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Interlocking Garage Floor Tiles - The New Rage In Garage Floors

Updated on February 2, 2013

Custom garage floors in less than a day

Interlocking garage floor tiles have been around for a while now and really aren't all that new. Lately though, they have been gaining huge momentum as the flooring of choice among homeowners. Why? Almost everyone who has a garage wants to improve upon the looks and function of their garage floor at some point. However, one of the biggest reasons why many of us don't do it is because of the time involved. Most of these projects not only involve moving your stuff off the floor first, they also require cleaning and preparation of the floor. Add to that gluing, painting, or coating the floor with your material of choice and at best, these projects take a minimum of a weekend to accomplish if not the whole week. What people are now discovering is that with garage floor tiles you can have a beautiful custom floor in less than a day.

Design with the tile of your choice

One of the most appealing aspects of interlocking garage floor tiles is the ability to custom design a floor of your choice. Since these tiles come in many colors, you can do checkered designs, outlines, stripes or whatever suits your fancy. Some manufacturers even have a design program on their websites to help you create a pattern that you like.

There are two different types of materials to choose from. The first choice is a rigid tile made of polypropylene. Available in 12"x12" squares, these tiles snap together to secure themselves and are up to 1/2" inch thick. The other choice is a more flexible tile that feels like rubber and is made of polyvinyl chloride or PVC. These fit together at the edges like a puzzle, are available in sizes from 12"x12" to 24"x24 and range from 3/8 to 1/2" thick. Both tiles come in a variety of tread patterns such as coined, diamond, and ribbed, and are a free floating floor system. In other words, it does not glue down and uses it's own weight to stay put.

Easy snap together installation

Easy snap together installation
Easy snap together installation

Are they very durable?

These tiles are tough! Benefits include resistance to chemicals, stains, road salts, and car fluids such as oil and anti-freeze just to name a few. Both tiles are also non-slip, resistant to mold and mildew, and won't fade in the sun. They can take all the abuse that a normal garage floor is given such as heavy vehicles, jacks, and jack stands, rolling carts, and shelving. Both can withstand sub-freezing temperatures and heat well over 200 degrees. If you do happen to damage one, it's easy to take care of by just replacing the one tile. Cleaning is as simple as using a damp mop or floor duster and heavy spills can be wiped up with a rag and household cleaner such as 409 spray.

Which tile is best for my garage?

Besides the materials used, there are a few differences between the two options. The more rigid polypropylene tile is hollow underneath and allows for drainage of water and air drying. In fact, they are available in a ribbed design that actually allows water or snow that drops off your car to drain through the tile onto the concrete. Because of the harder more rigid design they are not very good at noise absorption though and some will make a slight clicking sound when driven or walked on. They are the lesser expensive of the two starting around $1.90 a square foot. If you have a fairly even floor with good drainage, or if you have issues with damp areas of your concrete due to ground water, then this may be the tile for you.

The PVC tile is a solid, yet more flexible tile that has a softer anti-fatigue aspect. It does a good job at absorbing sound and won't make any noise when driven or walked on. One attractive benefit is that this tile will conform to any high or low spots in your floor. Some water can work its way between the tiles down to the concrete but it will eventually dry. This tile is the more expensive of the two starting at close to $4.00 a square foot. If you like the softer, solid feel and have a floor that isn't the most level in places, then this tile is worth looking at.

See how they snap together

Can I do this myself?

The best part? They install in your garage in just a few hours with very few tools! Even less if you have help. If you can work a saw or use a knife then you can do this. You don't have to do any involved preparation of the floor such as crack repair, oil stain removal, or etching of your concrete. Just sweep it down real well. Depending on which style you choose from, they can be cut with either a utility knife or a small circular saw or jigsaw. Follow the directions from the manufacturer and you can't go wrong. As a recommended addition, most manufacturers offer a separate ramp edge piece to finish off the edge and aid in transition from concrete to tile surface. Once you are done, just move your stuff back into the garage and enjoy your handy work. It's really that easy!

Learn more about garage flooring options and tile here!

If garage floor tiles are your interest or maybe you are just trying to figure out what you may want to do with your garage floor, visit this site to view all your garage flooring options. You can learn all about tile, epoxy, sealers, mats, paint, cleaning your concrete and more.

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      IamShea 3 years ago

      @slider-3w: Yes, that can happen depending on the style of tile used and how you install it. The self draining free flow style of tiles do not absorb heat as much as the solid tiles. As a result, these tiles do not expand much at all and can take direct sunlight without issue.

      If installing solid color tiles that will get direct sunlight, it's best to install the tiles during the warm part of the day when they can expand fully. Then load the heavy items from the garage onto the tile. Then when the day cools and the tile shrinks a little, it just pulls snug. When the day heats back up, there will be enough room for the tile as it expands thus preventing the buckling.

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      slider-3w 3 years ago

      The problem with these types of flooring is when direct sunlight hits them they buckle up and cause huge ripples in your floors which in turn allows then to come unsnapped. Not a good floor covering for direct sunlight when your garage door is open!

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      MythYes 4 years ago

      Thanks for this information. I think it could be very useful.

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      FashionMommy 4 years ago

      Great lens! I really love what you have posted here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I installed some of this stuff last spring. It looks awesome and it's easy to do. Just make sure that you install it on a warm day. I found out that it does expand with heat and if it's a tight fit on a cold day it can buckle on a real hot day when it expands.

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      I love this kind of stuff, keep up the good work

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      IamShea 4 years ago

      @tobydavis: You could use the more flexible PVC tiles, however, you may want to look into the rubberized indoor flooring that is available in the same interlocking concept. It is less expensive since it's not designed to be driven on as well. My brother did something like that for the floor of his home recording studio.

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      This are very cool. I wonder if I could use something like this in parts of my studio... I'd certainly need a 'soft' tile to cut down on Hard Reflections. They look to work a little like the 'under floor' sound isolation tiles I have down already.

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      Bellezza-Decor 4 years ago from Canada

      These are cool looking floor tiles for the garage.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These seem almost too easy. How come I didn't know of these before? My garage floor has many cracks and stains so I didn't want to mess with epoxy, this is EXACTLY what I've been looking for.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I didn't know there was something like this available for a garage floor. I need to tell my husband!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, these look easy enough for my husband to do. Thanks for the information!

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      IamShea 4 years ago

      @ajgodinho: Great question and something that I should have pointed out. In the event that you had to replace a tile, they are easily disassembled using a screwdriver to lift up one edge. The rest of the tile comes out by hand and can be snapped back in or pressed back in with your feet or rubber mallet.

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These interlocking tiles looks great, functional and easy to install. Good to know that they are durable and made to withstand chemicals and car fluids. If you needed to replace one tile would you have to dismantle the floor again to get to that area for replacement of that one tile?

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      Delia 4 years ago

      I'm going to look into this for our garage...thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very practical advice. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I need to replace my garage floor mats. These are great! Did not know they existed!!!!!

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      IamShea 4 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: That's the hardest part - moving everything out so you can work on the floor. Fortunately with this kind of tile, you can do one half of the floor at a time so that you don't have to move everything out at once.

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      My husband keeps wanting to do something with the garage floor. I'm stalling, as it would take a huge effort to move all the stuff in there.

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      IamShea 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad you like it Jonathan.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like this kind of tile. I didn't know that there were different kinds though. Interesting!