Prior to installation, Swisstrax interlocking flooring tiles must be site conditioned at room temperature (72° F or higher) for a period of 24 hours. We recommend putting the tiles which will be placed at the front of the garage direct sunlight to allow the tiles to expand for a period of time prior to installation. This is even more important if they will be exposed to direct sunlight when the garage door is open.
Remove objects and items from the floor surface and sweep or vacuum any excess dirt and debris.
We recommend ensuring the following tools are used; Circular saw, jig saw or table saw, measuring tape and a marker.
*NOTE: A minimum expansion gap of ¼” (Ribtrax, Ribtrax Smooth, Sportrax) and ½” for all other styles (Diamondtrax, Floortrax, Vinyltrax) should be left at the walls and/or any other immovable objects such as cabinets, vehicle lifts, support beams, etc.
Once you have prepared your flooring surface using the information above, by standing facing your garage door opening, locate the top-left corner of your garage.
Place Tile #1 (Tile A) in the top left corner with the pegged “male” sides facing the left wall and garage walls and leave a 1/4″ expansion gap between the tile and wall.
Working from left to right, interlock Tile B with Tile A ensuring loops and pegs are facing the same direction, until the right wall is reached. Return to the left wall and repeat steps 2-3 until the first three rows are completed.
Following completion of the first three rows, connect the edges to the first installed row nearest to the garage door entry. Edges are only needed between the garage door rails.
Position the edges: Close your garage door and gently push the first 3 rows of tile with attached edges up against garage door for a precise fit.
Option #1: Female Edge + Tile Lift up tile and align the female/looped edge with the male/pegs of the tile, and snap into place.
Option #2: Male Edge + Tile Hover above and align the edge male/pegs with the female/looped of the tile, and snap into place.
Attaching the edge: With pegs and loops aligned, begin by pressing the sides of the tile into the edge, working your way to the center. This may take a little pressure and you will feel a “snap” when the tile is attached to the edge.
*NOTE: Edges may have to be cut to fit within garage door rails.
Resume steps 2-3 until the back wall is reached. Be sure to check the alignment of your floor as you progress. Cutting may be necessary along the back wall to complete install!
Cutting recommendations: All Swisstrax® products can be cut with an electrical saw such as a circular saw, jig saw, table saw, etc. A fine toothed blade is recommended.