Self Stick Vinyl Floor Tile Is A Perfect Do It Yourself Floor Tile Installation

Self Stick Vinyl Floor Tile Is A Perfect Do It Yourself Floor Tile Installation

Installing Your Self Stick Vinyl Floor Tile In 4 Easy Steps

Tiling with self stick vinyl floor tile is a bit different than installing floor tiles where you apply the tile adhesive, The self stick ones have the tile adhesive already applied for you, and this makes for a much simpler floor tile installation. These beautiful easy to use tiles are perfect for the do it yourself tiler.

Vinyl tile has always included designs to mimic other materials, such as granite, marble, brick, ceramic and even parquet floor tiles, but todays vinyl tile is a whole lot different.

Thanks to computer technology todays vinyl tiles are absolutely stunning. They’re much more realistic in looks and texture of the tiles they are mimicking, and they come in all sorts of exciting colors ranging from simple and subdued to bold and dramatic.

You can be very creative with these tiles by mixing and matching them to create whatever floor tile patterns you can dream of.

Vinyl floor tiles can make for a very attractive floor tile installation at a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the time it takes for installing floor tiles of other materials.

Tips For Vinyl Tiles

*Some manufaturers reccomend priming the subfloor before a vinyl floor tiles installation, and others don’t. if it is recommended, priming would only be done to porous surfaces, such as plywood.

*Once your self stick vinyl tile comes into contact with your floor, the tile adhesive is very unforgiving, You will no longer be able to slide the tile or adjust it’s position.

If you missalign a tile, just know that you’ll have to pull it up and replace it. you may be able to later use this tile as a cut tile or in a corner.

*Once the paper backing found on self stick vinyl tile is removed it is very slippery underfoot. Keep your work site safe by having a wastebasket handy to throw the backing away as you are installing floor tiles.

*Don’t remove the paper backing until just before installing floor tiles. and be sure to dispose of the backing immediately.

*Installing vinyl cove molding around the perimeter of your vinyl tile flooring adds a very attractive touch to your new floor tile installation. It works in the same way as wooden baseboards, but it’s a lot easier to install.

Step 1 Prime Your Subfloor

Prime your subfloor if neccassary. Use the product recommended by the manufacturer. In most cases it’s best to apply two applications of primer.

The first application should be thinned and the second full strengh. A long handled roller should work fine for applying the primer.

Step 2 Snap Your Chalklines And Drylay Your tiles

Step 3 Arrange Your Tiles Loosely Along Your Reference Lines

Arrange your vinyl floor tiles along your reference lines. Be sure that the all the arrows on the backs of the tiles are facing in the same direction, or opposite directions depending on the look you desire, Be sure to keep the pattern the same throughout the entire floor tile installation.

Start at a corner of the tile and slowly peel away the paper backing. Don’t pull it too fast because you might tear the paper backing. It can be very challenging to raise the paper from the center of the tile.

Throw away the backing and then place the tile at the intersection of your reference lines. Press the tile down and then roll over it with a small roller.

Step 4 Continue Setting Your Tiles

Continuing with the pattern you earlier chose by positioning the arrows on the backs of your tiles, and making sure that each tile butts squarely against the neighboring tile on two sides, continue installing floor tiles.

If you make a mistake installing floor tiles, such as laying a tile with the arrow facing the wrong direction, warm the tile with a hair dryer to soften the tile adhesive, and immediately pry the tile up with a wide putty knife. The tile will probably be damaged and unable to be used again.

1 Cutting Your Vinyl Tiles Mark the Tile For Cuts

Mark your vinyl floor tiles for cuts to fit around obstructions, but leave the backing on before cutting them. Use heavy duty scissors to cut the tiles along your cutting lines.

2 Peel Off The Backing

After cutting the tile peel off the backing and dispose of it immediately.

3 Position The Cut Tile

Carefully position the tile by placing the leading corner or edge against the neighboring tiles or the obstruction before you press it into place.

Congratulations On Your New Vinyl Floor Tile Installation


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