Author Topic: Peel and stick vinyl tile - good or bad?  (Read 503 times)


  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
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Peel and stick vinyl tile - good or bad?
« on: June 30, 2018, 09:05:22 PM »
Hi! We're trying to fix up our old house to sell. Currently, the kitchen has linoleum that's peeling, so we're looking to replace it. Considering regular tile or peel and stick vinyl tile. The peel and stick looks attractive because of what looks to be lower installation effort, but does it look reasonable as a finished product? Will it make a bad impression? The house isn't going to be very fancy, it's more of a starter smaller house. Thank you for the advice!


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Re: Peel and stick vinyl tile - good or bad?
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2018, 06:12:55 AM »
Peel and stick is okay, but if you are going to sell I would pick up some cheap tile and install that.  I had peel and stick, and while it 'looks' easy to install you have to measure and make sure the lines are completely lined up (both the vinyl and the pattern), otherwise it will not only look terrible, but dirt will collect in between the squares (due to the glue) and be almost impossible to clean.


  • Bristles
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Re: Peel and stick vinyl tile - good or bad?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2018, 07:52:36 AM »
I did this on a couple of floors in a rental with landlord's OK. This was many years ago so technology of peel and stick is probably even better. I was lucky in that both floors were perfectly smooth with sheet linoleum. I did do a lot of prep though. Practically sterilized previous floor and did the 2 crossing string guidelines that have you start laying tile from the center out. The only problem I ever had with dirt collecting was in the crevices where tile had to be cut around the doorway molding and I wasn't exact enough.


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Re: Peel and stick vinyl tile - good or bad?
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2018, 12:12:03 PM »
We bought this

It was very easy to put down, and has a life time residential warranty, 6 yr commercial.
It's the floor we put down before everything was finished and it's held up well in areas of internal construction. There have been a few gashes in a few spots  made by various objects, all related to construction. For this reason we bought a couple of extra boxes and replace the ones that showed damage.

We put them over a subfloor. We have spilled water hear and there, and even the ones we didn't catch right away, did no damage because the seams seem to be watertight.

We always thought we'd put down some other type of flooring, but this still looks great. It's probably not the type of flooring one would expect in a home of this type, but it's a nice looking, well wearing, diy floor, and that's what best describes our life, so it's probably going to be here for awhile.
Plus, there is a lot of natural wood in our house, we wanted to stay true to the Craftsman 1915 original, and the only thing we would upgrade to is a wood floor, and that would just be too much wood.

Forgot to add, the first we put down was in 1996, and it looks great.
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