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Vinyl floor and self-adhesive tiles

Vinyl floor and self-adhesive tiles



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Relatively economical, very resistant, easy to install, vinyl coverings are particularly appreciated in damp rooms and kitchens. Even if their smooth and shiny appearance does not create a very warm decor, their ease of maintenance and their sanitation make them precious in places where people with asthma or allergies to dust mites live.

Installation principle

The operation seems to be mistaken for laying carpet, except that the vinyl must be glued, with glue, double-sided adhesive, or on fixer. A few tips will help you.
You will sometimes need a template for a somewhat complex cut. To do this, trace the shape on a cardboard and cut it out precisely. Then place this template on the vinyl, fixing it with site adhesive. If your vinyl is patterned, be sure to check the symmetry of the designs. Cut with a cutter around the template, leaving a margin of 3 to 4 cm which will be leveled after installation.


The edges of the vinyl are often slightly curled and form unsightly joints. Do not hesitate to overlap the two strips by at least 10 cm to be able to make a double cut. To do this, first apply a double-sided adhesive or glue, then superimpose the two strips on a metal ruler and cut them together, guided by another metal ruler. Remove the scraps, without moving the two strips, then fold them down by adjusting them. Mount this joint very carefully.
To seal a joint, especially in a bathroom or a kitchen, place a thread of special glue all along it.

The Pro Council

Thin, practical, quick to install, the self-adhesive PVC tiles allow you to finalize your decor in the blink of an eye. However, the floor on which you place them must be perfectly flat, clean and dust-free, which requires usually a little preparation. To facilitate installation, do not forget to place the packets of tiles in the room two days before laying, maintain and work at a temperature between 17 and 22 ° C. Also remember to carefully note the color and manufacturing references found on the back of the tiles: they will allow you to obtain, if necessary, packs of perfectly identical additional tiles.

The good choice

The first coatings were purely natural, made from linseed oil, natural resins, cork and wood flour, minerals and pigments. These recipes, which have fallen into disuse in the face of the preponderance of synthetic materials, are coming back in force today, notably linoleum, invented in England in the 19th century. Vinyl tiles, made from linoleum paste, offer extreme resistance to wear and puncture. Besides their qualities of solidity and durability, they are almost insensitive to cigarette burn and their colors do not pass over time. They have excellent antibacterial, anallergic and antistatic properties and are very easy to maintain. Know-how - home decor © La maison rustique - éditions Flammarion, 2006