We were shopping for floor tile to re-do our kitchen floor. The style my
wife likes is a self-stick tile, the kind that you peel the backing paper
off and press it onto the floor. I've always used the plain tiles, the kind
that needs the tile adhesive and notched trowel.
Since I generally get adhesive on the top of the tiles, on myself, and on
any other near-by surface, the idea of self-stick sounds good to me but I
find it hard to believe that it will actually work.
Has anyone had any experience with self-stick floor tile, either good or
We got our kitchen done with them about 5 or 6 years ago on top of our old
linoleum or vinyl floor. They looked fantastic for the first few years, but
since have started to get a little gunky. Dirt over time tends to accumulate
between the tiles, and they also tend to shift a little resulting in the
seams not being perfectly square. I'm not talking huge movements, but in
some cases enough to jam a sheet of paper between adjecent tiles.. and that
means dirt gets there too (thus the 'gunkyness'). Also, if you have any
dents or imperfections in the old floor, at first they may not show, but
over years the new self-stick tile start to pick up the shapes too. Be sure
to buy a box or two of spares because after a few years the designs are
often changed or discontinued.
My sister put those down in her laundry area 30 years ago on bare concrete
and has had no problems - still has the same floor down. It gets a lot of
use, and has even had to replace the appliances a couple of times. No
peeling at all. I think it depends on what the surface is that you put
these tiles on. If placing over other tile or vinyl, I would suggest making
sure there's not residual wax or other substances that might cause the
adhesive to slip or not hold really well. The instructions also say to
"roll" over the tiles after they are all down to make sure there is a good
bond - usually using one of those weighted rollers.
I did an entrance way in a house of mine, and it came out so nice I
continued the same pattern into the kitchen. My first consideration was the
subfloor, so after pulling up the existing floor I put down a 1/4 inch
underlayment, used ringshank nails, and they some levelastic to make the sub
floor as close to perfect as I could. With these tiles every imperfection
will show up over time, so as in most things around the home the better prep
you do the better the finished product.
Oh and buy some extras in case of damaged tiles over time, and use a roller
on the floor to make sure of a complete adhesive contact. It cuts down on
Establish a middle point in the floor and work towards the walls, keeps the
floor looking balanced.
We applied them over linoeleum tile about 6 years ago.
I was behind the refrigerator, doing some plumbing work and noticed
that the tiles against the wall were completely loose. I don't know
why. Maybe because if you don't step on them, they come unstuck.
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