One of the more popular garage flooring options is tiling. Tiles can protect your concrete garage floor just as well as paint, but are often easier for the DIYer to install. We’ll go over a few advantages and disadvantages to garage floor tile in this article so that you can hopefully get a good idea of whether tiles are going to be your best option.
Garage Floor Tile Prices
When it comes to home improvement, most garage flooring solutions are fairly cheap, so pricing may not be a huge factor. The fact is, garage floor tiles are one of the most expensive garage floor coverings available. Kits that cover a single car garage run anywhere from just under $200 to around $500, depending on a variety of factors including features and name brands. The only type of garage flooring solution that would compare would be a garage floor mat, and it would probably be a good idea to compare tiles and mats before purchasing either.
When Is Garage Floor Tile Best?
There are two different types of tiles. There are the interlocking type, which are basically square shaped compartment mats that are meant to be connected, and there are the peel and stick type that actually bond to the concrete garage floor. The interlocking type can be used in just about any garage, but probably won’t last as long as the peel and stick type. The peel and stick type, however, can only be used in garages where the original floor is in good shape and not too heavily stained.
Installing Garage Floor Tile
Garage floor tiles are easier to install than any other solution, with the possible exception of mats, depending on the type of mat used. Interlocking tiles snap together, and peel and stick tiles are pretty self explanatory. There is nothing hard about installing either type of tiles, although the floor must be very, very clean for the peel and stick tiles since the sticky backing will stick to dirt and dust just as well as the floor. The interlocking type of garage floor tiles work in a way similar to mats, and are generally just tossed onto the floor without too much worry about cleanliness beforehand. Unfortunately, this can also cause them to move about in other situations that are not as desirable.
Garage Floor Tile Maintenance (Or Lack Thereof)
For most garage floor tiles, maintenance is similar to what you would do on a linoleum floor. Since they are designed to be sprayed off, and generally do not absorb chemicals, cleaner is not often necessary, and generally a wet mop is all that is needed. Abrasive garage flooring cleaners obviously should not be used since those are usually made for concrete. Instead, if soap is needed, your average floor cleaner will usually do the trick. Be sure to read the directions of your particular product, though, as some types of cleaners may affect the finish on your garage floor tile.
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