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Some time ago, I noticed water coming through my kitchen ceiling. I called the council, and (after ripping up my bathroom floor tiles) they discovered a leaking pipe. The pipe was quickly fixed, but my bathroom floor was a total mess, with bits of ripped up vinyl everywhere.
The tiles that had previously been down were self adhesive tiles purchased from the pound shop - and they'd done the job for seven years, even though they had been applied over cracked, worn, and uneven bare floorboards . So, I decided to go for self-adhesive tiles again, and popped down to my local Homebase .
They actually do a fair range of self adhesive vinyl floor tiles, ranging in price from £3.99 to £10.99 for a pack of six, and in a variety of styles - some look like slate, others like marble, whilst still others look like parquet flooring or mosaic tiling. I opted for the textured blue mosaic effect tiles , which cost £7.99 a pack.
The tiles are 30.5 cm square, and 1.5 mm thick . The tiles are self adhesive, and are backed with paper that is easy to remove . With them being self adhesive there is no need to spend any money on any kind of glue, the only other real expense necessary would be fresh blades for a Stanley knife, which is needed for cutting.
The design of these particular tiles is vary attractive - it really does look like mosaic, with the tiles being varying shades of blue, turquoise and green. This particular design fits perfectly in a bathroom, and each of the little squares on the tile is textured, so it even feels a little like mosaic on the feet as you walk over them.
The packaging does recommend starting with a clean and even surface - sadly with the best will in the world my bathroom floor is never going to be even - the wooden floorboards are some 30 years old, and quite warped from various pipe leaks, but since they are still structurally safe the council refuses to change them. Still, we gave the floor a jolly good scrubbing, sanded down a few of the more obvious rough edges, then washed and swept it again.
Then, working from the centre of the room, we simply peeled off the backing and stuck the tiles down on the floor. A good couple of stamps on top ensured they were firmly affixed, and as we'd chosen a design that didn't feature any repeating pattern that required careful positioning so patterns matched up, we were able to plonk ours down very speedily.
When you get to pipes or edges, this is a little trickier, as you'll obviously need to do some trimming to ensure a good close fit and a neat finish. Now, the tiles are quite flexible, and also pretty thin, so you *could' bend them into place and then cut the edges with a stanley knife, though this does leave obvious creases in the tile.
We instead chose to cut card templates from the card packaging the tiles came in, and then bend and abuse these, trimming them with the knife, until we had a good snug fit, and then to use these template to cut a tile accurately. If you do go for this approach, please don't do what I did and cut a tile with a craft knife on a bit of floor you're already put down - I badly scratched one tile that way.
Luckily, as it hadn't been down for too long, it was easy to prise off and replace - and that's part of the beauty of these tiles . If you keep a few as spares, you can actually, if you are careful, replace them individually if they begin to look tatty. They do become very well glued to the floor though, so you need to work your way under gently with one of those metal spatula thingies.
It took us just one day to complete our new bathroom floor - and despite the uneven surface we started with, it actually looked great. It is recommended that you don't mop your floor for at least a week after laying to give the tiles time to get properly glued on, and in the case of a bathroom I would also recommend being very careful to avoid splashes, at least initially.
It is worth noting that the tiles are actually quite heavy - I personally found more than three packs to be a struggle to carry from one room to another . This may be worth bearing in mind when you do your shopping -however Homebase do do home delivery from £5.95.
My tiles have now been down for six months - and look as fresh as the day they were laid . They've been walked on, spilt on, mopped, swept, and they show no signs of wear or discolouration, and despite
water from the bath spilling on them often (my daughter is a splasher) they show no signs of lifting from the floor.
I can't recommend them enough - a quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive way to give your bathroom (or possibly kitchen) floor a makeover.
My fiancé and myself wanted to renew our kitchen flooring reasonably cheaply but also with something we could attempt ourselves. We opted for vinyl floor tiles that you just stick on. I knew my mum had used these in her conservatory and kitchen and they had worn well. I also remember helping her and my dad get the old ones up! Once down they stay down!!
We went to Homebase and we chose their Sanctuary Vinyl Tiles - slate bodmin. They are advertised as having the appearance of slate. They come in packs of 11, an odd amount I thought, and each tile is 30.5cm square. They are 1.5mm thick and 1 pack of tiles will cover 1.023sq meters. Each pack cost £5.93, so armed with our tiles we headed home.
As these vinyl tiles are sticky backed there is no need to buy any glue or extras so the price of the tiles is really all there is.
When it comes to laying the tiles its not really too difficult.. Our kitchen floor is concrete so we just made sure it was swept and clean. The first thing we did was to find the centre of the floor. This is easily done by drawing a line diagonally from corner to corner. Where they cross should be roughly the centre of the floor. Once you have your starting point its just a matter of peeling the paper backing from the tile and sticking it in place, making sure you press firmly all over the tile. Just work your way out from the centre until you reach the walls. This is where it does get a bit harder. You will need to cut your tiles to fit around the edge and round any pipes or corners you may have. The lovely thing about these tiles is that they are thin enough to cut with a good pair of scissors which does make for a neater cut. You can use a Stanley knife but we got on better with the scissors. It is sometimes easier to make some paper templates of the tiles and then use them as patterns for the harder to fit areas. We did this when it came to the pipes and it saved us ruining a few of the tiles. Once the tiles are laid you should avoid washing your floor for a week.
Mark and I completed our kitchen floor in one weekend. This is probably a long while for an expert but we had never done anything like this before and even though I say it myself we made a good job of it between us! The tiles look great, they do resemble slate and of course they are much warmer underfoot. They've been down for a month now and we have had no problems at all. Even when the washing machine decided to flood the kitchen. The tiles stayed firmly in place, I was well chuffed (not with the washing machine, that's another story!).
