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Snap together flooring
Floor with checker pattern on it
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By alternating tile patterns, as in
this Diamond-Trax floor, you can
create an unlimited variety of floor

Snap together flooring

Interlocking tiles

Offering good cushioning, a variety of styles and surfaces, and a large selection of colors and patterns, these tiles, right, provide the most pattern options.

The tiles come in different types, including solid, perforated, and even drain tiles, and have embossed surface patterns for good traction and durability. The most common tiles measure 12x12" and 24x24", with intermediate sizes also available. So you may need to trim tiles around obstacles. Most systems include beveled attachable outside pieces to improve the transition between tiled and non-tiled areas.

One benefit of tiles that paints and roll materials don't have is breathability. The seam around each tile allows a bit of air circulation, and perforated tiles offer even more air movement--a boon to garage floors prone to dampness.

Because they simply snap together, homeowners can design a three-color pattern and install the tiles with no experience. (Race Deck shows several options at When there are a lot of cracks in a concrete floor--too many for epoxy or paint to hide--tiles make great alternatives.

Tiles offer one additional benefit: Should you move to a new home, or simply want to try a new color pattern or tile arrangement, they can be unsnapped and rearranged, or easily removed altogether for installation elsewhere. Expect to pay $2.25-$5.50/sq. ft. for tile materials.

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Comments (11)
FlashGordo wrote:

I used an epoxy floor paint on my shop and it all came up. Went through the whole clean till you could eat off it. Repeated and did the same thing. A friend that puts up buildings told me that if they didn't put down plastic before pouring concrete, no paint would ever stick. The topic didn't come up when we were planning the shop and I guess they didn't. Just stuck with an ugly floor.

1/14/2016 02:24:20 PM Report Abuse
bomstadmk wrote:

I live in the north where winter-time means somewhat unavoidable salt/sand dripping from my vehicles. How do each hold up to this environment?

6/2/2015 08:04:11 AM Report Abuse
Bitter1095 wrote:

I was told that newly poured concrete should cure for about 60 days before applying an epoxy coat. But considering that the Hoover Dam is still curing, I'm planning on waiting about 6 months.

5/28/2015 12:00:26 PM Report Abuse
arlenewendell wrote:

The floor looks very elegant.

3/18/2014 06:16:33 AM Report Abuse
claysoules wrote:

A question about the epoxy systems: How long must newly poured concrete cure before applying the epoxy?

1/19/2012 04:25:23 PM Report Abuse
pfruehan wrote:

I installed the Dricore floor in my garage last fall. It not only makes the concrete easier on the back, but if i drop a board, it is somewhat forgiving. Also, the air space underneath provides a layer of warmth in the winter. They are very easy to install and cut.

8/6/2011 02:52:58 PM Report Abuse
Jeff.mcnulty wrote:

I'm thinking of a cheap laminent .60 to .80 cents a sq/ft. Any pros/cons?

8/5/2011 11:27:27 PM Report Abuse
Toolen wrote:

There is no better floor surface for a shop (concrete floor) than the polyaspartic based products offered by Alternative Surfaces Co. I recently had my 700 sq ft shop floor done and it is beautiful, durable easy to clean. Concrete surface is machine ground and smoothed before the products are applied. Cost is about $2.75-$3.00 sq ft. and is guaranteed for a lifetime. Only problem is I can not see saw dust on the floor because of the color I chose. Check it out at

8/4/2011 03:44:57 PM Report Abuse
reggiek wrote:

I use the Horse stall mats for my shop floor...they insulate well and are stiff enough to vacuum and to roll even the heaviest tool on. My shop is not large enough (who's is?) for my tools to all have a permanent most are on wheeled carts or have casters.

8/4/2011 02:57:26 PM Report Abuse
abbottf1467762 wrote:

I had them and sent them back to the barn. Since they were not attached to the floor they would shift and leave spaces that would impede tool stand wheels. If you attach them permanently to the floor, that are comfortable and rubber tools wheels did roll well on them.

8/4/2011 10:44:15 AM Report Abuse
endixon1 wrote:

I've been thinking horse stall mats might work well. Mini test indicated table saw wheels still worked. Anyone else? D2

8/4/2011 09:58:13 AM Report Abuse

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