Carpet in the bathroom – it’s a highly debatable subject among home improvement experts and homeowners alike. While a soft layer of plush carpeting feels wonderful under bare feet in the morning, carpeting is often a harbor for mold and mildew due to moist conditions in the bathroom. If you’ve been thinking about replacing your bathroom carpet, but are a tight budget, we’d like to suggest a low-cost, DIY option – self adhesive vinyl tile.
Planning Your Flooring Design
Right about now, you’re probably beginning to drift and are thinking back on all the ugly, boring vinyl tile designs of yesteryear. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that today’s vinyl tile options are stylish, attractive, and often mimic more expensive flooring materials such as stone and wood. They usually come in 12”x12” squares, and can be found in countless colors, patterns and solids, just waiting for you to unleash your creativity. Visit www.armstrong.com (one of the top manufacturers) for some great ideas.
Preparing the Floor
Many bathroom remodeling projects involve getting down on your hands and knees, and this one is no different. The first step is removing the carpet from the tack strips around the perimeter of the room. If you have a large bathroom, cut the carpet into smaller pieces for easier removal. Next, pull up the carpet pad and remove the tack strips (use a small pry bar or screwdriver to lift them out). Clean the floor with a scraper and install a layer of ¼” plywood on top of the subfloor. Fill in the seams with a leveling compound, let it dry and then sand it smooth. This will be the base for your vinyl tile.
NOTE: If you discover many layers of old flooring material under the carpet, or a lot of mold and water damage, you may want to call in a home improvement professional to finish the project for you.
Installing the Vinyl Tile
To ensure the tiles are placed correctly, snap a chalk line across the middle of the room (from front to back and side to side). The intersection will serve as a guide and a starting point. Simply peel the backing off a tile square and press it down firmly on the floor. When you get near the walls and other obstacles, you’ll have to cut them to fit with a utility knife. Or, rent a vinyl tile cutter for cleaner edges. When finished, go over the floor with a roller to set it firm, then stand back and admire your handiwork.
For more information on using vinyl tile in your bathroom, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.