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Peel and Stick Vinyl Floor Tiles

Self-Stick Vinyl tile is a durable, low-maintenance and affordable flooring that’s quick to install, and can be used in any room of the home. Peel and stick flooring is so easy you can have great-looking new floors in a single weekend – even if you do it yourself!

Installing Peel and Stick Vinyl Floor Tile

  • Before installing any peel and stick vinyl plank flooring you should consider if there will be any challenges prior to starting the project. Although peel and stick vinyl flooring can be installed anywhere in the house, as long as the subfloor is flat and level, we would not recommend installing it on stairs.
  • It helps to also create an accurate budget to account for things like the removal or disposal of the old floor, any subfloor repairs or additional tools and materials. Even the cost of moving furniture or hiring a professional to install the flooring can easily throw most people over their budget when it comes to peel and stick floor tiles.
  • Installation can be confusing or frustrating so deciding early on in the project on whether or not to DIY or bring a professional is a smart idea. However, with laying the peel and stick vinyl tile you can rest assured that this is the easiest type of flooring to install.
  • Be sure to prep the floor prior to installation and remove any flooring, wall base, millwork or trim that is unwanted. After you have prepared the subfloor by ensuring the floor is dry, clean and flat you can make any needed repairs prior to installation.
  • Gather any additional items which may be needed like a utility knife, carpenter’s square or 100 lb. roller before starting. We recommend reading all installation instructions carefully as to not void any manufacturer warranties.
  • It is important to acclimate the peel and stick floor tile in order to give it time to adjust to the environment of the room where it will be installed. By bringing the installation area and materials to room temperature for 48 hours before installation, you decrease the chance the vinyl planks will buckle or swell under pressure.
  • During the peel-and-stick vinyl tile installation refer to instructions for room layout tips and working around irregular wall and trims. After the installation, clear tools and materials from the areas and clean according to instructions. We recommend using an approved vinyl floor cleaner and avoiding heavy foot traffic for 72 hours while it sets if you used any adhesive.

Vinyl flooring comes in several different forms, although peel and stick tile remains a favorite for a variety of reasons. If you’ve never used this style of tile before, here are the positives and negatives…

Peel and Stick Vinyl Pros

Looking for flooring that’s affordable and easy to install? Well, peel and stick vinyl fits the bill considering you can cover an entire floor in under an hour or less depending on its size. Even the most luxurious peel and stick vinyl are considerably cheaper than most other styles of flooring as well.

If you want floors that look like wood or stone, that’s an option with vinyl tile. There are thousands of options between patterned, colored, and wood that resemble natural materials, and it’s not as cold underfoot as tile. Vinyl tiles are also water-resistant to a degree and can be easy to replace if damaged more often than not.

Unlike hardwood or ceramic tile, you won’t need special tools to work with peel and stick vinyl. A razor knife is capable of making any cuts you need, and there’s virtually no mess to deal with. We also like the fact you can lay vinyl tile over another style of flooring provided it’s been properly prepped.

Peel and Stick Vinyl Cons

One reason luxury vinyl tile and engineered products are so popular is the fact they are more realistic than vinyl tile. Regardless of the texture or techniques, you won’t be fooled when comparing vinyl stone or wood tiles against the real thing.

The ability to remove tiles is a perk, but only it’s easy to do which isn’t always the case with cheaper tiles. On that note, peel and stick vinyl tile flooring is not going to increase the resale value of your home. In fact, it could cause issues with potential buyers down the line.

Peel and Stick Vinyl Floor Tile Buying Guide

You don’t need to have a degree in engineered or be an expert in flooring to pick out peel and stick vinyl thanks to their simplistic nature. You do need to be aware of a few key areas however including variants and wear layers.

Types of Peel and Stick Vinyl Floor Tile

Unless you are a flooring aficionado, you may not be aware that there are several types of peel and stick vinyl. Most tiles are simply deemed “peel and stick” and are made from vinyl with no designation. That said, here are a few alternatives you should be aware of.

A VCT or vinyl composition tile is just like a regular peel and stick vinyl tile but with an extra measure of toughness. They are still affordable, easy replace, and a breeze to install. If you want something even tougher, a VET tile may be better suited to your needs. The E in VET stands for enhanced, as these tiles tougher with better abrasion resistance. They can be harder to find or could be lumped in with VCT tiles depending on where you shop.

