How to Lay a Vinyl Tile Floor?

Today the demand of Vinyl flooring is fast growing in India, in both residential and commercial purposes as these Vinyl Tiles are fast replacing than standard vitrified tiles. Vinyl tile is an ideal choice for a wide range of commercial applications.

These floors are providing to be more resilient and cost effective compared to other options. These tiles are versatile in nature, low maintenance and stain resistant and floor coverings are available in homogeneous and heterogeneous patterns. Vinyl tiles are generally latex backed and very comfortable to walk on.

Furthermore, some of the patterns closely follow the look and feel of natural flooring materials also enriched with added strength, flexibility and resistance and are also anti- microbial, stainless, stain proof, anti- slip and Eco- friendly.
These tiles are available in endless colors and patterns, the vinyl flooring options are also a great choice for high moisture spaces such as kitchens and bathrooms where you can as vinyl tiles are definitely a good choice for everlasting lookvinyl tile 3

Step by step procedure to lay vinyl tiles on your floor-

Pick a pattern- Some tiles get in a variety of patterns and can be cut to a desired size of your own simply by the way you lay them. You can lay your tiles in a simple square, stagger the joins for a ‘brick’ effect or create a diamond pattern by laying them diagonally where it all comes down to your feel and budget.

Count of tiles you need- You need simply measure the width of the room by the length of the total tiles you needed.

For Instance- a m by m room has a 12 sq. meter floor. Each pack will be indicated the number of tiles covers the floor also make sure to buy extra tiles for damages and cutting waste.

Prepare it- Some floors need different preparation in order to get best flooring. You can tile directly onto a concrete floor as long as has it has been sealed with a suitable primer. Wooden floor boards need to be covered with mm plywood or hardwood to provide a sound, rigid surface for tiling. Make sure to fix plywood or hardwood floors using ring- shank nails at 10 cm intervals. No matter what floor you choose, it has to be thoroughly clean and dry before you start tiling.

Plan it- The position of the first tile always determines the end result. Initially, find the starting point. Tiles looks best when centered in the middle of the room with narrow cut tiles at the edge. You can find the center of a room by running a line from corner to corner, both ways. Once you find the center of the room, you need to lay your tiles from that point towards the wall in each direction. Dry laid your tiles on the floor to finalize the pattern and position before sticking them down.

Laying non-adhesive vinyl tiles- With a notched spreader apply an even coat of adhesive over approximately a quarter from the center of the floor. Usually the adhesive will dry in about 15 minute’s steadiness, however depending on the humidity and temperature in the room.

The adhesive should be tacky, if it is sticky allow a little longer for drying to apply it on the floor. Then lay the tiles on to the adhesive and make sure the edges and corners are completely stuck down. Continue laying the tiles and ensure all the tiles are butted closely together, until you have completed the entire room. If the adhesive leaked through the joints, remove it as soon as you notice with a damp sponge.

Laying self-adhesive vinyl tiles- From the center of the room, dry lay your vinyl tiles in the same way as non- adhesive vinyl tiles. Remove the backing paper from the adhesive tile. Place one edge on the floor and smooth it into place with a rolling pin. Position the second tile tightly against the first and keep continue the same of the entire room.

Small Tips:

  • While you are cutting vinyl tiles for the edges, use a full tile to measure the space and mark a pencil line for cutting. For any tricky shapes, first cut the shape into a piece of cardboard. Then move the shape to the tile with a pencil line and cut with sharp craft knife
  • Leave the tiles in the room for at least for 24 hours to acclimatize to the environment.
  • Wear safety glasses while using equipment just to be careful.
How to Lay a Vinyl Tile Floor? was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by Jason Valasek

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