I have this garage at my place which is only used for parking the car
in winters, when it snows. Else the car is parked outside, and the
garage is more of a utility/ storage room for now. I plan to now work
on the garage a bit to make it look better and use it for some plants
or for having breakfast with family etc once in a while.
So was wondering how good would be the idea of tiling the floor. Some
one told me that the tiles can crack on account of the weight of the
car. Please throw in any suggestions you can.
Ohh thanks!!! That does seem like a good option.
However I think we are being too picky or stretching it, by looking for
a elegant room which will act as a garage in the winter, contrary to
the other way around.
Any more ideas?
I wouldn't worry too much about the weight of the car. You're only
going to put ~30lbs/sq.in. pressure on the tile. As long as the
tile is set properly (no voids in the thinset), I wouldn't think
this would be too much. It'll be kinda like a concrete sandwich.
;-) I would make sure the tile is up for the temperature extremes
and is not porous. Tile can be pretty slippery when wet/oily too,
so I'd watch that.
porous no slippery tile will absorb oil and road grime which does occur
high gloss tile will be a slip hazard
better to use a heavy duty epoxy coating and in the summer roll out
some carpet to dress it up a bit
i think tile will cause a lot of grief
A good *COMMERCIAL* grade tile, properly installed with a good base
should work OK. Go to a real tile place and ask. Don't assume that the
99 cent tiles you get from the big box store will have nearly enough
strength. It will help a lot if the garage floor is in very good shape
(no big cracks, or dips, or anything).
Car dealers and other such places routinely tile floors that have cars
driven on them.
The above is all true. But I agree with the previous poster that
it will be easier to get a satisfactory performance out of
a well-prepared poured epoxy floor, like this stuff:
Yes, I would avoid any glossy glazed porcelain tile. A ceramic tile with no
glaze can be sealed so staining of porous tile nood not be a big concern. A
penetrating sealer will leave the most natural look and a few coats of a
good product will last years.
Any natural stone product will hold up well. Sometimes you can get good
prices on slate in the box stores and at tile stores. Look for the discount
I would also opt for 12" or larger tiles. 24" would look good in such a
large expanse and you can design in some accents.
Definately avoid voids in the thinset. Consider back buttering the tiles
and spreading it on the floor.
Tiling a floor can be trickier than you think, lippage is sometimes
difficult to prevent with some kinds of tile especially natural stone that
is not exceptionally well gagued.
Soapstone is gaining some attraction, and it darkens with mineral oil
application to be almost black. Regular reapplication of mineral oil to
dilute any eninge oils will keep this surface looking great for a long
time, but ONLY with a dead level floor, and complete coverage of the
car dealers have mostly brand new or late model vehicles that hopefully
dont leak oil. plus they have commercial floor scrubbers and must have
a sharp looking show room, so they aree willing to replace those floors
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