The next step up from a durability and quality standpoint, would be solid vinyl tiles, which carry the abbreviation SVT. Usually found in the commercial class, these tiles don’t have the same range of colors or styles as a VCT tile, but require less maintenance. They are ideal for high-traffic areas, although not budget-friendly compared to their composite brethren.

The only other thing you need to keep in mind when it comes to types of vinyl tiles are the edges. You don’t get a choice of profiles like you’ll find with traditional tile, but you can choose groutable vinyl tile flooring that mimics stone. This specialty tile adds an extra layer of realism to your flooring but is just as easy to install.

Vinyl Tile Styles

After you decide on the type of peel and stick vinyl tile you like, it’s time to start thinking about style. Considering how wildly people’s tastes can vary, we’re not going to spend much time here. There is a color or pattern for almost everyone, including consumers that long for hardwood floors.

Wood look tile is one of the hottest trends around and something easy to find. Aside from parquet or planks, they are not nearly as realistic as stone which tends to be the top seller and looks amazing with grout. Colors can range from a wintery White to Raspberry, Yellow, or any other shade you can imagine if you look hard enough.

As mentioned, this type of vinyl tile can be easy to remove and replace if you change your mind. While that gives you more freedom than you’ll find with permanent types of flooring, you still need to consider your décor and furnishings carefully beforehand.

Wear Layer

Whether you choose marble tiles that look like they belong in ancient Greece or a textured tile for your bathroom floor tile, the wear layer is critical. This is the only thing that stands between that lovely pattern you picked out and structural failure, and it varies just as wildly as you’d expect.

3 Things You Need to Know Before Using Peel and Stick Floor Tile

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Have you ever started a DIY project that you thought would be a piece of cake, only to later think to yourself, “Gosh, why didn’t someone tell me before I started?!” Well, if you’ve ever considered using peel and stick floor tile then today’s your lucky day….because this post is all about the things I wish I had known before using peel and stick vinyl floor tile.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m happy with the results in our newly made over laundry room (you can check out the whole DIY laundry room makeover right over here). My peel-and-stick floor tile looks SO MUCH BETTER than the ugly, outdated linoleum we’ve lived with for almost three years. Check it out below.

And I’m happy to share that the installation is straightforward — measure and cut each tile, peel off the paper backing, and press it onto the floor. Lather, rinse, repeat. Easy peasy.

But if you’ve ever thought about using peel-and-stick floor tile and want to know some of the key considerations you should weigh before deciding whether it’s the right choice for your project, then read on.

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3 Things You Need to Know When Using Peel And Stick Floor Tile

(That Home Improvement Store and Manufacturers’ Websites Won’t Tell You)

Here are three important points (the ones that the home improvement store website won’t tell you!) to consider before you commit to using peel-and-stick vinyl floor tile for your next DIY project:

The surface that you’re installing the tile over. Yes, it’s true that peel-and-stick floor tile can be placed right over linoleum. However, you’ll probably get better results if you install the tile directly over the subfloor or over concrete. Why is that, you ask? If you’re using peel-and-stick tile as a fix to hide old, outdated linoleum like I was, you’ll quickly discover once you start laying your tiles that the old linoleum is uneven, and perhaps even has nicks or bubbles in some places. But guess what? Unless you’re a professional you won’t detect those imperfections until you actually start your tiling.Personally, I think peel-and-stick vinyl tile is a good flooring choice for a mudroom or utility closet that doesn’t yet have existing tile, laminate or hardwood — laying this over concrete would really be ideal. If you do have linoleum in your space already and are feeling ambitious, I recommend you use a handheld sheet sander (I know that sounds scary, but I promise you it’s not!) like this one to get the old flooring as smooth as possible before beginning your project. I wish I had known this before I started my tiling project, because I think I would have gotten an even better end result had I used a sheet sander.

The size and shape of your room. What type of space are you planning to use the tiles in? A small, square utility closet or mudroom? Your foyer? A bathroom? Peel-and-stick vinyl floor tiles work well in square or rectangular spaces where the only tile cutting required will be scoring them in straight lines.These tiles are pretty durable, I must say, but you do need to handle them with care, and making too many cuts — or making cuts that aren’t angular — can cause them to snap in half if you’re not careful. Think about the size and shape of the room you want to tile and take a look at other elements you might need to work around, such as already installed cabinets, moldings, coat closets, floor vents or staircases.

