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Old 01-19-2017, 10:51 PM   #1
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New garage flooring


We went with porcelain tile.



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Old 01-20-2017, 06:57 AM   #2
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Looks great. I am guessing you aren't doing much work with a floor jack or anything else that is even remotely impact sensitive?
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Old 01-20-2017, 11:45 AM   #3
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Thanks WoW,
From my research, some people have had porcelain tile in their garage for years. They do mechanic work, welding, there's even a video from a guy sledgehammering his CERAMIC tile garage floor, without issues. As long as they're properly installed, porcelain tiles should last forever. And even if some break, they can be replaced
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Looks great. I think these will become more and more popular. Please post a photo of how you handled the edge where it meets the driveway.
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I'm not sure how you use your garage... I too would be worried about impack type cracking....

What did you use for grout.... epoxy?

But, sure looks nice... (Hope my wife does not see a pic of your garage.)

Did you have any leveling issues....garage floors are often are wavy.

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Looks great. I think these will become more and more popular. Please post a photo of how you handled the edge where it meets the driveway.
We used a Schluter ramp

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I'm not sure how you use your garage... I too would be worried about impack type cracking....

What did you use for grout.... epoxy?

But, sure looks nice... (Hope my wife does not see a pic of your garage.)

Did you have any leveling issues....garage floors are often are wavy.

Good going
Thanks MTN, I did a ton of research. What I learned was that those who have used porcelain tile in their garage are very glad they did. Many of them do a lot of mechanic, welding and other types of jobs. As long as you back butter and get complete thinset coverage under the tile, you should be OK.

Check out this video:

We used regular grout, but sealed it twice. I'm not too worried about having to fix it at some point later on. We've used epoxy grout before and I didn't want to deal with the extra cleaning it requires.

This floor was pretty flat, not perfectly flat, but flat enough for me to decide not to fill up or grind down any spots.
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Wow that looks fantastic!

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Is the purpose of the ramp to prevent tiles from breaking as you drive up over the edge if there was no ramp?

I find it hard to believe that a car or truck tire would break the tile, but maybe I'm wrong.

Would a bullnose or a chamfer on the edge take care of it, or is a ramp absolutely necessary?
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Thanks WoW,
From my research, some people have had porcelain tile in their garage for years. They do mechanic work, welding, there's even a video from a guy sledgehammering his CERAMIC tile garage floor, without issues. As long as they're properly installed, porcelain tiles should last forever. And even if some break, they can be replaced

" video from a guy sledgehammering his CERAMIC tile garage floor, without issues. As long as they're properly installed, "


I'd like to see that video, can you post it?
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I think that is what post 7 is
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I think that is what post 7 is

You can see a chip flying on second 4!

Ceramic tiles on garages (it's common where I'm from) works very well and will not crack or break at all is the subfloor is good.

It will absolutely chip though if you hit with a hammer like the video or use a floor jack without some plywood for protection.

Other than that minimal care, it is easy to clean and looks spotless for a long time.
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Is the purpose of the ramp to prevent tiles from breaking as you drive up over the edge if there was no ramp?

I find it hard to believe that a car or truck tire would break the tile, but maybe I'm wrong.

Would a bullnose or a chamfer on the edge take care of it, or is a ramp absolutely necessary?
It is not absolutely necessary, I'm sure there are other options.

The ramp does make it easier if you are rolling heavy tool boxes or any other stuff in and out of the garage.
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Absolutely love the look and looks very well done. My worry (with mine at least) about cracks that occur from settling. I can envision needing to grind the floor along the crack lines too make it flat enough so as to keep the tiles level. After that, will slight movement then cause the tile to crack along the lines.

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