Transform your workspace in hours
All your tools are hanging in their allocated position on the wall, your cabinets are perfectly snug in the corners and your expensive machinery is easily accessible yet you can’t help but feel there’s something missing.
Whether you’re an engineer, mechanic or you just like spending time in your workshop you don’t deserve to walk into a dirty concrete room to practice your hobby. There are plenty of floor options available, but no other like Klikflor’s workshop flooring; smart, durable and attractive floor tiles that will give your workshop the flavour it deserves.
Strong & Safe
Our flooring is built to withstand anything you can throw at it and we can prove it. Our tiles are used in industrial factories and warehouses where fork lifts and machinery is operating on a 24 hour basis. Klikflor is designed to meet all the industrial safety standards, has great slip resistant properties and lasts for decades. The tiles are fire resistant and have great thermal properties – your workshop will be a more comfortable and warmer place to spend time.
Nothing tells the rest of the neighbourhood that you are a hobby enthusiast than our workshop flooring. Imagine the feeling you get when you open the garage door and your neighbours gasp at how specialised your workshop looks. They might be thinking “wow that must have cost a fortune” but to their surprise it didn’t!
No need to move your prized machinery or tools
Don’t really fancy moving everything out of your garage in order to spruce up the floor? Well it’s good news for you; Klikflor can be installed without downtime. The tiles simply lock together and can be laid in small sections so that furniture can be moved around whilst installation takes place.
Easy DIY Installation
It’s so far from rocket science; our interlocking workshop flooring is so easy to install it can be done in hours, not days. The tiles are tapped together using a mallet and require no special tools or adhesives. If you want an idea of just how easy it is to install our tiles, read our installation guide.
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We strongly recommend that you use the 7mm thick tiles in your workshop. Please avoid using 5mm tiles as they are simply not designed for vehicle or heavy traffic. We also recommend that you use a dark coloured tile in areas where wheels sit or spillages may happen as oil spillages and tyre marks are less likely to be noticeable. This just means you don’t have to clean as much!
Workshop floors are available in two different options – Click to learn more
Klikflor is the UK’s premier workshop flooring solutions company and we have established an unrivalled reputation for product quality, flooring expertise and uncompromising customer service. Klikflor is a world leader in the manufacture, supply and installation of interlocking floor tiles; we have invested heavily in the design and development of Klikflor to create a range of tough, low maintenance, environmentally friendly and extremely durable workshop flooring ideal for busy commercial garages, showrooms or MOT centres. Klikflor is equally suitable and cost effective for domestic garages and workshops.
Klikflor has been designed to be loose laid and can withstand very heavy loads; the tiles are exceptionally hard-wearing and suitable for use with cars, motorbikes and heavy goods vehicles. Heavy equipment such as engine hoists and lifts can be placed on top of the tiles, which have excellent resistance to almost all commonly used oils, lubricants and chemicals. Klikflor has been in use for over twenty-five years within many of Europe’s leading automotive manufacturing facilities, car workshops and garages. Over 50 million square feet of Klikflor has already been installed and is in daily use. We have unrivalled experience and the knowledge to help you select exactly the right product for your workshop.
Key Benefits of Klikflor Workshop flooring
- Extremely hard-wearing and durable
- Resistant to most solvents and chemicals
- Reduces damage caused by impact, abrasion and vibration
- Good anti-fatigue and anti-slip properties
- Quick and simple to install
- Easy to clean and maintain
- Good thermal and acoustic insulation
- Protects your existing floor from damage
- Eliminates dust generated by old concrete floors
- Smart and modern appearance
- Ideal for installation over damaged, uneven or contaminated substrates
What tile should I use? A general guide:The Klikflor K490 is our most popular tile for workshops. The Unique System 2 can also withstand 300ton/m2 which makes it ideal for workshops. To finish off your garage use our clip on ramp sections across the garage entrance
How to cut and finish and maintain your Klikflor Interlocking Tiles
Klikflor can be installed over any hard surface and in most situations will not require adhesive. If you are using K490 tiles, we recommend gluing the tiles in areas that will be located in direct sunlight (i.e. south facing loading bay) or there will be very heavy traffic movements combined with tight turning circles. However, if you use the System 2 tiles, you will not have to worry about sunlight or heat during installation. Contact our technical department for advice. The tiles must be allowed to acclimatise for a minimum of 24 hours to the ambient room temperature prior to installation. A 5mm expansion gap must be left between the tiles and any fixed point (walls and machinery)
Find our K490 visual installation guide here or the System 2 installation guide here
Preparation: Sweep or vacuum the floor, removing any high points in the floor and fill any holes with a rapid setting floor repair compound.
