Snap together flooring
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 racedeck.com.) 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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