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How to Install Interlocking Vinyl Tile

The Basics

Vinyl Tile and Luxury Vinyl tile is a durable tile that is NOT prone to cracking and breaking. It absorbs and dissipates the force from heavy objects. Meaning that it is better on the feet than other flooring options. Vinyl tile comes in various thicknesses, colors and patterns. These are instructions for tile between 4mm and 8mm (around a 1/4 inch) thick - not the cheap peel and stick.

Substrate

The surface on which the vinyl flooring will be laid is called the substrate. You can install over wood, concrete, old vinyl or any solid surface. It is important that the subfloor be clean and level. This helps ensure your new vinyl flooring will be beautiful and well supported.

If you have cracks or gaps larger than 1⁄4” we recommend you fill them with plastic cement or concrete and wood filler on plywood floors. The tile will conform to the substrate whatever that looks like. Any bumps or dips you leave under the tile will be mirrored in the finished project.

Installation Methods

There are three methods used to install vinyl flooring:
• Floating: flooring is not bonded to the substrate by any adhesive.
• Full Spread: means the adhesive is troweled over the entire substrate.
• Perimeter Adhered: means the adhesive is only applied to the outside edges of the flooring and at the seams. We never recommend this type of installation.
• Self-Adhesive Tile: the tile is pre-glued and comes with a removable paper backing. (Not part of this install)

Preparing Floors for Vinyl Tile

Acclimate

Vinyl tile expands and contracts over time. To acclimate, place the open boxes of tile in the room where they'll be installed for at least 36 hours (or per the product recommendations). Also follow any product-specific instructions for installation temperature ranges.

Notes: All vinyl flooring stretches with heat and shrinks in the cold. Vinyl tile should be installed between 68° and 98° F. Any colder and the tile could be 1/16” smaller than its original . Therefore, when the temperature changes from 45° F to 105° F, a floating vinyl floor installed within a garage with 10 tiles across by 20 tiles long will expand 5/8-inch on one side and 11⁄4-inch on the other. On the other hand, if you install the tile at 20° or 110° and it never changes more than 20° one way or the other, the project will not expand or contract enough that anyone would notice. If a floor buckles or shows gaps there is only one reason, it could not expand or contract as one interlocked floor.

Remove all trim from around the floor. If you intend to reuse it after installing your new flooring, pull any nails through the trim from the back side. This step reduces splitting, so you can use the trim again. Your new vinyl tile installation is only as good as the underlying floor, so clean the floor thoroughly. The surface must be smooth and free from debris, grease or wax. Uneven floors, bumps or dips may cause blemishes that will show over time.

Preparation

Subfloors must be clean, flat, dry and structurally sound. The correct preparation of the subfloor is a major part of a successful installation.
• Leave a 1⁄4-inch gap around all edges, poles, cabinets, garage door, railings, or anything that will stop the floor from expanding or contracting.
• When installing baseboard, keep above the 1⁄4-inch gap.
• Do NOT lay over any type of carpet.
• Seal or remove paint before installation.
• Scrape or sand off old glue
• Plywood floors will need a sealer: use two coats of silicone before installation.
• Radiant Heat Floors: turn on the heat while installing.
• Wet areas with plywood floors or rough surfaces: lay down a plastic liner before installing tile, we recommend 7mm garden plastic.

When You Should Glue Or Use Our Self-Adhesive Tile:

Question: I thought this was a floating floor?
Answer: It is in most cases but there are exceptions.
Question: What glue should I use?
Answer: Any VCT floor tile adhesive. We like Henry’s 430 Pro Clear Adhesive, but any good VCT adhesive will work.

Follow the directions on the label and remember thinner is best, you do not want the glue coming up through the seams.

  • South facing garage with windows
  • Owner keeps the garage door open a lot and for long periods during the day.
  • Garages where heavy material or weight will sit on the tile for an extended period, for example cars that do not move.
  • Anywhere you want a water proof installation.
  • Warehouses where fork lifts or heavy loads on small wheels will be used.
  • Anywhere you want to control expansion and contraction.

Caution

Always wear eye protection and a respirator when removing old flooring. Be aware that some older flooring materials may contain asbestos. It's recommended that you test older flooring materials before removal, and have a professional remove them.

