Peel-and-Stick Tile: A Cost Effective Alternative

Written by  //  January 11, 2013  //  Flooring  //  Comments Off on Peel-and-Stick Tile: A Cost Effective Alternative

Our floors need to be resilient against the everyday traffic they are faced with. Regardless of what kind of flooring has been laid down, heavy foot traffic through various parts of the home or office can wear down material. For those who are on a strict budget, replacing the flooring can feel more like a luxury than a necessity. However, peel-and-stick tiling can be durable and cost effective in any location. What makes these tiles so attractive?

1. Easy to Install – Peel-and-stick tile behaves just like it sounds. Simply peel the paper coating from the back of the tile and lay it down on a flat surface. Cutting these tiles is just as easy by using a razor knife to cut out corners for perfect fitting. As long as the surface is completely flat with little to no divots or crevasses, the tile will adhere to it quickly.

2. Various Designs – Peel-and-stick tile can come in a wide variety of themes and tastes. An assortment of colors, patterns, designs, and more can be found in varying locales such as hardware stores and home improvement locations. Whether you are in need of a gloss finish or a design that is a dull green shine-less finish, you can find it all.

3. Heavy Duty – Many brands will offer a five-year warranty on wear-and-tear of peel-and-stick tile regardless of where you installed it. Brands like Armstrong have been tested and abused in order to prove that peel-and-stick flooring can maintain a professional look throughout the years. There have been homeowners who have peel-and-stick tiles in their basements which have been submerged in several inches of water repeatedly. These tiles look as good as they did the day they were installed.

4. Cost Effective – As peel-and-stick tile is easy to install, the cost of installation labor should be next to nothing. Nearly anyone can lay tiles in a straight line. The cost of materials to install this wonder-tile is one of the lowest of any flooring method. No heavy duty tools are required for installing a peel-and-stick floor. 

5. Reputation – A lot of the horror stories from those who dislike peel-and-stick tile are speaking from a biased stand-point. In any circumstance of flooring, it’s only going to be as good as the frame and floorboard. If the floorboard is bad, chipped, gaped, or incomplete the peel-and-stick tile will have a problem adhering to it. Most of these people simply installed the tile down on existing tile or weathered floorboards. 

The best method for installation of this tile is to adhere it to new floorboards. The key to a fully successful install is maximum coverage of the glue on the back of the tile. The more board or cement it adheres to, the better off you’ll be.

Although you may have heard horror stories from those who have used peel-and-stick tiles, their circumstances could have been far different from your own. Not to mention the brand of peel-and-stick tiles definitely makes a difference for longevity. Tiles bought from dollar stores will give you exactly what you paid for. Brands like Armstrong at Home Depot will stand up to a variety of punishment. What it boils down to is cost versus your budget.

How much money do you have to spend on flooring?

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