A Vinyl floor tile installation that uses tile adhesive is relatively simple but, Tiling a floor with self-stick vinyl floor tile is even quicker and easier than the Vinyl tile installation using tile adhesive.
The self-stick ones have the tile adhesive already applied for you, and this makes for a much easier floor tile installation making them perfect for even the beginner do it yourself, Tiler.
Luxury Vinyl tile has always included designs to mimic other materials, such as granite, marble, brick, Ceramic and even parquet floor tiles, but today's Luxury Vinyl tile is a whole lot different.
There are Luxury Vinyl tile designs with light embossing and the gentle details found in smoother stone flooring like Granite or Concrete.
Then there are some with medium to heavy embossing to mimic the appearance of Tumbled or roughly hewn Natural Stone floor tile designs. And they do it all the way to the gorgeous natural colors and surface texture that feel like the real thing.
Vinyl tile can make for a very attractive floor tile installation at a fraction of the cost and time that it takes for installing floor tiles of other materials.
*Some manufacturers recommend that you prime the porous surface of a plywood subfloor before the Vinyl tile installation, While others do not.
*Vinyl tiles can be installed to a Plywood or Concrete subfloor, But you'll need to repair any defects to the concrete subfloor first.
*A Self-stick Vinyl tile installation requires the same patience necessary for tiling a floor with any other type of tiles.
You'll need the same precise eye for setting the first tile and those of the first row adjoining it. Because your first row of tiles determines how straight and accurate, the entire floor tile installation will look.
* Once your self-stick vinyl tile comes into contact with your floor, you will no longer be able to slide the tile or adjust its position.
* Should you miss-align a tile, you'll have to pull it up and replace it with a new one.
*Once you remove the paper backing from the back of your self-stick vinyl floor tiles, Toss it immediately into a wastebasket. And You'll want to keep it handy throughout the entire floor tile installation so you can get rid of the backing quickly as you are tiling the floor.
The backing is very slippery underfoot, and you'd be amazed at how fast they build up in the room if you just toss them to the side.
* Don't remove the paper backing until you're ready to set the tile and once again, be sure to dispose of the backing immediately.
Priming your subfloor is only needed if recommended by the manufacturer of your tiles. And you would only prime the surface if it's plywood.
In most cases it's best to apply two coats of primer to your plywood surface. The first one would be thinned and the second full strength. And a long handled roller makes applying the primer easier.
Before you begin your floor tile installation, You'll need to snap chalk your tile reference lines and dry-lay your Vinyl Tiles.
Arrange your vinyl 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.
Continuing laying your Vinyl Floor Tiles using the same pattern you earlier chose for positioning the arrows to the entire floor tile installation. Butt each tile squarely up against the neighboring tile on two sides, continue installing floor tiles.
If you make a mistake by installing a Vinyl floor tile in the wrong
position, 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.
Mark your vinyl floor tiles for cuts to fit the edges of your new Vinyl tile installation and also to fit around obstacles, Leave the backing on the tiles while cutting them. And use heavy duty scissors to cut the tiles along your cutting lines. After cutting the tile peel off the backing and dispose of it immediately.
Position your cut tile by placing the leading corner or edge against the neighboring tiles or the obstacle, And then press it into place.
Congratulations On Your New Vinyl Floor Tile Installation
Relax And Enjoy