Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

How to Install Self-Adhesive Vinyl Tiles

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

How to Install Self-Adhesive Vinyl Tiles

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Q: I have vinyl flooring in my kitchen and am unhappy with the color. Can I install self-adhesive vinyl tiles over the existing flooring, or would that cause problems?

A: Self-adhesive vinyl tiles can be installed over existing vinyl flooring if the old flooring is adhering firmly to the subfloor, is in reasonably good condition, and is not "soft" or cushioned vinyl sheet floor.

If in doubt about whether you have cushioned sheet flooring, peel a small piece from an inconspicuous place (such as under a sink or refrigerator) and take it to a flooring dealer for identification. If you decide to proceed, check the old floor thoroughly for defects. For example, if the floor is tiled, look for loose or broken tiles or tiles with wide cracks between them. Any loose tiles should be recemented with tile adhesive, available from flooring dealers. Cracks, holes and depressions can be filled with latex underlayment, which is much like spackling compound and is spread with a trowel or putty knife. Let the underlayment dry, then sand smooth. Scrub the old flooring with a detergent to remove dirt, grease, wax and other material that might interfere with adhesion of the new tiles. Immediately before starting to lay the new tiles, vacuum the floor. I keep a small hand vacuum nearby when laying vinyl tiles to again clean the immediate work area. Even small pieces of debris can make lumps that will show through the new tiles. Follow directions on the tile package for installing the tiles. One important step is to locate the starting point (usually near the center of the floor) so that the edges of the floor can be finished without cutting narrow strips of tile. Self-adhesive vinyl tiles can also be installed over wood and concrete floors, including painted concrete. Q: We get water in our basement and are thinking of installing a sump pump with buried drain pipes around the perimeter. …

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