How to Install Vinyl Tile in a Shower

Vinyl tiles provide the appealing look of real tiles while offering easier installation than regular ceramic tiling. Vinyl tiles come in a convenient 1-by-1-foot size with a self-adhesive backing that makes tiling a shower quick and relatively painless. There are many colors and patterns available on the market that give you endless shower-decorating options. You need to measure, peel and press, with the occasional cut, to do this installation job and make your shower beautiful.

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Vinyl tiles are much easier to install than these regular tiles

Step 1

Measure the dimensions of the space where you are installing the vinyl tiles with a measuring tape. Calculate how many 1-by-1-foot tiles will be needed to fill that space. Buying some extra tiles is advisable, just in case mistakes or bad cuts are made.

Step 2

Make sure the area you are installing on is level. If it is not, use a hammer or sandpaper to ensure that you are working with a smooth, level surface. Also make sure there are no cracks or holes in the surface you will be installing the tile on. If there are, fill in and smooth these surfaces before proceeding.

Step 3

Thoroughly clean the shower area so the vinyl tiles will adhere properly without dirt or debris being trapped between the surfaces. If you used water to clean the area, make sure it is thoroughly dry before proceeding.

Step 4

Take your first vinyl tile and position it into place to make sure it will fit. If you are happy with the way it looks, peel the adhesive backing off and carefully put it into place. Press firmly on the tile in every direction to make sure it adheres well. Roll with a tile roller or rolling pin to push any air bubbles out from under the tile.

Step 5

Proceed with the other tiles. Make sure the edges of the vinyl tiles line up flush with each other. If there is a pattern in the tiles, make sure the patterns line up as you go. If you need to cut tiles to fit in any area (as you usually do near walls), make a cardboard template of the area first, then carefully trace the template on your tile and cut with a utility knife. Proceed as usual after you cut.

Step 6

Examine the tiles after you are done to make sure they have been firmly pressed into place. If you find any trouble areas, roll firmly with a tile roller or rolling pin.