Like we all know, vinyl is the most convenient choice for floors if you want cheap installation and low maintenance, with the look of something as fancy as expensive wood floors. Vinyl installation is pretty simple and to the point. You can do it over almost any tile, but depending on your subfloor there are different methods to follow. If you want to install vinyl floor tiles over wood flooring then there are a few things you will do differently.
Steps to Install Vinyl Tiles Over a Wood Floor:
The first step is to even the surface with sandpaper. Make sure everything is leveled, fill in spaces if needed. After this get your floor to be the most clean it has ever been. Dust, dirt, and grit everything needs to be off. This is an important step to make sure your tiles stick in place. Even the slightest dirt will stick to the adhesive and won’t let it do its job. Let the floor dry well. Mop up any extra moisture that may be present.
After this you have two options. The first option is you lay a layer of sheathing over your wood floors. Cut it out to the length of the room. Spray adhesive and press it to the floor. This will make sure that the impressions of the wooden subfloor do not appear on the vinyl tiles. The second option is to stick lauan or other special plywood on your wooden floors. This would create a smooth surface. Remove baseboards to make your work easy.
Once you’ve done this, the rest of the procedure is the same for all. Using peel and stick vinyl tiles is the easiest way. You just need to peel the back strip off. Draw a straight line from the centre of the room using a string. You can begin to lay out your tiles from this marked centre. Peel the tiles and lay them close to each other. Work towards the end of the room. Use a cutter to lay tiles under door jams.
If you don’t want that, you could go the traditional way. Use good adhesive. Pour adhesive on the subfloor and spread it across. The kind of adhesive that you use must give you enough time to lay the tiles at a reasonable pace. It must not dry off to quick. Keep a cloth handy so that you can clean your hands if required and not dirty the new tiles.
Finish off with attaching back your baseboards and fixing transitions. Keep traffic off the floor for sometime so that the adhesive sticks well. If there is excess glue on the tiles, clean it off with a wet clot or use a dab of mineral spirits. Allow the floor to rest for 4 or 5 days. After resting, sweep the floor to get rid of the resting dust. Clean it gently with water and a mild detergent. Scrub it softly to remove any stains that may have appeared during the process. After this you can go ahead and apply sealer to your floor to give it that brand new look. Good care and maintenance will help your floor look new for a longer time.