ÿþGarage Floor Tiles Can be So Low Maintenance

Posted by Mr. Hachis | On: Dec 16 2012

Your garage floors get to see more abusive treatment and more corrosive materials than any other place in your home. Over the course of any given week, there is easily salt from the streets outside, antifreeze, motor oil, battery acid and grease. Your garage floors need to handle these without throwing in the towel. These materials tend to be so corrosive that even concrete can crumble over time when constantly exposed to them. When there are floors that are so in need of care and protection, you would think that people would care for them more. Instead, garage floors happen to be the most neglected of all. People who spend lavishly on granite and marble and exotic woods for every part of their house will not hesitate to leave their garage looking like some kind of underground dungeon. Well, if you do plan to give your garage the makeover that it richly deserves, you will find that there are few materials that offer better protection and better bang for your buck than garage floor tiles.

If you think about it, there are few materials that can compete with garage floor tiles for the purpose that you have in mind. Tiles are perfect for the kind of staining and corrosive materials that constantly come into your garage. They can take practically any kind of load, and they are low maintenance. Not to mention, when you choose titles, they come in just about any color or pattern that you can imagine. Seen in an aesthetic light, there is no other floor covering for your garage that could even come close.

There are a few things you do need to keep in mind before commissioning an installation involving garage floor tiles though. Since tile surfaces are enameled, sealed and quite impermeable, any moisture that rises up from the ground is going to just collect under the surface the the tiling. If you live in a humid area or one with a great deal of surface moisture, you'll find that installing tiles this way can just invite mildew and mold. For this reason, if you happen to live in such an area, it would always be a good idea to seal all your concrete floor first before installing any tiles.

If you happen to live in a place that gets very warm in the summer and much cooler in the winter, it would be a good idea to allow space all around your installation for things to expand and to contract. You don't want to completely cover your space wall-to-wall. An eighth of an inch along all your walls, if left empty, would allow everything to expand. You wouldn't get any cracks in your tiles that way.

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