Cutting the tiles:The K490 may be cut using several methods; Stanley / utility knife, electric jig saw, table saw, band saw (with a timber blade) or magnum shear / guillotine. System 2 can be cut using a jigsaw or hacksaw.
Cleaning General Maintenance:
By following these simple instructions you will help ensure that your floor looks good, maintains its anti-slip performance and you will also help extend its life
- Sweep or vacuum the floor to remove dust and dirt as often as is practical.
- If available use a rotary scrubber dryer, if not a two compartment (separate clean & dirty water) bucket and mop.
- Use clean water and a neutral pH floor cleaner in a weak solution.
- Apply two to three coats of a hard wearing floor sealer when the floor is new.
Cleaning Chemicals & Polishes
- Heavy Duty Cleaning, Degreasing Stripping of polish: A powerful heavy duty cleaning and degreasing concentrate that removes multiple coats of dirt, oil, grease and finish build-up. Ideal for factories and industrial applications Heavy Duty Floor stripper – Box of 4 x 4ltrs
- General Day to Day General Cleaning: Clean the floor with a Rotex neutral cleaner designed to quickly remove embedded soils without any residue. ROTEX requires no rinsing, and leaves a peach fragrance. Ideal for use with auto-scrubbers or the Biomop system. Code: Rotex Floor Cleaner – Box of 4 x 4ltrs
- Floor Sealer / Polish: To create a high quality finish and help reduce maintenance of your floor we recommend applying two to three coats or a good quality floor sealer. DISTANCE is a clear, high gloss, hard, thermacrylic floor finish with superior dirt and black mark resistance. Coverage 50m² per litre / per coat –Distance Floor Sealer – Box of 4 x 4ltrs
- Dr. Schutz Floor Mate Recommended for removing trainer scuff marks and spot cleaning. Dr Schutz Floor Mate– 400ml bottle
- Flat Head Mop System – Consisting of a mop with a micro fibre mop head and twin compartment bucket. The micro fibre mop head lifts dirt from the surface of the floor and the two compartment buckets ensure that your clean and dirty water remain separate. This damp mopping system leaves the floor clean and semi-dry ready for foot traffic. The biomop system is ideal for smaller installations or where the floor area is difficult to access. Twin Compartment Bucket, Mop head, handle and 5 Microfibre Mop heads
- Rotary Scrubber Dryer – Cleaning the floor with a rotary scrubber dryer is the quickest and simplest method. If possible use a machine which has twin roller brushes and a powerful vacuum to suck up the dirty water. Investment in a good quality rotary scrubber dryer will save time, reduce cost by saving on labour and keep your floor looking good and performing well. Equipment Recommendation Karcher BR 45/40C
PLEASE REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING RULES
- Regular & light cleaning is better than infrequent and heavy cleaning
- Do use an entrance mat to remove as much dirt and moisture.
- Do use a neutral PH floor cleaning detergent
- Don’t use an excessive concentration of cleaning detergent, it will leave a sticky residue on the floor making cleaning harder in the future.
- Do use the correct cleaning equipment, either a two component bucket and mop system or rotary scrubber dryer, it may cost a bit more up front but will save you a fortune in time and effort in the long run.
- Don’t use excessive amounts of water, this will make your job harder, not easier, damp mopping is the best solution.
- For floors with high levels of pedestrian traffic seal the floor with a hard wearing floor polish, it will help with cleaning and extend the durability of the finish.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I use Klikflor? Our range has been designed to offer solutions for almost every conceivable flooring application, from factory floors to kids’ playrooms.
- Do I need to carry out repairs to the substrate before installing Klikflor? – No, except for major cracks or missing cement pieces, no skim coating, sealing, sand blasting or detergent washing is necessary. Just sweep or vacuum the floor to make sure that there are no loose items that will get stuck under the tiles and you’re ready to start installation.
- Does the garage floor need to be dry / do I need to degrease the substrate? – No, one of the main benefits of the Klikflor garage flooring system is that it can be laid on damp and contaminated substrates. The tiles allow the floor to breathe so any moisture will evaporate up through the joints. Because the tiles are not glued down oil contamination will not create a problem.
