Using Tiles in a Garage

Looking around the garages where I live, it seems that rather than being used for cars, they serve as overflow storage units’ for household items. Admittedly, this might have something to do with cramped London dwellings and the fact that public transport is readily available. The strange thing is that, to me personally, it would then (when using it for household items) make even more sense to create an interior that is clean and ordered. I wouldn’t go as far as call it ‘inviting’, after all, a garage is still a garage, but to at least make it look a little more like an actual room with shelving, painted walls and clean floors. Come to think of it, whether you use your garage for storage of household goods, bikes, scooters or an actual car, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t look a little better than a neglected box made of bricks – or an oversized shed.

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One of the things to consider then is to tile the floor. A tiled floor will give your garage a cleaner and sleeker look and brighten it up. Unlike tiling your kitchen or bathroom floor though, there are a few points to consider which will differ from simple, domestic tiling. After all, even the smallest car weights several times more than the average person and the overall use of the floor will be affected by this and the tyres.

This then brings me to the first point: the tiles need to be of sufficient strength to support the movement of the car. Porcelain tiles are the ideal option as they’re durable and impact resistant even under a heavy load. Another advantage is that porcelain is very dense which means they’re fairly stain and moisture resistant.

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Since most garages tend to be unheated and somewhat more exposed to the elements than our kitchens, tiles should be frost-proof and anti-slip. Again, it’s porcelain that comes out on top on these subjects as it will sustain the low temperatures and the right tiles are no more slippery than concrete. Check the Anti-Slip Rating of the tiles you’re looking to use and, if in doubt, speak to an expert about which tiles to use.

Depending on the size of the garage and whether it is used in a domestic or commercial capacity, you will have to consider the installation of movement joints. This is especially important if the area is larger than 8-10 meters in each direction.

A full bed of adhesive like Mapei Keraquick should be applied for tiles up to 60x60cm whilst tiles that are larger than that should be fixed with the adhesive mixed with Mapei Latex Plus.

As with any tiling (or painting, for that matter) job, you will need to make sure that the underlying surface is suitable, as well as clean, free from oil, dirt, wax and other substances. If you are in any doubt about the surface or any other aspects, make sure you consult an expert to avoid any costly mistakes.

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I hope these tips will help and give you a little guidance for your garage renovations and you will soon be able to enjoy it as a bright and useful space.

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Originally from Paris, Carole previously lived in Germany and settled in London in 2009. Initially aspiring to become an interior designer, Carole soon discovered that she hated drawing floor plans, but loved putting the finishing touches in after the main build was done. Since then, she’s never looked back and has eked out a career as an in-demand interiors stylist here in the UK.