Installation

1. Find the center point of the room, lay one row of tile, working from the front to the back of the room. Use a plastic or rubber mallet. Gently tap the tabs in place.

2. Next, lay a row of tile in the opposite direction creating a +. You should have a cross with four open areas. Look at the edges to be sure there is equal distance from both sides of the wall to the last full tile. It will not be exact, as there are no straight walls. Now fill in the four squares starting in the center working to the wall.

3. Note: If you are using a Full Spread method, the only difference is when you fill in the four open areas you will spread the adhesive as you go. Follow the adhesive manufactures recommendations for trowels, thickness and time.

Cutting the Edge Tile

Measure from the edge (inside the tab with exposed tabs) of the last full tile installed to the wall, then back off a 1⁄4 inch for expansion. In the below example 5”. Now measure from the outside edge (from the inside edge of the tab with exposed tabs) in 4 3/4” (see illustration below). Using a straight edge, draw a line from the top of the tile to the bottom. Using a sharp blade utility knife score the tile a couple of times, fold the tile at the cut line then draw your knife down from top to bottom. Watch those fingers and keep your blade sharp to make your job easier. After you are finished reinstall your moldings. Do not push down to hard or you will defeat the purpose of the 1⁄4 gap you just left.

Choose a Trim

You may need a profile (reducer edge) for our tile to carpet or to ceramic tile or to floor tile. Leather, Slate and LVT have rounded edges and do not normally need a trim piece. If you need a reducer strip you can use our rolled edging that we will cut to size. For hidden lock tiles or interlocking edges for standard interlocking tile. Most flooring retailers sell profiles, use the ones made for ceramic tile. Our tile is around 1/4” thick as is most ceramic tile. Our reducer strips look like this figure below.

Doors

Interior doors often have space at the bottom to accommodate new flooring. If yours do, then you’re good to go. If yours don’t, or they’re cut for something lower than the floor you’re installing, you may need to trim the bottom of the door molding. Lay a tile up next to the door frame, mark it with a pencil, then trim door just above the pencil mark.

Clean Up

To clean the floor after installation, use a solution of 1⁄2 cup white vinegar in a gallon of water and damp mop. If you would like to add protection, you can use a commercial vinyl tile sealer. This is recommended for a commercial building. If it is a residential install, we recommend two coats of Armstrong Shine Keeper or Rejuvenate. Both are applied with a mop and dry quickly. We recommend an application every year, it will not build up, but will make the floor look great and easier to keep clean.

After the Install: Full Spread

• Try to stay off new vinyl floor for 24 hours. If you must walk on the floor, avoid the seams.
• To allow the adhesives to setup properly, keep the room at 68° F or greater for at least 2 days.
• Ventilate the area well for 48 to 72 hours.
• Light foot traffic is allowed after 24 hours.
• Don’t wet mop your floor for about five days. The adhesives need time to cure.
• Most of all follow the instructions on the adhesive label.

After the Install: Floating Method

• Foot traffic is fine immediately following installation

Furniture and Appliance Placement

• Don’t rely on furniture or appliance wheels and do not drag appliances over your new floor!
• Lay down a piece of thin plywood and move the appliance over the floor on the wood, or use furniture sliders made specifically for this purpose.

Notes

For Interlocking Tiles

• Although our products are colorfast, avoid exposure to direct sunlight for prolonged periods. Exposure may result in discoloration. During peak sunlight hours, the use of the drapes or blinds is recommended
• Vinyl Tile is water/moisture resistant, however, excessive moisture in the subfloor could promote mold, mildew, and other moisture-related issues like the trapping of moisture emissions under the flooring, which may contribute to an unhealthy indoor environment.
• Vinyl Tile does not warrant nor is responsible for damage to floor covering due to moisture-related issues.
• Flooring Professionals also recommend keeping some leftover pieces of vinyl for future repairs “just in case.”


Enjoy your floor!

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Slate and Rawhide Collections
Slate textured tiles have a hidden interlock system and beveled edges with a natural looking non-slip textured finish. Rawhide or Leather textured tiles also have have a hidden interlock system but are smooth with what appears to be a grout line. However, none of these tiles need grout.

