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A stack of vinyl tiles, waiting to be installed.

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Most DIYers know new flooring needs to acclimate or climatize to its new environment before you install it, but what if conditions at the home center are similar to your house? And what if the entire Forum thinks you’re using the wrong materials? And what if your wife wants a new floor right now?

Original Post: 48 Wait Period

xxhaimbondxx Member

We decided to put vinyl self-adhesive tiles over the old linoleum floor in our small kitchen. After thoroughly cleaning it and laying the new tiles on the floor for a test run, it didn't work with the cabinets, so we decided to get new tiles from the big box store yesterday. My wife is on my case wanting to finally finish the kitchen, threatening all sorts of things, however, I know there is a 48 hour wait period for the tiles to acclimate with our home's temperature. Since the temperature in the big box store is around 65-70, in our home is about 70, should I wait the entire 48 hours anyway, or should I spend the holiday laying out tiles to make the wife happy?

Highlights from the Thread

chandler Forum Topic Moderator

IMO, you don't have much of a choice. I wish you success with this, as it is not something I would do. P&S tiles just don't have the long life that ceramic tile or even linoleum would have.

sam floor Forum Topic Moderator

I just hope that they last longer than 48 hours.

joecaption1 Member

Sure wish you would reconsider your choice of flooring. Peel and stick is the lowest grade of floor and will have issues later on.

xxhaimbondxx Member

I have read the other treads and comments regarding peel and stick, however, this whole kitchen remake cost less than $200, including hinges and handles, so if it lasts 5 years or more, I should be happy. Then I'll win a lotto.

Should vinyl tile be covered with some kind of a top coat, to make it last longer and keep it in place?

marksr Forum Topic Moderator

I'm not sure you can top coat the tile with anything other than wax. Of the people I've known that used the P&S tile, those who gave it little abuse got 5 years or so out of it, those with rough/rowdy kids saw signs of wear and popping tiles within 6 months.

xxhaimbondxx Member

Reviews were pretty good for the ones we purchased. People say they held up 2 years later. Still the question, should I wait the entire 48 hours? I bought them yesterday afternoon.

czizzi Member

Acclimation is not just a temperature thing, it is a humidity issue as well. Basically the flooring has to "come into harmony" with the environment it lives in. Wait the whole 48 hours.

Then again, if the misses insists you’re in a tough place. Explain that you will do whatever she wants, but it is best to install per recommended guidelines.

Tolyn Ironhand Group Moderator

With the poor track record of the P&S tiles, I would wait the 48 hours and follow the manufacture’s directions to the letter. That way you will have the best chance of success and longest life of the flooring.

Tell the boss your hands are tied because of the manufactures instructions, and if she protests, ask her if she wants the flooring to last or not.

Good luck.

chandler Forum Topic Moderator

Whatever you do, don't tell her you can't do the floor and then go fishing. Not a good relationship builder.

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