If you live in a snowy climate, you are well aware of dealing with snow, mud, and road salts. Your car dumps these on your floor daily, creating a dirty mess that gets dragged into your home.
Winter Garage Problem Solved:
The folks at RaceDeck pioneered the the modular garage flooring industry decades ago and offer a vast lineup of garage tiles for virtually every application. RaceDeck has created a garage flooring, called Free-Flow®, engineered specifically for harsh winter garage and other wet environments.
Free-Flow’s patented design is a self-draining open rib and fully channeled understructure which allows for drainage and air circulation. Now when you pull your car in and nasty road slop falls from your car, you no longer come out the next day to see dirty droppings on your floor. Many RaceDeck customers refer to Free-Flow as “the self-cleaning garage floor”.
With over 90 million 2+ car home garages in the U.S.A., more and more people are looking create a cool custom space in their home. One of the first decisions in customizing your garage starts with the floor. There are many flooring options on the market, including paints, epoxy, sealers, concrete stains, rubber mats, VCT tile and interlocking modular garage flooring. So, what is a homeowner’s best option?
Let’s look at what your garage floor needs to stand up to. The garage environment is very harsh with exposure to chemicals, petroleum products, hot tires, heavy equipment, concrete leaching moisture that causes mold and mildew, and many other factors to consider.
Let’s look at some of the garage flooring options:
Paints and Epoxy Coatings
There are many options on the market which require extensive concrete prep in order to apply, taking numerous days. In many cases, even with proper floor preparation, these toxic coatings can fail due to a vapor barrier breach beneath your concrete slab, causing moisture to leach up and blister your coatings. Other issues are hot tires staining and peeling up your coatings and the difficulty with trying to patch your floor in failed areas.
The first noticeable issue is the odor of rubber in your garage and home. Rubber mats are not the ideal choice for garage floor as you cannot roll heavy objects across them (which causes the floor to buckle) and they trap moisture underneath, creating odor-causing mold and mildew issues.
These are the inexpensive peel-and-stick tiles you see at the big box hardware stores. It is very difficult to get these to permanently stick to a garage floor, and thermal expansion can cause them to ‘pop’ out. VCT tiles also do not react well to chemicals or petroleum products, causing them to stain heavily.
Interlocking Modular Garage Flooring
This style of garage flooring was brought to the market in the 90’s by a company called RaceDeck, which today offers numerous patented styles to choose from. RaceDeck interlocking garage floors are a full-suspension modular garage flooring system that installs in just hours. The patented design makes for a tool-free, glue-free, and paint-free installation. Another great feature is RaceDeck’s full-suspension flooring that has a patented channeled understructure to allow air, moisture and liquids to flow freely, eliminating all moisture and mold issues. RaceDeck is proudly Made In The U.S.A., with quality and durability not found anywhere else.
Epoxy flooring and painted garage coatings
Coatings include floor paints, epoxy paint, stains, and sealers, all of which can emit toxic fumes. There are thousands of various coating options in the market with no clear leader. Properly applied coatings can protect against stains, road salts, some chemicals, and moisture penetration. But most coatings fail for several reasons, which include poor quality coatings, damp concrete, improper floor prep, hot tires, and breach in concrete vapor barrier (concrete is like a sponge where moisture migrates to the surface, causing blisters in your coatings). Another disadvantage of coatings is that they require days of meticulous floor prep. You will also need to repair cracks, holes, and other surface problems and then finally etch the concrete with muriatic acid to leave it completely clean and penetrable.
Modular Garage Floor Tiles
These are made of a durable high-impact copolymer that can handle very heavy vehicle loads. The industry leader in this segment is RaceDeck Garage Floors, the creators of the modular garage tile industry you see today. Garage tiles come in many different colors and styles, including open-rib versions that drain spills and wet road slop, eliminating mold and mildew issues. Solid top surfaces with tread patterns that are not only very high-tech looking but offer great slip resistance in slick areas. They’re easy to clean and are much more chemical-resistant than paints and epoxies. RaceDeck Garage Floors have a patented positive-locking system, which makes installation very easy and is the best option for the DIY customer. Typical installation for modular garage flooring in a residential two car garage is under three hours.
RaceDeck’s advantages over Epoxy Flooring:
- 15 year limited warranty
- Installed in under a day
- Easy to remove and transport
- Easy D.I.Y. installation
- Slip resistant when wet
- Doesn’t require shot-blasting, acid-washing, or surface prep
- No Toxic Fumes
- Easy to repair if damaged
- Will not crack if concrete cracks
Creating a custom home garage has become hugely popular over the last decade, with homeowners going from the mild to the wildest garage themes. One of the first places to start your custom garage project is with the flooring. There are a lot of options out there such as paints and epoxies, which are very difficult to apply and often require an enormous amount of surface prep. Even then, most floors chip, stain, and blister over time. The most popular garage flooring choice is modular garage flooring, due to the ease of installation and durability.
The leader and creator of the modular garage flooring industry is RaceDeck®, a family-owned company that manufactures in Salt Lake City, Utah. RaceDeck garage floors are manufactured in their certified ISO quality facility and encompass over 25 patents throughout their flooring lineup.
What makes modular garage flooring and RaceDeck in particular the best choice for the residential garage floor market?
- Easy DIY install – Easy-to-install patented positive locking system snaps together without toxic adhesives, paints or epoxy.
- No Need For Surface Prep – Unlike floor coatings, garage floor tiles can easily cover up cracks in your old stained concrete, saving you time and money.
- Made For The Harsh Garage Environment – RaceDeck garage floor tiles are made from the highest quality copolymers and tested to withstand extreme temperatures from 0 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Many Styles To Choose From – RaceDeck offers more styles and color options than all other competitors combined, making your design options virtually limitless.
- Built Tough – RaceDeck can handle the most extreme vehicle rolling loads, in excess of 80,000 lbs. RaceDeck resists petroleum products, antifreeze, and most household products. Will not fade, peel, crack or blister.
- Made In U.S.A. – Every RaceDeck garage tile is designed, engineered and manufactured in their ISO Quality Certified factory in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Fast Install – Typical installation of a two car garage floor takes just hours, not days as with paints and epoxy.
So what are you waiting for? Creating your own custom home garage is a Snap!
By popular demand, the new Sublime tile color is now available from RaceDeck®!
This new addition is a bright and vibrant green that will pack a punch in your next flooring design.
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