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How to Lay Lock-Tile Flooring

Give a garage an updated look by installing a lock-tile floor.

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  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Condition the Tiles

Lock-tile must be site conditioned at room temperature for 24 hours prior to installation. During this period, room temperature must be maintained at 70 degrees.

Step 2: Measure the Room

Start by calculating the center of the room, measuring from opposing walls and snapping a chalk line to mark the center. In this example, the garage has support poles in the middle of the room and it was determined that these would act as the starting point for the tiles.

calculate center of room

Step 3: Install the Tiles

The span between the poles was done first and then the rest of the floor was installed around this first row. The tiles were installed with a 1/2" expansion gap at any cabinets and walls. The tiles can be easily cut with a sharp utility knife, or electric saw if necessary. Tiles should be laid around heavy machinery, not underneath.

installing the tiles