After much “umming and arring” I’ve finally got around to fitting PVC garage floor tiles. Although the concrete garage base was relatively new, it was a little rough, slightly rippled and I didn’t feel confident manouvering the bikes around on a wheeled stand. I’m also hoping that the tiles will help to insulate the garage.
After searching online I decided on PVC tiles from the aptly named Garage Floor Tile Company. These are solid PVC, 7mm thick interlocking tiles available in blue, black, red and charcoal. Following a quick response from my online request for samples and further information I placed an order for a garage bundle of black and charcoal tiles complete with ramps. Delivery was several days later on a pallet.
The tiles were left to acclimatise in the garage for 24 hours before installation. If possible installation should be above a temperature of 15ºC. Installation was easy, starting with the ramps at the door and proceeding in a pyramid fashion. I was able to press the interlocking tiles together easily, finishing off with a rubber mallet.
A jigsaw or utility knife with a concave blade are recommended for cutting the tiles. I couldn’t get the hang of cutting the tiles using a utility knife and felt I was a danger to myself! I wasn’t happy with the jigsaw results either. I got much better results using a fine toothed tenon saw.
It took me two days to lay the tiles. This would have been much quicker if the garage was empty. Instead I had to shuffle the cabinets and bench around as I progressed along the garage. I cursed that I’d fitted a Mammoth ground anchor a few months previously. This meant I had to mark out and carefully jigsaw a hole in a tile. I purposely cut the hole slightly undersize and shaved the inner edge by small amounts using a utility knife until it fitted neatly. This took some patience and needless to say it would have been much easier if I’d laid the tiles first and fitted the anchor directly on top of the tile.
The end result? Well theres currently a heat wave so it will be some time before I can reach any conclusion about the insulating properties! The garage looks tidier, feels much better underfoot and the stands roll smoothly over the new surface. Anything on the floor is much easier see – handy when looking for those dropped nuts and bolts. A side stand will initially leave an indentation in a tile but this will recover and disappear an hour or two after moving the bike. I’ve found it’s best to use a puck or a tile offcut under the stand to avoid marking the tiles.