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Unread 02-04-2011, 10:49 AM   #1
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Tile Floor...Garage

Hello everyone! Just ran across your forum and I am looking to install ceramic/porcelain tiles in my garage. I store a car in there and want to keep the look of a finished room with the ability to store and work on my car alive! (Man Land)! I live in the Boston MA area so temperatures fluctuate often. Has anyone done this in the past with good results? Would you be so kind as to share your thoughts with me. Paint is an option but not one I want. I got this idea from a car dealer while attending a car show....their bay floors were done in tile......a great idea!!! Thank you all in advance!!! Jim
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Unread 02-04-2011, 11:03 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Jim.

Tiling is done successfully in garages and car showroom floors fairly often. But you're asking such a wide question, I'm wondering what you're asking? Are you asking about prep, setting materials, grouting materials, movement joint accomodation, or something else I'm not mentioning?
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Unread 02-04-2011, 08:37 PM   #3
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Thank you Bubba! Basically I'm just wondering which tiles are better to use, porcelain or ceramic? I'm concerned about them cracking if the concrete decides to crack or shift and will temperature fluctuations affect them in any way (expansion)? I plan to use a darker, textured tile with a darker grout...something to disguise dirt. I hope this describes my concerns in a better way. I have tiled some floors and walls in the past with a friend but I'm not experienced enough to answer my own questions. Thanks again....I appreciate your time...Jim
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Hi Jim, welcome! A porcelain tile would be fine with a good modified thinset. I hope you aren't planning on driving in and out when there is snow. Reason I say this is with snow on the tires will most likely slide on the tile when you apply the brakes like driving on ice.
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Yeah, like Musky, I'd choose porcelain. But it won't really matter much what tile you have down if the slab cracks...if it cracks and you don't have a membrane laid down, the tile is likely to crack as well. If cracks are a concern to you, then laying down a sheep membrane that's specifically designed to isolate the tile from cracks in a slab is a good idea. NobleSeal CIS (scroll 2/3rds the way down the page) is perfect for this type of application.

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...then laying down a sheep membrane that's...
Awww, geeez! Now we're fixin' to git complaints again from the

C'mon, Goldstein, say what you mean here.
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What? Is that baa-aa-aa-aa-ad?

I thought NobleSeal CIS stood for "Crack Isolation Sheep".






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