Vinyl Floor Tiles - Sand Castle - 23.25 sq. ft. - 10/Box is rated
Rated 4 out of
Looks good and hard wearing BUT....
I bought 18 boxes to do my kitchen, eating and laundry areas. I was pleased with the appearance and stiffness and hardness of the tile. However you should be prepared for a very high discard rate of about 25% of tiles, or one in every four tiles, through no fault of your own.
When they fit together well they look great and you can hardly see the join on all sides, but many of the tiles fit together badly with either a small gap or one tile slightly lower than the other at the ends, and this despite laying on a flat floor with great care to keep rows straight, to clean any debris from grooves and on the floor, and to close gaps by hammering with a hand or rubber mallet, and by tapping the edges to close gaps with a small block of wood thus preventing damage. The need to keep trying different tiles to get a good fit wastes a good deal of time and money and is very frustrating.
The instructions are a bit hard to read being on the smallest possible sheet of paper in a micro print and they should be 10 to 15% larger. They are adequate but the instructions regarding tile overlap seem contradictory and impossible to adhere to. I avoided any related concern by half overlapping tiles in adjacent rows and taking care to align joints between rows rather than randomising them. This helps to keep the rows straight and holds the tiles in place well.
I recommending giving great care and thought to where you start working from in a room and what you might need to cut off that first tile in order for subsequent joins all over the room to fall in suitable ie acceptable places and to avoid have to lay narrow strips that wont be properly retained. You have to leave a rather large 3/8 gap all around the edges which is rather large compared with some baseboard edging pieces. You do have to cut of the bottom of door frames so the tiles have room to expand underneath. I recommend a Stanley Fat Max saw designed for the purpose and use a small piece of scrap tile under the saw to position it at the right height.
Per the instructions, you always have to work from left to right. It is worth knowing that once you have a row in place you can add tiles on both sides of the row but always working from left to right. This fact helps when working around obstacles like a kitchen counter that projects into the middle of a room.
The tiles are well made in terms of finish and material and performance in service, but they need to improve the quality control of the grooves cut on the edges to achieve. a more consistent fit.
Date published: 2020-02-23