Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I get a quote to have a floor installed in my garage?
A: We are able to provide a free, no obligation quote to install Floor Tiles or a Resin Floor in your garage. Please either call us on 01491 579975 or email us at email@example.com with your approx. square metre size of your garage and we would be happy to help.
Q: How much do your Floor Solutions cost?
A: This really depends on the size of your garage and your location. Give us a call on 01491 579975 with your garage dimensions and we can give you a specific quote.
Q: Can I install your flooring myself?
A: Our Floor Tiles can be purchased via our online store and installed yourself at home. Or, if you prefer, you have the option for us to install them for you. Unfortunately, our Resin Floors need to be installed by a trained professional so are not offered for home installation.
Q: What is Resin?
A: A Resin Floor is a hard wearing methacrylate compound, created by mixing together a selection of ingredients to initiate a fast and controlled chemical reaction. The chemical reaction creates a highly durable finish, ideal for the heaviest use environments.
Q: What are your Floor Tiles made from?
A: They are manufactured in the UK from PVC compound.
Q: Do you have a warranty?
A: Yes. All our flooring solutions are backed by a 10 year warranty.
Q: Do I need to move all of my stuff out before you lay the floor?
A: The garage needs to be emptied so we can get the job done quickly and efficiently. Talk to us if this is going to be a problem and we’ll try to sort out a solution for you.
Q: My floor is uneven or has pock marks in it, can you still help?
A: Yes of course. The majority of floors we see are not perfect so some remedial work has to be done prior to laying the floor. We are more than happy to discuss this with you.
Q: Which area do you cover?
A: We cover the whole of the UK and have even completed work in the South of France so we are happy to travel.
Q: What happens if I have an issue with the floor once it has been laid
A: Once the floor is laid we will always speak with you to ensure you are happy with the finished result. If not, as we give you a ten year warranty, we are always happy to return and sort out any issues you might have.
Q: Can I get a sample before I buy?
A: Absolutely. Please get in contact with us to request a sample of either Resin or Tile colours and finishes and we’ll send this out to you free of charge. The samples sizes are approximately 9x9mm.
Q: Who installs your flooring?
A: Our in-house team of fitters install all of our Tiled Floors and have been doing this for a number of years. Resin Floors are a highly specialised product and so only qualified installers can lay these. We sub-contract this work out but you can be assured that the team who will arrive to do the installation will be as friendly, knowledgeable and courteous as a Garage Flooring Solutions member of staff.
Q: Is there anything of which I need to be aware regarding your resin floors?
A: Our MMA resin coatings are a commercial application that we have used in residential garages for some years now.
There are certain points to be aware of:
· The floor must be dry for the application to be successfully laid.
· We cannot breach any Damp Proof Course when laying the floor coating
· The final coat of sealant is laid using a roller brush and occasional brush marks may be noticeable when looked at in different lights.
· As standard we lay two coats of sealant. Any more is likely to cause the surface to become slippery.
· Whilst every effort is made to match colours, the final colour may vary slightly from any sample shown as will the finished surface.
Q: What do I need to consider when installing Garageflex tiles in the garage environment?
A: Garageflex have been supplying tiles into commercial and domestic garages for a number of years thereby creating a smart, clean and dust free workshop environment but there are four important considerations to take into account.
Catalytic Converters – When the car is running the catalytic converter gets extremely hot and if the car is left running whilst sitting on the tiles it may cause the tiles directly under the converter to expand through the heat. This is only a temporary issue and the tiles will shrink back to their original size once the heat source has been removed. In a busy commercial garage it is worth considering gluing the tiles down in-between the lifts or ramps where vehicles may be left with the engine running.
Staining from car tyres -Rubber tyres will stain almost every type of floor including bare concrete, painted and vinyl flooring. The stain is a chemical reaction and will not damage the tiles or impact on their durability.
What causes the staining? The stain is caused by a component used within the manufacture of car tyres called ‘6PPD’ (phenaline diamine). 6PPD is an anti-oxidant and is added to rubber products to resist environmental attack by ozone and Ultraviolet light. It also has other beneficial effects in the moulding of rubber itself. Since it adds to the cost of making tyres, manufacturers usually only add it to the softer high performance tyres. The staining is dark grey / green in appearance and will show within 4 to 5 hours of the tyre being located on the tile. The stain cannot be removed as it is a chemical reaction between the 6PPD and the surface it is in contact with.
How to avoid the staining issue? Because the stain is a dark grey / green it is far less obvious in the darker colours and is almost indistinguishable from the colour of our Dark Grey and Graphite tiles (which also happen to be the smartest and most popular colours). It is also less obvious in the black and green colours. Light grey, yellow, white and red should be avoided. If you wish to use the lighter coloured tiles to brighten up the garage or workshop design the floor in layout that incorporates different colours using the darker coloured tyres where the car will be parked. The following examples may be of help:
– Use black, graphite or dark grey tiles where tyres will sit.
– Place strips of black, graphite or dark grey tiles where the tyres rest.
– Add black, graphite or dark grey under the engine where oil may drip