The solid colored Slate tiles are 20.5" x 20.5" x 1/4" and offer unsurpassed durability resisting stains, abrasion, water and most chemicals. They are designed to resist scratches, abrasions, scuff marks, and stains in demanding environments. These tiles are particularly well-suited for areas that experience medium to high traffic. This durability makes it a great choice for schools, teaching and learning facilities, rec. rooms, sports facilities, locker rooms, and any other applications that require a durable, long-lasting flooring system. They do not do well in sport facilities where metal cleats or ice skate blades are used regularly.

Specifications:
• Professional grade   (Colors)
• Field: 20 in. x 20 in.
• Finish: Slate or Rawhide
• Durability: 25 yr warranty - residential
• Durability: 10 yr warranty - commercial
• Recommended for inside use
• Shipped in multiple boxes
• 6 tiles per case
• 16.70 Sq. ft per case
• Made in the USA

Slate Black
Floorageous IT-tile: Slate

Black / Noir / Negro
20 In. x 20 In. Vinyl Tile,
Hidden Interlock Multi-Purpose Floor, 6 Tile
16.70 Sq.Ft per carton
$82.68
$53.95 ea.
$3.23 per sq.ft.

Slate Beige
Floorageous IT-tile: Slate

Beige
20 In. x 20 In. Vinyl Tile,
Hidden Interlock Multi-Purpose Floor, 6 Tile
16.70 Sq.Ft per carton
$99.35
$68.95 ea.
$3.94 per sq.ft.

University Floor
University Floor
Granite and Stone LVT Collection
Inspired by nature, the Granite and Stone Collections are unique, luxury vinyl tile (LVT) designed to inspire and beautify any interior environment with its granite and stone concepts. Developed for medium to heavy commercial or residential use, it is durability while creating a soft and warm underfoot.
This series is a popular choice among professional designers for facilities such as educational environments and nursing homes. With a 10 year manufacturers wear warranty, it becomes easy to see why the Granite and Stone series has become a popular choice among flooring professionals.

Features:
  • Beautiful Look and Design
  • Leather Texture
  • Portable Floor
  • Easy Interlock Installation
  • Soft underfoot
  • Real stone look
  • Field: 20 in. x 20 in.
LVT Floor
Natural Sandstone
GoRageous: Stone Series
Sandstone Slate
Grès Ardoise
Arenisca Pizarra

20 In. x 20 In. Vinyl Tile
Hidden Interlock Floor
6 Tile in a carton
16.70 Sq.Ft per carton
$87.84
$70.95 ea.
$4.24 per sq.ft.


University Floor
Custom, Logo, and Tile Murals
You will be delighted with the appeal and endurance of custom tiles. We assist architects and GCs with commercial and institutional tile projects. Our design group takes pride in coming up with ways to make even the most difficult design concepts into a work of art. If you are unsure if a concept will work, please submit it to us and we will do our best to come up with a way to make it happen - pictures, art, and logos on tile.

Features:
  • Permanent Advertising
  • Ready-to-install murals
  • An array of colors & typography to meet organization’s requirements
  • Custom color gradations to meet your interior design vision
  • Portable Floor
  • Soft underfoot
  • Sets on one tile or multiple
Bubble Floor
GoRageous / Custom
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custom tile logo School Logo Flooring Tiles
Murals
LeatherLook Buffalo


Photos
LeatherLook Buffalo
School Gym Floor
Flexi Tile - Coin, Diamond Plate, and Industrial
Get inspired by fresh ideas and having the tools to make design decisions with confidence. Begin a gym design by choosing a base color and adding accent tiles around the border or strategically place them throughout the room for under equipment. This floor can handle free weights and gym machines.

Features:
  → Reducing ambient noise levels
  → Large selection of standard color styles
  → Custom color available
  → Portable Floor
  → Soft underfoot
  → Anti-fatigue and slip-resistant
  → Coin, Diamond Plate or smooth texture available
  → Durable floor tile
  → Tiles can handle weight of cars or trucks
  → Made in the USA
Coin / Medallion
Coin or medallion texture Coin or medallion texture Coin or medallion texture Coin or medallion texture
Diamond Plate
Diamond Plate or Cross Texture Diamond Plate or Cross Texture
Diamond Plate or Cross Texture Diamond Plate or Cross Texture
Industrial
Industrial PVC Tile
Industrial PVC Tile
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