Shaw Resilient Flooring Installation – Today we’re going to be talking about dry backed vinyl tile which is the kind you have to glue down. A lot of people are afraid to install with glue We’re going to show you how easily it can be done. Now we’ll be using this “Adura” tile today, but we’re going to show you can be applied to a lot of other dry back tiles we have online. When you’re flooring arrives, You’re going to inspect your shipment. Then you’re going to set in the room that you’ll be installing it in for forty eight hours prior to installation and that’s to let it acclimate to the temperature and the humidity in your room. While your floor is acclimating this will give you time to get your materials First you’ll need a proper adhesive.
We’re using an adhesive made for Adura today. Then you’re going to need a trowel. This isn’t the proper size, But we just wanted you to be able to see the notches in the trowel. The trowel we’ll be using is a lot smaller the notches are one-sixteenth by one-sixteenth by one-sixteenth. We’re going to use a chalk line reel to mark out our floor to ensure proper flooring placement. A simple T-Square and a Box Cutter is all we’ll need To cut any tile that we need to cut. At the end of your install You’re going to use a roller to seal any seams and to make sure that your adhesive bonds to your backing. You can pick one of these up at your local home store Or tool rental center. Our floors need to be the last thing you install.
Meaning that if you have to paint, install cabinets, a ceiling fan, get all that done first, and once you’re ready to install the floor make sure the floor is perfectly clean! We want to start laying our tile from the center of the room so that we wind up with even cut tiles around the peremeter of the room. We measure our walls to find the exact center and now we’re spanning across the exact middle one way. Flicking this cord leaves a line on the floor Doing this will leave us with quadrants which is convenient because we want to lay the tile down in sections, rather than doing in the whole floor at once. Make sure that the second chalk line is exactly perpendicular to the first.
This will ensure that the quadrants are exactly square with the room, which will allow the tiles to lay down perfectly. We’re doing the demonstration on a table so you can’t see it. We can just pour the adhesive right onto our surface. I’m going to pour down about a pint. Now I’m going to use this trowel to SLATHER this over the area. Only lay down as much glue as you can lay down tile about twenty minutes because you don’t want the glue to dry in an area that you can’t get to in time. It’s important that I leave no dry spots. The whole area has to be covered with glue. Once I have slathered, I’m goint to start detail spreading. Now you notice that the layer is not very thick. I haven’t made the entire board look milky white. That’s why we are using the one-sixteenth inch trowel.
We had an installer show me how to do the left side, Now I just did the right side for my first time. Doing this much area only took me a few minutes. Once you’ve covered the area, you’ll need to wait until the adhesive is ready before laing down tile. Two ways you are going to know your glue is ready. One – It’s going to start to turn clear. Two – It’s going to get “tacky”. Tacky is when you touch the glue and it’s sticky but no residue comes off on your finger. Now we’ve chalk lined our floor, but we’re going to show you up here how to lay this down so you can see it better. On the back of each tile you’ll see these little arrows. When we lay these tiles down, we want to be sure that all these arrows are pointing in the same direction.
We’re going to pretend that this is the first quadrant. and that this is the center of our room. As I’m holding this, my arrows are pointing up. You want to lay your tiles down exactly on the chalk lines in the center of your room. I’m going to lay the tile down. It’s critical to make sure that I lay the first tile correctly. Every tile will be based on this one. Once it’s in the exact position, press firmly all around it. When we lay down another tile we’re going to keep it snug. Make sure that all our edges line up smoothly. This is my first tile. I put my second one up here. My third on is going to be beside the first one. But I still want your arrows to point in the same direction. I like to use my thumb as a guide to help insure that my tile is laying perfectly square up to the connecting tile.
Once again I’;m going to press all around, making sure the whole tile has contact. And I’m going to check my edges. I’m going to hold my first tile down firmly while I put this one in place. We’ll do this each time we lay a new tile. Let’s talk about the pattern we’ll use to lay down the tile. You remember we chalked the room? This was to find the center. We’ll start at the center of the room, doing a quadrant at a time. We use quadrants to lay tile, so that we’ll have a more manageable work area, and to help keep everything square. Okay, now I’m ready for my next tile, so I’m going to check my arrow directions. I want to firmly hold this tile down, put my thumb in place, and press this tile down.
Because I’ve laid down these first three tiles perfectly, as long as I square up my remaining tiles, the whole quadrant will be perfect. When I lay this tile, I’m going to make sure to pull in both directions to make it snug with both connecting tiles. Eventually, we won’t have room for full pieces anymore, so we’re going to cut tile! We need to cut a piece to go from last full piece to the edge of the Wall. Measure from the wall to the very edge of the tile with no gap. Once again, I need to check my arrow directions. I’m going to use this T-square to make a six-inch cut, and get a perfect right angle. Be sure to hold the T-square down, so it doesn’t move while you’re cutting. Slice across it with the box cutter and with a little force, it just snaps apart.
See, my arrows are great, so I cut perfectly. You want your rough cut against the wall. If you don’t do that, and I deliberately didn’t this time, you’ll get a gap. Once all the tile has been installed, we’re going to use a roller to make sure that our seems match, and make sure that the adhesive gets a proper bond across the entire floor. Thanks for watching, and we hope you’re more comfortable with the process. Of course you’ll want to follow the instructions that come with your specific tile. We just wanted to show you how manageable installing tile with glue can be.