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Old 01-04-2016, 11:05 PM   #1
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Vinyl Floor Tile

Has anyone installed a self adhesive type vinyl floor tile over an existing vinyl floor? I'm thinking about going over the existing kitchen floor with a leveling/underlayment compound and then installing peel and stick type 12" vinyl tiles. This is the way Lowes installed the new floor in my house, although it was sheet vinyl, not tiles.
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I would not recommend the peel & stick type in an RV. They will shift around with the road vibration and flexing that all RVs endure. In my opinion it is very likely that gaps will open between the tiles, no matter what you do. Instead, use a sheet vinyl, or luxury vinyl planks, either floating or glued. The better grades of plank interlock firmly and cannot slip apart. The cheaper planks use glued seams and those have the same risk as peel & stick.

If you want a glued-down floor, use a commercial grade flooring adhesive. Much stronger adhesion than the peel & stick stuff. The peel & stick stays down well enough, but is surprisingly easy to shift sideways, even years later. I learned that the hard way, at the school of hard knocks!
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Dittos to Gary's statement. I've seen it happen.
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One of the flooring folks we talked to while looking for replacement vinyl for ours strongly suggest to not use stick down vinyl, but to use floating instead.
He said that in an area that is not climate controlled that there will be issues from the vinyl expanding and contracting with temp and humidity changes, not just from the shifting of the coach.
That seemed like a good suggestion to us, so now we're limiting our choices to floating vinyl. We've found a 'premium' vinyl that locks together, and has cork glued to the bottom for extra comfort - which we assume will also give a little extra sound barrier.
If/when we find the right color, that will be the style we go with.
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You can glue down a quality vinyl plank using a good urethane type adhesive.
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I originally replaced my carpet with vinyl peel and stick planks. I did have small gaps open between the ends of the planks but more than anything I thought it was too much "wood" look. I went over the vinyl planks with luxury vinyl peel and stick tiles that Lowes sells. These tiles were groutable and that is what I did. I have been happy with the performance and look. I think the grouting makes up for the expansion or contraction.
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I originally replaced my carpet with vinyl peel and stick planks. I did have small gaps open between the ends of the planks but more than anything I thought it was too much "wood" look. I went over the vinyl planks with luxury vinyl peel and stick tiles that Lowes sells. These tiles were groutable and that is what I did. I have been happy with the performance and look. I think the grouting makes up for the expansion or contraction.
That does look good! Does it use a conventional grout or what?
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I have not used self stuck vinyl tile in a RV but have in sticks and bricks, with poor outcomes. I would not use in a RV environment.

We had sheet vinyl installed in the PA. The installer used leveling compound to fill the zillion of nail holes from carpet nailing strips and other imperfections, also used to smooth transition and went right over the existing kitchen vinyl. We are extremely pleased with the final outcome and the price. Search my username for a thread with details and pictures.
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Thanks for the compliments. The tiles are Lowes #356538 and the grout is 259327. Not a flooring expert so I don't know if the grout differs from conventional or not but it is premixed in (Qt.?) containers and says grout for luxury vinyl tile. The tile says something to the effect of not to be used over OSB, which is of course what I have. I did treat the OSB with Henry 336 Bond Enhancer for self stick tiles. Bought it at Lowes but it doesn't show up in their search, however it does at Home Depot. Don't know if it matters but I will mention that I do keep my rig plugged in with the thermostat set at 85(cooling) in FL. so the unit is not faced with temperature extremes. Hope this helps.
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Used the luxury vinyl in mine .Love the look, however mine is exposed to temperature changes and in cold weather the grout does open a bit an closes in warmer weather. the grout is more elastic than standard grout and stays in place but does show fine cracks in cooler weather. Don't think I would use it again but will not be replacing it anytime soon as our use is in warmer weather and cracks are closed
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This looks really nice!
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any trouble with slideout going in and out ?
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