Garage floor tiles are tiles specifically designed for home garage flooring applications. They can withstand large rollover weight and will easily support large vehicles such as SUV’s, trucks or regular cars. There are many types of garage floor tiles on the market, but the best type is the interlocking garage floor tile made from a high-impact polymer material (high-impact plastic tiles). This type of tiles interlock using a loop-to-peg system. When properly designed, the locking mechanism will not come apart when a vehicle is driven on top of it. The characteristics of the components make the tiles resistant to grease, oils, gasoline and other chemicals commonly found in a garage. They are easy to clean using a sponge mop with water or a degreaser. And best of all, they are DIY (“do it yourself”), which allows you to save money on installation. When used for their intended purpose, these garage tiles can last 15 plus years.
Below are other descriptions of other types of garage floor tiles on the market that are not ideal for a home garage. Yes, you can still use them; but you should be aware of their drawbacks and potential issues.
Self-stick (glue down) garage floor tiles – These tiles are easy to install but the biggest problem with them is that they will tend to shift over time when a vehicle is parked on top of them. Because they are glued down, it is not possible to adjust the entire floor to compensate for the damaged or shifted section. Also, once you lay them on the floor they become a permanent fixture of your garage. Because of this problem, not many companies market them in order avoid the potential returns. For the same reason, ModuTile does NOT sell this type of garage tile.
Flexible PVC or Rubber Interlocking Garage Floor Tiles – These tiles will actually perform okay in a garage. However, they tend to get scuffed from car tires. Once they are scuffed, they do not clean easily and most of the time they are permanently marked. If your objective is to protect the concrete garage floor, then they are perfectly acceptable. They are easily installed and the structure will last 20 plus years. The biggest advantage of these tiles is that they can support a tremendous amount of weight. Because of this, they are commonly used in commercial warehouses, airplane hangars or places where a forklift is used. This type of tile is also ideal for home gym flooring or even commercial gyms. They tend to be more expensive than other types of garage floor tiles; but if the application calls for it, the price is easily justified. Yes, ModuTile manufactures and sell these rubber interlocking garage floor tiles, but would not recommend them for a home garage floor.