Any items you might need to cut around in that room, such as molding or a staircase or the curved base of a toilet. Making sophisticated cuts to the individual tile pieces — like the ones that might be required if you have to account for molding or a curved toilet base — aside from simply scoring them in a straight line can get tricky. This is probably my biggest gripe about using peel-and-stick tile that I wish someone had told me before I started this project. Vinyl tile is definitely durable but it obviously doesn’t have the same weight to it as a ceramic tile, laminate or hardwood does, so making cuts that are done in anything BUT a 90 or 180-degree angle is tough. I definitely ruined several tiles by trying to account for the rounded edges of molding where our door frames meet the floor. My cuts would end up being jagged or uneven, or I’d accidentally snap a tile in half while trying to, for example, cut an L-shaped tile to fit around a corner of my laundry room.

Aside from the basic facts about peel-and-stick vinyl floor tile that you can get from any home improvement store website, these are my “I tried it” secrets that I’m sharing that will hopefully help inform your decision about whether peel-and-stick vinyl floor tile is right for you.

A Few More “Nice to Knows” When Using Peel-and-Stick Vinyl Floor Tile

And because I love you guys so much, I’m going to share a couple more “nice to knows” with you about using peel-and-stick vinyl floor tile. (Bonus!)

  • Buy more than you think you’ll need. As with most flooring projects, you should buy a few more tiles than you think you’ll actually use to account for broken tiles, adhesion problems, and so on. The nice thing about most peel-and-stick vinyl tile is that each tile is sold individually, so there’s no need to buy an entire box when you only need a handful of extra tiles. And if you end up buying too much you can always return the individual tiles that you don’t end up using.
  • Store your tiles at room temperature. Definitely didn’t see this one coming. After purchasing a second batch of tiles mid-way through the project at my local Lowe’s, I accidentally left them in my trunk overnight. When I remembered the next morning that I needed to get the tiles out of the car, I had to let them sit in my basement and warm up for a few hours before I could get to work. One thing I noticed about them even after they had warmed up is that the adhesive wasn’t as sticky as usual after I had peeled off the backing of a few of the tiles that were left out in the cold, which I attributed to the swing in temperature. So moral of the story: Don’t leave these guys in your car.
  • Expect to hear a crunching sound for a week or so after you’ve installed your tile. Yep, the guy at Lowe’s neglected to mention this, and I nearly freaked out when I heard a horrible crunching noise as I walked through the laundry room on my newly installed tile. (One thing to note is that I did not use any extra adhesive beyond what was already on the back of each tile, so I can’t speak to whether the tile still makes a crunching sound after installation if you’ve used additional adhesive.)Thankfully, the crunching went away about a week after I finished the project. Apparently there is a period of time during which the tile settles, so just know that this is normal and that it will go away. Thank goodness, because I would have been seriously annoyed if I had spent $80 and eight hours of my life laying this tile only to realize it would sound like I was walking on empty potato chip bags every time I ventured into the basement to fold towels. Phew.

The Bottom Line

The million-dollar question is: “Is peel-and-stick floor tile a good choice?”

The answer: It depends on your project.

There are plenty of pros to using peel-and-stick vinyl floor tile: It’s affordable, comes in an array of colors and patterns that tend to resemble actual ceramic tile or hardwood, and it can be installed over other existing surfaces like linoleum, cutting down on the time and mess required for a demolition phase.

If I had to tackle my laundry room flooring project all over again, I would still use peel-and-stick vinyl flooring — so far, it’s proved to be a good choice for our budget and this particular project.

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But as the saying goes, “The more you know…..” And it would’ve been great if I had known everything I shared above before starting my tiling.

Have you used peel-and-stick vinyl flooring for a recent project? If so, what were your thoughts?

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Is peel and stick tile any good? That’s a fair question, considering its low cost. And if you just buy the cheapest peel and stick you can find and slap it down without any preparation or thought, you probably won’t be very happy with it.

That said, if you do good prep work and think about it, you may find peel and stick vinyl tile more durable than costlier floor types.

In this basement, two teenagers helped me install 29-cent vinyl tile. It won’t win awards, but it’s functional and clean and looks good for the amount of money we spent. The baseboards were cheap too, and later I came back and added a cheap closet door.

