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Does anyone have experience with garage flooring tiles, like Racedeck?

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I installed Swisstrax, looks great, installation is easy. Only downside I live in Canada and this stuff expands and contract a fair bit with our wild temperature swings. I have solved the problem now by insulating and heating the garage so temperature is constant.
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I had epoxy coating put on my garage floor-looks great and nothing sticks to it...


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What did you use? I'm wandering down the 2-part epoxy road as well, and was hoping for someone with personal experience!



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My old man put a polyester coating on his garage floor and several people slipped and hurt their ankles over the years. Oil spills etc., were a cinch to wipe up OTOH...
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I used drylok for the garage. It looks great and went on smooth enough. I wish I had enough to do the entire garage, it looked like a smooth gray epoxy.


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When I purchased my home coming up on 10 years ago, a previous owner had put epoxy paint on the garage floor... It wasn't bad, but was aging and going to be difficult to eventually scrape and re-apply as it had not been maintained well. Being a neat freak, as well as being out diddling with my cars nearly every day, a couple years back I bit the bullet and installed RaceDeck tiles in my garage. I created a custom design for the floor that IMHO gives it a bit of pop for those that look at such detail as myself, ordered the tiles online, and had them less than 2 weeks later from SLC. Installation by myself took less than half a day.

My design includes multiple colors outlining the parking position of when I use my 3-car garage for 2 or 3 vehicles. I have Racedeck tire stops built into the right places for my vehicles so I can feel the slight bump as I pull in, knowing where my car should be each time. I used "flow-through" tiles in the positions where my tires typically sit which helps when they are wet, putting the water down under the flooring (tiles are physically designed such that water can flow under the tiles and out of the garage if there was ever enough, which there won't be in sunny SoCal). Maintenance is simple -- a quick sweep, and occasional vacuum with my shop vac around the edges and in those "drip through" tiles to pick up whatever I swept in there by accident. I can easily use a damp towel to pick up any puddles or drips, no different than one would on say a laundry room laminate floor. There are ZERO marks on my flooring like I said after 2 years. There is a bit of "clack clack" sound when you walk on the flooring, but it's not bad -- just different than the silence of having paint-only on the floor before. I don't even think about that any more. The only challenge I've encountered is the whole floor has slipped just a bit on the side where my SLK is -- I installed it a bit too close to the wall there and should have left a little more room on this free floating floor system that DOES expand ever-so-slightly in the summer when it's very hot and I have the garage doors open with the sun beating on it. It does not help that I need to turn my wheels a bit as I enter the garage on that side with my super-wide SLK. That is my only disappointment, and I say that is because of me, not the product. I highly recommend Racedeck for anyone that has the bucks, is a clean freak, and wants their garage to look like a showroom floor. I'd do it again without hesitation.

PHOTOS -- Everyone always wants some. You can get a bit of the effect of this wall-to-wall floor with a before-and-after. Look close under my previous SC430 at the original floor with the epoxy coating, then at the version I took a few months ago where my SLK now resides.

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If you're really into the look, you could always do stained concrete.


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I used an epoxy floor covering that I did myself about 3 years ago, it looked great going down and when it was first finished, but hasn't held up. It's flaking a decent amount, especially where the tires come to rest. I've actually got a flooring company coming out in the next week or so to talk with me about other solutions. The epoxy did look great though initially, until stuff like cars started rolling in on it! LOL It wears worse where the tires come to rest, because of my drive, I immediately start turning on backing out from my slot. I think that turning the wheel without motion was too much for the epoxy to deal with.
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The garage is one of the next projects on our list for our home, both floor and cabinetry. In my last few homes, I simply went down to the carpet store and chose a good indoor/outdoor carpet that was glued directly to the concrete. It works well as it staves off the cold from the concrete, looks rather "in-door", can be hosed off if necessary but vacuums quite nicely! But the wifey does also like the looks of these garage floor paints and it is really helpful to read your reviews (and failures) of these products.

As many of you know, I am in the outdoor furniture business. When I was in Chicago at a show last September, one of my manufactures introduced a new type of tile that looked really nice and is easy to install as it just sort of links together like pieces of a puzzle. Intended to be placed over outdoor decks or on path ways in your garden, I asked if it could take the weight of a car and be used in a garage and the answer was "YES".

It came in sever patterns, a "synthetic" dark wood, a "real" natural stone, an astro turf, and one tile intended as a border was extremely cool which was a black rubber with an led light inside (something similar to what would be used at an airport on a runway to light the edges)! I believe these were 14" tiles. They will not be available until spring of 2014. But I am thinking of using these. If there is any interest I will get you guys the information when they are officially available.
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I have Armstrong Cushioned RhinoFloor on mine - I believe they're an American company who also manufacture throughout the rest of the world. The dad of a friend of mine used to work for them in NE England, and I acquired 2 large 'roll-ends' which I fitted to my 'large' (by UK, not US terms!! ) double garage.

Good point is over concrete, they are a warm, clean, dust free finish, good to kneel/lie on.

Bad points are under the bikes they can 'ruck up/tear', under the car, it seems like something 'leaches' from the tyres, into the flooring, and stains the covering a dark brown.

Bottom line, although I like the vinyl/synthetic rubber tiles, which look superb, the RhinoFlooring is a quick & easy fix, and I really don't have major problems with it.






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The garage is one of the next projects on our list for our home, both floor and cabinetry. In my last few homes, I simply went down to the carpet store and chose a good indoor/outdoor carpet that was glued directly to the concrete. It works well as it staves off the cold from the concrete, looks rather "in-door", can be hosed off if necessary but vacuums quite nicely! But the wifey does also like the looks of these garage floor paints and it is really helpful to read your reviews (and failures) of these products.

As many of you know, I am in the outdoor furniture business. When I was in Chicago at a show last September, one of my manufactures introduced a new type of tile that looked really nice and is easy to install as it just sort of links together like pieces of a puzzle. Intended to be placed over outdoor decks or on path ways in your garden, I asked if it could take the weight of a car and be used in a garage and the answer was "YES".

It came in sever patterns, a "synthetic" dark wood, a "real" natural stone, an astro turf, and one tile intended as a border was extremely cool which was a black rubber with an led light inside (something similar to what would be used at an airport on a runway to light the edges)! I believe these were 14" tiles. They will not be available until spring of 2014. But I am thinking of using these. If there is any interest I will get you guys the information when they are officially available.
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as soon as its available I will get you the information. Actually the company is out of Southern Cal do having it drop shipped to you should be no problem. Maybe I can even get you some samples first.

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Count me as interested as well Steve.



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as soon as its available I will get you the information. Actually the company is out of Southern Cal do having it drop shipped to you should be no problem. Maybe I can even get you some samples first.
Let me know or PM if they need more information to where to ship the samples, etc.
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What did you use? I'm wandering down the 2-part epoxy road as well, and was hoping for someone with personal experience!
the company was called Slide Lok-they put in cabinets and the coating as a pkg deal…don't recall the cost..its several yrs old...


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Definitely interested in the outdoor decking!! I'm also planning a roof top deck where they may be a good fit. Thanks for all the responses.
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Good deal guys. I liked the idea of the led tiles to mark the spaces in our garage at night time when you pull in. As soon as they are ready I will let y'all know.
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