Installing The Tile Floor
Begin installing at the Front of Garage (door)
- Tiles must be conditioned at room temperature (72° F or higher) for a period of 48 hours prior to installation. It is best practice to put the tiles that will be placed at the front of the garage in the direct sunlight for a period of time prior to installation to allow the tiles to expand. This is extremely important if they will be exposed to direct sunlight when the garage door is open.
- Standing outside your garage looking in, start at the front left side of the garage.
- Install an edge on each of the tiles at the front of the garage. You want the edge to fall just before the garage door seal. Close your garage door and butt the tile with the edge up to the door. The edges should sit behind the closed door. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND STARTING WITH A FEMALE EDGE.
- Set the first tile down, taking care to place the smoother side left and down towards you and the garage door opening. Place the next tile to the right of that, keeping all tiles oriented the same. A tap with the palm of your hand, or stepping on the tile should lock the tile tightly. You can make a quick walk over all seams to ensure all tiles are securely engaged.
- A minimum expansion gap of ½” should be left at the walls and any other obstacle such as beams, cabinets and heavy equipment. Tiles should be laid around heavy equipment and not under them to allow for expansion and contraction.
- Continue working towards the right making sure to leave a ½” gap at the walls (both left and right side of garage as well as the back wall).
- We suggest saving all your cuts for last and doing all cuts at the same time. All tile products can be cut with the use of a wood cutting saw such as a Circular Saw, Jig Saw, Table Saw or even a hand saw for detailed areas.
- Synthetic landscape fabric make great underlayment. It is widely available and deadens the hollow noise that happens in some garages.