How to install a self-stick vinyl tile floor
While vinyl tiles may not give the classic look of other types of flooring, they are particularly useful in areas which are high traffic areas prone to staining. From the kitchen to the bathroom or even playroom, vinyl tiles are extremely easy to clean making them a wise choice. Coming in a range of flat or cushion effect finishes, the colors available in this day and age mean that the floor can be personalized to suit the color or ambiance of your rooms. Choose good quality tile as cheaper tiles may not be as efficient in the laying process, and it’s certainly worthwhile investing in goods which carry a guarantee and which have their own full installation instructions.
Prepare the floor.
The floor which is to take the tiles must be prepared. It should be flat and have no ridges. Even if this means the installation of a hardboard base, it is well worth it as this means that the tiles will be flat and not prone to breakage. The floor area should be dust free and cleaned ready to take the tile. Any dust or debris will get behind the tile and show as a lump on the finished flooring, or may even threaten the integrity of the adhesive.
Unpack the tile.
Unpack the tile ready for installation and during this process, check that all your batch numbers (if applicable) are the same. This means there will be no variation in color, and will get your tiles prepared ready to use.
Marking the floor center.
When performing tiling of any nature, it is vital to measure the area and to decide where the central tiles will be placed. This gives you a starting point. When anticipating this, mark the central line of the room and then place the tiles against it to determine if this gives difficult cuts at the edges. The line can be adjusted slightly to allow for edges which are difficult to cut. When you have established this, draw a definite starting line across the whole room.
Deciding where to start.
Having measured the room end to end, you also need to create a line across the room, so that you have an intersection at the center of the room to guide you into correct placement of the tile. Draw this line neatly. Check while doing this for awkward cuts as this helps you to decide if slightly off center would be a better starting position.
Placing the first row of tiles.
Each tile comes with a backing, which needs to be removed to allow the glued area to be exposed. Place the tile neatly in place removing this backing as you go. The best way is to position the joins between tiles before removing the backing, and then pressing firmly into place.
Tiling the majority of floor area.
Work from the central point to the edges of the floor. If you need to remove baseboard for a great finish, this should be done at this stage.
Measuring obscure cuts.
The accuracy of the cuts will dictate the look of the floor. At this stage, use a profiler and push this against the edge where the tile will be placed. Profilers are a series of prongs which take the shape needed to be cut in the tile for perfect results. Mark the profile onto the tile, and then measure each side.
Cutting the tile.
Use a very good quality craft knife to cut the tile in a downward movement. This will not damage the upper surface of the tile.
Place all edging.
Finish the edging of the tiled area and decide what kind of finishes are needed in door areas to transition the floors between two different rooms. Bars which are placed across the floor allow ease of transition.