Mototile Garage Flooring System Advisory Notes.
To get the best results for your new garage floor and to ensure a trouble free and long working
life from the tiles we offer the following guidelines and advice. Many of the issues we mention
are common to all PVC based tiles but we have tried to minimize them in our interlock mechanism
design and by using a 7mm thick, solid PVC tile.
Basic installation requirements
Mototile interlocking floor tiles are designed for indoor use and can be laid over any hard,
clean and level surface.
They are not recommended for outdoor use or situations where they would be constantly exposed
to the elements.
Sweep and / or vacuum through the floor before laying the tiles and fill any substantial holes
or cracks in the floor (eg. with a rapid cure self-leveling compound).
Tiles can be laid without using adhesives for most domestic garages although there are a some
circumstances, noted below, where gluing certain tile areas to the floor is advised.
Installation and Operating Temperatures
All PVC based tiles expand and contract as temperatures change. At a very low temperatures
the tiles become harder, less flexible and subject to contraction while, at high temperatures,
the tiles become softer, more flexible and subject to expansion. With this in mind we offer
the following advice.
The minimum recommended temperature for installing the tiles is 15°C
You may need to glue down tiles that are exposed to prolonged direct sunlight, which may cause
tiles to become displaced as they soften and expand more quickly than the rest of the floor
You must always leave the tiles to acclimatise before laying. Open up all the boxes, spread
the tiles evenly over the area you will be laying and leave for a minimum of 24 hours before
commencing fitting. This process is also enables you to check tile quality, quantities and 'rough
layout' a floor pattern design before you begin fitting.
Do not try to install directly after you have received your delivery - be patient!
When fitting allow a minimum 5mm expansion gap between the floor and fixed points like walls
or piers to allow for any slight expansion or contraction due to temperature changes.
If the tiles will continue through a doorway into an adjacent area we recommend that these
tiles be glued down.
Catalytic converters and exhaust systems can get extremely hot so we recommend that you don't
leave your vehicle parked and running on your Mototile floor as tiles could overheat and become
displaced or damaged. Vehicles with a low ground clearance should to be allowed to cool off
before driving on the tile floor to avoid deformation or damage to tiles.
Tight turning circles
If you need to use much steering lock when driving into the garage then tiles may be twisted
out of their interlock and have to be refitted. We recommend that you glue down tiles that could
experience strong turning forces.
Tyre marks and stains
Tyres may, sooner or later, mark or stain the tile due to a chemical reaction between additives
in the tyre compound and the plasticizer used in the production of the tile. This staining reaction
can occur with most floor coverings including tiles, vinyl and paints.
To reduce the risk of tyre marking consider using Mototile Carbon Black or Graphite Grey tiles
in the areas where your wheels will sit. Should staining occur it would be less obvious or visible
on darker coloured tiles.
We cannot predict if or when a tyre compound reaction may occur and do not consider tyre staining
to be a defect in the product so we are unable to replace tyre stained tiles free of charge.
We have tested acetone for removing tyre stains and found it to be very effective.
Pressure Points - Car Jacks and Bike Stands
PVC based tiles will compress under heavy loads concentrated on a small area, such as car jacks,
bike stands, fork lift trucks etc. but will always return to their original shape. We recommend
that you use a suitable board beneath jacks and stands to spread the weight evenly over a wider
Colour match, traceability and batch control
Each order is supplied fully from a single batch and we cannot guarantee perfect colour consistency,
to a level of 100%, between batches. However we do retain a quantity of tiles from each batch
in the event that replacements are required at a later date. The batch number is clearly shown
on your paperwork, which you should retain for reference.
All you will need to lay the tiles in most cases are:
a white non-marking rubber mallet, which we can supply
a hand saw or stanley knife or a power jigsaw for cutting
Start with the fixing tab facing the door opening so that tiles can interlock with the ramp
Please do not force the tiles together, offer up the corner of the tiles and using the non
marking rubber mallet tap the joints together gently. If tiles are not locking together without
a lot of force then they may not be properly aligned.
Always leave the floor to settle for 24 hours before measuring and cutting the perimeter tiles
which will go up against walls or piers etc
Allow a minimum 5mm expansion gap between the floor and fixed points like walls or piers to
allow for any slight expansion or contraction due to temperature changes.
Instead of using a caulk at the expansion gap around the perimeter consider using Mototile
skirting, with its hidden fixing, which can be matched or contrasted with the colour of your
If cutting the tiles with a knife make sure it has a sharp blade. It is better to make several
light scoring cuts rather than one heavy cut.
Consider creating a cardboard template from the boxes the tiles came in for any difficult shaped
If the tiles are to continue through a doorway into an adjacent area we would recommend that
these tiles are glued down: consider undercutting wooden door jambs by sliding the tiles underneath
for a neater finish.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Regular light cleaning once a week is better than a heavy clean once a month.
Brush or vacuum the floor first then sponge mop using a normal household, non-abrasive, floor
cleaning detergent (neutral ph) at a weak concentration. Use a damp mop rather than soaking
the floor with a lot of water.