What do I need to consider when using Klikflor within 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). 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 or anthracite tiles where tyres will sit.
Place strips of black/anthracite tiles where the tyres rest.
Add black/anthracite under the engine where oil may drip.
Can Klikflor be used with under floor heating?
Yes but please ensure that the underfloor heating has been turned on and allowed to reach its usual operating temperature before you start installation. Lay all full tiles, allow them to acclimatise and settle to the temperature of the underfloor heating for at least 24 hours before you cut the tiles up to the walls or any fixed points.
Cutting Allowance & Wastage
What Cutting Allowance / Wastage Factor should I allow – We recommend that you allow a 4% wastage factor for the 500/5, 500/7 and 500/10 and a 6% wastage factor for the 500/6 tiles. To make your calculations 100% correct measure to the nearest 25 centimetres on the 500/5, 500/7 and 500/10tiles and 50 centimetres on the 500/6 tiles.
What tools are required to install Klikflor?
A rubber mallet to connect the interlocking joints and a Stanley knife with a concave blade are the bare essentials required. You can use a table saw, electric jigsaw or bandsaw to cut the tiles, a blade suitable for timber is best.
Can I use a floor jack on Klikflor?
Klikflor is extremely tough and hardwearing. It is a vinyl product so it will compress under heavy loads but will always return to its original shape.
Does the floor need to be dry / do I need to degrease the substrate?
No, one of the main benefits of the Klikflor 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?
The 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.
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.
Do I need to use an adhesive with a Klikflor floor?
The only instances in which the tiles need to be glued is when a vehicle with heavy point loading is turning in confined spaces or when part of the floor is likely to be exposed to much higher temperatures than the rest of the floor (e.g. adjacent to a south facing door). If gluing is required the simplest adhesive to use is Uzin MK92S.
Can I use these tiles outside?
No,we do not recommend the use of Klikflor outdoors.
Can Klikflor be installed over a painted / vinyl / carpeted floor?
Yes to the first two but we recommend lifting carpet if possible.