I'm thinking of replacing my current kitchen floor. I found some
self-adhering Armstrong vinyl tiles at Home Depot and am wondering if these
are any good. I would be placing on top of an old linoleum floor. Does the
glue really stick well enough? Thanks.
It does, but they will shift around on your old floor and the adhesive
will show up through the seams. Eventually they will come up. Armstrong
are one of the better peel and stick but from experiance I would not
waste my money.
Actually thats not entirely true. I've installed several self stick
tile and the secret is to buy a small notched trowel and vinyl tile
adhesive. Spread the adhesive with the trowel just as you would
non-self stick tile. Remove the backing paper and lay the tile. The
extra adhesive allows you to slide the tile in place where as if you
didn't use it, once it's stuck your stuck. Also the adhesive adds the
right amount of extra stick so the tile wont move in the future. Some
adhesive will come through the seams when you lay them, have a wet rag
handy to wipe it up.
Did you do this on top of old linoleum or did you pull it off?
| Actually thats not entirely true. I've installed several self stick
| tile and the secret is to buy a small notched trowel and vinyl tile
| adhesive. Spread the adhesive with the trowel just as you would
| non-self stick tile. Remove the backing paper and lay the tile. The
| extra adhesive allows you to slide the tile in place where as if you
| didn't use it, once it's stuck your stuck. Also the adhesive adds the
| right amount of extra stick so the tile wont move in the future. Some
| adhesive will come through the seams when you lay them, have a wet rag
| handy to wipe it up.
Unless things have changed in the last year or two, the warranty is void if
the self stick tiles are put down with glue.
The self stick tiles are not my favorite flooring product, but they are easy
to put down.
As Rob says, they can shift after you lay them if they have room to
move. I used them in my Mother's house and in mine. My Mother's
sifted because I left room at the room edges, mine didn't because I
layed them tight. My mother's were also layed over the old linoleum so
that might have contributed.
We used peel and stick flooring in our home. The floor is now 10 yrs old. A
couple of tiles have buckled up about 5 yrs ago due to them being at the
patio doors where the dogs were coming in all wet. They also turned yellow
from the sun there..but that would happen to any flooring. All in all I'd
say that the floor looked decent (new looking)for about 4-5 yrs. We just put
some in our new sunroom till we can afford to put in hardwood or something.
I can say the tiles lasted only about one month in there due to excessive
heat from the sun. They are still there, but heaving up.
My sis in law layed her peel and stick over lino.
Rob is exactly right, we put them in our house in San Diego, they work
OK, but look kinda cheap. In our new kitchen in northern cal we put
down Kahrs floating floor. It's real hardwood, you can get it for ~4.50
per sq. ft. and it looks rich and gorgeous.
In one word "NO".
Self sticking tiles are a joke !
Dont waste your money. Buy some regular tiles and a can of adhesive.
You'll get off cheaper and have a better job.
One note. If by chance you can buy the self sticking tiles real
cheap. use them, but apply some multi-purpose flooring adhesive before
you place the tiles. I have done this and it works. It also makes an
easy job quite difficult because you cant just plop down the tiles at
a rate of of one tile every few seconds, you got to waste lots of time
pulling off the paper backing.
One final note. If your old "linoleum" (probably vinyl) has wax on
it, you must remove the wax or nothing will stick to it. Also, if
it's loose, you may have a bigger job of removal. If it's only loose
in a few small spots, work some of the adhesive under it and apply
some small brads.
Good day !
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