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Our sunroom has vinyl tiles for the flooring but ...

Our sunroom has vinyl tiles for the flooring but many of them are broken so we would like to replace them. Is there anything we need to do to prepare the floor in the sunroom before replacing the tiles?

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Your best bet is have someone come in and look at them, it may be cheaper...



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The old tiles have to come off.  If they are the peel and stick, (self-adhesive) kind, you can peel them off yourself if you want to.  You'll need either a heat gun or a really hot hair dryer, and an economy priced 1 1/2 inch wood chisel.  Heat the edge of the tile, starting at one corner, work the chisel under the tile, and keep heating and lifting.  It's a lot of work.  You also need to clean the old floor really, really well, and get all particles off.  Some of the adhesive from the old tiles will stay on the floor, any little chunks of dirt will stick to it, and it's even more work to clean it off.  Heavy gloves are also highly recommended.  If you do it with two people, one "gunner", one "peeler" it goes a lot quicker.  Wear old clothes you don't mind getting adhesive on, also.  

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Cover the damaged tile with aluminum foil and warm it with an iron on a moderate temperature setting.

With a 3-inch (7.5-cm) scraper or stiff putty knife, pry up the tile and scrape all adhesive off the substrate. When you scrape the substrate, start at the edge of a remaining tile and scrape toward the center.

After test-fitting the new tile, spread fresh adhesive on the floor with a 1/8-inch (3-mm) notched trowel.

Place the new tile and push it in with a rolling pin.

Remove any stray adhesive using a cloth moistened with water or the tile manufacturer's recommended solvent.

Cover the tile with a board and a heavy weight for at least 8 hours.

You can use carpet over your damaged tiles. Carpet comes in a large variety you can choose the carpet of good material and color. http://htflooringanddesign.com/wood_flooring/default.asp

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