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nunie305 11-23-2011 12:00 PM

Peel and Stick Vinyl tiles
OK, so everything I've read states not to use the peel and stick vinyl tiles on particle board. Not wanting to replace the subfloor, are there any tips for laying these tiles over particle board?
I'm working with Trafficmaster ceramica vinyl tiles, installing in a small bathroom.

rusty baker 11-23-2011 12:33 PM

I don't think there are any tips. It just won't work for very long.

JazMan 11-23-2011 02:23 PM

I agree with our friend Rusty.


Not wanting to replace the subfloor
Vinyl tiles are not installed direct on "the" subfloor, are you sure it's not 1/4" underlayment instead? If it is 1/4", it should be removed. Just to be clear on what you've got there, please confirm that what you're seeing is 3/4" sheets on the joists and that it's not OSB instead of particle board.


sgbotsford 03-06-2012 02:04 AM

There are two issues with particle board: One is that the particles aren't glued that well to each other. Put a stick tile on it, and after a while you get a sticky tile with crumbs of particle board.

The second issue is taht with wood in general the wood soaks the glue off the tile, and the tile becomes new toy for the dog.

The second one can be cured with a good primer. The trafficmaster directions say taht this is how you can use it with plywood. I suspect it would also work with good quality OSB subfloor too, but haven't tried it.

I thought of using a oil base paint (to not dissolve the glue in the particle board). But particle board just drinks up paint -- Instead of 400 square feet per gallon, you get about 100, and the house will smell of paint for weeks after.

You MIGHT be able to get away using a self leveling compound. Better would be WEST epoxy system. The idea here is that you get the surface to stick to itself better, and not slurp up the glue. Both of these make changing your mind later difficult. I was in a similar situation a while ago. I found no good news that I wanted to bet a floor on. I chose to use laminate.

On the ohter hand: Traffic Master is cheap. It may only work for 3-4 years, but at a buck a square foot, that may be enough.

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