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CarbonV12V

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972 posts

67 months

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Following some recent threads on the subject of refreshing garages I have been looking at floor tiles.

I have a double garage (with lift for a third car biggrin) built on a concrete pad. It was tamped and then painted but the paint has peeled and the surface is quite rough and has some undulation.

Does anyone have any experience of garage floor covering and can explain impartially the difference between rubber and PVC. I am swinging towards interlocking PVC tiles with edging and ramp strip at the doors but would appreciate any other views before ordering.

I do use the rear of the garage as a workshop too.

bogie

10,098 posts

156 months

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I went with the plastic tiles - you do need the floor to be level and good though ...I put some self levelling stuff down first

also worth laying some of that real thin white underlay underneath them, so you dont sound like a tap dancer when walking about...also helps with insulation - even in winter its fine to lay about on

im really pleased with it...the only thing is, keeping it clean ...It needs a brush and mop more often than bare concrete smile

peterr96

2,114 posts

59 months

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We used to have some rubber tiles at work. They stank for years after they were installed and were also lethal with any dust on them!
I'd go the PVC route

Tony V12V

2,036 posts

36 months

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I had the white foam put down first then had the whole floor done with the interlocking wooden loft flooring 8x4 sheets to give a level surface before using PVC interlock tiles. The wooden floor also acts as a good insulator too

MichaelV8V

542 posts

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So what happens when you get home in the rain with a car dripping water onto the floor? Does the water go under the tiles and stink? With wood or foam under there does that start to rot?

Or do you have to leave the car out until its dry?

Or lift the tile occasionally and clean it our under there?

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Mako V12V

2,534 posts

98 months

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Tony V12V said:
I had the white foam put down first then had the whole floor done with the interlocking wooden loft flooring 8x4 sheets to give a level surface before using PVC interlock tiles. The wooden floor also acts as a good insulator too
That sounds real expensive, and with a double garage like mine, could total the eqivalent cost of an annual service!

MichaelV8V

542 posts

145 months

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And stuff meant for lofts isn't meant to have a car dripping onto it. So when the rain comes back to UK what happens to the floor?

Steve*B

643 posts

92 months

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MichaelV8V said:
So what happens when you get home in the rain with a car dripping water onto the floor? Does the water go under the tiles and stink?

Or do you have to leave the car out until its dry?
No Michael, all that you need to do is mop them from time time. I've even had the jet wash on them from time to time to get rid of the ingrained marks so the upkeep is really quite minimal. Never had problems of smells coming from the water underneath as it generally dries out pretty quickly particularly when you shut a glowing Aston inside after a run.

Can't comment on the rubber ones as I used interlocking PVC tiles over a concrete floor.

redkite

48 posts

101 months

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I used pvc interlocking tiles in my small workshop, they get a bit grubby and flex a bit but are good to walk on.
In my Garage i have laid porcelain tiles directly on the concrete, recently changed my rear disc/pads on DD using a jack straight on the tiles without any problems.
Water just sits on the tiles if you park a wet car. If they get dirty a good scrub doesnt do them any harm.
Look good too.

Wobbly

380 posts

57 months

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I should read the full thread title, PVC or Rubber, I thought we were in a seedy club in Soho. smile

peterr96

2,114 posts

59 months

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redkite said:
Hey Gerry I see you bought the same trolley jack as me.
It took me a while to realise that the reason it's so damn hard work to lift a car with it is because they forgot (or can't be bothered) to lube any of the pivots when they build them.
Set yourself an hour aside to oil/grease the various pins etc and you'll be amazed how much better it works!

Jockman

9,363 posts

44 months

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Wobbly said:
I should read the full thread title, PVC or Rubber, I thought we were in a seedy club in Soho. smile
Strange that Wobbly....you mention a seedy club in Soho, and up pops Pete !!!

What are the chances, eh smile

LordBretSinclair

2,915 posts

61 months

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I have used PVC tiles from http://mototile.com/

I can't speak highly enough about the tiles and the supplier. Good quality and good service smile

They went straight down on the concrete floor which wasn't completely smooth with a few lumps which I got rid of first. The tiles lock together well and can be moved or re-positioned if necessary.


peterr96

2,114 posts

59 months

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Jockman said:
Strange that Wobbly....you mention a seedy club in Soho, and up pops Pete !!!

What are the chances, eh smile
A mans gotta earn a living for beer and petrol.

MichaelV8V

542 posts

145 months

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Steve*B said:
No Michael, all that you need to do is mop them from time time. I've even had the jet wash on them from time to time to get rid of the ingrained marks so the upkeep is really quite minimal. Never had problems of smells coming from the water underneath as it generally dries out pretty quickly particularly when you shut a glowing Aston inside after a run.

Can't comment on the rubber ones as I used interlocking PVC tiles over a concrete floor.
Thanks Steve, did you seal the concrete before putting the tiles on top?

Steve*B

643 posts

92 months

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MichaelV8V said:
Thanks Steve, did you seal the concrete before putting the tiles on top?
Yes, sealing it is a must. Actually I had already sealed and painted the floor but, no matter how you try, the paint always comes off particularly if you get stones stuck in the tyre tread. Tiles will always be a better option over paint no matter how hard wearing and 'industrial' the manufactures claim that it is. The biggest concern when laying these tiles over concrete is to ensure a completely flat surface which may require a good few hours on your hands and knees.....all worth it in the end smile

CarbonV12V

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972 posts

67 months

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LordBretSinclair said:
I have used PVC tiles from http://mototile.com/

I can't speak highly enough about the tiles and the supplier. Good quality and good service smile

They went straight down on the concrete floor which wasn't completely smooth with a few lumps which I got rid of first. The tiles lock together well and can be moved or re-positioned if necessary.
Well that's my weekend sorted smile


3rtt

836 posts

136 months

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Porcelain tiles every time. I did my double garage myself, easy to clean, wipe down, robust and looks good.

Cheers,
Ian

Edited by 3rtt on Tuesday 24th April 19:08

MichaelV8V

542 posts

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CarbonV12V said:
Well that's my weekend sorted smile
Hmm, I see they are fragile. Better not drive over them then. Where are you putting them?

LordBretSinclair

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CarbonV12V said:
Well that's my weekend sorted smile
Good luck, David. A good rubber mallet makes the job all the more easier. smile

Photos next week please?
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