New Garage Floor

posted May 29, 2017, 3:39 PM by Jonathan Imberi   [ updated May 29, 2017, 5:15 PM ]

I had been looking for a way to improve on our cracking and salt-eaten cement garage floor for a while.  I saw some Craftsman garage tiles at Sears a couple of years ago, and had been thinking about them ever since.  Sears no longer sells the Craftsman tiles I first saw, but I was able to find an online source for PVC garage tiles.  

These are twenty inch square interlocking tiles.  They sit on top of the floor and require no adhesive.  They are water, chemical, and solvent resistant.  I chose black tiles with a leather-like look.  

Garage floor before tile installation:

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Garage floor after installation:

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The tiles are advertised and reviewed as being used in a garage, and able to withstand high loads and the use of a floor jack.  We noticed as we were putting the garage back together after installing them that the tiles scuffed and scratched incredibly easily.  Also when rolling KITT back on his auto dollies, the auto dollies left indents in the tiles, and scuffs as they rolled.  This was not the type of durability I was expecting, or that was indicated by the company we bought them from.  I contacted the company and worked directly with the manufacturer, who eventually gave us a partial refund.  

On the plus side, the tiles are extremely comfortable to walk and kneel on.  Liquids clean up easily, and I am hoping it will be easier now to push out water and salt in the winter.

I wish I would have bought a more durable garage tile (ie a commercial-grade tile), but I am happy with these for what I ended up paying for them after the partial refund.

I found a product line called Rejuvenate at Menards that is made for vinyl floors.  I bought both the cleaner and the restorer.  We applied them today.

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You can see the difference in the tiles below.  This is the same tile, dry in both pictures.  The Rejuvenate cleaner and restorer are easy to use and I highly recommend them. :)

Before:

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After:

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