Tiles for Shed, Basement, Garage

snuggles2010August 9, 2012

I have a tool / storage shed in SE Wisconsin - no ac, not heated, stores lawn and garden equipment. The floor is pressure treated plywood and is stained white.

I wanted to have a nicer looking floor with the additional thought of trying out garage tiles in the small space of the shed to decide if I want to do it in the garage and basement workshop when I can afford it.

I was considering floor tiles like RaceDeck, FastFlor, and ArmorGarage.

I get just a ton of complete opposite information that it is very confusing.

First up is Armor Garage. http://www.armorgarage.com/armortilelight.html

Theirs is a waterproof dovetail type tile. Some say these are awesome for use in a shed or garage as they are durable and sweep clean. They supposedly breath enough so water evaporates so as not to cause moisture issues between the floor and tile. Asking them directly about snow and ice tracked in, they claim their non-vented design is excellent for this and will not trap moisture and ice. They tell me they are superior to the vented tiles by their design and not creating voids like vented tiles let snow, ice and salt hit the floor where it will cause damage.

Second is RaceDeck. http://www.racedeck.com/freeflow.html

They suggest using their vented tiles for shed or garage application because moisture does not get trapped and flows freely. They claim a floor like Armor will trap moisture and damage the floor plus the snow, ice and water on top will be dangerous. Others say this is silly and the solid tiles of Armor are superior as they help prevent the moisture from reaching the floor.

Lastly, is FastFlor. http://www.fastflor.com/garage_tile

They are probably in the middle, not really completely open vented, but claim moisture flows through and evaporates. I hear the same set of pros and cons as the Racedeck vented as these.

A nice looking, durable floor is important, but more importantly I don't want to create problems where I don't have any today - ie, moisture, mold, mildew, cracking or other damae, etc.

My problem is I'm confused if vented or non-vented is the choice. Arguments are 50/50 on each side.

On one hand the vented makes sense as at least some moisture in a garage, shed, or basement comes from the ground up and this allows it to evaporate. On the other hand, letting the road salt flow freely and collect on the floor certainly seems damaging.

On the third hand :) , non-vented seems like they would resist the salt flowing down, but may very well trap moisture from the ground up.

Everyone seems to say these types of floors are superior to other typical methods like epoxy and such, yet this issue doesn't seem to get addressed fully.

Anyone with viewpoints or experience with the products or additional thoughts?

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Generally, tile needs a very stiff floor to keep it from cracking. So you'll need to build it up as necessary.

Regardless of the moisture from above (snow, etc.), I would wonder whether a tile floor would inhibit the floor from venting away moisture, humidity, etc. in general, including the moisture from the ground.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 2:40PM
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Thanks for the reply, yes, these are plastic snap together tile supposedly intended for garage, basement and shed use.

My question has been whether or not they will create a moisture is. One type is solid but supposedly breathes to let moisture evaporate but keep moisture away from the top down. The other type is vented supposedly allowing moisture to flow through but evaporate or drain whether from below or above.

My question is what you stated and the difficulty is finding which is accurate.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2012 at 7:15PM
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