Cutting Vinyl Tile

Tiling a floor with vinyl tile is one of the easiest of floor tile installations and cutting Vinyl floor tiles is just as simple. There's no need for snap cutters or power tile cutting tools. A simple utility knife is all you'll need.

While installing your vinyl floor tiles, you're bound to run into a few obstacles like pipes and walls, And this is when you should instantly cut and install them.

For most floor tile installations cutting the tiles can be challenging and time-consuming, So most folks leave the cutting for last.

 Vinyl floor tiles are so quick and easy to cut that you can cut your tiles as you finish up on each quadrant of the floor.

For self-stick, Vinyl floor tiles leave the paper backing on the tiles while making your cuts.

For nonadhesive Vinyl floor tiles Don't apply any tile adhesive to the area of the floor where you'll be laying them until after you're done cutting the tiles and ready to set them in place.

Measuring For Straight Cuts To Your Vinyl Floor Tiles

When you run into an obstacle or a wall at the end of each quadrant of the floor, You'll need to cut the tiles to fit. If you're using Vinyl floor tiles and tile adhesive, do not apply any tile adhesive to the floor where you'll be installing them until after you've cut your tiles.

To measure for straight cuts, lay a scrap strip of vinyl tile against the wall. And lay the tile you are cutting over it.

Use a shim to create a 1/4 inch gap against the wall. Place your vinyl tile into position, and use the neighboring tile as your guide of where to mark your tile for the cut.
 Mark your tile on the front as well as the back for where you will be cutting the tile. Be careful not to touch any tile adhesive, while measuring.

Score And Bend The Tile

Working on a workhorse or a piece of plywood, use a straightedge to score a single line between your marks

Use a utility knife to score a single line along the straight edge. Then Pick up your scored tile, hold it firmly and bend until it snaps.

A full vinyl tile makes a great straight edge, But If you use a tile for scoring cuts be sure to mark it with an X, So you will know this is the scoring tile you'll be using throughout the entire floor tile installation.

You won't want to install your scoring tile by mistake, as it will be too dinged up to use for your floor tile installation.

Making Specialty Cuts To Your Vinyl Floor Tiles

When you need to notch your Vinyl floor tile, You'll first need to determine the size of the notch you'll need. So use a tape measure and mark this area onto your tile with a pencil.

Score your line using a utility knife. Repeatedly score the line until you score all the way through the tile. Bend the tile along the line until it snaps off.

If you want to make a curved or profiled cut, simply make repeated passes to your lines with a utility knife.
When you are cutting Vinyl tile for around a pipe, with no accessible end, you'll have to cut the tile in two so the seam falls across the pipe. Just notch each cut edge and lay one piece of tile on each side of the pipe. After you install the two pieces, caulk the joint and cover it with a pipe flange.

Measure For The Cut Of The Notch  To Vinyl Floor Tiles

If you only need a partial tile, cut the tile to size first. Hold the tile face up and pressed against the pipe, Then mark the tile at either side of the pipe, and measure the distance that the tile must travel toward the wall, and add 1/8 inch leaving the depth that the cut should be.

 Mark For Your Cut To Vinyl Floor Tiles

You'll want a gap of about 1/8 inch or so around the pipe. You can add the 1/8 inch while drawing an outline of the front of the pipe, onto your tile.

 Cutting Vinyl Tiles For The Notch

Using your utility knife, carefully score along all your marked lines. Apply more pressure as you repeat these cuts until your blade passes all the way through your tile. Remove and save the cutout piece. Check your cutout tile for fit, and if needed slightly enlarge the fit.

Install Your Notched Tile

Hold the cutout piece next to the gap behind the pipe. Mark it and cut it to fit the space. Then caulk around the pipe, where it meets the tile.  And install a pipe flange to cover the caulking.

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