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Best way to checker garage floor?

I plan to do a black and white checker pattern on my garage floor, but have discovered that this can be a bit of a problem. What material or treatment works best? Evidently, keeping the whites clean can be an issue.

Vinyl sheeting, paint over concrete, epoxy coating, ceramic tile, other?
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The cars will be driven on the floor, so the white squares either have to be somewhat resistant to marking, or at least be able to be cleaned easily.
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do not, and i repeat do not use white tiles in your garage. i build and organize garages for people, sell tiles, slatwall and the like. white tile in a garage will show everything.
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do not, and i repeat do not use white tiles in your garage.
I was afraid that this might be the case. Although it is very common to see black and white checkered garage floors in photographs of well designed garage spaces with exotic cars resting on them, I have not found any white material that flooring people would recommend.

Thanks for sharing the website with the plastic snap-together tiles, but I have seen them in person and even a relative clean finger will leave a dirty smudge mark when rubbed.
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How about good old fashion linoleum tiles from Armstrong (I think)? I am talking about the really dense 12" squares that stick or glue down. They are already in squares so you can make any pattern you wish. Pick a light grey or off-white so the dirt shows less. Linoleum is solid color all the way through so it is positively indestructable. They sell them at Home Depot and their are lots of color choices.

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How about good old fashion linoleum tiles from Armstrong (I think)?
Good suggestion. I will contact Armstrong to ask if they think these would work for garage duty?
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Go here. You will never want to know more about garage floors

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/index.php?
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Good suggestion. I will contact Armstrong to ask if they think these would work for garage duty?
A buddy of mine did that. It looked great to begin with, but it's not nearly as nice now:


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A 7 year old thread resurrected by a noob's first post.

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BTW, I followed the link. It's a site full of naked Aboriginal old ladies....



Actually, it's a site about.....checkered floors....

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Best way to checker garage floor?

I used the RaceDeck solution, and made my own pattern of black and purple nested borders, light gray /dark gray checkerboard, and purple bars in the center. It stays extremely clean looking - hot tires don't mar it. I run a damp mop over it every two weeks.

I get compliments all the time. The PSE&G meter-reader said it was "...the cleanest garage I've ever seen.." I guess he should know ...he sees a lot of them.

The floor has changed the garage from feeling like "outdoors" to feeling like "indoors." (It also helps that I DryLok'd and painted the cinder block walls.). Sometimes, we'll put the cars on the driveway and my six year old son and his friends will run their RC cars around the entire 22' x 24' area...while in their stocking feet. Something we never did on the bare concrete. It has literally added a room to the house.

My only regret is not laying down some kind soft layer over the concrete before laying down the tiles. Occasionally, there is a slight sandy-crunching sound when a tile shifts slightly under a step.


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Best way to checker garage floor?

Ack. I just noticed the thread was 7 years old.

Now I feel stupid.


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Checkerboard? Seriously.


Invite over Jesica Alba and see if you can loose her.

Seriously.....are you going to have a garage or a showroom?
Get a decent garage coating. Something easily cleaned and durable. Don't go with the ass pain of tile and the cost of getting it installed.

And get yourself a pair of vans too!

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That link sucks too. Old National Geographic saggy stuff!

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I did mine with epoxy abut 12 years ago. It has held up well but the white squares are badly stained and need to be recoated. If you use epoxy, you must top coat it with polyurethane to prevent staining. I used a commercial system used in the food industry and it's very durable (but expensive.) I didn't top coat it and found that it stains badly from Dexcool but not regular antifreeze. It's resistant to brake fluid, gas and oil. Colored PVC pipe cement also makes a permanent stain. If I were to start over, I would not use white but I will renew the colors I have. I used 6' squares of color which can be put down (and refinished) one at a time. Don't use an epoxy roller, they trap too many small air bubbles, use a foam brush instead. Too refinsih, you rough up the floor with a floor sander and Scotchbrite pad then pour new epoxy over the top. Mask with blue tape and remove the tape before the epoxy setsfor a smooth edge.
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We acid stained a floor, and then clear epoxied over the top.
I do not know if it would do that for a garage unless you have an abundance of time or money.
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