How to Install Vinyl Tile Over Plywood

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Vinyl tiling is an inexpensive way to completely change the look of your home. There are many sizes and designs of vinyl tile to complement your decor. If you can measure and cut the tile, you should be able to install the floor yourself without difficulty. This type of tile can be laid on top of most any floor, including concrete and linoleum. You can also lay vinyl tiles on top of plywood subfloors.

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Things you need

  • Broom
  • Waterproofing
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Roller

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  1. 1

    Sweep the plywood to remove any dust or dirt from the surface, using the broom. The plywood should be completely clean before you begin applying your waterproofing.

  2. 2

    Apply a layer of sheet waterproofing membrane to the plywood to protect the plywood from getting wet and swelling. The membrane should be 1/16 inch thick. Unroll the membrane onto the floor and trim around the corners with a utility knife. Peel off the backing and apply it straight onto the subfloor.

  3. 3

    Measure from wall to wall to find the exact centre of the room, using a tape measure. Starting in the centre, use a carpenter's square to lay the tile at a 90-degree angle with the wall. Flip the tiles over and note the direction of the arrows. This will show you the direction to place the tiles.

  4. 4

    Remove the backing and lay the tiles onto the membrane. Lay the tiles flush to one another so there are no gaps between the tiles. Press firmly to ensure that the tiles are in place and secure to the floor. Once you have laid several rows, use a roller to remove all bubbles and to ensure the tile will stick.

  5. 5

    Work your way outward to the edges of the room. Place as many full pieces as possible before you lay the pieces that will need to be cut. It's best to place the cut pieces last so they will not be as noticeable and will be hidden by furniture.

  6. 6

    Cut the tiles with a sharp utility knife to fit into corners and doors. Use a tape measure to measure the areas you'll cut. Place the tile securely into place and trim any overlapping edges.

  7. 7

    Run the roller over the entire area when the tiles are in place. This will ensure that all of the tiles are firmly in place before you begin moving your furniture back in.

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