The biggest advantage of peel and stick vinyl tile is that you can lay it yourself. One time when I needed to renovate a basement in a hurry, I hired two teenagers to help me. They’d never done anything with vinyl tile before. We put down a few hundred square feet of 29-cent peel and stick tile in a couple of hours. It held up fine.

Yes, you read that right. Sometimes I use the cheap stuff. When I pay less than a dollar per square foot, I see little or no difference in durability. Menards sells a vinyl tile made by Armstrong that normally costs around 35 cents per square foot. Every once in a while they put it on sale for 29. I wait for the sale and buy a few cases. It doesn’t say Armstrong anywhere on the box, but after you peel away the backing, you see the name on the underside. This cheap tile won’t win any awards, but it doesn’t look bad. Some of the tile that costs twice as much looks worse.

Durability

These 99-cent peel and stick vinyl planks have been in my entryway for nearly five years now. They’ve held up pretty well, especially given the cost and the low level of effort to install them. Exactly one plank shows signs of wear.

Like I said, I’m a landlord. I’ve lost count of the number of foreclosed houses I’ve walked through. That means I’ve seen about everything. I’ve seen properly laid vinyl tile hold up in conditions that destroyed other floor types.

But I’ve also seen destroyed vinyl tile. Maybe the person who put it down didn’t put it down right. Maybe someone abused it too much. It’s not indestructible. But it can hold up pretty well.

Obviously, I use vinyl tile in rental properties. But I use it in my own house too. The vinyl tile in my house outlasted the ceramic tile that was in the kitchen when I first bought it. I guarantee that ceramic tile was a lot more expensive.

Installation

The key is cleaning up the floor before you put the tile down, level out any holes or gaps in the existing floor or subfloor, especially if you’re covering an existing finished floor, then putting down good primer to help it stick well. It also helps to let the tiles acclimate to the room for a day or two before you lay them down.

Professionals start in the middle of the room, lay down a chalk line, and then lay the tile along that line and work toward the corners. This gives you good, even courses and helps you avoid really thin strips along one or more edges of your room. Don’t leave an expansion gap. If it makes it easier, here’s how to make cut lines on the front.

If you’re replacing old tile, you can cheat. Pull up the old tile–as long as it’s not 9-inch tile, which is usually asbestos–but leave one row in or near the middle of the room. Put your first row down right next to that row you left. Put down a second row next to your new row if you wish. Then come back and take up the row you left.

What if you find asbestos tile? Clean it really well, put some leveling compound in any holes you find, and lay the new tile on top of it. Removing the asbestos tile isn’t worth the health risk. But if you leave it alone, it won’t hurt you.

Once you get the tile down, roll it with a floor roller to cinch it down. This is probably the most critical step that failed floors missed.

For any number of reasons, it’s possible you may end up with gaps. I have a trick for dealing with gaps too. If you get extra glue between tiles, here’s how to clean that up.

Ideally, you want to let the floor set up overnight before you subject it to heavy traffic. I also like to put an acrylic finish over it. It helps make the vinyl more water resistant and makes it easier to clean. Both of these things help it to last longer.

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Armstrong Grey Taupe Wood 12 in. x 12 in. Residential Peel and Stick Vinyl Tile Flooring (45 sq. ft. / case)

Product Overview

When you explore the benefits of Armstrong Flooring Peel and Stick vinyl tile, you’ll discover a floor that’s easy to maintain and performs beautifully in high-traffic and high-moisture areas. This durable and economical flooring comes in a variety of visuals which match the beauty found in natural stone, ceramic and even hardwood. All Armstrong Flooring Peel and Stick vinyl tiles provide quick and easy installation and with no drying time so floors can be walked on immediately. Additionally, all Armstrong Flooring Peel and Stick vinyl tiles are stain and scuff resistant and don’t require buffing or polishing. The 65 Gauge collection offers increased durability and is the perfect option for an active household. This collection offers a great mix of performance and affordability alongside a 10-year limited residential warranty.

  • Grey taupe wood color finish
  • 0.065 in. x 12 in. width x 12 in. length
  • Appropriate grade for installation: above grade, on grade, or below grade
  • Can be installed over both concrete and wooden subfloors
  • Residential use
  • Easily cleaned with Armstrong’s Once N Done floor cleaner
  • Don’t forget your coordinating trim and molding
  • All online orders for this item ship via parcel ground and may arrive in multiple boxes
  • 10-year limited residential warranty