If you want to renovate or redecorate your basement then the likelihood is that you have been thinking about your flooring options. Unlike the rest of the home, the basement is a tricky area to install certain types of flooring, like carpet, because of the risk of water and moisture damage. As a result, you need a resilient but attractive flooring option to put in place. Vinyl tile for your basement is therefore the perfect choice.
Benefits Of Vinyl Tile
Vinyl tiling can be installed in your basement quickly and easily without the need to call anybody else in to do it for you. You do not need to have extensive DIY knowledge to be able to tile your basement because the process is simple and extremely efficient.
The tiles are laid individually and take approximately 2 minutes to lay each if you are confident in your DIY ability, a maximum of 5 minutes otherwise. This will save you a lot of money because you do not need to pay a contractor and the tiles themselves are very cost effective.
You can choose vinyl tile basement designs from a whole range of styles, patterns and colours so there is something for everyone out there. You will easily be able to find something that you like for your basement.
Vinyl is also a safe choice in terms of the very nature of the tiling. It is extremely water and moisture resistant and is hard wearing so it is perfect for use in a bathroom or basement, unlike the majority of other types of flooring.
However, it is worth buying about 10% extra on top of the amount that you think you will need just in case a tile happens to come up or is damaged at a later date. This way you can quickly and easily replace the tiling in no time at all!
The installation of vinyl tile in a basement space could not be easier. There is a little preparation involved but this is extremely easy to carry out. You can literally do the whole installation process within the space of a day, and here is how:
1. Firstly, you should make sure that your basement floor is smooth. If you already have flooring down then you are best advised to remove it beforehand. Although you can place the vinyl tiles over it, this could actually lead to bumps and uneven patches that leave the tiling exposed to damage after installation. You should remove all flooring so that you are faced with the concrete or wooden subfloor below.
2. When you only have the subfloor, check it over. If the surface is uneven then fill in any holes with cement on a subfloor of the same material. If you have a wooden subfloor then just install a sheet of plywood about a half inch thick. This will help to make the surface much more even.
3. Now comes to installation. If you have the cheaper adhesive backed vinyl tile then all you have to do is lay the tile and make sure it is secure in place. However, the more expensive and thicker vinyl tile is much better for basement use. If you have chosen to install that then start on one side of the room and work your way to the other.
4. Use a strong adhesive and lay it along the wall, coming about a foot away from it. Leave it for 10 minutes and then begin to lay the tile. The adhesive will be very sticky and perfect for aligning your tiling. As you are laying it, keep it aligned in a straight row. If there is a gap from the wall then leave it until last.
5. Repeat the process above until the floor, minus the gaps, is completely covered. Leave it overnight and you can then walk on your floor. The gaps should be filled in much the same way but will require you to measure accurately and use a razorblade to cut the edges neatly. Keep the edges clear overnight and then you can do what you like with the floor after that.