Self adhesive vinyl tile flooring, sometimes called peel and stick, is great way to give your kitchen or other area a quick and easy boost in aesthetic appeal. There are tons of designs and patterns possible, so you will be able to color coordinate, so your new flooring looks great. There are some things you will want to consider before you install self adhesive vinyl floor tile. Is peel and stick flooring really the best way to go?


The price of self adhesive vinyl tile makes it a very appealing option as a quick and easy do it yourself project. Many of the peel and stick flooring squares can be purchased for a buck per square foot, or even less. Just like anything else you look to purchase, self adhesive vinyl tile will vary greatly in quality and price, even if you buy tiling online.

Traditional glue down vinyl floor will run roughly the same price per square foot as the self adhesive tiles. Both types of flooring have benefits and drawbacks. For many, the ease of the peel and stick floor, when installed, makes it a great choice.

Can I install myself?

You can install self adhesive vinyl tile on your own, assuming you have some limited home improvement skills. For those that are willing to tackle the peel and stick floor option, there will be greatly reduced labor and installation costs. You can do this, if you put your mind to it. Self adhesive vinyl tiles are made for easy installation. The prep work, however, is a little more detailed than many think.



The subfloor MUST be completely smooth before you attempt to install your self adhesive vinyl tile on your own. Remove any and all debris, including glue, from the subfloor. This can be fairly labor intensive, so be ready to do some hard work. Your peel and stick flooring must have a completely smooth surface, free of any and all debris before you install.

Many homeowners fail to recognize pitfalls with their subfloor when they install self adhesive vinyl tile. This type of flooring will show crack and bumps in your subfloor over time. For this reason, you may need to use 1/4" plywood, over the top of your subfloor.

You will need to make sure the seams of the new plywood do not line up the subfloor seams. Self adhesive vinyl tile will loosen over time as the subfloor moves around. As you walk on the subfloor, you will notice it moving slightly at the seams. If this is the case, you really need to install the additional plywood, to avoid issues down the road with the self adhesive vinyl tile.

When you do attach new plywood to your subfloor, in preparation for installation of the self adhesive vinyl tile, you need to make sure the screws are driven, so they are set into the plywood. If the screw head stick out at all, your peel and stick floor will show the lump from the head of the screw. This is a common pitfall with peel and stick floors. Peel and stick flooring squares need a very smooth and stable surface when installing.


The use of a primer on the subfloor will help the self adhesive vinyl tile adhere much better. Peel and stick floors will last much longer when this is taken into consideration. The primer is in liquid form, often sold in gallon jugs. You can apply the primer with a paint roller for easy application. This makes sure your peel and stick flooring lasts over the long haul. The primer for the self adhesive vinyl tile will likely need to dry for up to 24 hours, depending on the type you get. Be sure that you don't walk on the area, or the primer will not work properly. When you attach peel and stick flooring, you want a good surface, so it stays attached for years to come.

About installation:

It's generally best to start in the middle of the room when you install the self adhesive vinyl tile. This is because few rooms are truly square, especially in older homes. If you start on the sides, you may very well find that the self adhesive vinyl tile will not line up properly at the other end of the room. Peel and stick floors can be sort of tricky this way.

Make measurements to figure out exactly where the center of the room is. Use a chalk line to snap the lines, directly in the center of the room, in both directions. You can use this as a guide when you install the self adhesive vinyl tiles. Follow the chalk lines, being careful to lay each square down tight against the other, so there are no gaps in the peel and stick flooring squares. Continue until you reach the ends of the room.

As you continue to lay the self adhesive vinyl tile, it may be wise to use a roller, so you get out any air bubbles, and form a tight seal with the subfloor. This will ensure that your peel and stick floor remains intact for years to come. Be sure to remove trim, so you can get the self adhesive vinyl tile very near the wall, and cover up the gap with the trim. This will make your new peel and stick floor look much better.


Self adhesive vinyl tile are a great, easy project to spruce up your home. While the peel and stick flooring is a great option for many homeowners, there are some things you may want to avoid with this type of floor.

Avoid high moisture areas, like a bathroom. You may be able to pull it off with very high quality self adhesive vinyl tiles, but you will be asking for trouble. The glue will slowly dissolve as water penetrates the tiny cracks between the peel and stick squares.

Cheap self adhesive vinyl tile, while appealing in price, is cheap for a reason. You will not get nearly the same level of quality, especially with adhesion to the subfloor.