Anyone know what the purpose of the arrows under peel and stick floor
tile is for? I'm ready to do my basement floor, and just for a test I
laid out some tiles and noticed thes arrows. The directions don't say,
but I read online they should point in the same direction. But I could
not notice any difference as far as the way it looks. If I randomly
scatter the tile, it looks the same.
Does it have something to do with the glue?
Direction arrows are common on ceiling tiles, some flooring,
carpet squares, etc. As these materials go through their
finishing stages, paints and dyes may not be consistent across the
face of the product. It can make a lot of difference on a large
area - one turned the wrong way with all others correct can really
show up. It is a cosmetic thing, not a glue thing.
Keep the whole world singing . . .
Back in around 1968 we did the 'carpet tile' thing in the operations
briefing room. No attention paid to the arrows. Damndest looking thin
you ever saw. They were torn up and redone.
Can also ensure pattern matching.
For carpet squares it is a must that the arrows are followed. That
ensure the 'lay' of the carpet is all in one direction. The 'lay' is
the way the carpet is tied and is why a throw rug on carpet will
"walk" one direction but no other.
My guess: since there are lots of tile patterns that require the tiles to be
placed in a specific direction in relation to the adjacent tiles, arrows are
printed on the bottom of the tiles to make installation easier. It is
probably simpler for the manufacturer to place these arrows on all their
tiles during their fabrication instead of separatin out the ones that need
it from the ones that don't.
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