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kimmyb 01-24-2009 11:03 AM

Peel & Stick Tiles onto Plywood Subfloor
We are finishing our bathroom in our basement. We were told not to stick the tiles directly onto this type of floor as over time they will pull up. Can we maybe put down a vinyl adhesive first then put the tiles on? Any suggestions will be appreciated.

mike costello 01-25-2009 07:43 AM

What type are you referring to? Concrete?

I moisture present?

kimmyb 01-25-2009 08:56 AM

There is no moisture, completely dry. Sorry it is not plywood, but chipboard underlayment. We were thinking of laying down vinyl adhesive first so as to ensure adhesion.

mike costello 01-25-2009 09:10 AM

ok, its either particle board or Advantech.

You will need to put a subfloor down over it before the tile. Nothing sticks to that stuff.
A 1/4 inch layer of either Multiply or Halex will do the trick.

You would need to be more specific about what type of vinyl adhesive you are thinking of. Clear spread vinyl tile adhesive is ok to use and will help with the longevity but as a whole peel and stick ties tend to shrink over time because they are typically not that stable.
After putting the subfloor some primer applied will help with the adhesion

JazMan 01-25-2009 01:09 PM


Maybe you missed it when kimmy said the floor is a basement bathroom?


You can not install an OSB or plywood to a concrete slab and expect it to work well long term. Your P&S tiles should be stuck to the concrete. Depending on the condition of the floor it may work OK. You can apply clear thin spread adhesive for better results. Make sure the glue "sets" before you install tiles. This can take 1-3 hours, but tiles can be installed even the next day or so.


mike costello 01-25-2009 03:07 PM

Title of the thread says plywood and she told me it was chip board.

Its more than likely a sleeper floor.

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