Garage Floor Tiles With A Natural Looking Slate Finish
Our newest addition to our Floor Tile line is the Hidden Seam Slate Tile made to the same exacting specifications with 100% Virgin prime PVC as our Heavy Duty Interlocking Tiles but with a hidden seam. These tiles are only available in a Slate Finish which is an uneven textured type finish that mimics natural slate stone. The seams are completely water tight and each tile is 18" x 18" x a solid 1/4" thick. Slightly smaller than the standard Heavy Duty Tiles. Please order the Square Footage you require and remember to add in 5% for cutting waste. Each tile is 2.25 SF, divide your total square footage by 2.25 to determine how many tile s you will receive.
These tiles have Lifetime Warranty that is assignable and transferable. So if you sell your property the new owner assumes the warranty and if you move and take your floor with you, the warranty stays with you.
Please note that this finish is different than the Flat Tile finish of our standard Seam Heavy Duty Tiles. This is a more natural stone texture look for areas that are more architecturally demanding. Such as indoor areas in your home, trade show flooring, lobbies, retail stores etc and are RATED FOR VEHICLE TRAFFIC MAKING THEM PERFECT FOR EVERYTHING FROM A 2 CAR GARAGE TO A CLASSIC CAR SHOWROOM!
For ramp edge use the Heavy Duty Ramp edge and order the number of lineal feet you need.
For multi color patterns select first color and Qty and add to cart then click continue shopping and select second color and so on.
Since these tiles do not have a full seam like our standard tiles we recommend that you glue these tiles down to ensure a stable floor.
FREE SHIPPING ON 300 SQUARE FEET OR MORE. ORDERS UNDER 300 SF WILL HAVE A SHIPPING COST OF $25.00/BOX ADDED TO THE COST. EACH BOX CAN HOLD 10 TILES
BLACK, DARK GRAY AND LIGHT GRAY SHIP IN APPROXIMATELY 1 WEEK. ALL OTHER COLORS ARE MADE TO ORDER AND ARE 4-5 WEEKS LEAD TIME.
We recommend that you cut the tabs of the front row tiles where you will slide the ramp edge onto and then put a bead of good construction adhesive under the ramp and part of the first row tiles to lock everything in place. You can also put some good epoxy glue such as JB Weld inside the U-Slot of the ramp edge to glue the tile to the inside of the edging for added strength.
Floor prep is simple, just sweep the floor clean. If gluing the floor down for commercial installations we suggest you power wash the floor to remove all dirt and loose debris. We would also suggest you mix a cup of TSP with 5 gallons of water and scrub that over the floor to degrease it. Oil or grease in the floor could effect the bonding of the adhesive.
Tiles can be cut with any power saw, circular cuts can be made with a utility knife. If cutting around door jambs a mini circular saw works great or you can use a utility knife for these cuts. But if you have a lot of these cuts to make it's best to have a mini circular saw.If gluing the tiles down you should install aprox half the tiles then begin gluing the tiles down. Once the half is completed with the glue then you can remove the other half and reinstall them with glue. The reason for this extra step is make sure that you are installing the tiles perfectly square. If you are off a little bit you will get to a point where the interlocking tabs won't fit together. Not a big deal when not gluing them down but an obvious bigger problem if the tiles are glued down. Installing about half the floor loose will ensure you're tiles are square.
Once you've installed your new tiles be sure to protect them with our tile clear coat or a good coat of commercial wax. Tires today are made with new additives and plasticizers that can cause the rubber to leach out of your tires and stain the tiles. This holds true for any tile. Also see our Tiles with the Armor Shield additive which is injected into the tiles and protects the tiles from all types of staining. Please note that due to the varied nature of tire compounds the warranty does not cover tire staining on tiles without the Armor Shield Additive or purchase of the Armor Tile coating.
The tiles are sold by the square foot. Measure the square footage of your floor area and then add 5%. Then enter that total into the Quantity box. We will send you the number of tiles to cover that square footage.
What do I clean the tiles with?
Cleaning solutions such as Simple Green work best, no need for harsh chemicals. If your tiles are uncoated and do not have the Armor Shield additive and they get a stain you can try Magic Eraser to remove the stain. With Armor Shield additive a good pressure stream of water from a garden hose or a damp towel should be all you need to clean your tiles! Please note that newer tires have additives and plasticizers to make them last longer, these new chemicals on some tires tend to cause the rubber to leach out and stain the tiles. We strongly recommend a coat of a good commercial wax if you are not applying the Armor Tile Coating.
What do I cut the tiles with and where do I start?
Any power saw with a sharp blade will cut the tiles cleanly and quickly. We recommend you start at the center front edge and work your way to the back. Knock the tiles together with a rubber mallet.
How long do they take to install?
The tiles install very quickly by just knocking them together with a rubber mallet. One man can do 200 square feet an hour.
How much clearance should I leave for expansion?
All materials expand and contract. if installing tiles in the heat of summer you can pretty much go up to the wall. If installing in the dead of winter we would allow about 3/8". You can cover the gap with non hardening caulk or base molding. Also note that if you have any part of the floor that will sit in direct sunlight for extended periods of time we recommend you apply some of our adhesive under those tiles to prevent those tiles from expanding at a different rate than those tiles in the shade.
Can I pressure wash the tiles?
You can do whatever you wish to the tiles, you won't hurt them!
What is the warranty and what happens if a tile is defective?
The tiles are guaranteed for life. If a tile is defective we will replace it free of charge. In the unlikely event that you manage to somehow damage a tile you can easily replace it with one on your shelf. The tiles can be popped out as easy as they were knocked together. If for some reason you don't have any spares we will ship you out new tiles for just the cost of the shipping
A note on tire marks; we get asked a lot if tires will leave marks on our tile. Staining is caused by a component used by manufacturers of car tires 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 molding of rubber itself. Since it adds to the cost of making tires, manufacturers usually only add it to the softer high performance tires. So there are some off road tires and high performance tires with soft compounds that leach rubber onto the tiles. Recently we have seen more and more regular street tires with these stain causing additives so we strongly recommend you use a protective coating or purchase the tiles with our new Armor Shield protective additive. We recommend Hillway Direct Plus Cleaner and Maintainer for all tiles without the Armor Shield Additive. You can even order the micro fiber application mop from the same website which from our research has the best prices. This is a great product that will give you years of maintenance free service. We have never had a complaint about this product.