Many homeowners think that laying new flooring has to be difficult. With the new types of tiles available, however, replacing flooring is easier than ever before. Cork and vinyl are both very affordable options, and they are durable as well. With tiles, even a beginner can finish the do-it-yourself project in a single weekend. When homeowners install one of these durable types of floor tiles properly, the floor can last the lifetime of the house.
Benefits of floor tiles
Floor tiles are easier to lay down than solid sheets of flooring, particularly for homeowners who are new to this type of DIY project. Tiles are also easy to move and to store, in case homeowners must wait to start the project in full. Improving floors with any type of flooring provides a huge boost to the home's value, but there are other benefits as well.
Cork floor tiles
Cork flooring is beautiful, and it also offers significant noise reduction and insulation. Additionally, it is extremely ecologically friendly, since it is a renewable resource that is harvested responsibly. As if that were not enough, cork floor tiles are extremely durable, withstanding heavy use in homes with children and pets for many years without showing signs of wear.
Vinyl floor tiles
Vinyl flooring is attractive and easy to keep clean. Homeowners do not need to worry about using special cleaning products, and vinyl is very resistant to stains, scratches, and spills. Cleaning is easily accomplished with a few drops of vinegar in water. Vinyl is a good choice for high traffic areas since it is so durable.
Preparing the floor
DIYers need to first remove any old flooring before installing floor tiles. If the subfloor is damaged, it needs replacing with new subflooring. Subflooring in decent condition may just need filling with self-levelling filler. Homeowners should sand the subfloor to make sure it is even and free of any raised bumps or ridges. Vacuuming up the dust or using a dust mop to clear away any debris is the final preparation step.
Find the centre
The next task is to find the centre of the floor. Homeowners should leave out any unusual angles or offset areas when measuring the room. These throw off the centre point. The full room measurements should be used to calculate the amount of tile needed, however, unless those areas will not be covered by the new flooring.
Snap a chalk line from the centre of each wall to mark the centre of the floor. The centre should now be marked by crossed chalk lines, which are easy to see even through a layer of mastic or adhesive. Chalk lines are available in a variety of different colours, from red and blue to bright orange.
Laying vinyl tiles
The next step is spreading a thin layer of flooring adhesive using a trowel at the centre of the room. Line up a tile with the corner of the centre lines, and press down gently. Lay the next tile beside the first, in a straight line until it meets the wall.
Proceed in this manner until reaching the wall. At the wall, homeowners need to measure the space left to the wall, and cut the excess off a tile with a utility knife. Each row proceeds in the same manner until the entire floor is laid. At this point, the room should be off limits to foot traffic for at least 24 hours.
Laying cork tiles
The process for laying cork tiles is similar to that for vinyl tiles. Homeowners need to start from the centre of the room and proceed outward. If the edges of the room do not lend themselves to full tiles, it is a simple matter of measuring and cutting the tiles with a utility knife to ensure they fit. Cork flooring should be sanded with sandpaper and then sealed with wax or urethane to protect the surface.
How to buy items to lay vinyl and cork floor tiles on eBay
When you are ready to lay vinyl and cork floor tiles, it helps to plan the job beforehand. Make a list of the items you need, and turn to the knowledgeable sellers on eBay to help you find the right materials. Type the name of the item you need into the search box located on any eBay page, and sort through the listings to find the right product for you. One way to narrow the list is to look for top-rated sellers in your area.