In areas like a basement or a utility room, anywhere the subfloor regularly has dampness, raised floor tiles are the perfect solution.
In a wet or damp area, raised floor systems have an elevated, raised base, which allows air to flow underneath the tile. This encourages drying without having to remove the floor. Removing moisture reduces the chance of mold and odor formation.
At Greatmats, our Max tile floating floor consists of waterproof materials, making it ideal in a wet basement. Should you have a significant flooding problem, these tiles are easily removable during cleanup. Simply reinstall them later.
Easily Install Max Tiles As Temporary Flooring
Our raised floor tiles have interlocking edges designed for a quick DIY installation. You won’t need to hire someone to install these tiles for you, keeping expenses low.
In an area where you can’t install permanent flooring, our raised flooring for wet basements is an ideal choice as temp flooring. Our raised basement flooring has a design made for multiple assemblies and disassemblies.
Stylish Design Options
Some people believe that when installing waterproof raised floor tiles for the basement, you have to choose between performance and style. You can’t have both. But with our raised floor tile Max product, you receive a realistic-looking wood grain finish that’s attractive without sacrificing durability.
Beyond the wood look flooring, this model also is available in a stone look. Many homeowners will order this raised floor for a basement or trade show to use as an upgrade to an existing floor.
These tiles offer a wet or damp basement the ability to have an attractive floor at a fraction of the price of a real hardwood floor.
Select Among Many Usage Options
Even though our floating floor often appears in areas with dampness, such as a basement, installers don’t have to limit themselves to damp areas. Versatility is a strength of Max tiles.
Athletic facilities may install this product for use as an indoor basketball or volleyball court. It also works nicely for a home exercise room. Because it’s easy to assemble and disassemble, you can set up the tiles for a workout session and then remove them to return the room to the original flooring.
These tiles are a nice option for trade shows, too. They’re easy to assemble, making setting up the booth a quick process. Additionally, they don’t weigh much, so it’s easy to transport them back and forth from the trade show location.
Clean with damp mop, hot water and common household floor cleaner.
Ships in cartons via ground service to your door, for larger orders product may ship freight delivery.
Q: I have a garage that is finished. We installed carpet padding and carpet over the concrete. I am now looking to add something in there that will provide a better workout surface. Will this product work with carpet backing? Also, I'm not going wall to wall; are there edge pieces to clean up the outer edges? I'm going to install roughly 50 square feet.
A: This product would work well for your application. And yes, this tile has border edges available. Also, our StayLock floor tiles would work, and they have border edging.
Q: I am going to use this product in a garage/hot tub room. Will it be a good product to use in this area?
A: Yes, this could be ok, and the tiles are not water tight, so some water could get below the tiles; however, the tile is raised and will allow air and water to flow under the tiles. The tiles themselves are water proof.
Q: I am considering installing this as a mat in my office for my office chair to roll on. But it would be installed over carpet. Will this product work on carpet rather than a hard concrete floor?
A: Yes, you can install this product over carpeting; however, this tile is not designed as a chair mat and may not hold up to the chair wheels over time.
Q: How do you recommend ramping the cut sides? Unfortunately, my area is 15 1/2 x 15 1/2, and there are 3 sides with doorways, so at least one of them will be on a cut side.
A: If a ramp is required, then that tile cannot be cut down.
Q: Can I put my pool table on top of this flooring?
A: Yes, this is fine. You may be interested in learning more about this type of usage in our Buyers Guide. This blog does address using Max Tiles for game room flooring as well as many other uses.
Q: I'm looking to install flooring for my daughter to practice ballet at an advanced amateur level. Will I need a subfloor? If a subfloor isn't needed, will this work on top of the carpet, or do I remove the carpet & place it directly on the plywood underneath?
A: For ballet, we recommend our marley flooring for a continuous surface for the dancer. Marley needs to be installed on a hard flat surface. We have modular plastic tiles that can be installed over your carpeting to then install the marley. Please contact customer service.
Q: We are finishing a basement bedroom and looking for floor options. Could these also be used as a subfloor to lay carpet on top of? We can't find any publicly available subflooring for basements that provides the water and air channels underneath, only the systems sold by specific vendors.
A: Yes, this is one option for a raised subfloor in a basement. Also, our StayLock Orange Peel Tiles would work well; however, they are softer than the Max Tiles for furniture.
