How to choose Parking Area Tiles – A Guide to Parking Tile Selection
The look and feel of your building will be completed by tiling your parking area. The area would look incomplete without the texture provided by the tiles. In public places, tiles are often used to guide vehicles and mark safety lines.
Consider these factors when choosing tiles for your parking area.
- Material Strength – Load-bearing, Surface Hardness, Heat and Weather Temperament
- Surface grip or slip resistance
- Different materials for outdoor and indoor usage
- Choose patterns and appearance
Strength will vary depending on whether the parking is for a home or an industrial area with heavy vehicles. The tensile strength or mechanical strength of different flooring materials varies. The load-bearing capability of the tile is usually a good indicator.
Materials like granite, quartzite, and limestone are very strong and can be used for parking. The quality and sourcing of the material can be difficult in some locations. You may want to consider full-body vitrified tile such as Johnson’s Marbonite or Endura for this role.
The tiles are manufactured at high temperatures using feldspar and quartz with the required color pigments. Parking Area Tiles have been specially designed for grip, surface hardness, and strength for long-lasting performance. Parking area tiles are made of full-body vitrified tile with a hardness rating greater than seven on the MOH scale and a thickness of 10MM.
Grip – Slip Resistance
It would be best if you also considered the grip. Glossy tiles may look nicer, but you don’t want your vehicle to slip on them. The Indian environment can be prone to dust and clogging of water, which can affect surface resistance.
While natural stones such as granite and quartzite are durable, they often do not provide significant slip resistance in all weather conditions. In this area, manufactured tiles can give you greater confidence. You can select the level of slip resistance that you want with full-body vitrified tile like Johnson Endura.
It would be best if you had maximum grip for the ramps but less grip for the parking floor. You can select tiles with a slip resistance ranging from R9 to R13. R9 is the least slippery. These numbers indicate the angle at which the tile surface is slip-resistant, even when oil has been spilled.
You can select tiles that will provide a good grip for vehicles and other traffic, as well as durability.
Materials for Outdoor & Indoor Spaces
You can select the materials for your parking based on your budget and the appearance you want. Open or outdoor parking requires materials that are more durable and cheaper, while indoor parking allows for greater creativity.
If the parking area is a commercial space with high traffic, it makes sense to use materials that are easily replaceable. These are some of the options you have for flooring in parking spaces:
Different materials will influence the design pattern you choose for your parking area. Granite will have a uniform way unless you mix two granites to create a particular design.
Another area where tiles are available in a variety of styles is full-body vitrified and porcelain tiles. These tiles are necessary, particularly in parking lots where safety lines and markings are required.
For outdoor parking, tumbled and cobbled stones provide a classic pattern. When more natural surroundings surround your parking area, stones are the perfect choice. Stones are easy to replace and keep the surroundings consistent.
You can use vitrified pavers outside. They will maintain the natural appearance while being a cheaper alternative to natural stone.
Size & Fitting
It is better to choose pre-cut tiles since they require minimal resizing on-site. To reduce installation time and cost, you can select the right size. Tiles are easier to maintain and keep clean than cemented outdoor areas. Tiles do not collect dust or stains like other materials.
Ceramic tiles are available in sizes of 20×20, 30, 30 and 40x40cm. You can choose from a variety of ceramic or porcelain tiles depending on the use and needs of your space. If you’re paving a floor in a workshop for vehicle repairs, you may choose varying thicknesses between 120 mm and 200 mm.
The best material for durability, design, and cost is vitrified tile. Surface hardness of 7 (MOH scale) ensures the tile will not be damaged easily. The uniformity of the color ensures that even if there is damage to the surface, the appearance will not change.