Can we install vinyl tiles over pebble flooring? This question is asked in many forums and customer support sites online, resulting in mixed answers. Some people say no, while others say there is a way to do this. Yes, you can install vinyl tiles over pebble flooring! However, there are a few things to consider.
You will need to ensure that the thickness of the vinyl tile is no more than 2mm to ensure its compatibility with the results of pressing onto a pebble surface.
Also, if your pebble surface doesn’t have a protective coating of some sort, you will need to prime the pebbles with an adhesive first. Pebble tile flooring is a significant design element that enhances the appearance of any home or commercial establishment.
The problem with pebble tile flooring is that it’s challenging to maintain and keep the flooring clean. Mold can grow in between the crevices on pebbled floors if they aren’t taken care of regularly. You can either attempt to clean and disinfect the pebble flooring yourself or leave it to a professional when this happens.
There is another solution to this problem that most homeowners don’t know about: you can install vinyl floor tiles over your existing pebbled tile.
When you purchase the tiles you desire for your home or business; they will typically come in a roll that you can easily unroll and place on top of the existing pebble tile flooring.
You’ll then need to buy a tool that allows you to cut the tiles as necessary. Next time you have a mold problem with your pebble tile flooring, why not try an alternate solution that’s easier and more affordable?
You can save yourself money by avoiding costly repairs or professional deep cleaning services.
The first thing that needs to be noted is that installing vinyl tiles over pebble flooring goes against generally accepted installation guidelines for these products. This means that there can never be any form of warranty should something go wrong, as this process will violate the industry standards for proper installation practices.
If your pebble surface is exposed aggregate or has no coatings whatsoever, you must use an adhesive primer before pressing on your vinyl tiles. The adhesive used for this purpose is called Vinyl-Cretex P4000. We recommend a maximum thickness of 2mm for your vinyl tiles.
This allows the vinyl to flex over the rough pebble surface without being damaged from the surface underneath. If you have a thicker tile, it could cause damage to not only the vinyl but also itself due to the amount of pressure that will be applied during installation.
Once you have checked that your pebble flooring is primed and ready for the vinyl installation, it’s time to prepare the room. Ensure no nails or screws are protruding from the floor at all.
Also, ensure that any furniture is moved away from the area in which you will be installing. You’ll want help when moving the table as well. This ensures that all of it can be removed without damaging the vinyl or the pebble flooring.
With the room prepared, you will need to use a heat gun for the vinyl tiles’ adhesive backing before pressing them down.
The heat gun is essential because it heats the adhesive on the back of the vinyl tile, making it tacky and allowing it to adhere to whatever surface you are pressing onto.
Make sure there is a flat, even surface for applying heat. You may need to use a scraper or putty knife if the adhesive sticks in one place but not another.
Once you have a smooth surface for heat application, use the heat gun and slowly apply heat to the tile. Start by heating a small section of the back and pressing down on it with your finger. If it’s sticking well enough, move on to larger units until you have finished.
If you run into any challenges finding an adhesive that will stick to your pebble surface, please get in touch with your local Vinyl-tiles dealer or a licensed contractor in your area. Every homeowner wants to make their home as comfortable as possible and spend as little money as they can.
For those facing a small budget, or those who need to do work themselves, tile floors are an option that is both beautiful and economical. Many people choose this type of flooring because it looks like expensive materials such as marble and granite without the high price tag.
They are water-resistant, relatively easy to install, and highly durable. Installing vinyl flooring over existing surfaces can be difficult because of the material differences between floor types. There is also the issue of seams on some products that may not look great on concrete or hardwood floors, no matter how intense the tiles are.
One of the more common problems with this type of flooring is installing it over existing pebble floors. Pebble finishes on concrete are done in either textured or polished form.
The first step will be to remove all debris, dust, and dirt accumulated on the surface. Using a broom on both sides of the floor is usually sufficient.
Polishing concrete can also be done with an orbital polisher to give the surface a shiny, smooth appearance. It works well if only small areas need repair instead of stripping and replacing the entire floor. A grout pen will help fill in any areas that need touch-ups or additional work.
Vinyl tiles are not meant to be glued down in most cases. However, they do come with adhesive backing on the underside of each piece that can make installation easier.
For best results when installing vinyl over pebble floors, put down a layer of underlayment material first. This will help prevent bubbles from forming between tiles. It will also improve the final look of the floor. After letting the adhesive sit overnight, it will be time to install the tiles.
Keeping all seam sizes under 5/8 inches wide is essential to not stand out too much on an existing pebble floor. When cutting around corners or other objects in the room, use a sharp utility knife. Keep in mind that most tiles are not waterproof, so take care when setting anything on the wet floor.
Finally, wait about an hour before walking on the surface to ensure it has dried completely and is safe for foot traffic.
In conclusion, it is very possible to install vinyl tiles over the pebble floors if properly done by an expert artisan in flooring from a reputable flooring company.