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Hi Chris,

We are looking for new flooring for our kitchen. It has a wooden sub-floor. I called a contractor - he gives us a five year warranty on any job he does. I told him we are looking at vinyl tiles because they seem to have the best of both worlds (soft, but with a stone look), and that if the floor is damaged tiles are easier to replace than sheet. To that he said he doesn't recommend vinyl tiles because they have a much shorter lifespan. In fact he said their warranty doesn't cover vinyl tiles. He said they invariably become uneven at the seams, because the glue becomes loose over time or because of water spills that go in through the seams.
Could you please provide me some insight?

Thanks,
Vishal

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Hi Visual,
Sad to say vinyl tiles are notorious for shrinking. Vinyl has always been a product that shrinks.
Peel and stick tiles are some of the worst offenders. With the advent of new product on the shelf it's hard to keep up with all the specifications. More and more tiles on the retail shelf are pure vinyl luxury tiles.
At 1 time I was asked to install some vinyl tiles so I called the manufacture and I asked how to properly prepare the floor. They indicated in no uncertain terms that if I used any adhesive or sealers to enhance the bond of the product to the floor that would void the manufacturer's warranty.

There was a time when I would actually employ adhesive to self stick tiles to help with the bonding and shrinkage issues. Later I learned that adding any adhesive also voids the manufacturer's warranty. It became very frustrating trying to satisfy the customer and also do a proper installation.

It was a couple of years ago that I was asked a similar question as yours about a product on the shelf at Home Depot. I physically walked into the store and called the product manufacture from the number on the box. I asked specifically about adhesives that were acceptable. None was the answer. Any added products will void the warranty.

So I wash my hands of the messy DIY vinyl tiles...Luxury tiles...I steer clear.

Vinyl shrinks ...PERIOD always has, always will...go into any vinyl bath or kitchen and see the seams splitting open over the years.. commercial or residential. The only time they stay together is when they are heat welded.


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20+ years flooring installation ...carpet,wood,tile and vinyl. Residential and commercial. I do not sell the products , just install what ever the shop / customer has purchased. I actually love seeing the finished project completed and it gives me great satisfaction to help others acheive that goal. If I don't know the answer I will say so, and then I will recommend another expert for you. I may even research the subject and answer to the best of my ability ...including links to my sources. I wish you all success Chris

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20 years as an independant contractor

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H.S. diploma A.S. agriculture Mt San Antonio JR. College

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Gene Bonas and Kevin Churnock Inc. Sheward&Son&Sons Century 21 Forte Const. Famous Footwear BOSE Corporation Homebodies General Contractor Perry Floors, Tri Cord Flooring T.J.'S Supplies

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