Learn How You Can Tiling Vinyl Tiles.

How do I install vinyl tiles?

A new vinyl tile floor is an inexpensive way to upgrade any room's appearance. Although primarily used in heavy traffic and wet areas (mud rooms and bathrooms), vinyl tiles can provide an improvement to the appearance of any floor that has gone past its "best before" date.

Vinyl tiles are straightforward to install, and DIY'ers can install the floor themselves by taking their time with the floor preparation and layout.

Tools and Materials:

1.Tape measure

2.Vinyl tiles

3.Carpenter's square

4.Utility knife

5.Floor leveler compound

6.Towel or wide bladed putty knife

7.Aviation or tin snips

8.Flooring roller

9.Belt sander or grinder

10.Hammer and cloud chisel


How I prepare my floor to install vinyl tiles?

Vinyl tile can be installed over virtually any underlying surface – sheet vinyl, existing vinyl tile or even concrete – as long as it's in good repair. Cracks, bumps and dips will need to be repaired before you install your tile.

Remove any trim around the floor edges, and if you're doing a bathroom, you're best off removing the toilet. Bring your new tiles into your home a day or two before you begin installing so they can get acclimatized to your home.

Existing vinyl floor: If the floor has some dents or dips or even a strong pattern, you are well advised to apply a leveler/primer layer. Simply spread this compound smoothly with a wide bladed putty knife or a straight edged trowel. It will give you a smooth surface for your tiles and also prevent the underlying flooring from "burning through" and becoming noticeable under your new tiles.

Concrete floors: patch any holes or cracks and remove any bumps or ridges using a cold chisel or heavy grit sandpaper on a belt sander. A quick sanding of the whole concrete floor will also help the tiles adhere to the surface, particularly if the floor has been painted.


How I Cut vinyl Tiles?

You can cut straight edges in vinyl tiles using a sharp utility knife. For curves or irregular sharps, aviation or tin snips will do the job.

Cutting an edge tile to width is easy if you lay the tile to be cut on top of the last row of full tiles. Now, place another full tile up against the wall so it overlaps the loose tile. Using the second loose tile as a template, mark the loose tile. Cut along the mark and you will have an exact fit to go against the wall.

Irregular shape or cut outs for plumbing pipes are best handled by making a cardboard template and then using that as your guide for cutting.


Can I lay vinyl floor tile on top of my existing floor? Or do I need to rip it out first?

In all likelihood, you can install vinyl floor tiles on top of your present floor. Because vinyl tiles don’t do a very good job of "smoothing over" imperfections in your flooring or underlayment, then the floor would need to be in very good shape.


What kinds of flooring are best/worst as underlayment for vinyl floor tiles?

Any kind of smooth, seamless surface works well for vinyl floor tile: sheet vinyl, linoleum, etc. .  . You can install vinyl floor tiles over ceramic tiles, provided that the grout lines are not too wide. Wider grout lines will eventually show through the vinyl. Wood flooring can also accept vinyl tiles, but it's not the best. The optimum condition is to have a substrate of one-quarter inch plywood or other smooth underlayment, rather than flooring.



How to Glue Vinyl Floor Tiles Back Down?

1.Clean the area underneath the tile thoroughly. Remove any dirt or chipped adhesive from underneath the lifted vinyl tile. Be sure not to pull the tile back too far while you clean or you could end up breaking or tearing the whole tile.

2.Heat up the vinyl tile with the hair dryer. If you have a corner that's come up and adhesive and vinyl tile are no longer flexible, apply even heat to the tile and existing adhesive until it becomes flexible. Be sure not to burn or melt the tile as you work. Pull back the already lifted the edge of the tile about a        quarter of an inch as you go.

3.Remove any debris collected underneath the newly exposed area of the tile and check again to make sure that the entire surface is clean, dry, and warm.

4.Apply heat to the back of the tile, as well as to the adhesive on the floor, if the adhesive is still there. If the adhesive is still good, simply make sure it's hot enough and press the vinyl tile back onto the floor.

5.Use adhesive according to the instructions on the adhesive packaging if the existing adhesive will not work to glue the vinyl tile back down to the floor with new adhesive.

6.Apply pressure. Once the tile has been glued back into place, heavy object to place onto the tile. Find something with a wide base so it distributes the pressure evenly on the tile so you don’t end up with a dent (Never use a chair or table leg. it won't work).

7.Allow the vinyl tile to sit for about an hour. Clean any excess adhesive 2 hours or more later to prevent water or other products from mixing with it and undoing your hard work. 

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