What is Modular Garage Flooring and why is it a great option for the home garage?
Modular garage flooring systems are comprised of resilient polypropene tiles that can simply be interlocked without the addition of messy glues or anchors. Installation is typically a DIY project completed by the homeowner and can be achieved in just a few hours. While modular flooring has been around for decades, modular flooring engineered for the garage was introduced in the late 90’s by RaceDeck (a USA SnapLock company). Over the last 20+ years, the modular flooring industry has become one of the most popular choices for the home garage improvement sector.
What sets modular flooring apart from epoxied or painted garage floors?
Prior to modular garage flooring, the most common choice for the home garage was paint or epoxy floor systems. High grade, high end options installed by a commercial contractor or cheaper DIY epoxy kits that are difficult to use and caustic to install by the homeowner. Both paint and epoxy applications require days of an empty garage, several layers, toxic fumes, and mess in the process–not ideal. Notable issues with epoxy floors are that they are easily stained, chipped or blistered from hot tires and once damaged, the entire floor must be redone. Over time, epoxy floors require a lot of maintenance and significant cost, not to mention that you can’t take them with you should you move.
Why has Modular Garage Flooring become the leading choice for the DIY home garage installation?
Modular Garage Floors are easy to install in just a couple of hours with no surface prep needed. No more of moving all your items out of the garage for days and having to deal with all of the toxic materials, fumes and dust.
Modular garage flooring is extremely durable, resisting petroleum products and household chemicals, and engineered to handle extreme rolling loads. If you happen to damage a modular garage tile, you can simply unsnap a single module and replace it in seconds. There are also countless colors and design options to create the coolest-looking garage floor.
Modular garage floors also prevent mold and mildew in the garage. Garages are not exactly the most hospitable environment: large thermal temp swings, rain and snow slop coming in from cars, and moisture that leaches up through concrete… all potentially creating mold and mildew issues. Since quality modular flooring is a suspension system where the understructure is channeled, it allows the liquids to flow freely and moisture to escape.
Cost is also a big reason modular garage floors are so popular. Your initial thought may be that epoxy may be close to same cost, but In the long run, epoxy can be highly exoensive. Not only are modular floors more durable, they will last many times longer than epoxy. And as a bonus, you can take the floor with you when you move and reuse again!
You’ll find that modular floor tiles offer great variety and versatility, and they won’t stain, fade, chip or develop mold. The ease and speed of installation is a tremendous upside!
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A garage is not something you typically associate with being a “great room” in your house. The garage is most often an area for clutter to gather.
The first step in transforming your garage into a show place is with the garage floor. DIY flooring is an easy and fast solution and RaceDeck Garage Floors is the company that invented the modular garage flooring industry. RaceDeck interlocks together with no tools, toxic epoxy mess or glues, installation is a “Snap!” The patented system makes for an easy DIY install that typically only takes a few hours to complete.
DIY flooring is the ideal solution for homeowners. RaceDeck Garage Floors are durable, stain-resistant and easy to DIY install. RaceDeck’s patented design is a full-suspension flooring that not only can handle rolling loads in excess of 80,000 lbs, but allows liquids and moisture to flow freely, eliminating common mold and odor-causing mildew in your garage. RaceDeck resists household chemicals and petroleum products, is stain resistant, and best of all, Made In The USA.
Visit our floor designer page once you come up with our design and choose from over 20 styles & colors. With this easy step, you can order your new garage floor factory direct from RaceDeck. Want some more garage inspiration before you order your design? Visit our photo gallery for pictures of real garages from RaceDeck customers near and far.
Before and After:
RaceDeck Smoked Oak™ Show Garage and Display flooring featured in the new product section of the March issue of the SEMA News magazine.
SEMA, which stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, consists of 6,383 companies worldwide. These companies include manufacturers, media, car dealers, retailers and more. The industry magazine goes out to over 18,000 professionals monthly and highlights new industry products, processes, and companies throughout the year.
RaceDeck Smoked Oak, available in 18″ and 36″ modules is the ideal way to display your vintage rods, muscle cars, and bikes. Portable for car exhibits and permanent for show garages, Smoked Oak is durable enough to handle whatever your traffic may be.
RaceDeck, a longtime member of the SEMA organization, exhibits yearly at the SEMA show in Las Vegas—arguably the largest industry trade show, bringing in over 60,000 domestic and international buyers!
As 2018 came to a close, the team at RaceDeck took some time to reflect on what a stellar year it has been.
To celebrate, we chose—and wow was it hard to choose—12 of our favorites to share with our followers. Our top garage submissions came from all over the country and showcased all kinds of garages: big, small, bright, neutral, renovated and new builds; and all kinds of cool cars: American Muscle, German machines, and vintage hot rods.
On December 31st, after many days deliberation, we crowned a winner: The 2018 RaceDeck Garage of the Year. No doubt each one of these is the coolest garage on their block! Thank you to everyone who entered, and congratulations to our Top 12 garage owners! Thanks to all of our customers for an incredible year, we can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!
View the Top 12 2018 Garage of the Year Submissions:
The 2018 Garage of the Year 12th runner up
The 2018 Garage of the Year 11th runner up
The 2018 Garage of the Year 10th runner up
Chevy Les a.k.a. Les Nunes. Les’ garage is floored with the original multi-patented RaceDeck Diamond in checker flag and stipe design with red, alloy, and graphite garage flooring tiles.
The 2018 Garage of the Year 9th runner up
Edwin Muller – Pennsylvania. Ed created his dream garage with our patented Free-Flow® Garage Flooring in alloy, graphite, and black.
