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Unread 04-11-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Question Porcelain or other type of tile for garage?

I'm now about ready to do something to the garage floor I've built. The garage is to be used for my various hobbies which includes working on cars. In other words it's not a show car garage. It will have a lift and is heated and air conditioned.

The concrete is quite level, it was power trowelled so it pretty smooth. No curing compounds or sealers were used. I have considered using an epoxy but I it's not my first choice for lots of reasons.

I don't think there will be any adhesion problems. I put down 12" x12" porcelain tiles that are 3/8" thick in the bathroom and they don't seem like they are going anywhere.

Not sure if there is a special tile to use in garage that is stronger, thicker or whatever. Any advice is appreciated.
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Unread 04-11-2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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A through-body porcelain with a PEI of 4 or 5 and a reasonable COF when wet should work fine. You may want to consider an epoxy grout, or use a grey grout, since it is likely to take on that color anyways otherwise. Whlie tile is brittle, if it is supported properly it will stand up to the car or whatever parked or placed there as long as it is a decent floor tile. Just watch out for the coefficient of friction, probably both wet and dry.
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Unread 04-11-2008, 05:21 PM   #3
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What I used for the bathroom and sink area was Daltile which was made in Itlay, it is through bodied. I don't know adhesion rating or coa when wet but it's not perfectly smooth. I also have porcelain in a bathroom and it's not to bad when wet either. I used black grout for sink since I figured it would get black sooner rather than later, see photo.
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