14.1.2015 | 14:13
Loose Lay Vinyl Tiles Are an Ideal Flooring Solution for Small Rooms
Flooring using vinyl sheets is a very popular option that most homeowners go in for, because of the ease of laying the tiles, their durability, resistance to damp and moisture and very low demands on maintenance. When you loose lay vinyl tiles, what you are doing is laying down the tile without using any adhesive. This form of tiling is best suited to small areas, which do not have too much of traffic and are 200 square feet or less in area. When the rooms are bigger, see a lot of traffic, are odd shaped or require seams; this is not an option that should be exercised. The main advantage of this form of laying tiles is that they can be easily replaced at any time because they have not been glued down.
Vinyl is likely to have problems in laying it, if temperatures are below 65 degrees and this is something that is best ensured much before the laying of the vinyl tiles. While the room is attaining that temperature, it is best to prepare the floor to receive the vinyl. The room must be cleared of all furniture and be completely bare. If it is being laid in bathrooms or such areas, make sure that water mains are closed off. If your room has had flooring earlier, you will probably have shoe molding on the walls, and this may have to be removed before you start any work on loose laying vinyl tiles. You may then have to remove any old backing or vinyl from the room, and then sweep the floor clean so that it is clear of debris. If the adhesive has been used on earlier floors, scrape it and remove all traces of it. You may have to use chemicals for stubborn adhesive, but be careful when you do this, as no traces of it should remain after you have cleared all adhesive, as it can affect the tile backing. Inspect the floor and ensure that it is completely level and has no undulations. If it is necessary to fill up any, do so and allow the filling material to set completely and become firm.
Loose lay sheet vinyl does not require any adhesive and has to be cut to the right size so that it exactly fits the area on which it is laid. Most loose lay tiles have a backing of fiberglass that is quite heavy and gives additional stiffness to the tile. This is what enables the vinyl to lay flat and not curl up, as vinyl without backing will tend to do. Standard vinyl will not have such backing and will curl up with changes in temperature. Even so, it always makes sense to tape down the tiles especially near doorways. The floor, on which the tiles are going to be laid, must be clean, smooth and dry. Make sure that you cut the tiles accurately to fit exactly from wall to wall. Once the tiles are laid, you can put back the molding that you have removed, as this will help to keep the tiles in place. For further information regarding vinyl tiles, please visit; www.evolvedluxuryfloors.com.au or check ELF facebook page for most recent posts.