If you are looking to lay new flooring I would 100% recommend Homebase Vinyl Floor Tiles. They come in a variety of prices starting at £2.99 so they wont break the bank and as you are only dealing with a small tile each time they are relatively simple to fit. I'm sure we couldn't have fitted the flooring ourselves if it had been one large piece of vinyl. What we also liked was the fact that we didn't have to empty the whole room, we just moved things around and when it came to the fridge freezer and washing machine we only had to pull them out, lay the tiles and then push them back. It was all very convenient.
Vinyl tiles are sticky-backed and come in a size of about 30x30cm each. They come in a variety of colours and designs and come in packs of between 6 to 12. A metre square would cost, on average, £8, but you can pay more or less than that depending on which tile you choose.
I bought a wood-look tile from Homebase and laid it on my bathroom floor. A had been advised before laying that they are not good for bathrooms because if they get wet underneath then they can come unstuck. My tiles have been laid for several months now and there is no sign of them coming unstuck so I have been very pleased with the result so far. If you are laying the tiles on floorboards then you must lay a hardwood surface first - do not stick tiles directly onto the floorboards. Once you have prepared your floor then you can literally take the covering off of the stick back and place the tiles where you want them. The adhesive is mighty strong though so you need to make sure you are laying it exactly where you want it as you may not be able to get it back up again.
The tiles are thin enough that you can cut them with scissors or score them with a stanley knife. They are really easy to fit around items such as a toilet or basin, although it might be easier to have a stencil made up of the required shape before you start hacking away at the tile. Tiles should be fitted really tightly together to minimise the amount of water that can get underneath. A small bathroom took me a few hours to do using vinyl tiles, and the result is really nice. A great way to tart up a grim-looking floor without spending much money or time.
Although I laid my tiles in my bathroom, these tiles can really be laid in any room as long as you prepare the floor sufficiently beforehand.
With the loft conversion finally finished, it was time to do something with the bathroom floor.
Since it's a bathroom, we didn't consider a carpet and began to look for floor tiles, these being my flooring of choice for bathrooms. However, whilst on a merry little jaunt round Homebase, we came upon these and decided that they would be a viable option, one of the main plus points being that they did feel slightly warmer than tiles, and certainly looked as though they would be easier to lay.
**Price and availability**
Depending on the tiles chosen, they cost about £5.99, for 6 tiles, these were cheaper than many of the tiles we had looked at, and involved no further purchases such as costly tile cutters.
The tiles are available from homebase stores but are not sold online and are not even featured on the website.
There are 6 tiles in a pack, each measuring 305cmx305cm x 1.5mm. This is meaningless to me (it's an age thing), so for anyone like me, this equates to 12" square.
**Laying the tiles**
* Once the tiles have been purchased, they should be kept in warm conditions for 24 hours. Although himself carefully explained the reason (something to do with expansion) it made no sense to me. How warm is warm?
* Check all floors are clean, dry, smooth and level- we knew ours was going to be ok on this point.
* Prepare your floor according to the instructions, depending on whether it is concrete or wooden
* Plan the floor, marking guidelines from the centres of the opposite walls
* Peel the backing from the first tile and carefully place it at the starting point. Apply pressure for full contact and then go on to the next tile.
* When you get to the end of the row, cut the last tile to fit.
* After the tiles have been laid, do not wash the floor for a week.
* Do not fix over underfloor heating
They are available in a range of colours. We chose the black but there are buff, stone and wooden effect tiles.
Having laid tiles in bathrooms and kitchens, we have always found it to be a laborious task, requiring some specialist equipment, and over the years have had a variety of tile cutters which I somehow often manage to break. There is also the question of the number of tiles I have managed to snap or which break during the cutting process.
This method was surprisingly simple. The floor was already clear of dirt and previous flooring and was level.
Since our floor is wood, we had to put on some hardboard, with the smooth side facing upwards, and then it was ready for the tiles. I suppose this is so that the tiles have something they can grip onto.
I was a bit dubious at first, and did wonder how they could possible stay in place without glue. I thought they were rather like stickers and would either go down all lumpy and look like waves, or lift at the first sign of water.
The tiles were really easy to lay. Going along the planned lines, most of them were obviously full tiles, and when we got to the end, and required a smaller piece of tile, there was none of that dread- this is the tile which will break...have we bought enough to cover breakages? I know, I am beginning to sound as though I am useless at tiling; I probably am but it always seems very specialist. Anyway, once we got to the end, and required a smaller piece of tile, it was a case of measuring the size needed and then getting a Stanley knie to cut to size. Absolutely that simple. No bits of tile to cut hands on and not masses of clearing up to do.
Once the tiles are firmly in place, the job is finished- no grouting required. Almost instant gratification. Time to stand back and admire your handy work without there being a further task of grouting and then wiping off the excess.
The tiles look good and have an appearance similar to ceramic tiles but they are undoubtedly warmer and smoother than a lot of floor tiles. This is where the one snag comes in; they are quite slippy, but I do believe that anything other than carpet gets slippy when water is on the surface.
A couple of months after having laid the tiles, they look good, and have been wearing well, contrary to my expectations. I now no longer expect them to lift or to "leak", and am really pleased with them.
For easy to lay, good looking floor tiles, these are well worth the money and I am now a total convert.
I know as well that the grouting won't start to go grey because there is none, so the main bathroom is going to get this treatment. I just have to chose the colour.
Thanks for reading.