Laying Vinyl Tile Floors
Long before the discovery of plastic-laminate planks and resilient sheet flooring, vinyl tile existed. This product was initially manufactured as an substitute to linoleum, and with time vinyl tile gain popularity because it was clean, colorful easy to install and scratch resistant.
Today, most people prefer using vinyl tiles floors over other types of flooring thanks to its amazing features. In this guide, we shall take a look at steps to laying vinyl tile floors. This step by step guide will help you install the flooring without the help of a professional. It is something you can do with some basic skills and patience.
Before you start installing the vinyl tiles, make sure you wear kneepads because it may be a bit uncomfortable to crawl with both your knees and hands. And when installing the tiles, determine a layout that maximizes the total number of whole tiles and the cut tiles as well. Well, you can completely avoid sized tiles, therefore, place the tiles where you will cover them with vanities later on or somewhere far from the sight lines, away from the doorway.
Also, do not step on the tiles. Wait for at least 24 hours for the thinnest to cure completely. Further, save all the cuts the need a wet saw and the rent it just for one day.
Place the underlayment
Apply a shoe molding around the perimeter of your room and cover the floor with a quarter inch of plywood underlayment with 3d underlayment nails. Also, you should ensure that you stagger the joints. Further, apply a thin layer of leveler along the plywood seams using a drywall knife. Let the leveling compound dry for about thirty minutes. Now use a sanding pad to sand the seams smooth.
Trim the casing and the door jamb
For easy trimming, you first of all need to tile upside down in front of the jamb to act as a height guide. This will make trimming of the door opening easier. Now, put the undercut saw flat on the tile and cut through the jamb. Now rotate the tile towards the front and cut through the casing. Do the same for the other side.
Design the room in quadrants
You should first measure the width of your room in two areas. In each are, mark the center on the floor. Now write a chalk line on the marks. Measure the chalk line and also determine its center so as to find the center point of the room.
Till the room from the center
Clean each of the quadrant. Now, start working each quadrant at a time starting with the center point. Remove the backing sheet from the initial tile and place on the corner created by the intersecting chalk lines. Put the tiles on the floor and then put the other tiles in the quadrant.
Scribe the tiles and ensure they fit on the wall
Put one whole tile on the tile near the wall. Adjust the top tile in such a way it is four edges up with the tile you have already installed below. Put the second tile on the first one and slide it up against the wall. Next, draw a line on the inner age on the upper tile and mark the middle tile. Remove the middle tile for cutting.
To make easy clean cuts, take into account the vinyl tile cutter. Just like a paper cutter, you can find this tool in your local shop. Lift the handle to raise the steel blade. Now put the tile under the blade and press it down and slice the tile.
Adjust the tiles around the heat register
When it comes to the heat register, get rid of the grille for the rectangular hole to be exposed.
Install the shoe molding
You should make sure you are installing the tiles together with the tiles. After you have installed all the tiles. now roll on the entire floor with a rolling pin, preferable from a baker or just a J roller. This will make sure that each tile is bonded tightly to the underlayment. Lastly, fill in the gaps between the tiles as well as the baseboard molding. You should replace the old shoe molding or install a new one.