FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I use interlocking floor tiles

Do I need to carry out repairs to the substrate before installing?

Does the floor need to be dry / do I need to degrease the substrate?

Will water get underneath the tiles and start to smell?

How do I clean the tiles?

Can I use a fork lift / floor jack / heavy machinery on interlocking floor tiles?

Can I use my  floor straight away?

Why Interlocking Floor Tiles?

Do the tiles require a sealant?

Do I need to use an adhesive?

What are the tiles made  from?

Can I use these tiles outside?

Can interlocking tiles be installed over a painted/vinyl/carpeted floor?

What do I need to consider when using interlocking floor tiles within a garage environment?

Quality, Raw Material and the environment, why should I use?

Availability/Lead Time – Peace of Mind

Price and value for money

Special Orders, Research and Development

When comparing other interlocking floor tiles why use our design and not other interlocking floor tiles. Why is it better?

Can interlocking floor tiles be used with under floor heating?

 

Where can I use interlocking floor tiles?

Interlocking floor tiles offer solutions for almost every conceivable flooring application, from factory floors to kids’ playrooms
 
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Do I need to carry out repairs to the substrate before installing?

No, except for major cracks or missing cement pieces, no skim coating, sealing, sand blasting or detergent washing is necessary. Just sweep or vacuum the floor to make sure that there are no loose items that will get stuck under the tiles and you’re ready to start installation.
 
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Does the floor need to be dry / do I need to degrease the substrate?

No, one of the main benefits of is that it can be laid on damp and contaminated substrates. The tiles allow the floor to breathe so any moisture will evaporate up through the joints. Because the tiles are not glued down oil contamination will not create a problem.
 
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Will water get underneath the tiles and start to smell?

Probably the question we get asked most often.  The precision engineered joint is extremely tight but we do not claim that it is 100% waterproof. If large amounts of water are left to sit on the floor it is possible that some will seep through the joint. The most common concern people have is that the water will become stagnant and start to smell but this will not happen. Firstly the chemicals in PVC act as a natural biocide that prevents the growth of the bacteria that would make the water smell and secondly any moisture under the tiles will evaporate back up through the joint because the temperature above the tiles is almost certain to be higher than that under the tiles.
 
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How do I clean the tiles?

In general terms we recommend that firstly you sweep or vacuum up dust and dirt and then damp (not wet) mop the tiles. Water by itself or with a small quantity of detergent will suffice with either a mop or a rotary scrubber dryer if available. No waxes or sealers should be used. You can use a buffer with a lamb’s wool pad to buff a clean dry floor to an amazing shine. If required you can hose off the floor with your garden hose or a power washer (under 1300psi).
 
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Can I use a fork lift/floor jack/heavy machinery?

The interlocking floor tiles supplied and fitted by Total Garage Solutions are extremely tough and hardwearing. It is a vinyl product so it will compress under heavy loads but will always return to its original shape. Please consult our sales team to identify which product would be most suitable for your application
 
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Can I use my floor straight away?

Yes, absolutely. The minute the tiles are down you can start using the floor.
 
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Why Interlocking Floor Tiles?

Interlocking floor tiles offer the best value for money of any flooring product currently on the market. Customers often question this claim as in simple terms the cost of the tiles is usually higher than conventional vinyl flooring or paints and resins. To justify our claim we ask you to consider the following points:  The tiles we supply are 6.5mm + thick compared to most vinyl or resin based systems that are 1.5mm thick meaning that you are getting a far more durable and resilient floor finish for your money.

  • Unlike other flooring interlocking floor tiles can be laid over damaged, damp or uneven surfaces. It is not usually glued down saving money on specialist contractors, adhesives and floor screeds.
  • Interlocking floor tiles can be used immediately, if you count the cost of interrupting your normal site activities the tiles pay for themselves.
  • Interlocking floor tiles be lifted, altered and reused as many times as required, move factory or home and you can take the tiles with you. Even if you don’t need the tiles in your new premises the tiles retain a high intrinsic value as there is a strong market for both second hand tiles and also for the raw material for recycling.
  • Not only are you creating a smart, attractive and practical floor finish but you are also protecting the sub-floor from impact and vibration damage. A number of our customers and especially those that occupy premises on short leases will use our tiles to protect the floor and limit their exposure to large bills from the landlord for dilapidations. Why pay for a new floor on three separate occasions, when you move in, when you move out and when you move to new premises when our interlocking floor tiles will cover you for all three!

 
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Do the tiles require a sealant?

No, however the application of 2 to 3 three coats of a floor sealer will give the floor a high gloss appearance and make cleaning slightly easier in the long term.
 
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Do I need to use an adhesive?

In the vast majority of applications no adhesive is required; the tiles can be dry laid and will take forklift or vehicle traffic without a problem. The only instances in which the tiles may require gluing is when there is a fork truck with a very high point loading (for example a three wheel electric reach truck with the batteries located over the back wheel) that operates in a confined space with very tight turning circles, or, when part of the floor is likely to be exposed to much higher temperatures than the rest of the floor (e.g. in front of a furnace or oven or adjacent to a south facing loading bay door).
 
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What are the tiles made of?

Interlocking floor tiles are made from virgin plastic. Off cuts from installations can be reprocessed as many times as required meaning that not one scrap need ever end up in landfill or the waste stream.
 
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Can I use these tiles outside?

No, we do not recommend the use of interlocking floor tiles outdoors.
 
