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Vinyl Tile Flooring FAQs

Answers to popular vinyl tile flooring questions.

Vinyl Tile FAQs

Will sunlight affect my flooring?
Answer

Vinyl flooring is susceptible to damage from UV rays, causing it to discolor. We suggest closing blinds or curtains on windows on extremely sunny days to minimize the effects of UV rays.

What tools will I need to install my vinyl tile floor?
Answer

You'll need:

  • tape measure
  • pencil
  • chalk line and chalk
  • carpenter's square or metal ruler
  • sharp utility knife

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Can I install 12" X 12" tiles directly over an existing vinyl sheet floor?
Answer

In some instances it is possible however, refer to the Armstrong installation instructions for complete information.

Do I need to roll my floor after installation and if so, what should I use?
Answer

Rolling vinyl flooring after installation is always recommended. Be sure to roll the flooring from the center to the outside edges. With 12" X 12" vinyl tile, rolling activates the pressure-sensitive adhesive on the back of each tile, ensuring the bond to the subfloor.

Do I need to buy glue for self-stick vinyl tiles?
Answer

No. Self-stick vinyl tiles are backed with specially formulated pressure-sensitive adhesive.

Will seams in the floor open over time?
Answer

Armstrong manufactures its vinyl tile to the tightest and squarest tolerances in the industry, creating the snuggest fit. We recommend acclimating the tile in the room where they are to be installed 48 hours prior to installation. A tight initial installation of acclimated tiles should maintain tight seams over time.

Where can my 12" X 12" tile be installed?
Answer

Armstrong vinyl tile can be installed on all levels of the home.

What does "no-wax" flooring mean in terms of floor maintenance?
Answer

No-wax means your floor has a factory applied coating which does not require buffing or waxing. We recommend vacuuming or sweeping regularly, and washing as needed with Armstrong Once 'n Done® floor cleaner.

How do I repair or replace a damaged tile?
Answer

We recommend ensuring that your initial flooring purchase includes several extra vinyl tiles in case you have one that needs replacement. Follow these steps to remove and replace a damaged tile:

1. Heat the damaged tile with a hair dryer until pliable
2. Score the tile with a sharp utility knife on a diagonal
3. At the diagonal cut, pry the tile out of position with a putty knife
4. Scrape the adhesive residue from the subfloor
5. Place a new tile into position

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