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Can slate tiles, or something that looks like them, be used (over a concrete slab, of course) for the floor of an attached, or basement, garage?

Asked by Yellowdog (12183points) May 23rd, 2021
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As some of you know, I am designing a house that I would like to build but likely never will. As a hobby it has helped me cope with depression and lockdowns.

Anyhow, I don’t really like the automotive look of most well-dressed garages but do want the garage to be kind of nice, like a part of the interior of the home. I think rustic, somewhat Colonial / early American, paneled, exposed beams, spacious and well lit is the way to go.

I really like colourful slate tile flooring—colours, textures, and patterns—but assume regular auto movement would tear it up.

I know that many materials can be finished with epoxy for easy maintenance and clean-up and perhaps durability. How can such a floor be done?

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stanleybmanly's avatar

It seems to me that slate is far too prone to cracking from the ordinary stresses to which flooring is routinely exposed.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Epoxy intended for concrete floors is what you want to use.

chyna's avatar

I second epoxy. Durable for heavy car movements.
Also, I totally agree with plenty of lights. My garage is dark and I can’t find anything.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@stanleybmanly has it correct. Especially on slab. Slabs, on clay especially, have a tendency to heave. If you have hard slate on slab, you will either get broken slate or pieces sticking up.

You probably need a rubber or latex underlayment layer to absorb some of the movement.

janbb's avatar

Tile is usually laid down on a mud bath but I don’t know if it still would buckle.

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