Garage Floor

Mr S

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Want to crack on and get my garage sorted this year, with the first piece of the jigsaw being a full width roller shutter door. However the floor is a bit of mess, with some big divots in the concrete, high spots and some patches already filled in. Wondered what the best way to get this sorted was, as would like to resin coat the surface, and put tiles down so I can work on the car, hopefully with a scissor lift in the middle. Initially I wondered about using a floor planer to get all the high spots off, them see where that leaves me with the low spots, but have no experience with this sort of thing so open to ideas.
 

rs48635

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rather than cut down maybe level up? Once the scissor lift is fitted or pads made ready of course.
Would be tempted to pour some 'self-levelling' latex or similar to naked concrete. The tiles you mention, are they pliable or hard ceramic?
 

Mr S

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rather than cut down maybe level up? Once the scissor lift is fitted or pads made ready of course.
Would be tempted to pour some 'self-levelling' latex or similar to naked concrete. The tiles you mention, are they pliable or hard ceramic?
I was going to get PlasFloor or similar tiles for the floor, not a huge fan of ceramic tiles for an active garage. Having never used the self levelling latex stuff, I wasn't sure what sort of depth of divot it would take up, hence wondering if I should level it all off first.
 

rockits

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Wouldn't it be best to just repair the bigger concrete issues with concrete first? Then maybe latex or tiles if good enough then.

Not sure a latex or similar screed would make up big defects on one lay.
 

Mr S

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Wouldn't it be best to just repair the bigger concrete issues with concrete first? Then maybe latex or tiles if good enough then.

Not sure a latex or similar screed would make up big defects on one lay.
Thats what I wasnt sure of, the best way to attack it all. Fill in all the divots etc, then plane it down, then resin coat and flooring?
 

sionie1

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For the larger holes you can get leveller designed to go from 3-50mm in Wickes. Or concrete repair. Then a self levelling compound applied with a spiked roller should give you a nice floor to lay tiles on, depending on how high the high spots are I'd be inclined to build up the floor rather than grind it down, unless you know how thick it is and when it was laid. My one experience with an older floor and grinding was that it exposed all sorts of nasties previously hidden, such as a huge variation in subfloor materials and thicknesses. Since then I've always levelled over the top and included a liquid rapid set DPM for additional security, this has been in old houses though and not a garage.
 

safrane

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Do you know if it has a water proof membrane under all that? It will have a bearing on how long/well any repair will last.
 

Mr S

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Do you know if it has a water proof membrane under all that? It will have a bearing on how long/well any repair will last.
It does yes, as remember hacking off loads of excess that was left around the edges.
 

Jamin

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Has anyone any experience with interlocking PVC tiles?
These could be installed directly over a self levelling screed that would find and fill in the imperfections so a fairly simple DIY project.
I've seen a 12mm thick system on the interweb for less than £700 for a double garage including threshold ramps.

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Oneball

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Clean and degrease the whole floor.

Knock the high aggregate off with a bolster chisel. These are worse than the low spots if you’re tiling.

Fill the big holes with concrete after cleaning any loose material and roughing the surface.

Use a levelling compound for the rest, doesn’t actually look that bad.
 

Nibby

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Keep an eye out on ebay and Gumtree for a roller shutter door, get some bargains on there, paid £75 for my single garage one with 2 remotes.
 

Mr S

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Keep an eye out on ebay and Gumtree for a roller shutter door, get some bargains on there, paid £75 for my single garage one with 2 remotes.
Unfortunately, i want to convert my 2 up and over's to a single roller shutter, so need Lintel installing etc. Also, need a surveyor round to spec the lintel, as may want to convert over the top of the garage at some point.
 

Hawk13

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Has anyone any experience with interlocking PVC tiles?
These could be installed directly over a self levelling screed that would find and fill in the imperfections so a fairly simple DIY project.
I've seen a 12mm thick system on the interweb for less than £700 for a double garage including threshold ramps.

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I have some of those in my garage that I keep my motorbike on. Whay more robust than I was expecting, soft enough to kneel on yet hard enough to not dent. But a bugger to keep looking clean .... any dust makes them look a right mess.

I probably wouldn't buy any more in truth but that is because I have a proper garage floor underneath. If I have a bare concrete floor, I probably would use them.

Hope that helps
 

mjheathcote

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Has anyone any experience with interlocking PVC tiles?
These could be installed directly over a self levelling screed that would find and fill in the imperfections so a fairly simple DIY project.
I've seen a 12mm thick system on the interweb for less than £700 for a double garage including threshold ramps.

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I laid PVC ecotile flooring, with ramps, and PVC skirting, about 13 years ago.
Wasn't cheap!
8mm thick I think, solid PVC, last forever.
However you get what you pay for, scrubs up like new.
Mines blue with dark grey strips where the car tyres run, this was recommended because the tyres can stain light coloured tiles.
The skirting has a radius bottom to cover the expansion gap.
Warm underfoot, can jack off it, clean off oil spills etc etc.
 

rs48635

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Has anyone any experience with interlocking PVC tiles?
These could be installed directly over a self levelling screed that would find and fill in the imperfections so a fairly simple DIY project.
I've seen a 12mm thick system on the interweb for less than £700 for a double garage including threshold ramps.

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Not sure I would fancy working in there , bit chilly (with all those draughts)

Making my eyes go funny anyway
 

Chimaera500

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Been spending some time doing up my garage whilst my car is away these past few weeks.

I have painted a couple of garage floors in the past and even taking extra care with sealer and prep, it still seems to come off in the end.
Tried something different this time and I'm really pleased with the results so far!.

You will still have to fix the bumps, but rubber matting may be an option. I purchased 3 x 1.8M by 6M rolls from a seller on Ebay. 4mm thick.
Bonded to the floor with glue. Easy enough to fit in a day. Cost £400.
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Mr S

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That looks great. I had rubber matting from a roll in my last garage, but couldnt get it to stick down on the edges. I believe you should use some sort of plastic welder/roller to join the edges properly.
Where are the units from?