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    Default Tiling A Garage like they do in DR.

    Hello. I live in Florida. The majority down here think tiling a garage floor in Ceramic or Porcelain is a big NO NO. They say it will not work. It will crack and become a mess. I know that in the DR they tile everything. They do a great job with garages and outdoor spaces using what appears to be ceramic or porcelain. I have seen floors here in FL done in epoxy paints and 2 part epoxy covers and I have seen plenty of problems. I want to avoid that. I think tile is cleaner and will probably be just fine.

    Does anyone know if in DR they use ceramic or porcelain or does it matter? Anything special about doing a tile job in a garage down there? I found this ceramic I like a lot but I understand porcelain is more durable. Trying to figure out if the ceramic would be fine. Of course I will be driving a car onto it.

    Thanks for help.

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    The tile has nothing to do with cracking or movement in any way, it is what you put the tile on that makes the difference. If the foundation/substructure is crap the job will be crap. Laying onto concrete is pretty simple. If your garage floor is concrete then you can lay directly on to of this, no technical consideration is needed. If you were to relay the whole floor then tile it might be worth thinking of a few things, but if it is a garage floor, it will be pretty solid and stable. Just get the materials and go to work.

    You are correct about the tiles, and typically ceramic are more slippy, infact some are outright lethal when wet, but there are ceramic flor tiles. it's worth getting a floor tile specific for bathrooms or kitchens.

    You want a 90% coverage float for the floor tiles, meaning 90% of the tile has contact with the adhesive.
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    First feliz dia del Padre! Glad to hear from you.

    With regard to the floor tile, ceramic and porcelain are used here, but ceramic is more common. As long as you have a slab on grade construction you will be ok for the first floor.

    With regard to the use of clay tile I have seen it in Florida. I expect the problem with the clay tiles is that the roofs any more are made of 1/2" particle board and are very flexible and thus would not provide a good base. I sometimes don't have to wonder why whenever a hurricane comes to Florida many homes are blown away. On the contrary, the homes here in the DR that have tile roof are poured in place and reinforced and are very rigid.

    You could call the roof tile manufacturer and ask them but my own opinion is that you would need 3/4" plywood, not particle board, as a base. Of course I'm no expert in this area and am basing this on walking on different types of roofs.

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    3/4 plywood and nothing less!

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    well put tile lies on a "bed" of cement and there are no empty spaces underneath, like JDJones explained. costs more to put because of the quantity of cement but will last a long time. there are plenty of outdoorsy tiles: surface is a bit rough so they do not get slippery when wet. dominicans also use "cement tiles", not sure about the proper name. those are reddish or spotted small square tiles, very thick and heavy. but they will last ages with not a single crack.

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    If worried about the concrete below cracking use a crack isolation membrane first or a superflex mortar to set the tiles like this one (I've used it many times and no cracking) Super Flex If worried about wear and tear on the tile use a porcelain tile as it is indeed usually stronger and a solid color throughout if chips and such occur.

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    Oops I see now this is about floor tile only. Sorry snuffy my old buddy!

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    Thank you all for the quick input. Yes, pretty much as I expected. The garage is nice and flat with a slight grade. It has to be etched because it has to smooth a surface. I did a test etch and it worked fine. Think I will buy a porcelain for several reasons pointed out above. More money but I want to do it right. Again, I appreciate the information.

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    You don't need to key a concrete surface before laying tiles.

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    check out OCHOA, they always have an offer on few types of tiles. you can also get cement, grout and glue. all you need in one place. they will deliver anywhere in the country.
    i have been saying it ad nauseum: pay cash and ask for a discount, ochoa will not budge much but it's always something.

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