- How many tiles do I need for a typical garage? Or my project?
The Speedway HD tile measure 12”x 12” so you can determine how many you need by calculating the square footage (length x width) of your garage. You will need 1 tile for every square foot of space. If you have an odd-shaped space or would like any assistance, please contact our design team.
- Are ramps or edge pieces sold separately?
Yes, since many people will only use ramps on the area where one pulls vehicles into the garage, ramps and corner pieces are sold separately in both loop and receiver variations.
- How do I determine if I need loop or receiver ramps?
Each Speedway tile features loops on two sides and receivers on two sides. So, if you are creating a standalone pad with ramps on all 4 sides, you will need the same amount of both loop and receiver ramps. If you only plan to use ramps on the entry side of the garage, you will only need one type of ramp. Our installation guidelines suggest you install the tile with the circular loops facing the back wall of the garage and the right side of the wall. Assuming you follow these guidelines, you will want to use male ramps.
- How do I determine if I will need corner pieces?
If you are going to create a standalone pad with ramps on all 4 sides, you should order 4 corner pieces. Corner pieces are designed with one loop and one receiver so there is only one configuration available.
- Can I get a sample?
Please contact our sales team for more info.
- Should I butt the edge of the tile up against the wall when installing?
No. Once interconnected, the tile will expand and contract slightly due to changes in temperature. We recommend that the tile be installed with a ½” gap between the edge of the tile and the wall.
- Can the tile be cut? If so, how and with what type of saw?
Speedway tile are made from a hard plastic material that is easy to cut with most standard saws. Our customers have used everything from a sharp utility knife to a table saw, but we typically recommend a hand saw, circular saw or jig saw. Be careful not to cut at too high of a speed as the plastic can melt.
- Can I glue the floor into place or fasten the edges to the wall in any way to keep the floor in place?
No. We strongly advise against gluing the tile to the floor or fastening to a wall as the polypropylene material will expand and contract slightly with temperature changes. If securing tiles to floor is necessary, we advise fastening the tile to the floor using screws or bolts. To allow the floor some room to expand, drill holes in the tile and use large washers – making sure not to tighten the bolts to the tiles too tightly.
- What prep work is required prior to installation?
It is best to install Speedway tile on a flat, clean and even surface. For most garages, simply sweeping or blowing the floors clean is all that is necessary. For uneven or cracked surfaces, we would recommend patching the surface to make it as level as possible before installing.
- How long does it take to install the tiles?
Installation time obviously varies depending on the complexity of the space being tiled, but for a standard 2-car rectangular garage requiring very few cuts, most people can install the tile in about 2 hours.
- Why do I have to start along the entrance?
Our installation guidelines suggest starting in this manner so that any pieces that need to be cut will be in the back of the garage. Most people add ramps to the entry area so it is imperative to have complete tile for the loop and receiver system to work.
- Can I put underlayment down?
While any underlayment could affect the ability of water, moisture and air to flow through Speedway’s Speedgrid Support System, many customers have used landscaping screen, roofing paper or other materials under the tiles.
- Will Speedway tiles interlock with tile systems?
No. Speedway tiles feature a patented 6-point interlocking system that do not work with other tile systems on the market or other VersaCourt tile systems. Speedway tile were designed specifically for the needs of the garage flooring market.
Performance & Durability
- Can I park and drive heavy vehicles (trucks, SUVs, etc.) on them?
Yes. These are rigid, industrial-grade tiles.
- Will water be able to flow under the tiles?
Yes. Speedway tiles feature the Speedgrid Support System that not only allows water to flow through it, but also provides a cavity in which air can circulate so moisture evaporates. Still, it is best not to flood the garage with water when tiles are installed as the space is limited.
- What are these tiles made of exactly?
A virgin copolymer high impact polypropylene.
- Can I remove the tiles easily if I move or use in a trade show?
Yes. Simply unsnap the tiles. Unsnap in 4x4 sections so they snap back together quicker in your new location.
- Are the tile slippery?
Speedway tiles feature a diamond treadplate pattern that does give them better traction when wet. However, they are not designed specifically for slip resistance.
- Will these tiles move when I drive on them?
In most cases the answer is no. In rare cases it may be necessary to use screws or bolts to secure your floor. Do not tighten bolts to floor. Leave room for expansion.
- Will the use of a jack damage the tile?
The use of most jacks is fine. However, we recommend placing a small piece of wood or metal under the jack wheels to protect the tile.
- Can I roll a creeper across these tiles?
- Do the tile have an odor?
Speedway tile are made from a copolymer plastic that is essentially odor free.
- Are these tiles electrostatic?
Cleaning, Care & Maintenance
- How do I clean these tiles?
Most cleaning solutions will be fine. Use a mop or any other cleaning tool. To learn more, visit our Care & Maintenance page.
- What if I get oil and auto fluids on the tiles?
No problem. Just mop them or spray them off. They have a semi-gloss finish and they are easy to clean.
- How well do they hold up to road salt?
These tiles will clean up nicely.
- Can I use Speedway tile in outdoor applications?
While Speedway tile can be used outdoors, they have been designed primarily for use in garages and are not warrantied for outdoor use. If you want to tile an outdoor surface, we recommend visiting VersaCourt to view our entire line of outdoor tile systems and/or calling our design team for assistance.
- Can I use Speedway tile as flooring in my basement?
For the most part, Speedway tile can be used on most hard, flat indoor surfaces.
- Is a Speedway tile good for flooring a workshop?
Given that many garages double as the owner’s workshop or tool area, this is a very common application. The rugged durability and slip-resistant nature of the flooring make it ideal for this application.
- Can I use as flooring in my storage shed?
If the shed has a concrete or asphalt base, then the Speedway tile should work in a similar fashion as it would on a concrete floor in a garage. We caution against using the tile on a less permanent surface.
- Can I install these tiles in an enclosed trailer?
Yes. Toy haulers love these tiles. Be sure to leave expansion gaps. It gets hot in trailers. If installing tiles on trailer door then use bolts or screws to adhere the tiles to the trailer door if needed. Leave ample room around bolt for tile shifting expansion in sun. Tiles will buckle without expansion gaps. Most people choose not to tile the trailer doors.
- Can I use Speedway tile to make a floor for my home gym?
While Speedway tile is extremely durable and often used underneath fitness equipment in one’s garage, we would not recommend it as the ideal flooring for a home gym. It is made from a very hard plastic and features a slip-resistant, diamond plate surface. Rubberized tile with a smooth surface typically makes for a superior gym floor.