Installing Resilient Floors: How To Install a Resilient Floor

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Resilient floors offer a wide selection of colors and styles and are available in a variety of forms: tile and sheet, dry-backed, and self-stick.

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Resilient tile
Resilient tiles are among the easiest flooring materials to install and are available in designs that closely mimic other materials: stone, brick, ceramic, and wood. Thanks to computer technology the patterns are so realistic that only the softer feel underfoot gives the material away. Because of this give it is often the flooring of choice for people who spend a great deal of time working on their feet.

Dry-back resilient tile
Dry-backed tiles are typically laid on top of a special adhesive that you must apply with a trowel.

Self-stick
Self-stick tiles, also referred to as peel-and-stick tiles, come with the adhesive already applied to the tile back; you simply peel off the protective paper backing and press the tile onto the subfloor.

Sheet vinyl
Like resilient tiles standard sheet vinyl requires the application of an adhesive to firmly hold the floor in place. Full-spread vinyl requires glue to be spread over the entire floor; perimeter bond requires adhesive to be applied only around the edges. Perimeter-bond sheeting is easier to install and more forgiving of underlayment flaws, but it is also more prone to coming loose.

Cove molding
Cove molding is an easy-to-install baseboard designed to protect the bottom of a wall and creates a nice transition between a vinyl floor and the wall, particulary in utility areas, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

Loose-lay vinyl
Loose-lay vinyl has a heavy fiberglass backing that causes the sheet to lay flat on the floor without the help of glue. A special double-sided tape holds the material in place at thresholds and other transitions.


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