Q: Can this tile be installed over Super TUFF-R or Owens Corning FOAMULAR in a basement?
A: It's possible, but it's also likely the tiles will gouge into the foam, similar to if you used your finger to press on this type of foam board.
Q: Can this be installed over hardwood? Will it affect the wood floor's finish?
A: This tile can be installed over hardwood and will not affect the finish of the wood; it might indent the wood somewhat, but that depends on the wood type.
Q: We are looking at this product for our studio/gym. We will dance with our shoes on and off. We also need flooring that will work with free weights. Will this product work with weights?
A: This floor tile is not suitable to drop weights on, as the top vinyl will crack.
Q: What is the weight capacity of these? I need to put multiple work benches and shelving in the room. The shelves will have hundreds of pounds on them; the work benches are very heavy; and one has a granite top. Will these break? Is there a better flooring option?
A: Perhaps put the shelving and the bench on the subfloor and then tile around them. These tiles are designed for human traffic and have not been load tested.
Q: We have an enclosed 6 x 12 front porch that has become our 2 Lab-sized dog's preferred sleeping area. They have worn through the painted wood floor, and I'm wondering if these would hold up to their nails. Do you offer a better option? I need to cover a 6 x 4 area.
A: Although the Max Tiles are durable and scratch-resistant, they are not to be used in outdoor areas, even if it is a covered area. Please consider an outdoor tile like our Staylock Perforated.
Q: We are going to be using this for our trade shows-about 3 a month. It will be installed over carpet most of the time, with lots of foot traffic and standing. Will this be durable enough for that?
A: The Max Tile can be used for repeat installation over carpet. These will be a durable trade show floor.
Q: Would this product be suitable for a tap dance floor?
A: Yes. This tile is great for tap.
Q: I am wanting something like this in my playroom; I am debating between this and the MMA tiles. I have a lot of infants/toddlers and need something easy to clean and soft for the babies to crawl on. Which would you recommend?
A: The Max Tile is not a soft tile. It would be easy to clean, but not comfortable for crawling.
Q: Please clarify how much weight these tiles can handle.
A: These tiles have not been tested for a specific weight restriction. We have had customers use these tiles for temporary installations where cars are parked for a short period of time. We do not recommend these tiles for vehicle traffic, however.
Q: Can I install the flooring after the trim is already on the walls? And will the flooring expand?
A: There should be a 1/4'' expansion gap between the wall and the tiles. They do have the ability to expand in the heat and contract in the cold.
Q: My basement floor is not level and has slopes and raises. Also, the sublayment has cracked and broken apart in some areas. I have a couple of areas that are around 2'x2' and are anywhere from .125 deep to around .250'' which are lower than the rest of the flooring. Will this make the product teeter or be unstable? Suggestions?
A: We suggest leveling the concrete floor as much as possible before adding another flooring product over top. For slight slopes and divots, these tiles will work just fine.
Q: I see that you market this product for use as a tap dance floor. Can this product be used on top of a hardwood floor as a movable tap floor? Would it slide over the wood as it was being used? Also, can it be easily disassembled and reassembled many times for easier storage between uses?
A: These tiles can be installed over any hard, flat surface. It does not slide when in use. You may disassemble and reassemble as needed.
Q: Can this product be used outdoors in a screen house?
A: This is generally not advised. The tiles will expand with heat and sun exposure.
Q: I want a floor that I can do various workout programs on, including step aerobics and high-intensity circuits. Would this floor work over carpeting? Would I need to add foam underlay for more support?
A: This will work over low pile, low pad carpeting. Keep in mind that the softer the carpet, the more difficult it may be to connect the tiles. We highly recommend placing a sheet of plywood under the area where you are connecting tiles to provide a firm surface for popping the tab connector into the loop connector on the tiles. The plywood can be moved around as you install it and then removed once finished. A foam underlay is not necessary.
Q: I am looking to use these tiles for high-impact workouts. I need a good shock-absorbing, energy-return type of flooring. Is this a good one for this?
Q: I want to use this in my garage as a dance floor for an event. Will this work? Does it require a lot of assembly steps to put down and take up? Do the pieces snap together?
A: Yes. This would work very well for that. Each tile is 1x1 foot, so depending on how large of an area you are installing, it may take some time, but the tiles snap together easily over concrete and disassemble even easier!
