This story covers how to install snap-together garage floors and play surfaces.
Snap-together modular flooring systems, also referred to as suspension floors, make garage floors and athletic surfaces more attractive and comfortable underfoot than blacktop or a concrete slab. Most systems simply lay on top of a concrete slab, so they can be taken apart and reassembled. The most common of these surfaces are made from interlocking polypropylene or PVC tiles designed to provide more traction underfoot than concrete. Because the material gives, it reduces knee strain. Tiles designed for outdoor use have a wafflelike appearance that allows water to drain off quickly. The garage floor systems typically feature a coin- or diamond-pattern top designed to clean easily and not be damaged or stained by common chemicals.
About 3 hours for a double garage or a 15x20-foot outdoor surface, not including subfloor preparation
Tape measure, utility knife, pencil, electric saw (optional)
Measuring, setting, and cutting tiles
Pour and/or clean concrete subfloor.
Measure the length and width of the room and divide the dimensions in two. Locate and mark the center of the room. This is the approximate starting point for the installation. Check the number of full tiles and the width of part tiles required to reach the walls in each direction.
This attractive indoor/outdoor surface floats on top of a concrete slab. If you choose to move the surface, you can add or subtract additional tiles to fit any location. The tiles come in a variety of colors so you can create a floor to match your high school, college, or professional team's colors. Neutral tones are also available.