Too often, economical also means less quality in home improvement Yet this doesn’t have to be the case with flooring. In terms of installation, there are three types of sheet vinyl: felt-backed, vinyl-backed, and modified loose-lay. Solid vinyl tile (SVT), is a pliable tile typically available in individual 12” by 12” inch squares or in strips of three. SVT most often includes a photographic print coating that lies between the backing and a clear layer of vinyl. These tiles often include an adhesive backing and require a smooth installation surface. While tiles can be installed over old flooring that is clean and in good condition, they should not be installed directly over old tiles. Since tiles have more edges, this may cause them to become loose sooner than with sheet vinyl.
Vinyl tiles without adhesive require spreading an adhesive over the existing floor or subfloor before setting the tiles. Luxury vinyl tile (LVT) is the ultimate in high-end vinyl flooring, offering a more affordable option to costly flooring materials such as natural stone and wood. Wood planks can be three to four feet long, and tiles are available in very large squares that can be laid with or without grout. Ill keep this in mind if my clients have questions about he various flooring types.
This realism and durability comes with a higher price tag than that of traditional solid vinyl tiles. The least durable of the three surfaces, no-wax vinyl requires periodic polishing to retain its luster. Floors with an additional aluminum oxide coating, for example, provide outstanding resistance to scratching and are far more durable than flooring with a urethane layer alone.
Resilient vinyl flooring includes a wide range of flooring options, with some of the more expensive products offering greater realism and enhanced performance. As with any flooring choice, when evaluating vinyl flooring options, it’s always best to factor in your lifestyle. The first thing you should know is that I have absolutely no experience in flooring whatsoever, and I still think our finished product looks great. So don’t be discouraged if it looks like your lines and spaces aren’t 100% perfect.
The tiles are super sticky, but not so much that you can’t take them off and re-stick them if you need to, so don’t sweat it. I would just try to keep the re-peeing to a minimum. If you need to cut the floor tiles to fit an area, use your straight edge and your blade. Ours was very easy to cut and I read others’ experiences with tiles bought at Home Depot and Lowe’s that were similarly simple. As I mentioned above, you can buy grout that is made specifically for vinyl floor tiles.