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Peel and Stick Vinyl Floors in bathroom??

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Oct 29, 2013, 01:03 PM
Peel and Stick Vinyl Floors in bathroom??
We have a small 1/2 bath that only has a toilet and sink. It is 20 sq feet and the builders put in sheet laminate on the floor. We want to spruce up the flooring and are thinking about self stick vinyl tile. Anyone have thoughts on this? We figure since its a small area that it would look fine and would only cost about $50-$60 compared to ceramic tile which is more expensive. There is also a concrete sub floor, so we figured we would just lay it over the current laminate flooring. its in good shape ( not bubbling or coming up anywhere).

Any insights would be great! All reviews I have seen online are from 2003 or sooner and I am sure the product has improved since then!
Oct 29, 2013, 05:24 PM
nope. adhesive still oozes up between the tiles, it's still nigh onto impossible to reposition the first tile that is dropped down crooked which messes up all the rest, and compared to sheet floor, they're still not as durable.

buy cheap, get cheap.

you're better off to stay with the existing floor until you can do it to last with better products.

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Oct 29, 2013, 08:29 PM
Agreed. Peel & stick tiles are inexpensive and easy to install. Where sheet vinyl makes an unbroken surface that is great for wet areas like bathrooms, peel & stick tile is inexpensive and easy to install. Sheet vinyl or tile will have straight grout lines with no cracks, peel & stick tile is inexpensive and easy to install.

You get the idea. Other then the obvious cost and installation factor, there is not much good about peel & stick tile. Even if it is installed perfectly with all edges lining up as they should, over time the tiles will slide and move so that those seams open up - causing the adhesive to weep out. Plus, you now have a faux grout line with a crack in the middle of it.

We only recommend a peel & stick floor if you are on a super-tight budget or are installing a floor that you know you will be removing in the future.

Oct 30, 2013, 07:42 AM
Peel and stick tile are prone to releasing in high humidity areas. Now I know that it is a 1/2 bath, but the manufacturer may not cover the warranty if the product fails.
But they are a quick fix. You could try and find a close out style that a store is trying to move out the door. Thus saving some cash on the purchase. If you want to go that route, that is.
Actually if you are handy sheet vinyl is a rather easy fix. Patience is a key and the ability to make proper cuts is paramount. But big box stores run "how to do" clinics on vinyl installs all the time.
No matter what route you go, good luck with your project.

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