Vinyl floor tile
Some of the newer kinds of vinyl floor tile are also an option for floor covering. They are quite inexpensive and very easy to put in place. They aren’t nearly as durable as wood or ceramic tiles though.
Vinyl tiles are available in many styles and colors. They are also available as self-adhesive tiles where you just peel off the wax paper and lay them in place.
You can also get the dry-back vinyl tiles where you need to put a layer of glue down and stick them in place. You can also go for the option of sheet vinyl (linoleum).
Sheet vinyl is harder to put in place and you have to be precise when you put it onto the floor because the adhesive will usually hold it in place once it is down.
Sheet vinyl needs to be glued in place but it is much more durable than vinyl tiles because there are no seams to wear or come loose.
The floor preparation for sheet vinyl is a little more demanding as every crack and hole in the plywood underlayment needs to be filled before the adhesive can be spread on.
The best way to put on the vinyl is to spread it out onto the floor before you put on the adhesive and make sure every corner has a perfect fit.
Once you have it just right, pull back half of the vinyl and then put the adhesive down in front of the vinyl with a notched trowel.
Lay the vinyl back onto the adhesive, then pull back the other half and do the same thing. Once it’s in place, you will need to use a roller to flatten any air bubbles.
Most vinyl floor tile is very easy to install and with the new kits available at the flooring retail stores, you can do a professional looking job with no previous experience.
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