Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile - Self Adhesive Flooring Sqares are DIY Friendly!


Peel and stick vinyl tile offers a great opportunity for many homeowners to update their flooring without hiring a professional.  This is due, in large part, to the self adhesive backing, which makes flooring installation much simpler.  In fact, this project can easily be tackled by you, even if you don’t have excessive carpentry skills.  Let’s look at the installation process with peel and stick vinyl tile.  Just because it’s self adhesive, doesn’t mean you ignore the prep work.

About the subfloor:

The subfloor you attach the peel stick vinyl tile to must be flat and void of major deficiencies.  Large gaps between boards, common with hardwood flooring, could show through the self adhesive flooring in time.  A bouncy floor will likely lose the bond with the flooring as well. 

Assuming the subfloor is sufficient for peel and stick vinyl tile flooring, you must also make sure it is completely clean.  Not only must you sweep it off prior to installation, but you must also pull up all the dust you possibly can.  A cloth with mineral spirits or cheesecloth will make quick work and allow the self adhesive floor to stay put. 

Getting started – the first square:

Okay, you have a nice, sturdy, clean subfloor for your peel and stick vinyl tile.  Now, it’s time to lay your first self adhesive square.  You actually start in the middle, but first, you must find the middle of the floor. 

Using a chalk line, snap a tee in center of the room.  You will need to find the center for all four wall first, and simply snap a line connecting parallel wall centers.  This will give you two lines to use for lining up on your first peel and stick vinyl tile flooring square.  Lay your first self adhesive square at the intersection of the tee.  The first one is the most important.

Working in sections:

The chalk line will make your room divided into four quadrants.  When you lay your peel and stick vinyl tile, you want to work with one quadrant at a time.  Once you laid the first square, work your way down the chalk line first, making sure you line up the edges of the flooring and the chalk line. 

Complete each quadrant, but hold off on making any cuts.  This will allow you to work quickly and get the bulk of the work done for the installation of your peel and stick vinyl tile. 

Making cuts:

As get to the edge with your peel and stick vinyl tile, you will need to make cuts.  The easiest way is turn the flooring square upside down.  Hold it up to the wall and mark where it meets with the self adhesive square you already laid down.  This is where to cut.  If you are using a trim piece, you can leave a small gap, since the trim will cover it up.  Regardless of the method you use, a sharp knife is a must when you work on your peel and stick vinyl tile.

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