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All, I'm getting ready to install garage floor tiles and with all the choices out there not sure which way to go. These are fairly pricy so I want to get a good tile at a reasonable cost. So far I'm leaning towards the Diamond Gridlock tiles made by Garage Flooring, Inc. They have the hard plastic (less expensive) or the soft plastic (quieter more comfortable)...any thoughts?
 

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I wouldn’t invest in the Hard Plastic. You drop a tool and the tile breaks. I would look for something with a little give. Remember seams will collect dirt and look bad quickly. I would be interested in a good epoxy coat myself, seamless and durable.
 

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They make large rubber mats also less seams. I have done several of my shops and garages in epoxy costing and they look great but scratch and chip very easily. At my new home I am looking into staining the concrete floor and or polishing it. Very durable and clean up is easy

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Thanks Jim and Voodoo, I hadn't thought about staining/polishing the concrete, good idea. I have seen both great and poor epoxy flooring but am still considering it. Jim good point about the "hard" plastic, after more research, I'd likely go with a more pliable tile (if I go that direction).
 

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We have a 2400 sq ft building we did in 2004 with industrial epoxy with no skid mixed in. We got a very good bid from a local place. Epoxy takes a lot of prep to do correctly, so it saved us untold man hours. It has held up very well for us, and we keep several cars, tractors, and motorcycles in there. The no skid is essential as otherwise a wet floor could have you sliding into a wall or door.

We recently did an 800sq ft workshop for my wife with this tile: Workshop Flooring | Workshop Floor. It was easy to work with and has a nice soft feel to walk on. I think a bunch of places sell the same tile at different price points.
 

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We have a 2400 sq ft building we did in 2004 with industrial epoxy with no skid mixed in. We got a very good bid from a local place. Epoxy takes a lot of prep to do correctly, so it saved us untold man hours. It has held up very well for us, and we keep several cars, tractors, and motorcycles in there. The no skid is essential as otherwise a wet floor could have you sliding into a wall or door.

We recently did an 800sq ft workshop for my wife with this tile: Workshop Flooring | Workshop Floor. It was easy to work with and has a nice soft feel to walk on. I think a bunch of places sell the same tile at different price points.
Thank you Tex929rr. I'll check out the link and if you are a firefighter, (your avatar pic), many thanks to your colleagues who are risking life and limb here in SoCal to fight these wind driven fires!!
 

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Just ordered sample tiles and edge pieces - thanks!!
 

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Hello, all. New to the forum but have some good experience with plastic floor tiles. I have used RaceDeck in two shops. Each about 1200 sq ft. I would certainly do it again. Advantages on an old garage floor, you do not have to take up the old coating if there is some, do not have to do more than mop up any loose oil and grease, sweep it out and you are good to go. No contractor, just you and a rubber hammer. You can do 1200 sq ft in about 3 hours or less if you are younger than me and if the garage is empty. This stuff is bullet proof. Will not crack no matter what you drop on it. It is easy to replace if you were to some how ruin it. I really like this stuff. Yes, it is noisy to walk on but the benefits way out weight the negatives. It is pretty well sealed in the joints so there is little if any leakage under the tiles if you wipe it up. It is very clean to work with after installation. You can hit heavy grease with brake clean and it is like new. It insulates the floor in cold weather. Plus, it is portable - you could take it with you to your new digs if you move. It was especially good for me because both shops had old epoxy floor coating which had lifted over the years and was flaking off. I removed the loose stuff and laid in the new floor. Another advantage is that you can customize the colors. I have checker board gray and dark grey. Looks great. You can do it in sections. They advise to do it all at once in an empty space but that is not always possible. I had too much junk to move so did it in sections. The stuff is high density polyethylene, I believe and is really tough stuff. There are others on the market including Costco but they are not as tough in my opinion. RaceDeck is guaranteed and will replace tile if somehow they fail. Great service, as well. I have no connection with them other than being a satisfied customer.
 

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Quick update, my Modutile interlocking coin gray and coin black tiles arrived and I installed 30 sq ft. yesterday. (see link in tex929rr's post above). I found essentially the same tiles anywhere from $3.99 to $1.98 sq.ft. Also free shipping so I went with Modutile. Nice quality and they look to be able to support a jack, jack stands, etc. They are fairly noisy to walk on so I used the thin carpet w/ rubber backing (3'x5') mats I already had in the garage and it really quieted them down, plus the rubber backing eliminates any slippage. I like them and just ordered the remaining tiles today. One thing to note is the edge pieces come with either the flat edge OR the hook edge - so be sure you get the right ones for your application...thanks again all for the advice...
 

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I know this is an older post but I was looking for some custom garage examples for a refresh of my garage. I personally chose to order my tiles from https://modmyfloor.com because of the value. The quality of their samples and the price was stellar. I chose the Drain thru tiles because they would allow spills and debris to be hidden but had a flat surface for my creeper. They also have great sales on the major holidays! What sold me was seeing their parking pad for a Roush at the dealer. Property Cabinetry Black Wood Tile flooring Tire Wheel Car Land vehicle Vehicle
 

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Two questions for you guys with the RaceDeck (or tile) floors since this is on my project short list. So the only negative thing I've heard about RaceDeck is that the tiles can expand and deform and do funky things if they get hot from sitting in sunlight or something like that. I've heard it returns to shape when cooled, but can cause some awkwardness when hot. My garage faces the son/heat in the evenings, so I'm trying to determine if this could cause me problems.

And I also love RaceDeck's flow through design. But, Spills, water, or anything that gets on the floor passes through and goes all the way to the floor...then what? So now all that oil you split during an oil change is just sitting there hanging out forever underneath the tiles? How do you clean up or deal with that?
 

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I went to the Barrett Jackson car auction in Scottsdale this past winter. The entire showroom was done in Swisstrax. They park airplanes on top of these floors. I now have the same system in my garage. Their website is https://www.swisstrax.com/. Many different color choices as well as surfaces.
 
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