I usually put ceramic tile in my rental bathrooms for appearance and long term durability. Cutting and cleanup is messy so I recently tried groutable vinyl tile. Cost per square foot was about the same and labor was 1/4 of ceramic tile. Basically, peal it, stick it and gout it. I laid it on top of a slab with a prior vinyl sheet floor so it adhered really well. Cutting was way easy and end result looks as good as ceramic tile after grouting.
Question - I'd like to do the same with peal and stick vinyl tile on a plywood subfloor. Does anyone have experience with how will the vinyl tile will stick to plywood or not?
@Terrell Garren peel and stick will work fine. The issue is, the material itself is so cheap that I doubt it will last. I know ceramic is time consuming, but you are putting in a floor that will legitimately last 20 years too.
We’ve done this in a couple of homes. Just make sure the subfloor is clean and level. In one home, there was an area of the floor that wasn’t quite level due to a previous addition, and we had to use construction adhesive to get the tiles to stick along that area. Two years later and it’s holding up great.
@Jen R. > Thank you.
@John Warren > Good point that I had not considered. Thank you.
I love the vinyl tile! I really like to use it going over existing "dated" tile in a bathroom to avoid ripping out the existing. Huge time and money savings!
One thing we have noticed is that the peel and stick adhesive isn't always that great and end up using floor glue. Not a big deal, just get a 3.5 gallon bucket and go to town.
Can you guys recommend some places to purchase the vinyl tiles? I am not finding what I want at Lowes/Home Depot and some of the higher end manufacturers are too expensive, in my opinion. I don't think vinyl tile needs to cost ~ $5.-/sqft.
@Christian Hansen I use Lowes out convenience and returns. There is a new flooring store near me called "Floor & Decor" with a huge selection of all things flooring. Price are competitive to Lowes; however, Lowes military discount tipped the scale for me.
@Terrell Garren thanks for the info. I have a Lowes WAY too close to my house and I'm there often. They just didn't have much of a selection in the vinyl tile (stone look) arena. I'm looking for a fairly simple look, just dark charcoal grey without it trying to look too much like stone. Karndean has some nice stuff but it was $4.72/sqft. If I do vinyl plank (wood look) I always use Home Depots Trafficmaster Allure product. I just love the ease of installation and it looks great. Wears well and will flow with slight undulations in the subfloor. I find the "click" flooring to be a bit finicky with respect to whether it is actually clicked together or not. Thanks again, I'll check out Floor and Decor.
I have a grouted vinyl tile in my primary residence (installed by the PO). The stuff does not pass as tile, it looks like vinyl stick tiles. I imagine it has more to do with the color and style, but they are terribly ugly. I believe they are a fake travertine looking 12x24 you get at Lowes.
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