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Garage Tiles Facts & Fiction Part 2

Garage Tiles Facts

Do you need to order a whole tile as a sample to get a good feel for the tile? Absolutely no. We send out a small piece of the tile and as soon as you put it into your hand you can tell that our tiles are head and shoulders above the other popular tiles that send you a full a tile as a sample. If you’re using cheap recycled materials and the tiles cost you only a dollar to make or import from China then yea you can send out free full tiles. Our tiles are very costly to make cause of the high quality PVC we use plus they weight 4.5 lbs each as compared to a few ounces of a typical Polypropylene tile. So shipping our tile is much more expensive. Our tiles are very competitively priced for what you are getting. Meaning are margins are very tight as compared to tiles that cost a dollar to manufacture and sell for not much less than our 100% solid PVC tiles.

So don’t get fooled or impressed by anyone just because they sent you a full tile. Instead concentrate on what it is you’re getting as a tile. Is it hollow, is it solid, is it PVC or Polypropylene, does the tile have full perimeter  locking tabs or just a few Peg and Loop connectors on each side. Big difference! Peg & Loop connections stink. They make popping noises as your car drives over them, they break off as you install them, they break off if your floor is the slightest bit un-level(and what floor is 100% level?), they stretch and start to split apart creating large unsightly seams that get filled with all sorts of crud that is next to impossible to clean out.

So instead of worrying about the sample you get focus on the quality difference and figure out which tile is going to look new 5, 10 or 20 years from the day you install them. It won’t be a hollow polypropylene tile with Peg & Loop connections.

Epoxy Coating Over An Oil Stained Floor

Epoxy Coating Over An Oil Stained Floor

If your floor is full of oil stains you need to be very careful on how you prep it before applying any epoxy coating to it. Oil stains are at best difficult to get out and in most cases can be downright impossible to remove. If you have light oil stains you can use our Oil & Grease Remover or similar quality product. You can use Liquid Tide scrubbed in with some Muratic Acid. If either or both those methods fail then you need to use our proprietary Oil Stain Primer . It is specially engineered to actually bond with oil on the molecular level. It is the only way you will get epoxy to stick to your floor. Also if you have stains all over the place we recommend that you prime the whole floor so that you don’t get different color shading in the epoxy since the primer is very dark in color.

Epoxy Coating

As you can see above even grinding will sometimes not even remove oil stains. Here the grinder is just spreading the oil all over the place. Lots of times the oil is so deeply embedded into the concrete  no matter what you do,  you will never get it all out. This is when you clean it up as best you can and then prime the floor with our patented epoxy oil primer and then epoxy paint over that.

If you think you were able to clean the floor of all the oil but are not sure cause the concrete may be a little darker where the stain was. Simply sprinkle some water on the spot and see if it beads up or turns a rainbow bluish color. If it doesn’t do either than you’re good to go. If it does either or both you can try cleaning again or go with the primer to be safe.

Need To Know Facts About Garage Floor Tiles

Facts About Garage Floor Tiles

There seems to be as much misinformation about garage tiles as there are different types of tiles. We’ll go over a couple of facts here and let you decide on what your money is best spent on. You already have to think about the maintenance of other garage elements like a Garage Door Opener Repair so getting hassle-free flooring should be a priority.

Retiling your garage shouldn’t cause too much hassle, but you will need to make sure you have the right kind of tiles to do so. You’ll find then when you decide to retile your detached garage, you’ll be overwhelmed with the options available. The main thing we need to discuss is that there are two main types of tiles, hollow core tiles, and solid core tiles. Hollow-core are exactly what they sound like. They have a thin wear surface and are completely hollow underneath versus a solid tile that has no hollow spaces. This image clearly shows the difference.

Garage Tiles

As you can see the top tile is hollow while the bottom tile is completely solid. It’s easy to figure out which is the stronger tile and which one will last longer.

Next is the different types of material the tiles are made from. The first thing we would strongly suggest is you find out where the tiles you are considering to buy are made. Lots of tiles on the market are coming from China. They look similar to our tiles but are very different. First, you have no idea what they are made of and what type of filler products are in them. Think of Chinese drywall. Our Garage Tiles are made right here in the USA . Plus we only use materials originating in the USA. So beware of tiles that are made here but use Chinese materials.

So leaving out the Chinese factor, the two main materials used are Polypropylene and PVC. Polypropylene tiles are basically recycled soda and water bottles. Very cheap material otherwise known as ABS plastic. When home builders want to cut corners they have their plumbers install ABS plastic instead of PVC. PVC is a far superior material and correspondingly more expensive. So if you are comparing PVC tiles to Polypropylene tiles it’s the proverbial apples to oranges comparison. You can double that comparison when comparing hollow polypropylene tiles to solid PVC tiles to an apples and crackers comparison.

Another myth is that if you drive smaller vehicles and only go straight in and out of your garage you don’t need a quality tile. We say that’s nonsense. In anything in life you buy, you get what you pay for. Those polypropylene tiles you think you saved money on will end up costing you more than you think and not just in dollars but in dissatisfaction down the road. They damage easily, they’re brittle and crack easily, they expand and contract more to the point they pull apart or buckle, they make loud click-clack noises when you walk on them. All the above have nothing to do with the vehicle you drive or whether you drive straight or zig-zag. Oh and by the way who drives perfectly straight in and out of anything. As soon as you turn your wheel the slightest bit you are stressing and stretching those Peg & Loop connections.

We used to sell hollow polypropylene tiles but they were so problematic we stopped. If you are doing a commercial or industrial application don’t even think about polypropylene tiles! Even though those types of tiles are heavily marketed they are inferior in quality and prone to failures.

In sum it makes no difference in the car you drive or in what direction you drive, you want to buy a solid quality tile that will be worry-free and indestructible. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll need to research the best tiles for your garage. Having a look at the best garage floor tiles australia will help you find what you are looking for if you are living there, this is just an example as you can search anywhere where you are and you’ll be able to find the right one for you.

More facts and fiction on garage tiles in a future post.