There are primarily two types of garage floor covers – tiles and mats. Both can be easily installed and ideal DIY products. Let us look into the pros and cons of garage floor tiles.
Garage floor tiles are available as: hard plastic tiles, flexible plastic and rubber tiles, and wooden composite tiles. These garage floor options easily snap together, and can be removed with the same ease. Another wonderful benefit is that the tiles help create attractive floor patterns, such as checkerboard. These tiles could also be placed over stained or cracked concrete floors.
Cost is the major drawback with these tiles. These are costlier than garage floor paint or epoxy – easier and quicker installation being the only trade-off.
Rigid plastic tiles are thick and withstand most oils, grease, chemicals and other nasty elements found inside a garage. They are rigid enough to bear car jacks and cars.
Flexible garage flooring options, similar to rigid plastic, are softer tiles and easy with the installation and removal. One of their biggest advantages is that they’re much convenient to walk and stand on for longer time periods. Some varieties of interlocking flexible tiles are used in day care centres and family rooms. These tiles can stand up to good amount of abuse and easily clean up, but they aren’t ideal for usage under heavy machinery and cars. However, they do make for comfortable, nice workbench flooring. These flexible tiles are available in a variety of colors, with several profiles and patterns.
Wood composite floor tiles are primarily made for basement flooring, but these tiles could also be used for garages. This tile has a moisture barrier at its base, which helps keep the upper portion dry.
These tiles are easy to setup; the panels come with groove edges and tongue that can be bonded together with a wood block and hammer. There is no gluing needed, or even recommended. A woodcutting saw should be enough to cut the tile.
These garage flooring tiles are made to contract and expand with climate changes. It is, therefore, recommended that there’s a quarter inch gap near the edges to facilitate expansion. As per manufacturer recommendations, the tile’s leading edge must be sealed to the slab with some concrete screws, with an adjustment strip at the front for protecting the edges.
Since wood composite tiles are not completely protected at the top, any kind of coating, such as floor paint, will give it the right finishing touches.