The 2018 Garage of the Year 8th runner up
Doug Haroldsen – Chula Vista, CA. Doug’s garage has the original RaceDeck Diamond™ garage floor in alloy, black, and royal blue.
The 2018 Garage of the Year 7th runner up
The 2018 Garage of the Year 6th runner up
Chris Foresman – St. Augustine, FL. Chris designed his modern garage with RaceDeck Diamond Garage Flooring in alloy, black, graphite, sublime, and royal blue.
The 2018 Garage of the Year 5th runner up
Dub Harrison – Longview, Texas. Dub proves everything is bigger in Texas with his red and black checkered garage floor with graphite stripes in RaceDeck Diamond.
The 2018 Garage of the Year 4th runner up
Sammy Fathalla – Windham, NH. Sammy’s G-Wagon is parked on RaceDeck Diamond with TuffShield in red, black, alloy, and graphite.
The 2018 Garage of the Year 3rd runner up
Don Messinger – New England. Don’s SRT Challenger and ’76 Gran Torino are parked on our RaceDeck Diamond Garage Flooring tiles with TuffShield in alloy, black, graphite, and red.
The 2018 Garage of the Year 2nd runner up
Don and Sue Kent – Dodells, MI. Don and Sue create the look of a classic American diner with their use of a checkerboard floor in RaceDeck Diamond garage floor tiles. Fire up the grill, will be over for a patty melt and a Coke.
The 2018 Garage of the Year Winner
Alex Oliva — Grants Pass, OR. Not only does Alex have the coolest garage on the block™, he has the coolest garage of 2018! Alex’s garage is floored with our Free–Flow garage flooring in black, and red.
You’ve put blood, sweat, tears, and a whole lot of elbow grease into your dream ride. You’ve painstakingly hand-picked each part, fabric, paint, and custom detail. You’ve spent years collecting the perfect vehicles to fill your garage and now the time has finally come to show ‘em off. Are you going to settle for less than the best? Are you going to display your pride and joy on dingy trade show carpet or cracked and unsightly stained concrete? Thanks to RaceDeck’s new Showroom, Garage, and Display flooring line, you can create the show garage or car display of your dreams without breaking the bank.
RaceDeck has recently introduced Smoked Oak, its newest line of showroom and display flooring. Using the same patented understructure and power lock system as their best-selling garage and shop flooring, Smoked Oak is just as easy to install and engineered just as tough. Unlike RaceDeck Diamond and the rest of the garage line up, Smoked Oak features a high-performance laminate top surface with the look of reclaimed wood. The commercial grade laminate top, in place of a real wood plank floor, is unaffected by moisture, will never have to be refinished, and can handle the rolling weight of most any vehicle! Smoked Oak, available in both 18″ x 18″ and 36″ x 36″ (The industry’s largest seamless panel) transforms any show garage or showroom in just hours. No tools, no adhesives, no toxic epoxy mess!
Not worth having a show garage because you are always with your rides on the road? Smoked Oak in any module size is also the perfect display floor for your traveling show vehicle. Ensure a championship presentation with this lightweight, easy-to-store flooring that will guarantee the spotlight on your vehicle.
Manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah, Smoked Oak is game changer for your garage, showroom, or trade show floor. Don’t wait to park your rides on the best!
Photos of Smoked Oak:
The RaceDeck Garage Floor team topped off a stellar year by counting down the Top 10 Coolest Garages of 2017, crowning the winner on December 31st. The decision was difficult with all of the awesome customer photo submissions we received– garages big and small, different product and designs, and of course all containing the rad rides, toys and tools that we love to drool over. These garages are without a doubt the coolest on their blocks. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos and congratulations to our Top 10 garage owners. We can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!
View the Top 10 countdown submissions:
The results are in for the Goodguys Dream Car Garage giveaway, which included a prize of $1,600 in RaceDeck flooring. The lucky contest winner, Sean Murphy from Minnesota, was selected out of over 17,000 entries to transform his garage. He chose RaceDeck Diamond in alloy and graphite to take his old, stained concrete floor into the modern age with a classic, clean checkered pattern. Sean now has a stylish and well-organized space to pursue the projects that he enjoys: working on his own vehicles and restoring classic cars.
Check out the Dream Car Garage transformation here.
RaceDeck Modular Flooring is Your Solution
Looking for a quick and easy way to make over your garage with a high-performance showroom finish? RaceDeck’s innovative tile is perfect for the do-it-yourself-er. Create your own custom floor design in any space with a variety of styles, colors and accessories (like the AccuPark Parking Guide). Get a professional-looking and highly functional floor in mere hours without the need for tools, glues, or chemicals.
More RaceDeck Customers’ Before and After Dream Garage Photos:
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.
Made In The USA means more than just top quality—it means not supporting the exportation of American jobs and factories to far away lands to save a few pennies. For the garage flooring companies that do manufacture their products outside of the USA, it is all about the bottom line. Rarely are product quality, the corrupt political system, poor human rights, animal rights and detrimental environmental costs to the planet considered, not to mention the cost to all of us for exporting not only jobs but an entire factory!
RaceDeck Floors are made in the USA
One company that will never go this route is RaceDeck®. RaceDeck garage floors are proudly made in the USA. RaceDeck designs, engineers, manufactures, and supplies all of their products out of their headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. For RaceDeck and their parent company SnapLock Industries quality and value are what drives them. They have been awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certification for their Quality Management System, demonstrating their uncompromising commitment to manufacturing and providing the highest quality products and services to their customers around the world.