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This is some sexy garage flooring — ok, the hunk of Ferrari may be influencing us a bit, but the ribbed polypropylene tile floors do look cool.  We wonder how practical they are in real life, though.

We tend to lean towards solid tiles, but the slotted variety just looks cooler.  Whether you go for solid or ribbed, these non-fading tiles can withstand a bunch of weight rolling over them, and they boast resistance to oil and auto chemicals, so you’re covered there.  But how do you keep the slotted kind from collecting all manner of nastiness? The best option we can think of is hosing them down, but that much water in the garage doesn’t really make us happy either.

What do you think?  Are the slotted tiles only practical for a cleaner garage, or is there a super-easy way to get these bad boys clean?  Let us know in comments.

Ribbed Garage Flooring [Car Guys Garage]
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10 Responses to Ribbed Garage Flooring

  1. BC says:

    I can’t see putting those down in my garage. The guy who has a car like that would spend at least as much as the car is worth on a space to put the car. I’ll put money on it that there’s absolutely no actual work done in that garage.

  2. KMR says:

    It would be a nightmare to clean that floor after a spill… either liquid or something gritty (glass beads for blasting by example).

  3. Ben76 says:

    Yeah KMR nailed it. Impossible to clean = FAIL

  4. Jude says:

    Well I installed these tiles this past summer. The reason I went with the “free-flow” tiles is noise. The solid tiles echo your footsteps as you walk while the ribbed don’t.

    They’re very easy to clean. I primarily use my garage for woodworking and a good wet/dry vacuum does the trick.

    Another benefit for the “free-flow” tiles is the color gradiation depending on the angle you’re looking at the floor, plus its harder to see the seems.

    I definitely recommend them! Only downside is when the contact point, for a leg as an example, is small and the object is heavy you may need to add a block off wood or you’ll create a depression in the floor.

    I love it and all of my neighbors wish they had it!

  5. river1 says:

    the reason i went with epoxy over tiles is do to the cleaning difficulty. i would think that if you spilled some liquid on tiles like that, the liquid WILL leak through and get under the tiles. the epoxy i went with was from Griots Garage.

    http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/in+your+garage/garage+flooring/gray+floor+paint%2C+1+gallon.do

    it’s been down for over 14 years and when i put mop to it (once a year or so) it still looks great.

    i have NO connection to Griots other then loving their floor epoxy.

    later jim

  6. Andy says:

    We installed some of these in a part of our shop (the exact model pictured). They are awful. We have a whiteboard with a running list of complaints about them. Some complaints

    – Difficult to sweep out leaves
    – Small parts get trapped under the tiles
    – They crush under jack stands/ heavy things
    – Spills cannot be cleaned up
    – Build up static (dangerous because they are around some of our flammable cabinets).
    – They get dirty and are impossible to clean (we have had ours for about 8 months, and they are pretty trashed)

    We’ve got some kind of epoxy based covering in the rest of the shop (no idea who did it) and it works pretty good, much better than the linoleum floor tiles in the other part of the shop.

  7. Jim German says:

    I was reading Roundel this month that Ceramic tile is the best option for a garage floor. Anyone have thoughts on that? Seems like it would be hard to work on, and the tiles would get cracked from having tools dropped on them and the like.

  8. KMR says:

    My next shop will have polished concrete, stained (if the concrete isn’t new) and sealed.

    Epoxy, no matter who you get it from doesn’t seem to last more than 10 years in high trafficed areas. Spot repairs never to be as durable as the fresh coat. My local WholeFoods market has exactly the type of concrete finish I want.

    Ceramic tile is great, unless you drop stuff. One of my customers had his garage ceramic tiled, looks great, but he always has to lay down plywood first (under jack and jackstands) before he wants to jack up his cars. Auto liquid spills are going to stain the grout.

  9. superbryant says:

    it would be so cool to have a Ferrari parked in my garage……pretty sweet flooring as well though…lol

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