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Old 06-13-2015, 10:28 PM   #16
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now i'm confused haa!
Joe is just professing his distain for Peel&Stick floor tiles. Professionals and experienced DIY'ers like to poop on Peel&Stick floor tiles because they require little more skill or knowledge than it takes to affix postage to a envelope. It's the fact that the tiles are made for homeowners with no brain but six thumbs on each hand that makes them a "favourite target". Put installing Peel & Stick floor tiles in the same bag as living in a trailer park or drinking wine out of a bottle with a screw on cap.

Truth be told, Peel & Stick tiles are a "not bad" solution for someone who wants a cheap floor to cover up a worn out floor, and the fact that they're typically installed by the homeowners themselves (thereby saving on labour costs) is a big selling point.

I didn't know how else to respond to Joe's post, so I figured I'd agree with him and confuse him too.

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Seriously, i think maybe leaving it mostly as-is may be my best solution until it's time to do the floor right. looks like something new is gonna cost me one way or another. might as well save that money/time for the real deal floor.

maybe i'll just patch the cracks as necessary, lay down cheap mats as needed and live with it.
Sounds like a good solution to me. You might not even need the mats if you're not meeting clients in your basement office.

Use a cement based floor leveler to patch the broken and missing portions of your existing floor tiles. I think Home Depot sells Mapei Planipatch, which I have found to be a good floor patch. Mapei also sells an additive (pronounced "adhesive") for Planipatch called "Planipatch Plus" which you add to your mixing water to make the Planipatch stick better. Apply at least two coats to each repair spot because the Planipatch shrinks a bit as it dries. Then you sand it down flush with the surrounding floor, and you're done.
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Old 06-13-2015, 11:00 PM   #17
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When the time comes to replace those VA tiles, use a sharp paint scraper to scrape the Planipatch "bumps" off your concrete floor. Either that or wreck a cheap $5 Stanley wood chisel scraping them off the concrete. You can get them off real fast with a belt sander, but that'll fill your basement air with dust.
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Peel & stick work ok for a "short term" solution. The wear layer is very thin, they sometimes start coming loose after a while, especially if exposed to water, like a lot of mopping and they will shrink over time. They also will crack on an uneven floor. Buy an extra box for repairs. I have even seen the wear layer peel off them.
On the plus side, there are a lot more choices with colors and patterns than you get with VCT tile. And they can buy you some time until you can afford something good.
If you need to replace a peel and stick tile or soften one to cut around an object, a heat gun (cost about $20) or even a good hair dryer will work.

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