Laminate Tile Replacement Laminate Tile Replacement

Materials and Tools Needed:

  • New replacement tile
  • Matching Laminate Filler/Sealer
  • Adhesive
  • Blue tape
  • Drop cloth/Craft Paper
  • Safety glasses
  • Pencil or Marker pen
  • 2, Square edge tapping blocks
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Vise Grips (optional)
  • Duct tape
  • Utility knife
  • Tongue & Groove Dresser (optional)
  • Circular Saw with carbide tipped blade
  • Table saw (optional)
  • Suction cups (optional)
  • Weighted bags or Covered blocks
  • Damp rag
  • Shop Vac
  • Sand paper (220 or finer) and sanding block

Please Read Through Instructions Before Starting

Removal and Prep
  1. Verify color and style of new tile.
  2. Acclimate the replacement tile for a mininimum of 48 hours in the room where it is being applied.
  3. Before starting, check the size of replacement tile by laying it face down on the tile to be replaced and check for size fit. Note: Manufacturing tolerance for size is +/- .05mm.
  4. Tile Replacement Figure 1 To protect the surrounding floor, put masking tape around the old/damaged tile. Then, tape a drop cloth, craft paper or similar material to the masking tape to protect the surrounding floor to keep saw dust and other debris from getting under the protective covering.
  5. Next, using a felt tip or pencil, draw lines parallel to the edges of the tile to be replaced, about one inch in from the edge. This will result in a "boxed" saw line around the inside edges of the tile. See Figure 1.

    PUT ON SAFETY GLASSES AND WEAR THEM FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE PROJECT.

  6. Set circular saw blade depth to exact thickness of plank (5/16") and cut on lines. One of your objectives is to do as little damage as possible to the foam underlayment or Quiet Stride.
  7. Cut the old/damaged tile on the saw cut lines using a circular saw. Use care so as not to cut or damage the surrounding tile(s). Blue tape can be used to outline the old/damaged tile to help prevent over cutting.
  8. The "center" section of the old/damaged tile may now be removed using suction cups or by levering it out using a chisel/screwdriver. The result will be a "picture frame" effect left from the old/damaged tile.
  9. Tile Replacement Figure 2 With the circular saw, make a relief cut diagonally from the center of the damaged Tile into each corner, stopping short of adjoining Tiles. Make a relief cut on each of the four sides, from the center out, stopping short of the adjoining Tiles. See Figure 2.
  10. Vacuum out cuts and surrounding areas.
  11. Starting at one of the sides, insert a pry bar (or lever of some type) and slighlty lift the surrounding floor. This will allow you to gently rock or wiggle the picture frame section and relax the glue bond. DO NOT MOVE THE PIECE UPWARD AS THIS MAY DAMAGE THE EDGE OF THE SURROUNDING FLOORING. ROCK OR WIGGLE THE PIECES DOWNWARD. This may take 3 or 4 times to relax the glue bond.
  12. Drive the perimeter pieces off the adjoining tiles with a chisel or vise grips.
  13. Vacuum the opening and surrounding areas.
  14. Use the tongue & groover dresser or chisel and knife to remove excess glue and core fragments from the exposed tongue and groove.
  15. Use the tongue & groover dresser or chisel and knife to dress or "size" the exposed tongue and groove.
  16. Use a scrap piece of laminate flooring to: a) check the size of the tongue and groove, and b) check for a flush fit (to prevent Ledging, Proud edge, or Overwood).
  17. DO NOT FORCE THE TONGUE OF THE SCRAP PIECE INTO THE EXPOSED GROOVES AS IT WILL CAUSE THE GROOVES TO EXPAND.
  18. Remove any blue tape still on floor.
  19. Once the tongue and groove have been cleaned up, use a pry bar to gently lift adjoining tiles and vacuum up any remaining debris.
  20. Repair any tears in the underlayment with duct tape.