Q: I have a 5th-wheel patio hauler and am wanting to use this in the patio area. Will this insulate the floor? I was wanting to just lay it over the carpet for extra warmth.
A: The tiles will not create any heat per se, nor will they reduce the transfer of heat; they do not have any insulative value.
Q: Are these tiles suitable for indoor roller skating practice for a single person?
A: We do not recommend roller skating on this product.
Q: Can this go over a floor drain? I am trying to design a basement bathroom floor that has 2 floor drains.
A: Yes. This can be installed over floor drains.
Q: I need to leave an area open to allow the door to swing. I see you have Max Tile Corners. What about an inside corner? Would I just trim the border ramp in this case?
A: Yes, you are correct. Border ramps should be trimmed to finish inside corners.
Q: I have low-level carpeting. How would I install this over carpet?
A: This product can generally be installed over carpeting in commercial and many home installations. This installation is not guaranteed to work, as, with some carpets, the padding and carpet thickness can vary. If the user is experiencing any issues when installing over carpet, then the user may have to install some other flat surface under the tiles, such as plexiglass or plywood.
Q: I am building a hot yoga studio. Will this flooring withstand high temperatures up to 105°F plus and high humidity up to 60% plus?
A: We would not recommend this particular product for that application. Our LonWood Performa flooring is able to withstand those temperatures and humidity levels.
Q: I am looking to build a 7 ft. by 7 ft. floor for basketball dribbling drills in my basement. What is the best product option? I would like an economical option but don't want the tile or flooring to be damaged easily.
A: Max Tiles are UV treated and waterproof, making them ok for temporary outdoor use. They are not designed for permanent outdoor installations.
Q: Do I need a subfloor?
A: A subfloor is not required, but it could help reduce noise and add comfort.
Q: I'm thinking about using this for our basement, which, on occasion, gets water seepage. How resistant would these tiles be? Would they have to be removed and reinstalled?
A: These tiles will not absorb water, and they are designed to allow for airflow and drainage beneath the flooring. For occasional moisture, you won't have to remove the tiles and re-install them. If it currently pools water on the floor, however, the tiles will not stop the pooling without adjusting the slope and drainage system of your floor. In this case, you'd want to remove the tiles, dry the floor, and then re-install the tiles.
Q: Can this be used on a kitchen floor?
A: Yes. This has been used for kitchen floors. Just keep in mind that while the Max Tile flooring will not be damaged by water, the seams are not 100% watertight.
Q: What is the process for cutting the tiles? How do I cut them to fit? Do I need special tools?
A: A power saw, such as a jigsaw or bandsaw, works well. If you only need to cut straight lines, it can be done with saws like a circular saw or table saw.
Q: Can I use this as a tile for a bathroom? What would be the best application method?
A: Yes. These can be used in bathrooms. This floor is waterproof and allows for airflow beneath the tiles. Just be aware that although it is waterproof, it is not watertight. These tiles snap together over any hard, flat surface. Never install a toilet on top of these tiles or any other modular floor tile. You can put the tiles around the toilet after installation on the concrete floor.
Q: I am looking to make an art/painting studio in a room at my house. I was looking at installing this over my carpet. It sounds like, although the tiles are waterproof, spilled paint might go between the tiles. If that is correct, do you have any options that would provide a complete seal that could go over carpet?
A: Yes. That is a possibility. The tiles fit tightly together and will not be damaged by water, but we cannot guarantee that liquids won't get between the tiles.
The best way to ensure a complete seal would be to use flooring with no seams - something like sheet vinyl.
Another option to protect your carpet would be to put a drop cloth under these tiles.
Q: I am planning on covering my garage floor with tile with the best insulative value that can handle the weight of a vehicle. Will this work for my needs?
A: These tiles do not have any insulative value and have not been weight tested with vehicles. While we have had customers use these tiles for temporary installations where cars are parked for a short period, we do not recommend them for vehicle traffic.
Q: We have a sump pump room that has some storage space; we are wondering which tiles may best suit our needs. We will need to cut (with a utility knife?) maybe 3-4 tiles to go around the sump pump pipes and such.
A: These can be used for that purpose, but they'll be much easier to cut using a power tool. If you would like something you can cut with a utility knife, a PVC product will be much more conducive to that. It may be worth looking into our