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Can Interlocking floor tiles be installed over a painted / vinyl / carpeted floor?

Yes to the first two but we recommend lifting carpet if possible.
 
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How do we obtain a price?

Please contact us either by email : alangrace@total-garage-solutions.co.uk or call 07973 373434.
 
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What do I need to consider when using interlocking floor tiles within a garage environment?

Interlocking floor tiles have been used in thousands of commercial and domestic garages creating a smart, clean and dust free workshop environment but there are two important considerations to take into account.

  • Catalytic Converters – When the car is running the catalytic converter gets extremely hot and if the car is left running whilst sitting on the tiles it may cause the tiles directly under the converter to expand through the heat. This is only a temporary issue and the tiles will shrink back to their original size once the heat source has been removed. In a busy commercial garage it is worth considering gluing the tiles down in-between the lifts or ramps where vehicles may be left with the engine running.
  • Staining from car tyres –Rubber tyres will stain almost every type of floor including bare concrete, painted and vinyl flooring. The stain is a chemical reaction and will not damage the tiles or impact on their durability.
  • What causes the staining? The stain is caused by a component used within the manufacture of car tyres called ‘6PPD’ (phenaline diamine). 6PPD is an anti-oxidant and is added to rubber products to resist environmental attack by ozone and Ultraviolet light. It also has other beneficial effects in the moulding of rubber itself. Since it adds to the cost of making tyres, manufacturers usually only add it to the softer high performance tyres. The staining is dark grey / green in appearance and will show within 4 to 5 hours of the tyre being located on the tile. The stain cannot be removed as it is a chemical reaction between the 6PPD and the surface it is in contact with.
  • How to avoid the staining issue! Because the stain in a dark grey / green it is far less obvious in the darker colours and is almost indistinguishable from the colour of our Dark Grey / Anthracite Tile (which also happens to be one of the smartest and most popular colours). It is also less obvious in the black and green colours. Light grey, yellow, white and red should be avoided. If you wish to use the lighter coloured tiles to brighten up the garage or workshop design the floor in layout that incorporates different colours using the darker coloured tyres where the car will be parked. The following examples may be of help:
    • Use black or anthracite tiles were tyres will sit.
    • Place strips of black/anthracite tiles where the tyres rest.
    • Add black/anthracite under the engine where oil may drip.

 
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Quality, Raw Material and the environment, why should I use ecotile?

The interlocking floor tiles used by Total Garage Solutions are manufactured on state of the art injection moulding machines that use one third of the electricity of traditional machines. Every single tile is checked for colour consistency and size.

  • The interlocking floor tiles used by us use a chemically free phenol stabiliser (calcium zinc) rather than the more traditional Barium Zinc which has a chemical / soapy smell which leaves an unpleasant odour after the floor tiles have been installed. This is particularly important for applications where the tiles are going to be installed within a sensitive area such as schools, food manufacture, shops and retail applications.
  • The tiles are manufactured from a slightly more rigid plastic designed to offer better resistance to heavy loading such as reach trucks and electric pallet trucks, they are far less likely to ripple (wave effect) when vehicles with a high point loading move across the floor and they also offer better thermal stability (less propensity to expand in direct sunlight / adjacent to high heat source).
  • Recycling, every off cut scrap tile or old floor can be returned to the factory and re-ground and used in the manufacture of new tiles.

 
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Availability / Lead Time – Peace of Mind –

Standard  tiles and colours are normally available within a few days. Stocks are held of the most popular colour and design. Installation can normally be agreed very quickly once our quotation has been accepted.
 
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Price and value for money

We always guarantee to offer the best value for money for like for like product (material, size and thickness).
 
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Special Orders,

If you would like a Logo incorporated into your floor we can.

Matching skirting’s are also available to compliment your flooring.
 
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When comparing other interlocking floor tiles why use our design and not other interlocking floor tiles. Why is it better?

The Purpose of grid pattern on the back of our tiles – Both the open and hidden joint tiles has been designed to ensure absolute dimensional stability so that they fit perfectly without gaps between the joints or in the corners. It is our unique grid pattern that ensures the dimensional stability – if you put 4 of our competitors tiles together you’ll see that where the 4 corners meet there is a small gap – this is because of how PVC behaves when you injection mould it in to a solid piece.

  • Plastic will tend to want to curl over time, a flat backed tile will after time start to curl at each corner, the ridge pattern on ours ensures that the tile will remain flat for the life of the tile, this is a proven fact and based on the physical and chemical properties of plastics.
  • The pockets of air create a cushion which prevents the tile from rattling as a flat backed tile will do.
  • The little pockets of air also create a mini vacuum which stops the tile from slipping on the floor especially if there is any oil, water or grease in the substrate, very important for small areas of tiles or where an island of tiles is being installed that is not butting up against retaining walls.
  • The grid pattern allows our tile to cope better with imperfections in the substrate.
  • The grid pattern allows the floor to breathe – very important if installing over concrete that hasn’t cured yet or if there is damp in the floor.
  • The tile design in the hidden joint is almost 100% waterproof

 
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Can interlocking floor tiles be used with under floor heating?

Yes but please ensure that the underfloor heating has been turned on and allowed to reach its usual operating temperature before we start installation. Tiles need to acclimatise and settle to the temperature of the underfloor heating for at least 24 hours before we cut the tiles up to the walls or any fixed points.