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How To Install Peel-and-Stick Vinyl Tile Flooring



|Last Updated: 26 Jul 2022

No matter what your budget may be, self-stick vinyl is a great flooring option. It's affordable, durable, and comes in a variety of styles. They're also highly resistant to dents, stains, and scuffs.

In this post, we're going to go over how you can install self-stick vinyl tiles. Most vinyl tiles sold today have a peel-and-stick backing. It's a good product that makes the job of installation a little easier, which is why homeowners love it. It's important to point out that vinyl flooring must be used in a temperature-controlled environment before, during, and after installation. In fact, not acclimating the products for 48 to 72 hours in the room of installation may fail the adhesive. Installation requires that you first properly prepare the subfloors before laying the tiles. The adhesive is already on the back of the tile. All ready to go? Let's do this.

Step 1: Surface preparation

Self-stick vinyl tiles can be installed over a variety of subfloors, including concrete, plywood, or sheet vinyl. No matter what the surface, it must be free of old adhesive, moisture, and dust. It must be smooth before any tile installation. For porous floors like concrete or wood, you'll need a latex floor primer. The primer must dry completely before any installation occurs.

Step 2: Plan out the installation

With backing still on the tile, begin mapping out your tiles. Start by identifying the center of the room. Measure out the length and width of the room and draw guidelines from the center of each wall using a chalk line. Use the intersection of your lines to find the center of the room. This is a crucial step and will make sure you have enough tiles to finish the room. Make sure all tiles are from the same lot and batch. Mixing tiles and planks can cause visual inconsistencies.

Step 3: Place the tiles

From the center out, start to place your tiles. Avoid space at the edges of the room by adjusting the arrangement of the tiles. You don't want less than 6 inches.


Step 4: Peel the backings and apply the tiles

Remove the backing from the first placed tile in the center of the room. Press it down firmly. To keep the work area clean, have a trash bag or small can handy while you work to collect the release papers as they're removed. The next tile should be installed tightly against the edge of the initial tile. Install the remaining tiles in a step pattern, working one section at a time.


Step 5: Fix any end tiles

The last tile in a row may need to be cut to fit. Trim the tile by placing it over the last full tile. Then place another full tile against the wall. Use this method to mark a cutting line where the tiles overlap. For irregular cuts, make a pattern and transfer it to a tile. Score the top of the tile gently. Test the template to ensure it fits. Then if it's set, you can remove the backing and place the tile. Be sure to place the cut against the wall.


Step 6: Roll your floor

To assure your tiles are set firmly, it's important to use a roller on the finished tiles. Roll back and forth in both directions to bond the tiles to the floor. Install the wall base and moldings to complete the project. Once finished, we suggest waiting five days before washing the floor. Self-stick vinyl tiles are not only easy to install, they're a beautiful addition to your home. Plus, they're extremely durable and maintenance-free.


Before you go ahead and get your floor started, make sure you have all the right resources. Tool wise, you'll need a tape measure, a chalk line, a utility knife, a carpenter's square, and a roller. Your subfloor will determine what you'll need to prepare it. If you are looking to upgrade your flooring but still clueless on how to do it, Eano Home Renovation might be of help! Aside from bathroom, kitchen, paint and ADU services, we also offer a wide array of flooring packages that would perfect for homeowners who would want to stray away from any renovation hassle! Get your free quote and book your appointment with Eano today!

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