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Old 09-27-2020, 12:21 PM   #21
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Hmmm. Something to look into. Can you recommend a web site or two for garage tiles? Probably the hardest part would be leveling the darn things.

Our floor will definitely get sand on it, since we live near the beach. Salt (other than the sea spray which gets on everything) and ice are probably not of grave concern.

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I have painted many cement floors, both garage and basement. Some were painted before, and others weren't. All showed signs of wear and pealed within a few years. The basements got wet and the garage floor had salt, sand and melting ice and it was just too much for them.


If I had a garage floor that had already been painted and was still smooth I would put tile on it. There are tiles made especially for garage floors and look fairly simple to install DIY. It would work well if you wanted to do just a portion at a time and move your stuff.


I would do this before I would sand or strip a layer of cement.
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It is worth a try. I am sure the cheapest possible sealer would have been used.

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I bet the previous owner used ZEP floor sealer. They make a stripper too. Home Depot sells both. Might get lucky!
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Hmmm. Something to look into. Can you recommend a web site or two for garage tiles? Probably the hardest part would be leveling the darn things.

Our floor will definitely get sand on it, since we live near the beach. Salt (other than the sea spray which gets on everything) and ice are probably not of grave concern.
The car mat guys (Weathertech) are just one of many that make them.

https://www.weathertech.com/techfloor/



If I ever get around to doing my garage, I'm going to go with tiles. Too many issues (spills, tar, oil, cracks) in the floor for epoxy.
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Very attractive. But ouch! The price! Lots less than hiring a contractor, though.

I wish I could get a sample.

One thing I would worry about is tearing/scratching the tiles. I do most of my own yard work, all of my own gardening, and am somewhat hard on the garage floor. We were also thinking about moving gym equipment in there, assuming we can get the garage air-conditioned.

But wait...just noticed that the ad shows somebody working out, with a giant barbell in the background.

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The car mat guys (Weathertech) are just one of many that make them.

https://www.weathertech.com/techfloor/



If I ever get around to doing my garage, I'm going to go with tiles. Too many issues (spills, tar, oil, cracks) in the floor for epoxy.
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This should keep you busy!

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Garage Floor Tile from Costco

We bought garage floor tile from Costco - the MotoFloor

https://www.costco.com/garage-flooring.html
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We bought garage floor tile from Costco - the MotoFloor

https://www.costco.com/garage-flooring.html
Woop!
Thanks for the link. On sale, $50 off per box. Ordered 480 sq. ft with one edge kit for my two garage door openings of 8' each. I just did all my garage cabinets and the bases all have wheels so should be easy enough to empty my garage to install. Back ordered 2 weeks though.

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We stripped our outbuilding floor. Had it built in 2000, 40x60, about 3/4 of it is shop with sealed concrete. Quite the job, did each area about 4x6, spread the stripper, waited, scrape, then mopped many times changing the water often. It's doable, just takes time, can't be rushed. Finished with the epoxy paint and chips. Still holding good after 12 years.
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I rented a concrete floor grinder for both of my garages. And I used a 4" angle grinder for the edges. And an acid wash.

I epoxied my detached garage workshop and used a Sherwin Williams concrete paint on my attached garage. Both done about 15 years ago. Epoxy has held up great. Concrete paint not so good - it's peeling.
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Thanks for the link. On sale, $50 off per box. Ordered 480 sq. ft with one edge kit for my two garage door openings of 8' each. I just did all my garage cabinets and the bases all have wheels so should be easy enough to empty my garage to install. Back ordered 2 weeks though.

Photos and any info or opinions please.

Hope you read the reviews and comments on the Costco site. Good info.

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Hope you read the reviews and comments on the Costco site. Good info.

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Yup! I always start out with the one-star and work my way up. In the case of these, the overall is 4.5 out of 5 stars. The ones that rank low stars turns out they didn't watch the videos on how to install and such. I like the idea that the floor is 1/2" thick and provides some insulating value, something no one mentioned. I really hate my concrete because it's so freaking cold to stand on in winter. A 1/2" raised floor with air pockets sounds like a good deal to address that.
Plus it's easy to undo and return if I don't like it. Just costs my time.
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I like the idea of installing tiles. Except that they seem expensive and where does the water and salt slush go after it melts on the tiles?
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I like the idea of installing tiles. Except that they seem expensive and where does the water and salt slush go after it melts on the tiles?
Well, the OP is in Florida and probably is not worried about salt slush melting. Water, well it will evaporate. Or you can mop it up.
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If the sealant is peeling I would want to check (if possible) to find out if the concrete was poured on top of some kind of waterproof membrane. If not then that could be a factor contributing to the peeling. It would be worth knowing before spending money on R&R any other surface protectant.



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Especially as there is no need to strip off any previous covering on the floor.
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I like the look of tiles, but all the edges between the tiles will hold dirt and let liquids seep underneath. All the raised nibs will make it harder to sweep. Depending on your situation they maybe well suited, for myself anything I'd put down would get damaged from dragging stuff around.
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If the paint is already peeling, a power washer might be able to do the job.

It could also be that you have high water vapor pressure through your slab and that any new sealer would pop off anyway. Garage tiles looks like a good option.
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I have used both plastic tiles and epoxy on different garages. If you decide to go with epoxy you have to prep the existing surface with a grinder or you will have peeling of the new surface in a couple years.

I prefer epoxy, but the tiles worked great for me and stood up to everything. I used Gladiator tiles. Easy DIY job and I just power washed once a year and they looked new again afterwards. Some people complain the tiles make a cracking sound when you walk on them, which is true, but it never bothered us. Good luck with your garage.
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Instead of tiles, commercial-grade sheet flooring might be a consideration. Something akin to this perhaps:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-Co...gs-and-reviews

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We bought garage floor tile from Costco - the MotoFloor

https://www.costco.com/garage-flooring.html
BTW, these ties at Costco, MotoFloor, are the same as Race Deck, just banded for Costco. They are made in the USA, so I feel good about buying those and supporting a US company. Out of Utah I believe.

Many car forums discuss and so far none have any negatives to say. I think those on forums like that tend to be particular about their garages and cars, so that bodes well. In 2007 Costco had these on sale for $10 a box MORE than they are on sale for today.
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