Knowing These 10 Secrets Will Make Your Tiled Garage Floor Look Amazing

A garage is usually a place for storage or work, but it can also be a space to show off your car. If you have a tiled garage floor and want to make it stand out and look amazing, there are several things that you can do. You don’t need to break the bank either with most of these tips.

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Here are ten secrets that will help you understand how to make your tiled garage floor look great:

#1

Make sure that the tiles installed on the floor are flat tiles instead of textured tiles (like faux stone or concrete pavers). The grout lines in between textured tiles, especially when wet, create muddy watermarks in between each tile line. Flat tiles don’t have grout lines so watermarks aren’t created.

#2

Make sure that the floor has a good base to start with. This means putting down a concrete garage floor after cleaning and prepping it, using concrete bonding primer, and allowing everything to dry before setting tiles on top of it. You can also use a thin-set mortar or epoxy resin.

Never use premixed grout unless you plan on sealing it afterwards because the premixes contain chemical additives that will react negatively with your garage’s environment (especially if you park cars in this space).

#3

Keep all vehicles off the floor while it is drying during construction. If any tire tracks are left onto the wet cement, they will be permanent marks. Dry them as fast as you can with a large blower or fans.

#4

If you are not talented enough to lay down the tiles yourself, consider hiring out this task instead of buying premixed grout which will be very difficult to clean up if any falls on your floor during construction. Use something like TileLab “Groutable” Epoxy Resin to fill in joints instead. It is easy to apply and won’t require any type of sealant afterwards.

It won’t stain either-even if it gets wet for whatever reason, but it does need time to dry before traffic can be put back onto it (at least 9 hours).

#5

Try installing a decorative border around the edges of the garage floor to give a finished look instead of using the same tiles that you installed on the rest of your floor. You could also use a contrasting colour or “accent” tile.

#6

Try buying garage floor tiles that have a metal base instead of other types to avoid any problems with rust stains over time. The metal won’t deteriorate and will add extra strength and durability to the overall look of the finished project.

#7

Once you get done laying out all of your tiles, don’t forget about an underlayment for underneath them: rubber garage mats, wooden garage flooring, or epoxy resin. This is important if you want to protect your finished work and ensure it lasts as long as possible without cracking or buckling in high traffic areas while protecting the tiles from oils, chemicals, and other environmental hazards.

#8

Plan on waxing or cleaning your floor every three months to protect it from deteriorating over time. This will also remove any potential stains that you might have missed during construction before they have a chance to become permanent marks in the finish.

#9

Not sure if your tiled garage floor is ready for heavy traffic? Stick some scraps of wood or cardboard underneath the tires of cars being parked in here to see how much weight each section of your finished floor can handle without buckling.

#10

If you are not good at grouting, then choose an epoxy resin instead since it’s all done just by mixing two liquids into a smooth consistency before applying it with a trowel to the joints between tiles. It won’t shrink, crack, or crumble under high traffic conditions and can be just as attractive if done right.

Finally, don’t forget that you will need to seal your finished floor after installation is complete. This means making sure all grout lines are filled in completely to prevent moisture from seeping underneath tiles or coming up through their joints over time (which causes them to buckle).

Use an epoxy resin for this part of the process too since it’s long-lasting and typically doesn’t require any kind of sanding afterwards…unlike other types of floor finishing.