The floor is an important part of your home and you want to keep it looking nice. To some, the idea of peel and stick tiles is off-putting – even cheap in the non-monetary sense. You might prefer a professionally installed floor but if your budget’s tight, you’ll be on the lookout for other options. Linda Bailey is a Texas-based writer at housekeeping.org. She has a wealth of knowledge on the topics of housekeeping, green living and home decoration. Here, she reveals why she chose peel and stick tiles in her own home.
When compared to the likes of ceramic or other flooring, peel and stick tiles are incredibly cheap. As these are essentially slabs of vinyl with a sticky coating, there isn’t much of a process that goes into developing them. However, there is a definite difference in the quality of these cheap alternatives as discount store brands usually have less of a sticky nature. Speaking from experience, too cheap of a tile can lead to separation and easy peeling over the course of a few months.
Tiles can be quite resilient for heavy foot traffic. In my home, Armstrong units have been submerged in a flooded basement three times and they’re yet to separate or peel up. In fact, they have the same colour and shape that they did the day I laid them – nearly six years ago! As my basement is the most active room in the house, the tiles have withstood a family of eight for a large portion of their existence. So there are good brands out there if you shop around.
Ease of installation
Once you have a flat surface such as cement or smooth plywood, the tiles will adhere to it quickly. Armed with nothing more than a razor knife and a metal ruler, you can cover your room of choice in a very short amount of time. I was able to quickly cut out corners and edges in order to make my installation meet right up against our fireplace.
As peel and stick tile is so popular, a variety of styles are available to choose from. Everything from basic stone-like squares to elaborate rose prints with reflective coatings can be found. Personally, I chose the cheaper design for the basement, which looked like grouted cement squares. Given the overall home design, the end result was better than I could have wanted. Since I was going for a “workshop” look next to my workbench, the peel and stick tile fitted the feel of the room perfectly.
One of my personal favourites is the wood grain texture that I’ve used in my hall. The look and feel of the grain is amazingly accurate and matches our hall runners. As long as you take care and match the lines of the grain as best as you can, it’s difficult to tell that they’re peel and stick.
With all of the options that are available, virtually any style can be accomplished for far less than what it would cost for real ceramic or stone tiles. In just a few hours, you can cover an entire room and dramatically alter the way it looks.
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