Hey all, this pic comes 6 weeks after the taking. Our basement hallway, once carpeted from the previous owners, now tiled with Armstrong Isocore Luxury Vinyl Tiles. It’s a tile that has an underlayment attached to it, which is what qualifies it as luxury. The underlayment provides a cushion in an all in one snap together tiling system.
This job was difficult because it involved cutting around 8 doorways and a staircase in order to fit the tile. 8 doorways! A lot more fitting rather than banging into place went on in this installation. We didn’t get much of the ease of installation feeling that floating click tiles are supposed to give. We had 5 rows to cover, and 2 of them required expert fitting. We first patched areas of the slab that had been punctured with carpet nails. We used concrete patch for that job. Since the slab had the infamous black mastic (old asbestos cutback adhesive used to adhere the home’s original vinyl tile) attached to it, we decided to enclose and bury it. For this task we used what we at the Pine Tree Home like to call “Blue Glue”, officially known as MBP (Multi Surface Bonding Primer). This can only be ordered online from Home Depot, they don’t carry it on the shelves in their stores. We used this to encase the black mastic, before we laid down the vinyl tile. We found it to be very effective, but I found it to be extremely strong smelling. Plan accordingly for the variances in reactions to this product should you choose to use it.
The work took precision measuring, and much patience in cutting and fitting the tile to the unique specs of each doorway. Some of the door jambs had to be undercut with a saw as well. Thanks to my hardworking husband for getting this job done. It wasn’t easy.
Zito, you Rock!