Vinyl floor tiles are incredibly versatile and durable too!
Vinyl flooring can be easy and a quick study for those trying to find out how to install vinyl floor tiles. Because some even come as a ‘pet and stick’ variety- you will very easily be able to do this yourself! Others need an external adhesive, which is easy enough to come by. We have a variety of different tiles and adhesives to choose from. Just browse our store and you will find exactly what you want!
Got your tiles and adhesive (if you need it)? Great! So now you just need to know how to install vinyl floor tiles. Well, here’s your guide:
Things you’ll need:
• In order for you to have an accurate count of tiles required, measure your floor. You will need both the measurements for length and the width. Then multiply these figures so that you have your ‘area’.
• Have an awkwardly shaped room? Just measure the room in pieces that can be easily measured. Then add the areas of each section to get the total area of the room.
• Now, you’ll need to figure out how many packages of tiles you will need. Once again this is simple maths. Take your area number and divide it by the area that one carton will cover.
• If you haven’t purchased self-adhesive floor vinyl tiles then you may need an adhesive.
• You will need a floor roller to apply adequate and even pressure to the freshly glued tiles
Choosing your Vinyl Floor Tiles
Here’s the thing: it really is worth it to consider purchasing self-adhesive vinyl tiles. Not only are they easier to install, but they can make your area look more professional and reduce the risk of a messy installation. Here are some more benefits to using self-adhesive vinyl floor tiles:
• Easier to install
• Prevents adhesive from spreading out from cracks between the flooring
• After the initial preparation work, all you need to do is to peel and stick the vinyl floor tiles to the floor.
• You can get these types of tiles in all types of shapes, both in the shape of a plank as well as squares.
That being said, regular vinyl that requires a floor adhesive to be applied is still a great flooring solution.
When selecting your style of vinyl, you can choose from a large assortment of style, shapes, and colors. You can even get vinyl tiles that looks almost exactly the same as porcelain, marble or wood. We have a wide range for you to choose from and all you need to do is select your style and let our guide tell you how to install vinyl floor tiles. Simple and easy!
The Prep Work
As with most DIY projects, the most important part is the preparation that you do before you begin the flooring. Here are a few facts about vinyl floor tiles and how you can be more prepared:
• Vinyl, like wood, can expand and contract with temperature. In order to prepare for this, you can place the tiles in the room where they are to be installed. Leave them here for at least 48 hours.
• Take off all the existing trim. If you want to reuse the same trim then here’s a handy tip: you want to avoid the trim splitting so that you can reuse it so pull the nails out carefully and from the back.
• The surface beneath where your vinyl tiling is going needs to be well prepared. If you do not have a good underfloor then you may run into some issues with your new vinyl floor tiles. Clean the underlying surface well. Ensure that you leave no trace of grease, dust or debris. If you have an uneven surface to install the vinyl tiles on then you could run into some trouble with your vinyl tiles. It is best to install them on a flat, even surface to avoid bubbles, bumps or cracks.
Laying Out Your Floor
• Find the center point between two of your opposite walls. Draw a line across the center, down the length of the room using chalk. Then, draw the same center dividing line across the width. The lines should meet at the exact center point. Ensure that the center point divides the room into equal squares and also that the center point creates exact right angles. Use the appropriate tools; carpenter’s square and a tape measure.
• place a row of the vinyl tiles down the length as well as across the width. This is your ‘trial run’ to ensure that you have measured correctly and that you won’t run into unnecessary trouble after you have started sticking the tiles down. Keep in mind that you want to leave approximately have the width of a tile between the actual tiles and the wall.
Now We get to the Actual Fun: How to Install Vinyl Floor Tiles
• When you are (finally) ready to install the floor tiles, it is best to begin at the center point you outlined with the chalk. Put down the first tile along the lines that cross at the center. From there, use the outline of the section by placing tiles along the chalk lines going towards the wall.
• if you are using tiles that require adhesive then you need to speed the adhesive by combing it out according to the instructions on the adhesive.
• Do not let the adhesive spread up onto the tiles. Wipe off any excess immediately.
• Once the tiles have been installed, apply pressure using a floor roller. This ensures a strong bond.
• Use a plank to kneel on if you need to kneel on the tiles.
• Once your central tile have been fitted you will have to cut remains tile for the border. If you left an accurate measurement of half a tile perimeter, you will have minimal wastage.
• If you need to cut a tile into an abnormal shape then here’s a handy tip to further minimize wastage: make a cardboard stencil and use this as a guide.
• Every vinyl floor tile will have its own set of specific instructions. Follow the recommended amount of time before you place external pressure.
Self Adhesive Vinyl Floor Tiles
Commonly referred to as ‘peel-and-stick’, these tiles are mess free and easy to install. If you are looking for a super simple DIY project then your self-adhesive floor tiles will do the trick! They are durable, strong and perfect for those that are short on time and skills.
• Prepare the floor in the same way as outlined above.
• Remove the backing of each tile and lay them on the floor according to the chalk lines, moving outwards from the center.
• Apply pressure by using your floor roller.
• After the tiles have been installed, clean the surface with a damp cloth. Make sure that there is no residual adhesive.
• Insert and secure the trim
• Allow your new vinyl floor tiles to set for at least 72 hours.