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Laying Vinyl Floor Tiles – A Good DIY Job

Floor tiles are a good first-time DIY project because you don’t have to deal with cutting large pieces of material where a miscut can be a costly mistake. When the material is adhesive backed square tiles you have to make cuts but only in a 12-inch piece so if you make a mistake it’s not as troubling.

How much does it cost? A floor installer will charge $462 to lay adhesive-backed 12-inch tiles in a 12-by-15-foot room, assuming there’s no additional preparation work required. You can buy the tiles for $270 and install them and save 58 percent for your labor. Here’s a link with more information: Installing floor tiles.

Laying out the tiles and putting them in places takes less time than actually preparing the room because you have to remove everything including the base shoe molding. Then make sure the old floor is level and sound and clean and dry so it is free of dirt and grease, which takes more time.

At and we analyze the cost of doing a project yourself compared with hiring a contractor for hundreds of improvements. We hope you’ll visit us and add your zipcode to find out what it costs where you live. The cost information will give you a good heads up before you begin any improvement project at your house.


Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.

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