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Installing Resilient Floor Tile Instructions

  • Installing Resilient Tile Floor

    Resilient tiles have many benefits to offer relative to harder floor tiles. Their flexibility makes them easier to walk on and stand on for long periods. They can also be a little more forgiving when dishes are dropped on them. They are long lasting, durable and easy to install.

  • Overview

    Installing resilient floor tiles involves first making sure your sub floor is smooth. Then laying out the room to determine your starting point. Next, install the whole tiles. Finally, you can cut and install the border tiles.

  • Smooth the Subfloor

    Start by inspecting the sub-floor to make sure it is smooth and free from small protrusions that can appear as bumps in your new floor. Use a putty knife and pull it over nail heads and screws. If you hear a clicking sound, then you need to pound down the nail or tighten the screw.

  • Snap Chalk Lines

    Using a tape measure, determine the middle of all four walls in the room. Using a chalk line, snap two lines from each of the opposite walls. Using a carpenter’s square, check that the lines are perpendicular. If not, you may need to re-snap one of the lines to achieve 90 degrees at the line intersection.

  • Lay Tiles in Position

    Using the guidelines, dry-fit the tiles. Lay them along the lines until you reach the four walls. The amount remaining for border tiles should be the same on opposite sides of the room. If you find the borders are not the same, you should adjust one or both of the lines as needed.

  • Roll Tiles to Secure

    Now you are ready to install the field tiles or full pieces. If you are using the self-stick style, peal off the backing and start at the intersection of the two guidelines. Lay the tiles down in squares of nine. Make sure you line it up correctly before placing it on the sub-floor. Use a flooring roller or rolling pin to press the tiles firmly into place. Work your way around the room until all the full tiles are in place.

  • Spread Adhesive

    If you are using tiles that require adhesive, use a notched trowel and spread adhesive in an area slightly larger than nine tiles in a square. Make sure you can still see the guidelines. When laying each tile, line up its edges with a guideline or another tile. Then carefully lay the tile in place, and be care not the shift it around.

  • Measure Border Tiles

    To cut the border tiles, lay a tile exactly over the last full tile. Now take another full tile and place it against the wall with the edges lined up with the other loose tile. Make a line across the first tile. This is the line you need to cut.

  • Cut Border Tiles

    To cut the tile, lay it on a scrap piece of wood. Line up a straight edge along the marked line. Use several passes with a flooring knife to cut all the way through the tile. If you are using the adhesive style tiles, cut a number of the border tiles and install them all at one time.

  • Making Special Cuts

    For corners, you can use a variation on the technique you used for straight borders. Place the tile on one side of the corner exactly over a full tile. Use another tile to mark your cut line. Move the tile over to the other side of the corner and repeat. This should give you a correct profile of the corner for cutting. For trickier cuts, like door casings, use a compass to transpose the profile of the protrusion. Then cut along the line.


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