If you are installing garage floor mats or garage floor tiles in the winter months, or even if you are installing a containment mat, there is a really really simple thing you can do to make your installation go much smoother. Let your garage floor warm up!
To some people, it sounds like common sense, and to others, it sounds overly simple, but letting your garage floor warm up from its cold journey is a very important part of getting your garage floor appropriately installed.
PVC mats are very rigid when they are cold. Containment mats are tough to assemble when they are below freezing. Simply letting the products warm up in the house overnight will make your installation much more manageable. If you are in parts of the country where you have direct sunlight, even in winter, leaving the product in the sun can be effective too.
With garage tiles, the locking mechanism will be easier to work with if you let the tile warm up. The locks will also be less brittle — they are designed chiefly for horizontal flex as opposed to vertical flex.
Once your floor is warmed up, you can install it at any temperature. Cool temperatures will not affect a garage floor mat or garage floor tile once it has been installed.
It is important to leave expansion gaps as your floor will expand come summer.