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melkisadek 01-09-2008 08:34 PM

Peel and stick matching
My organization provides free labor and materials for the repairs of low income senior homeowners. Most of our volunteers are, like myself, experienced amateurs doing a medley of different home repairs.
Recently, the work that needed doing was the "repair" of a kitchen floor that had peel and stick squares installed about 2 years ago. The floor looked good except for the fact that about 9squares had lost their finish.
The opinion of our team leader was that the only thing we could do was put down a new layer of luan and peel and stick on top. Which is what we are in the process of doing.
I'm looking for a second opinion about all of this which we may use for the next time we run into a similar situation.
I've read enough here to understand that sanding and cleaning the old tile floor might be a short term solution though it might be more work than laying new luan. I'm basically just looking to see if anyone can suggest other options. Our goal is to do a low cost, fairly quick repair of a peel and stick floor that will last for 3 - 5 years. To me, that seems reasonable under the circumstances.

So, here we are with a solid square tiled vinyl floor with enough abrasion to need some attention.
My questions:
1) Is there an online source vinyl squares which is extensive enough
that it's worth looking for a box of the same pattern? (Heading out
to the flooring stores in our area doesn't seem productive use of our
2) Would prepping the already laid vinyl with a sander and putting new
peel and stick on it be likely to meet our goals any better than what
we're already doing?
3) Has anyone tried pulling up a minimal number of old peel and stick
tiles and replacing them with a different pattern in a way that
doesn't look, well . . . unsightly?

To summarize . . . our teams put down dozens of peel and stick floors
every year and the faster and less expensive we can do it, the more
people we can help. And at the same time, we want to do work that
the homeowner and we who do that work can feel good about.


Al from St. Louis, MO

tubguy 01-10-2008 10:02 AM

Using a heat gun will allow you to remove the tile(s). If you do alot of this peel and stick, buy alot of the same pattern and then you always have repair pieces available.

mike costello 01-10-2008 02:57 PM

Honestly, in my opinion you are throwing good money after bad. Peel and stick tiles are good for a year max.

If they just look bad and are not peeling up anywhere, you could go over it with one of the new glueless vinyl sheet floors.You would save the cost and time of luan and be putting in a far better, easier to clean floor.

It lays flat without the need for adhesive because they put extra fiberglass in the backing to make it stable. It doesnt shrink or gap like the peel and stick does and goes in in a third of the time

Big Bob 01-10-2008 03:49 PM

We used to be able to match the more popular P&S tiles from the offering at the local full service lumber yard store.... Big Box stores have put most of them out of biz.

SO go to the big Box stores and ask them to donate what you need.

Keep up the great work.

melkisadek 01-11-2008 11:54 AM

Peel n Stick searching
Big Bob,
thanks for the encouragement! I'll see if we have a Big Box Store in the
St. Louis area. I'm still hoping that there might be an online store that
specializes in "past tile patterns". It seems like there could be money in
that though I wouldn't want to have to organize the catalog :)


Big Bob 01-11-2008 12:40 PM

Big Box stores = Home Depot & Lowes / out west (Minards ? sp)

you can try some local big flooring stores, but peel & stic was and is more of a DIY item.

What you discribe (www) source is there for siding ( Very big bucks if you can't match) Flooring items (change out the room).

Ash74 01-16-2008 07:52 AM

Depending on how large the kitchen is, you can go to Home Depot & get a 6x9 or 9x12 pre rolled rem of sheet vinyl.

Remove the squares and lay the sheet goods. Vinyl plus glue & trowel should run around $45, again, depending on the size of the kitchen. About the same as a decent peel & stick.

Just MHO.

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