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Old 03-02-2011, 11:39 AM   #1
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Hello all. I have a question that has probably been asked a million times. What do you recommend for installing porcelean tile over a concrete garage in Southern California?

My garage was poured in 1995. It measures 28x36 ft. It has one saw cut joint bisecting the garage. There are a few hairline cracks with no separation. I have about two dozen bolts that were shot into the floor that I need to cut off, from walls that I removed.

I recently purchased some "seconds" 20x20 porcelean tiles. I am trying to decide if I should just lay them on the concrete with crack isolation over the joints and cracks or should I use a full coverage barrier. I've heard people on the net recommend ditra. Some local folks recommend NobleSeal.

This is a garage and I'm baulking a bit at the price of full coverage NobleSeal after pricing out NobleBond Primer, NobleSeal CIS, and NobleSealant 150 for full coverage. At the same time, I don't want cracks and cutting corners is almost never the long term economical solution.

I'm also wondering what a good tile transition is for the garage entrance.

What do folks recommend?

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Old 03-02-2011, 01:06 PM   #2
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Just curious, what will the garage be used for?

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When you go back to vehicles, that will be extremely slick if it gets water or oil on it.
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My car has inexpensive ceramic tile in it. It has held up to jacks, tools, and a recent engine swap without any issues at all. It's rated for public use and is not slippery when wet, like high-glaze bathroom tiles might be. It was .59/sf and I installed it myself. There is no underlayment, and my old slab dates back to 1925. I double-buttered the thinset and used ordinary grout in a darker color in case oil might stain them. I've had it for years now, and I have no complaints at all.







What you can't see in this last picture is the 500# engine perched on a floor jack being rolled across the tile.

I drop lots of tools on it. Oil and other fluids wipe right off with a paper towel or rag. The only thing I have to think about protecting it from is welding slag.

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I hired a guy yesterday. He is starting tomorrow. Garage isn't very planar, he is going to float it. Anything I should watch for? Crack isolation goes down before any floating right?

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