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Alterna™ Groutable Vinyl Tile Flooring

Want to install Alterna™ groutable vinyl tile flooring yourself? Before you start, consider these important points.

Overview

DIY Alterna™ Tile

Alterna™ can be installed with or without grout depending on the look you like. Because installing Alterna™ is similar to installing ceramic tile we recommend having it professionally installed. If you’re a skilled do-it-yourselfer who enjoys a challenge, get tips and download step-by-step instructions.

View Alterna™ Tile Installation Guide

Materials & Tools

 Tools Needed

Alterna™ groutable vinyl tile is for advanced DIY-ers. Use the list of tools and materials below to help decide if this project is for you.

View Alterna™ Tile Installation Guide

 Materials & Tools

Material

  • Armstrong Alterna™ groutable vinyl tile flooring
  • Armstrong S-194 Patch, Underlayment & Embossing Leveler
  • Armstrong S-195 Underlayment Additive
  • Armstrong S-288 Flooring Adhesive
  • Coordinated Armstrong S-693 Pre-mixed Sanded Acrylic Grout (for grouted installations)
  • Tile spacers
  • Armstrong Once ’n Done® floor cleaner

Tools

  • Chalk line
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Armstrong S-891 trowel
  • 100 lb. roller
  • Grout float (for grouted installations)
  • Bucket, sponges and rags (for grouted installations)

 Armstrong Premixed Sanded Acrylic Grout

We offer a complete selection of color-coordinated grout choices specifically designed to work with Alterna™ tile.

View Grout Colors

Installation

 Alterna Installation

Installing Alterna™ groutable vinyl tile takes about as much skill as installing a new ceramic floor. For this reason, we recommend that you use a professional installer for your project. If you’re a skilled do-it-yourselfer or enjoy a challenge, find out more about installing Alterna™ below.

View Alterna™ Tile Installation Guide

 Preparation

  • BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Carefully read our detailed installation instructions.
  • Be sure the floor you’re laying over is dry, clean and flat.
  • Gently remove wall base, millwork, or trim you’ll re-use.
  • Have all recommended tools and materials on hand.
  • Properly acclimate the flooring according to the instructions.

 Installation

  • Divide your room into equal quadrants, marked by a chalk line.
  • Start in the center, laying tiles; adjust center, if needed, according to installation guide.
  • Cut or shape tiles as needed at wall edges and around cabinets and vents.
  • Use your trowel’s fine notching to spread adhesive; allow to set, then lay tiles into place.

 Finishing Up

  • Remove spacers and roll with 100 lb. roller.
  • Apply grout, packing firmly; pull float diagonally across tiles to remove excess grout.
  • Use buckets of clean, cool water and sponges to clean grout from tile surfaces.
  • Do not wash or scrub your new Alterna™ tile floor for at least five days.