Vinyl floor tiles present you with one of the most versatile floors available on the market. It is quiet and warm underfoot, but it is easy to clean like other hard surfaces. It is great around water and you can wet mop it if you want. Installing vinyl tiles is a simple process that is a little bit easier than installing other kinds of tiles. Here are the basics of how to install vinyl tiles.
Measure the Floor
Take your tape measure and get the length and width of the room. Multiply the two dimensions together and that will give you the square footage. Add about 10% and that should give you enough to do the floor.
Prepare the Room
Take the baseboards or quarter round off around the room. When you prepare the floor, you need to make sure everything is smooth. Vinyl tile can go over almost any subfloor, as long as it is smooth. If you are putting it over concrete, you will most likely have to use the self-leveling compound to level out any dips. You may have to use the belt sander to help smooth out the concrete as well. If you are installing over old vinyl, you should first cover the vinyl in the self-leveling compound. This will prevent the pattern on the old vinyl from transposing into the new vinyl tiles. If the old vinyl is installed on top of concrete, you would be better off simply take it up and start from scratch.
Center the Tile
Before you lay any tile, you should measure to find the center point of the room. Then snap a chalk line in that spot so that you will know where to start.
Once you have the center point of the room determined, you should lay out a row of tiles without sticking them down. This will help you visualize exactly what they will look like once they are installed. After you are happy with the layout, start sticking them to the floor. Use your trowel to get some adhesive and spread it on the floor. Use the recommended trowel size for this application and make sure that the adhesive is smooth. Press the tile firmly into the adhesive.
Cut to Fit
When you get to the end of a row, you will have to cut the tiles to fit. Measure the distance that you need to fill with the tile and then cut the tile to that dimension with your utility knife.
Use a floor roller to roll the tiles after you get a section laid. Rolling the floor will help the tile bond with the adhesive and stick to the floor better.
Once your tile is done, put the baseboards or quarter round back on and you should be finished. Allow the adhesive to dry before moving anything back onto it. Then you are free to enjoy your new floor.