Peel n Stick Vinyl Tile is the Perfect DIY Flooring
Peel n Stick vinyl tile is an amazing product that comes with many benefits. The biggest plus to me is the fact that it can be installed by anyone. This is one of the simplest DIY projects that I have seen that results in such a huge visual impact. It is durable, very low maintenance and it comes in a large variety of colors and designs. But the best part is that it is very inexpensive when compared to other mainstream flooring choices, making it perfect for any budget!
I have compiles some really great instructions and tips for installing peen n stick vinyl tile flooring for the home, please take a glance and I’m sure that you will come out just a little bit more knowledgeable about this very simple process.
1. Measure your room
Measure your room and use the measurement to come up with the square footage of the room to be tiled.
Tip: The equations for finding out the square footage of any room is (length) x (width) = Sq/ft. Simple right?
Adversely sometimes you will be asked for the Sq Yards of the room when purchasing any flooring and in this case you would use this equation (length) x (Width) divided by 9, this works because there are 9 Sq/ft in 1 Sq/yd.
Anyway once you have determined your square footage remember to add some extra tiles when ordering in case any problems occur during installation. It is also a good idea to have extra tiles in case the need to repair any burns or scratches later on.
2. When your flooring arrives.
After you have purchased and receive your awesome peel n stick vinyl tile, the installation process can really begin. The first step is to prep your area for the installation. You will need to remove any baseboard trim and any thresholds that may be in the doorways. If you are doing a kitchen it may behoove you to remove the cabinets and appliances like the refrigerator so that you can tile underneath. But you are more than welcome to just work around these if it is too much of a hassle or impossible.
3. Make the floor level
You will need to make sure that the surface floor area is perfectly level and smooth for installing the tiles. Also check for areas that may need reparing.
Tip: If you find some areas in need of repair always fix them before laying any type of flooring. This will save you on a ton of repairs to the new flooring in the future.
Tip: If your area is just a mess and in need of many repairs you could choose to go with a new underlayment using ¼ inch plywood sheets.
After the repairs are done if they were need sweep the floor clearing it of any debris before you move forward.
4. Centering the room
You will need to find the center of the room to get a visually sound installation. This is done by measuring the width of the room at 2 different points and getting the exact center of the widths. Once this is done, snap a chalkline on the centered marks you measured. Now you will need to measure the chalk line mark to its center point. At this center room point you will need to use a framing square to mark a perpendicular line toward the corresponding walls. Snap another chalkline along these lines. If done correctly you will have divided the room into quarters, and the point where the chalklines meet should be the center of the room.
5. One quarter at a time
You will now begin the fun part by tiling the room one quarter of the room ata a time. Always start in the center of the room. Peel of the backing on the tile and line it up the corner of the lines that you created earlier. Continue to lay tile until you have reached the wall in the quarter you started on. Be careful not to go to far though, you will need to cut the edges perfectly. Use a pencil to draw a line on the final tile rows, and cut them with a razor knife allowing the vinyl tile to lay flush to the wall.
6. You are almost finished!
To finish the quarters you will have to fit the tile to door frames and extra obstacles. But use common sense and the practices discussed be for to accomplish this. I would suggest making a cardboard template so that tiles are not wasted due to minor errors. Finally after all the tiles have been set in place you will need to go over the area with a roller so that you can make sure that the tile has been fully adhered to the floor. Now reinstall your base moldings and thresholds and congratulate yourself on a job well done.
And now you know just how simple peel n stick vinyl tile flooring is to install. It requires to big tools and anyone who can devote a day to it can get it done. Until next time, Happy Flooring!