Inexpensive adhesive backed vinyl has many different uses that can be applied in the home, office, or other places.  In fact, the uses for this type of flooring go beyond the floor, making it a rather versatile option for home improvement projects that are DIY friendly.  Since it has a sticky back, installation is much easier with this glue free flooring.  In this article, I’d like to go over some of the basic uses for this type of project, what you can expect to find when shopping online or in person, and some other basic information to make sure you get the best value, and not just one with a really cheap price tag. 

Common Uses of Cheap Self Adhesive Vinyl Tile

Flooring:  This is the most common application for sticky backed tiling.  You’ll be able to use a random lay pattern, use different colors and styles for borders, or keep it traditional and use the same color, style, and texture throughout the entire room where you lay it down.  It’s popular to use in hallways, the living room, dining room, pantries, laundry rooms, dens, and even bathrooms, under specific conditions.  Moisture can be a problem, so bathrooms are a little tricky and sublevels, like basements, are generally not recommended, but can vary by manufacturer.  Just prepare the subfloor properly, according to manufacture recommendations and you’ll be okay.  Priming may be required.

Easy Backsplash:  Why not?  You can do it yourself and save a lot of money, making it a cheap project.  Cheap adhesive backed vinyl tile or sheets can be applied to walls with proper surface prep, making sure it’s dust and dirt free, clean, and primed.

Bistro Tables:  You’ve probably seen small homemade or store bought bistro tables with ceramic tile, surrounded by a wood border.  You can do this on your own with a self-stick vinyl tile flooring piece.

Commercial Use:  It’s not just for household use these days.  Heavy duty vinyl tile, even those that are inexpensive or cheap and adhesive backed can be used in light traffic, commercial applications. 

Best Value Vinyl Flooring

Armstrong, Nexus, Home Dynamix, and many other manufacturers have various looks and styles available for purchase.  Finding the best value is what you really need to consider.  Price alone doesn’t always tell the entire story.  Here is what to compare.

Price:  Obviously price is to be compared.  Make sure you compare the same product or do a side by side, apples to apples comparison to ensure value.  The features and benefits of each brand must be taken into account to do an accurate comparison.

Warranty:  Fade, scratch and scuff, loss of sheen, and traffic wear need to be considered.   A long warranty that excludes things like loss of sheen could be virtually useless.  Legitimate lifetime warranties are not feasible with this type of product.

Shipping:  If you buy inexpensive adhesive backed vinyl or linoleum online, you’ll need to consider shipping and handling.  These things are relatively heavy.  The weight of each square foot will vary, but whether it’s 12x12 or another size, it’s expensive to ship.

Product Reviews:  Try to find unbiased product reviews and stick with companies that you know and trust for best results.  You may find some unknown companies with stellar reviews that should be considered.  Finding unbiased product reviews online can be rather tricky these days, so checking with local installers and professional carpenters might be a good option.

Available Styles

For the most part, any common type of flooring material can become a laminate for this type of household grade or commercial grade flooring.  Listed below are some common options.

Marble:  Gray, green, pink, or just about any other color you can imagine is available in this pattern.  It has a texture often times, slightly embossed, making it look authentic.

Wood:  Oak, maple, or even cork look tile is possible through lamination and can be purchased.  Since it’s self-adhesive, it’s much easier to install than real wood.

Patterns:  Checkered, diamonds, striped, and just about any other pattern you can imagine is available at an inexpensive price.

Ceramic:  You can buy peel and stick products that look more like ceramic flooring for a lot less money, in most instances.  You won’t need to buy expensive mortar and grout, saving you money and making the project a little cheaper.

Repairing Trouble Areas

There are some issues with this type of product.  Listed below are a few of the issues you might run into with your tiling and ways to repair them.

Buy Extra:  This is the most important thing to remember.  If you need to replace a single tile, you might not be able to find it anywhere down the road if it’s discontinued.  Keep a case on hand for this purpose.  Expect waste and repairs, just to be safe.

Peeling Laminate:  I’m not referring to adhesive that isn’t sticking.  I’m referring to the laminate top in this one.  If this happens, a simple glue stick can often be applied.  Put a book over the area with a heavy object on top to hold it down for 24 hours.  It might hold forever and it might peel again.

Peeling from Floor:  If the tiling peels up in a corner, you have a few options.  You can try to glue it down and use a book and heavy object. In addition, a simple clothing iron can be heated and placed on a cloth over the peeling area.  Make sure the cloth is thick enough to avoid melting the vinyl.  The heat will often reactivate the adhesive.

Loss of Shine/Sheen:  You can try cleaners and shiners, but they most likely will still look off.  Best bet is to peel it up and replace it in most household cases.  Try the polishes first though, just in case it’s effective.

Scuffs/Small Cuts:  A clear liquid seam sealer might do the trick, when coupled with a technique called double cutting (too technical for this article).  If not, you’ll have to replace.

You can make many repairs with inexpensive adhesive backed vinyl on your own.