Installing the New Plank

Standard Method :

  1. Carefully examine the new tile for defects.
  2. Carefully place the new tile upside down and in to the opening to verify length and width. The manufacturing tolerances are +/- .05mm for size so it is possible to have a replacement tile that is slightly larger or smaller than the original.
  3. If the tile is too large, carefully sand off a small amount from the grooved edges as needed until it fits into the opening. OR, if the tile is too small, use Laminate Filler/Sealer after replacement to improve the appearance and maintain the water resistance.
  4. Spread a thin coat of adhesive on any areas where you have sanded to replace the Zero H20 Edge sealant that has been removed.
  5. WITH THIS METHOD YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO "DRY FIT." DRY FITTING INCREASES THE CHANCES OF DAMAGING THE NEW AND SURROUNDING TILE.
  6. Replacement Tile Preparation - With a table saw or circular saw remove the lower lip part of both grooved edges on the new tile. (CAUTION: Only cut as deep as is needed to remove lower lip.)
  7. At the corner where the tongues meet, measure back from the corner approximately 2"in each direction. These portions of the tongue need to be carefully removed without disturbing the decorative top layers. See Figure 3.
  8. Tile Replacement Figure 3 On the other end of the tile (away from the just removed corner), remove about 2" of the tongue. These cuts will provide you the "wiggle" room to insert the tile. See Figure 3.
  9. Cutting off 1/16" from the outer edge of the tongues will also help to insert the tile, but is not mandatory.
  10. In the opening of the existing floor, apply adhesive into the groove (about 1/16" bead) and on the top of the tongue (about 1/8" bead) of the adjoining planks. (CAUTION: over filling the groove will make inserting the tile difficult.)
  11. Apply a 1/16" bead of adhesive to the top of the tongues on the new tile and spread it evenly with your finger.
  12. Install the new tile by inserting it (tongue edges first) on an angle into the opening in the floor. Suction cups make handling the tile easier.
  13. Place a tapping block against each grooved edge.
  14. Alternately tap on each block with a hammer. Focus on keeping the leading tongue edge of the new tile seated before fully seating the other tongue edge.
  15. You will need to press downward on the tongue edges of the new tile as it is being seated.
  16. When the new tile is in place, use a tapping block and hammer to seat the grooved edges by firmly tapping on them until the new tile is level with the adjoining ones.
  17. Remove excess glue with a clean damp cloth.
  18. Place weight on the new tile to apply pressure for 30-45 minutes.
  19. Protect the new tile from traffic for 12 hours.
  20. Clean up any dried glue residue with acetone.

Optional Method:

  1. Carefully examine the new tile for defects.
  2. Carefully place the new tile upside down and in to the opening to verify size. Use suction cups to make handling easier.
  3. WITH THIS METHOD YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO "DRY FIT." DRY FITTING INCREASES THE CHANCES OF DAMAGING THE NEW TILE AND ADJOINING TILES.
  4. Cut the tongue off the leading edge of the new tile. With a router bit, route a matching groove in the same end of the new tile.
  5. With a table saw or circular saw remove the lower part of all three grooved edges on the new tile. (CAUTION: Only cut as deep as is needed to remove lower lip.)
  6. Cut a 14" piece of spline and glue it into the leading grooved edge of the opening.
  7. Cut 1" off each end of the remaining tongue on the new tile.
  8. In the opening of the existing floor, apply a 1/16"- 1/8" bead of adhesive into the groove and on the top of the tongues of the adjoining tiles. (CAUTION: over filling the groove with adhesive will make inserting the tile difficult.)
  9. Apply a 1/16"- 1/8" bead of adhesive to the top of the tongue on the new tile and spread it evenly with your finger.
  10. Install the new tile by inserting it into the grooved portion of the opening in the floor.
  11. When the new tile is in place, use a tapping block and hammer to seat the grooved edges by firmly tapping on them until the new tile is level with the adjoining ones.
  12. Remove excess glue with a clean damp cloth.
  13. Place weight on the new tile to apply pressure for at least 30-45 minutes.
  14. Protect the new tile from traffic for 12 hours.


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