Mototile Garage Floor Installation Guide
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Floor installation tips:
NOTE: This guide assumes you are fitting tile ramps in the garage entrance. It is strongly recommended that you do fit tile ramps to protect the edges of the garage flooring, to stop movement of the tile 'mat' and to prevent a trip hazard.
From test installations we have found that the method suggested below usually has the quickest floor laying time combined with the most satisfying finish, especially where patterned garage flooring is being laid. One alternative we have used is to fit the tile ramps first and then install the tiles later.
Tools you will need:
Tape measure, stanley knife, board to cut tiles on.
A non-marking rubber mallet and a steel or similar straight edge may be useful.
Stage 1 - Start at the door and draw a threshold line
From inside the garage, with the door(s) closed, establish the line which the front of the tile ramps must not cross so that the door can be closed properly once the ramps are installed.
We will call this line the threshold line.
Mark this line clearly for later use and re-open the door(s).
Stage 2 - Draw a tile ramp line and mark the centre
Align the front edge of a length of ramp carefully with the threshold line and determine a new line where the tiles and ramp will butt together in the finished installation. We will call this the tile ramp line.
When you determine this line allow for the fact the tile ramp has a lip that fits under the floor tiles.
Run a tape measure along the tile ramp line and mark the centre point.
Stage 3 - Start laying tiles
Lay your first tile so that the front edge of the tile sits where you
propose to have the back of the ramp. Align your first tile's centre to
the tile ramp line's centre point.
Leave this gap and all subseqent ones. Making all tile cuts at the
very end speeds up and simplifies laying the flooring.
Now lay tiles out to the opposite wall of the garage, repeating the process above.
Once the first row is complete then commence laying the next row back in the same manner.
Repeat this untill all uncut tiles are laid and you have a small gap
from the back row of tiles to the wall.
Stage 4 - Straighten the tile mat and align to ramp.
You now have the opportunity to straighten the whole mat you have assembled and realign if required.
Now fix ramp to the required position at the front of the garage (a good quality construction adhesive is recommended for final fixing of ramps) - if required pull the tile mat forwards so that the front row of tiles sits onto the ramp.
Stage 5 - Perimeter tile cuts.
You may now commence laying the cut tiles around the walls' perimeter.
We used a stanley knife for all our cuts in a test installation.
Start at the front of the garage again. Measure and cut the first row tile on the right. Allow for a 3mm expansion gap between tiles and wall. The repeat this process on the left hand side tile on the first row.
Repeat the process above for the next row back and continue until you get to the final row against the back wall of the garage.
Measure, cut and fit all the other tiles on the back row then carefully measure, cut and fit the last two corner tiles.
That's the garage floor laid and ready for use, unless you are also fitting
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