Stick- um Tile on plywood

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Old 02-13-04, 07:26 AM
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Stick- um Tile on plywood

Have replaced many floors in this mobile home.

I seem to be having a problem with the adhesive tile sticking to the plywood.

I have filled any imperfections and leveled the floor but the tile seems to come loose in some areas which is a real pain.

Is there something I can place down to solve this problem short of a complete layer of glue??

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Old 02-16-04, 09:10 PM
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Robert:

You may have something on the wood from the previous floor that is preventing the tiles from sticking.
Also, are you buying the least expensive self adhesive tiles?

You may want to consider either installing a new subfloor or using tiles that you have to apply glue first.
I retiled my furnace room with commercial tile and separately applied glue and even with the subfloor being in rough shape the tiles are holding quite well.
 
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Old 02-16-04, 09:49 PM
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Did you use the recommended sealer on the floor before applying the tile?

Tile I've used in the past (with the sealer), has stuck so well that, when I attempted to remove it later, it took strips of the plywood with it.

Also, no tile will stick well if it gets wet, and no matter what you do, press and place tiles WILL shrink and WILL get water between them.
 
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Thanks Greg and Pedragon,

No info on a sealer came with the tile. The flooring is new three quarter inch finished plywood.
Even though the tile is adhesive I was thinking of using the additional glue also.
This problem occured in the last room I did.
I had used a leveling compound and think that may have been the problem.

What type of sealer did you use??

Again, Thanks!

Robert
 
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Old 02-17-04, 07:20 AM
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Robert:

I did not use a sealer.
Half the tiles I replaced in my furnace room were just lying there. As Pendragon suggested the ones that were under my well pumps and water pressure tanks had lifted due to moisture. The ones that were away from water took a chisel to remove.
On the advice of a local flooring installer I used water based tile adhesive with commercial 12" x 12" yinyl tiles because he said "that stuff will stick anything to anything"..........And he was right.

This is what worked for me but I'm not a professional tile installer.

I can't move threads in this particular forum but would suggest you re-post your question in this Forum where our resident flooring experts reside.

Also there are other posts about tiles where you may find something that aplies to your situation.

Good luck.
 
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Old 02-17-04, 09:41 AM
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Thanks GregH.

I checked the other forum and all my answers were there.

I guess I need to spend some time learning where to post and checking all the forums.

Thanks for the help!

Robert
 
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Glad you found what you were looking for.

Here are all the forums.
 
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Tile on plywood

Just replaced over 300 ft of floor with 3/4" T&G OSB - filled the cracks with floor level, and put down a pretty good grade of peel and stick Armstrong tile (.99 per ft at Home Depot)- and have no problems with tile coming loose -YET !

I did not use a sealer. May be that I should have - but so far all is well.

Good luck
Andy Smith in AL
 
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