- Will water get underneath the tiles and start to smell? – Probably the question we get asked most often. In 20 years of trading we have never had a problem, in fact, a number of insurance companies have actually recommended customers who live in areas prone to flooding to use Klikflor garage flooring, as water getting under the tiles doesn’t cause a problem and eliminates the need to replace flood damaged floor coverings. The precision engineered Klikflor garage flooring joint is extremely tight but we do not claim that it is 100% waterproof. If large amounts of water are left to sit on the floor it is possible that some will seep through the joint. The most common concern people have is that the water will become stagnant and start to smell but this will not happen. Firstly the chemicals in PVC act as a natural biocide that prevents the growth of the bacteria that would make the water smell and secondly any moisture under the tiles will evaporate back up through the joint because the temperature above the tiles is almost certain to be higher than that under the tiles.
- How do I clean the tiles? – Please refer to our installation and maintenance instructions for a more in depth guide to cleaning but in general terms we recommend that firstly you sweep or vacuum up dust and dirt and then damp (not wet) mop the tiles. Water by itself or with a small quantity of detergent will suffice with either a mop or a rotary scrubber dryer if available. No waxes or sealers should be used. You can use a buffer with a lamb’s wool pad to buff a clean dry floor to an amazing shine. If required you can hose off the floor with your garden hose or a power washer (under 1300psi). Please refer to our cleaning and maintenance guidelines.
- Can I use a fork lift / floor jack / heavy machinery on our interlocking tiles? – Our tiles are extremely tough and hardwearing. It is a vinyl product so it will compress under heavy loads but will always return to its original shape.
- Can I start using my new garage floor straight away? – Yes, absolutely. The minute the tiles are down you can start using the floor.
- Why are Klikflor the best Interlocking Floor Tiles? – Klikflor offers the best value for money of any flooring product currently on the market. Customers often question this claim as in simple terms the cost of the tiles is usually higher than conventional vinyl flooring or paints and resins.
- Unlike other flooring, our tiles do not require any specialist skills to install, and can be laid over damaged, damp or uneven surfaces. It is not usually glued down saving money on specialist contractors, adhesives and floor screeds. Klikflor garage flooring can be used immediately, if you count the cost of interrupting your normal site activities the tiles pay for themselves.
- Unlike conventional flooring products Klikflor garage flooring can be considered to be a capital asset for both tax and also practical purposes. As a loose laid system Klikflor garage flooring can be written down in your accounts as an asset rather than a building improvement which is far more tax efficient. Because Klikflor is considered an asset many finance companies are willing to offer asset finance to buy the floor, please contact our sales team for further information. Lastly and possibly most importantly, Klikflor garage flooring can be lifted, altered and reused as many times as required, move factory or home and you can take the tiles with you. Even if you don’t need the Klikflor garage flooring in your new premises the tiles retain a high intrinsic value as there is a strong market for both second hand tiles and also for the raw material for recycling.
- Floor protection: Not only are you creating a smart, attractive and practical floor finish but you are also protecting the sub-floor from impact and vibration damage. A number of our customers and especially those that occupy premises on short leases will use Klikflor garage flooring to protect the floor and limit their exposure to large bills from the landlord for dilapidations. Why pay for a new floor on three separate occasions, when you move in, when you move out and when you move to new premises when an Klikflor garage flooring floor will cover you for all three!
- Do the tiles require a sealant? – No, however the application of 2 to 3 three coats of a floor sealer will give the floor a high gloss appearance and make cleaning slightly easier in the long term.
- What tools are required to install Klikflor garage flooring? – A rubber mallet to connect the tiles and cutting device are the bare essentials required. We rent out a guillotine which is the perfect tool for gutting the tiles or alternatively use a table saw, electric jigsaw or bandsaw can be used, a blade suitable for timber is best.
- Do you offer an installation service? – Yes, if you need your tiles to be installed we would be pleased to assist.
- Do I need to use an adhesive with an these products? – In the vast majority of applications no adhesive is required; the tiles can be dry laid and will take forklift or vehicle traffic without a problem. The only instances in which the tiles may require gluing is when there is a fork truck with a very high point loading (for example a three wheel electric reach truck with the batteries located over the back wheel) that operates in a confined space with very tight turning circles, or, when part of the floor is likely to be exposed to much higher temperatures than the rest of the floor (e.g. in front of a furnace or oven or adjacent to a south facing loading bay door). This only applys to the K490 tile. The Unique System 2 can operate outdoors without problems. If gluing is required the simplest adhesive to use is Uzin MK92S or F Ball
- What are these tiles made from? – The K490 is made recycled material. Recycled does not mean lower quality, the vast majority of waste material we reprocess comes from our own tiles, off cuts from installations and when we replace old floors. Klikflor garage flooring can be reprocessed as many times as required meaning that not one scrap of Klikflor garage flooring need ever end up in landfill or the waste stream.
