Vinyl tile consists of 4 primary layers: A urethane wear layer to resist scratches and scuffs, a protective clear film layer to protect against rips, tears, and gouging, a printed design layer that carries the realistic colors and patterns, and a structural vinyl backing layer that adds strength and durability.
You’ll be delighted with the choices in color and pattern in vinyl tile. The modular tile format allows you to alternate different colors to create checkerboards or other patterns, or use a single color for an uninterrupted visual effect.
Maybe your room calls for a vinyl tile that mimics the look of natural products such as wood, stone, ceramic or slate. You’ll find your options range from retro to modern, traditional to trendy, geometric to floral designs. Go where your inspiration takes you.
Some vinyl tiles have a directional pattern. You can create more than one look with this design characteristic and have fun with it. Laying the tiles with the pattern running in one direction creates one look. Alternating the direction of the pattern 90 degrees from tile to tile, or even every few tiles, creates yet another look.
Size and Gloss
Standard vinyl tile size is 12”x12” and tile is available in low, medium and high gloss.
Vinyl tile is a flooring favorite for utility areas, kitchens, mudrooms, bathrooms and playrooms. It is a good choice if you are interested in a quick and easy room makeover. Vinyl tile is not meant for stairs, but for any and all flat, level surfaces.
Kids, Pets and Durability
Vinyl tile is very durable and forgiving of kids, pets and dropped objects in normal household use, however its durability and overall performance is typically less than Luxe Plank™ and Alterna™ tile luxury vinyl flooring types.
Vinyl tile has a range of warranty options based on the tile you choose. Warranties can range from 5 to 25 years.
Vinyl tile ranges in price from $0.50 to $4.00 a sq.ft. depending on the design and performance of the tile you choose.
Design and Embossing
At the mid- to high-levels, look for vinyl tiles that are embossed-in-register (EIR), meaning that the look and feel matches the grain and pattern of the real material. Some tiles have a beveled edge that helps make the tile look more like natural stone or ceramic.
DIY vinyl tile installation is very popular. Glueless (adhesive tabs or spray adhesive) and peel 'n stick self-adhesive (no glue needed) tiles are excellent DIY projects. You can save money and enjoy a beautiful finished project. Professional installation costs can vary based on geography (labor rates) as well as subfloor prep requirements. Armstrong recommends that you contact an Armstrong Certified Installer to provide you with an accurate installation cost estimate.
Don’t forget to factor-in the cost of getting rid of your old floor. Depending upon where you live, what type of floor you are removing, and your installer, budget around $2.00 per square foot to have it removed and hauled away.
Vinyl tile offers a variety of quick and easy installation options that are great for DIY-ers. Peel n’ stick adhesive tiles (no glue needed) is the most popular type of installation. Just remove the liner sheet and stick the tile to the floor. Careful though, these tiles are hard to remove once placed on the floor. The other option is glueless adhesive tabs or spray adhesive. These options are designed for easy placement and easy removal if you decide to replace the tile with another floor type in the future.
Look at the installation instructions carefully! No matter what kind of tile you're installing, the subfloor surface must be prepped so that it is smooth, flat and dry. Any bump, ridge, or indentation in the subfloor may eventually show through on the surface of the vinyl tile. If you're laying the tile over an embossed vinyl floor, you'll need to level the surface with an embossing leveler. If you're installing directly over new concrete, it should be tested for moisture emission rates and pH level to ensure it has cured prior to the tile's installation. If the tile is self-adhesive, it's a good idea to apply a latex primer to the subfloor before installation.