive fluids. If your vehicle springs a leak or you make a mess while working on your latest project, you can wipe it right up with a rag and some cleaner.
Most tiles are also U.V. resistant so they won’t fade in sunlight. They are even moulded and mildew resistant, which is good if you live in a wet climate or have moisture issues in your garage. They are also easier on the feet and legs compared to concrete when standing for long periods.
Another benefit is the added slip resistance from the various surface patterns. You no longer have to worry about a hazardous floor when tracking in water or snow from your vehicle. Like any other flooring; however, you still need to use caution around oil spills.
There is one other added benefit that is achieved with the flow-through self-draining tiles. They are excellent for self-draining garage floors or floors with drains. Some people wash their cars in the garage when using this style of tile. Since water and snowmelt from wet cars can pass through and eliminate the issue of standing water, these can make for a good winter snow tile as well.
Interlocking garage tiles’ quality and selection can range from your budget tile options to the more expensive premium brands. Warranties run from 3 to 15 years, depending on the product.
How Tough Are Interlocking Garage Tiles?
So how tough are they? Well, these plastic garage tiles are plenty strong enough to stand up to the rigours of an active garage. They are designed to withstand pressures of heavy vehicles and equipment, jack stands, rolling tool boxes, car jacks, and whatever else you may foresee in a busy garage. Some are rated as high as 5,000 pounds per square inch with a rolling rate for vehicles up to 80,000 pounds.
Floor lifts and car hoists can be bolted through the tile to the concrete below with no worries about deforming the tile. Storage racks and cabinets can sit on top of the tiles as long as they don’t have a very narrow or small footprint.
They will also withstand sub-freezing temperatures as well as floor temperatures up to 250 degrees. That means indirect or radiant floor heating is not an issue.
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Choosing Garage Floor Tiles: What to Look For
Choosing garage floor tiles is a huge investment, and you want to make the right decision. So it’s useful to have some key talking points to consider before you start shopping:
- Get samples: Unlike most of the other garage flooring options like floor mats or floor paints, you can get sample tiles in various colours and styles. This way, you can see how they look and feel in your garage.
- Budget vs. Quality: Sure, you can skimp out an buy cheap tiles from a discount store, but you’ll probably end up replacing them sooner than you want. Unlike floor mats that typically need to replace every 5-10 years, quality floor tiles should be a long term investment. So, while it’s okay to be cost-conscious, don’t just choose a set of tiles because they’re cheap. Be sure you’re getting a quality product as well.
- Buy American: In most cases, the most reputable floor tile manufacturers also happen to be American companies with a long history. Be sure to check their record of durability and reliability.
- Get help with the installation: Installing floor tiles in your garage is easy, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it on your own. If you can’t or don’t want to do it yourself, it doesn’t hurt to hire a pro. It’s probably less expensive than you think.
Garage floor tiles offer a great combination of durability, easy installation and style. That makes them one of the best garage flooring options out there.
While it may take some research to find what brand of tiles to go with, it’s worth spending a little time to get it right. Quality garage floor tiles are an investment that will last your garage for years, if not decades.