Installing vinyl flooring is extremely popular in a majority of modern homes in the country. Vinyl flooring choice is so vast that finding vinyl floor to mingle with modern, traditional and transitional decor. In addition these new generation vinyl tiles have many other advantages which include a soft surface that protects your joints while keeping your feet nice and warm. Vinyl is very durable, wear resistant and easy to care for, provides impact and sound insulation and is also recyclable and ideal in combination with carpets from JAB carpets. I’d seen a few fix-it articles and shows where they hinted that it might be okay to install tile over existing vinyl flooring.
Other advantages are that vinyl is suitable for people suffering from allergies and it’s resistant to moisture and common household chemicals. I did a little research and found out that it is a horrible idea to install tile over vinyl. The thin set mortar won’t stick properly and the binding agent may also dissolve the vinyl over time. That is okay, but they tend to fall over if the tiles aren’t jammed up tight against them.
That old flooring had to come up. It was necessary to see what was under there anyway, to check for cracks and mold and stuff. Tiles aren’t exactly square and the aren’t all exactly the same length and width. That way they would lean a little but not fall over when I shifted the tiles around. Tiles aren’t perfectly straight and square, individually, but they are rigid and inflexible.
Then I stacked the tiles in piles no more than five high, making paths between them so I could get around and start applying thin set mortar to the floor. Also, I checked for proper height at the corners to make sure the tiles were level. Then wring the sponge out in a bucket of water, leave it wet but not enough to drip, and wipe the tiles without touching the grout joints between the tiles. Although there was still a haze on the tiles and some lumps and bumps in the grout in the cracks, that was okay.
A common problem people have with vinyl versus linoleum flooring is how to tell the two apart. A quick and easy way to confirm whether your floor is vinyl or linoleum is to apply the Paperclip Test.” Straighten a paperclip and heat the end with a lighter for approximately five seconds (use a pair of pliers to avoid burning your fingers). If it is linoleum the area around the hole will be slightly blackened (the charring is due to the fact that, unlike vinyl, linoleum contains natural materials like cork and wood flour).