How to Install Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring

Luxury flooring doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg—especially when you absorb the labor costs. We'll show you how to DIY and install your own vinyl tile flooring.

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Making over your kitchen just got easier (and more affordable). New luxury resilient vinyl can be grouted for the look of beautiful stone tile—all for $2 to $4 a square foot. Plus, you can lay this material right over old floors, as long as they are clean, smooth, and level. We'll show you everything you need to know for prepping the floor, creating a pattern, and laying the tile. 

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What You Need

  • Resilient vinyl tile and adhesive (we used products from Shaw)
  • U-notch trowel
  • Ruler
  • Utility knife
  • Tile spacers
  • Premixed grout
  • Rag

Step 1: Gather and Plan

Gather all needed materials. Plan your tile placement and pattern (straight rows, herringbone, basket weave, Versailles, etc.). The pattern in the kitchen shown here is a herringbone pattern. 

Step 2: Clean and Spread

Clean floors and let dry. Spread adhesive over the floor using the trowel. Let it dry until tacky, according to package directions. 

Step 3: Start Laying Tile

Starting in the center of the room, lay the tile in desired pattern. Cut the tiles as needed, using a ruler and utility knife to score the back and then snapping the tile at the line. Leave a 1/8-inch space between rows for grout. 

Editor's Tip: For a flawless herringbone pattern, start with whole tiles in the center of the room and work out so all cuts are along the room's edges. Lay out one row at a time, making sure it looks good before securing to the floor. Use tile spacers to keep grout lines uniform.

Step 4: Spread Grout

When all tiles are in place, use the same trowel to spread the grout over the floor, working it into the gaps. Clean excess grout off the tiles using a wet rag. Seal grout, if desired. When dry, your new floor is ready for traffic!

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