The previous owner installed vinyl tiles of reasonable quality in the
basement laundry room. Unfortunately, he must have done it in a hurry and
there are small (~1 mm) gaps between some tiles. He used a Portland
cement/Latex primer on the concrete before laying down the adhesive tiles so
I'm confident the floor itself is stable. Is there a good liquid vinyl
product out there that I could color to match the edges of the tiles and use
to fill the gaps?
Vinyl tiles and other products often change size, frequently shrinking as
you are experiencing. Possibly they were not rated for direct contact with
below grade concrete. I have also experienced vinyl tiles expanding when
installed on below grade concrete. They were raised up in ridges on the
Yes, the concrete can get rather cold, maybe 50-55 degree in winter and the
tiles may have shrunk. Question is, how do I fix it?
in article 402a6ff2$0$41298$ firstname.lastname@example.org, Eric Tonks
at etonks@sunstormADD-DOT-COM wrote on 2/11/04 1:11 PM:
Thanks for the info. Seam Sealer appears to be a translucent epoxy liquid
that's used to melt seams that are very close together. Do you think it's
going to work on wider gaps? About the coloring, are you suggesting I mix it
with paint or do they make color concentrates that are designed for the
in article email@example.com, PJx at firstname.lastname@example.org
wrote on 2/11/04 1:24 PM:
the gasp in the tile are probably from this: if you buy some tile and
put it in the garage or outdoor shed and leave it here its gonna get hot
and expand... it you take it in and put it right down the tile job is
gonna have spaces between the tiles as the tiles now are contracting and
are a bit smaller than when installed in the inside of the house.....
the same goes for wall paneling etc.. you bring it indoors and leave it
there for a few days so it can adjust to the temp. that it will be after
remedy is to tear it up and then buy some tile and leave it in the room
you gonna put it in for a few days and then install it......
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