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Self-Adhesive Vinyl Flooring: Give Your Home a Quick Makeover
Self-adhesive vinyl flooring is one of the easiest ways to give your home a completely new look. Also known as peel and stick tile, today this flooring is more stylish, durable, and affordable than ever before. This is perfect for those wanting to install it themselves, since only little DIY experience is needed. Installing this has never been easier, a. Follow us as we take you step by step through the entire installation process and don´t forget to read our tips along the way!
Not Your Average Vinyl Tiles – 13 Advantages of Self-Adhesive Flooring
Self-Adhesive planks or tiles give your home the look of real wood or stone without the high maintenance and cost that comes along with it. They have become increasingly popular because of their many benefits like water resistance and durability. Check out all their advantages below!
- Durable and able to withstand wear and tear, including scratches from pet´s claws.
- It doesn´t need any additional adhesives.
- Installation is simple and easy. You can finish a room 4x faster than if you were tiling.
- The flooring looks and feels just like real wood and stone – you can´t tell the difference!
- Preparation of the subfloor is minimal.
- It´s watertight and resistant to humidity, so you can install it in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room.
- Lightweight and easy to carry.
- Unbreakable, even when dropped from high heights.
- The vinyl floor planks are made of an elastic material, which helps absorb pressure from falling objects and prevent deep scratches. It always regains its initial shape and bounces back.
- Available in two sizes: tile and plank. This makes it easy for you to create different patterns and combine colours.
- It´s warmer than other flooring, second only to carpet for underfoot warmth.
- The flooring is easy to clean and all that´s needed is a damp mop to wipe it down.
- The polyurethane surface treatment on the flooring acts as a barrier against dirt and bacteria, making it great for those with allergies and asthma.
Installation Step by Step
- Water-based primer (optional)
- Roller for primer
- Utility knife
- Tape measure
- 45 kg roller or hand roller
First thing´s first! Before you begin laying down your new floor, you must prepare your subfloor in order for the vinyl planks or tiles to adhere properly to the surface. Remove any carpets beforehand if you have them. All subfloors must be clean, dry, and free of dust. Water-based primer can be applied with a roller to the subfloor to ensure a longer-lasting floor, but this is optional. When it comes to subfloors, if there are any holes or gaps, they must be filled in. If your subfloor is a seamless tile, you can install the planks directly on top. If the subfloor is a grouted tile, resurfacing will be required.
Divide your room into 4 equal sections by drawing 2 perpendicular lines across the floor using a pencil and tape measure. This helps you lay your planks perfectly square.
Start by laying the first plank down on the centre point of the room. Peel off the backing and check that it is in the correct position before pressing it down firmly.
TIP: Did you make a mistake? Simply use a hair dryer to heat up the plank and lift it up.
Lay each quarter of the room separately, and make sure that the planks fit closely together. Always leave a gap about the size of a credit card between the planks and the wall. For best results, rotate the planks each time you lay them down.
To cut the planks, simply score a line into the tile with your utility knife and snap the plank in a downward motion.
TIP: In order to fit the planks perfectly around corners or walls, keep the backing paper on the plank that´s going to be cut, and lay it down exactly over the last tile full plank that you installed. Place another full plank against the wall and mark the cutting line where the planks overlap. Cut the plank and remove the backing to fit the tile into position.
When you´ve completed installation, check the floor to ensure that all the planks are firmly stuck down by going over it with a 45 kg roller or hand roller. After this, do not wash the floor for 48 hours. This same installation process works for both vinyl planks and tiles.
Maintaining Your New Floor
- For the best results, apply a vinyl floor polish to help protect your floor and keep it looking new.
- Use rubber-backed mats in entrances to keep dirt and grit off your floor.
- Protect your floor with boards when moving furniture.
- Use floor protector pads under the legs of furniture.
A Flooring that will Last You for Years to Come
Self-Adhesive vinyl flooring is an easy way to update your space when you´re on a budget and strapped for time. In only a day or two, you can have a stunning new floor that looks just like expensive hardwood or stone. The benefits of this type of flooring outweigh their natural counterparts when it comes to durability, underfoot warmth, and of course, price. Thanks to the durability of this floor, you don´t have to worry about staining or scratches, and maintenance is kept to a minimum. The classic wood and stone designs of these tiles will keep your home looking great through all the ever-changing trends in interior design.