- Can I use these tiles outside? – No, we do not recommend the use of Klikflor garage flooring outdoors.
- Can Klikflor garage flooring be installed over a painted / vinyl / carpeted floor? – Yes to the first two but we recommend lifting carpet if possible.
- What do I need to consider when using your tiles in a garage environment? – Klikflor has been used in thousands of commercial and domestic garages creating a smart, clean and dust free workshop environment but there are two 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 in a dark grey / green it is far less obvious in the darker colours and is almost indistinguishable from the colour of our Dark Grey / Anthracite Tile (which also happens to be one of the smartest and most popular colours).
- Quality, Raw Material and the environment: – Our tiles are manufactured on state of the art injection moulding machines that use one third of the electricity of traditional machines. Our process is fully automated ensuring that every single tile is checked for colour consistency and size and every pallet will contain exactly the quantity of tiles ordered, the computer doesn’t make mistakes!
- We use a chemically free phenol stabiliser (calcium zinc) rather than the more traditional Barium Zinc which has a chemical / soapy smell which leaves an unpleasant odour after the floor tiles have been installed. This is particularly important for applications where the tiles are going to be installed within a sensitive area such as schools, shops and retail applications.
- Our tiles are manufactured from a slightly more rigid plastic designed to offer better resistance to heavy loading such as reach trucks and electric pallet trucks, they are far less likely to ripple (wave effect) when vehicles with a high point loading move across the floor and they also offer better thermal stability (less propensity to expand in direct sunlight / adjacent to high heat source).
- Recycling, every off cut scrap tile or old floor can be returned to the factory and re-ground and used in the manufacture of new tiles. This has zero impact on quality, durability or performance but has a major positive effect reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. We also offer a guaranteed buy back scheme on all old tiles, once the floor has reached the end of its useable life we will buy back the tiles at the current waste compound market value and reprocess them into our recycled range of tiles.
- Availability / Lead Time – Peace of Mind – The tiles are manufactured in Luton, about 40 miles north of London and approximately 2 miles from the M1 and have excellent access to the motorway network and therefore almost the entirety of the UK. We hold considerable levels of stock and can produce up to 900m² per day so if you need to collect same day or have a guaranteed next day delivery it is no problem for us. If you’re running short on an installation we can get the tiles to you before it even becomes a problem.
- Price and value for money – We guarantee to offer the best value for money for like for like product (material, size and thickness). Because we are using state of the art machinery and our process is fully automated we believe that there is no one in the market who can compete on a like for like basis. The only way a competitor’s product will be cheaper is because they are using an inferior raw material compound that will impact on quality, durability, maintenance and performance. For projects that are extremely price sensitive speak to us about the availability of tiles manufactured from recycled material, the quality will be similar but the price lower although availability is limited.
What is the purpose of the Klikflor tile design when compared to other interlocking floor tiles and why is it better?
- The purpose of grid pattern on the back of our tiles – the open joint tiles has been designed to ensure absolute dimensional stability so that they fit perfectly without gaps between the joints or in the corners. It is our unique grid pattern that ensures the dimensional stability – if you put 4 of our competitors tiles together you’ll see that where the 4 corners meet there is a small gap – this is because of how PVC behaves when you injection mould it in to a solid piece.
- Plastic will tend to want to curl over time, a flat backed tile will after time start to curl at each corner, the ridge pattern on ours ensures that the tile will remain flat for the life of the tile, this is a proven fact and based on the physical and chemical properties of plastics.
- The pockets of air create a cushion which prevents the tile from rattling as a flat backed tile will do.
- The little pockets of air also create a mini vacuum which stops the tile from slipping on the floor especially if there is any oil, water or grease in the substrate, very important for small areas of tiles or where an island of tiles is being installed that is not butting up against retaining walls.
- The grid pattern allows our workshop flooring tile to cope better with imperfections in the substrate.
- The grid pattern allows the floor to breathe – very important if installing over concrete that hasn’t cured yet or if there is damp in the floor.