After installing the Husky PVC floor tiles, I received many questions. This post is an update to bring as many answers as possible. Overall, the tiles are holding up very well! Since the day of installation, I gave no attention to these floors. A vehicle has been in and out of the garage during this rainy season. Though three months is a relatively short time, I think it’s safe to say these tiles will hold up just fine.
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Below you can watch the video that covers most of these questions. Below the video, I have many more questions and answers about the installation, durability, water interaction, cleaning, and how much it costs to do this two-car garage.
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HUSKY PVC Tiles Installation Questions
Where can you install these?
- A garage, gym, basement, or shed. I do not recommend installing these in direct sunlight.
Would the floor be more robust if the tiles were staggered?
- Unfortunately, no, you can only install this one way. They are plenty strong.
What keeps the tiles from moving?
- These are interlocking tiles; when properly installed, the tiles interlock, becoming one large piece of material. Together they are held down with the overall weight.
Can you glue it down?
- I would not recommend gluing these tiles down; underneath the tiles, there is an airflow system. The system allows air to get under the tiles and dry any moisture.
Does your garage door sit on top of the new floor?
- No, the tiles are placed approximately 2 inches from the overhead door. In my garage, there’s a slight rise near the entrance to prevent water from getting inside. These tiles are set back one inch from the edge of that raised area.
What was your reason for moving the tiles back one inch from the garage door landing?
- To give the tile room to sit flat, prevent wear at the edge.
How would the tiles hold up to freezing weather?
- I am in South Florida, so I would not have much experience with the cold weather. However, I do not believe these will be an issue in most environments.
How do the tiles perform in the warm weather?
- Living in South Florida, the weather gets warm here; I’ve had no issues so far. I’ve seen temperatures ranging from 98 to 115 in this garage. Maybe three months is not enough time to tell, but if I have any problems down the road, I’ll be sure to update this article.
Can it work on an uneven floor?
- Yes, if the floor is not too out of whack, I would say it’s OK to install these over uneven floors.
The durability of Husky PVC floor tiles
How does it perform if you drop tools on it?
- From my experience, dropping things on the floor should not be an issue. Occasionally you may get a scratch. Overall, the floor is resilient even though it’s PVC. Being that you can cut the floor with a utility knife, sharp objects could cause harm.
What happens if you drop dumbbells on it?
- I think this flooring would work just fine in a home gym. It does absorb much of the impact, so you don’t damage the floor underneath. Dropping weight on it could leave some marks. If you’re using this in a home gym, don’t lose sight of the possible impact on top of the tile that could damage your floor, especially if you have tiles beneath. My recommendation is to work out carefully indoors. You can be less cautious in a garage.
How does it perform when you roll a workbench and heavy equipment on it?
- There are no challenges to rolling a workbench on the PVC floor. It’s a bit bumpy; however, you don’t have to worry about your workbench moving away from you.
How does it perform with a car jack?
- You can use a car jack, but to prolong the life of your floor, I’d recommend using a piece of plywood. Metal jacks could have sharp corners on them and damaged the floor with so much weight. I say play it safe, put a sheet of plywood under it and go to work.
Is it safe for grinding or welding spark?
- I don’t recommend grinding or welding in this space. The sparks will cause visual defects in the tiles. Keep in mind these tiles are PVC. Anything heat-related could damage the floor.
Is it fire resistant?
- I scorched it with a torch, and it didn’t catch on fire. The top layer was charred, but it didn’t transfer to the other side in a short time I held the torch to it.
Are they easy to replace if damaged?
- Yes, you can remove individual tiles by prying them out with a utility knife or something slim.
Will turning the steering wheel of the vehicle disturb the tiles?
- It’s a floating floor, so I do not recommend you turn the wheel while the car is in a standstill position. Turning the wheel could result and twisting the tiles and damaging them. As I mentioned in the video, I did not try this, but I believe it would damage them.
Water interaction with the Husky PVC floor tiles
Is it slippery when wet?
What about moisture accumulation between the concrete and the tile?
- Yes, this is expected, when a lot of water is resting on the tiles for an extended time water can penetrate the interlocking joints.
- The tile has an air-dry system design on the back. Essentially this design should allow air to pass under the tile.
Cleaning the Husky PVC floor tiles
How do you clean sawdust?
- You can use a broom for large chips, or you can use a vacuum for smaller particles.
Does a vacuum suck the tiles up?
- No, I have not seen any evidence of that
How does this material hold up to spills?
- I have tested a few things, such as wood glue, stain, paint, and motor oil on the tile floor. Without letting the spill dry, I manage to do a spotless clean up. The latex was the toughest to remove; I let that one sit too long. I used water, mineral spirit, WD-40, and degreaser as a cleaning agent.
Will oil/grease seep through the cracks or stain the tiles?
- If you do a quick cleanup, there should be no issues.
- In the three-plus months, I have not seen any tire marks. If I run into this issue and find a way to clean it, I will surely update the article.
How much does Husky PVC floor tiles floor cost?
Why did I choose the tiles?
- It was all about flexibility and ease of installation. After researching the tiles and reviewing the specs, I committed to these because I have a busy schedule and wanted to either install these in one day or spread the installation out.
Why not epoxy?
- I look at EPOXY, which is a more feasible solution. It required prep work and wait time. I was not interested in the DIY paint style Epoxy option.
- I reached out to 3 local companies for a pro-grade epoxy. I got a few estimates ranging from 1800 to 2500. I would need to give up the garage for 48 hours, and there would be no hot water. So, I nixed that option.
What’s the cost?
- For this installation, I used 31 boxes of the HUSKY PVC tiles one trim kit, which is coming out to $1500. Not cheap, but this was all about improving the space. So far, I have no regrets. I hope this video help you have a better understanding of this flooring.