I have a tile floor laid a few days ago. They are self-adhesive vinyl
You can easily tell the hollow points from the solid points by tapping with
your finger and you can also see large sections of tiles flexing in
response to pressure. All of the tiles are at least 75% detached from the
concrete some are 90-100%.
I expect every square inch to be firmly attached to the cement, but the
office personel say "they need time to settle". My understanding is the
curing time is 5 days and if they cure while not in contact with the cement
that there's no hope.
I suspect that the tile was laid on a dirty floor, or the installer simply
didn't press them onto the cement. Is there anything else that could cause
this?, or maybe I just have unreasonable expectations.
Self adhesive vinyl tiles are the absolute worst flooring
imaginable. They are very prone to releasing even if everything is
done properly. You don't mention what brand you are having trouble
with, but many times conditions require a primer to be used on the
substrate to get the tiles to stick at all.
I installed a few floors using this stuff, and now I refuse to have
anything to do with it. If the client demands it, then I let them
install it, or let them have someone else do the installation. I do
not want my name associated with it.
Did you get a quote for _complete_ prep & installation? Many times the
consumer wants to do the prep work, or say the underlayment is fine. Should
this be the case and you just wanted installation, no guarantee usually
accompanies the installation. It does sound like it was installed on an
unpreped surface. Was this your responsibility or the company which
installed it? Check your contract.
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