How to Prepare Your Tile Floor for a Vinyl Overlay
Tile floors are very popular within areas of the home such as bathrooms, kitchens and entrances. However, you might be looking for a change with the help of vinyl flooring solutions.
Preparing the original tile surface is essential if you hope to avoid problems during the installation of luxury vinyl floor tiles. It is important to temporarily remove any nearby obstructions such as baseboard trim or toilets, as these will need to rest upon the new vinyl. Furthermore, be sure that the tile surface is completely dry and free of any debris.
Dealing with Sunken Grout
One of the other major concerns which should be examined involves the grout between the original tiles. Assuming that the grout is flush with their surfaces, you can install vinyl immediately above. However, there can be times when you encounter "sunken" grout joints.
This essentially means that the sections between tiles are lower than the tiles themselves. In such a situation, you will need to first fill in these areas with a thin-set mortar compound.
The overlaying vinyl tiles will otherwise sink into the gaps over time. This is a straightforward process and the mortar can be applied with a trowel or a standard putty knife.
Be sure to allow plenty of time for the mortar to dry. It should also be mentioned that this thin-set mortar must be compatible with any type of vinyl floor adhesive that you plan on utilising (assuming that you are not employing self-adhering tiles).
The good news is that this type of project is normally quite straightforward. If you have any other questions or if you wish to learn about the vinyl solutions available through Flooring Supplies Direct, an expert is always standing by to help.