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Unread 12-23-2010, 08:29 AM   #1
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Slate tile on garage floor

Hello everyone, I hope that someone can guide me on my quest for an outstanding garage. I intend to put slate on my garage floor. It is my understanding that it is used in outdoor applications such as walkway wrap around driveway etc. There has been some debate as to whether or not the slate can withstand the weight of a vehicle. I hope this is not the case. I really want to do something beyond the norm and i believe slate will take me there. Any advice on this matter would be great. Thanks in advance.
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Unread 12-23-2010, 08:34 AM   #2
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Hi Martin, welcome! I would recommend using a look a like slate in a porcelain. Depending on where you live, if you get salt on your car it could affect the slate when it melts off.
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Welcome, Martin.

Not sure just how a normal person would get salt on his car. MMike is presuming everyone else lives above the arctic circle like he and his fishin' buddies.

But even in the real world I don't think slate would be a good surface for a garage floor. Bare concrete is difficult enough for folks who try to keep their garage clean and I'd think slate would be borderline impossible.

Being able to support the vehicle is not really an issue, at least not until the slate starts to melt and chip away, which I think is pretty likely to happen. The quality of the slate would determine just how long that might take.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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I agree that actual slate is not a good idea in a garage.

Like Musky said, a look-a-like in porcelain would be much more suitable. And properly installed, tile will handle the weight of a vehicle just fine.
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