The Unbiased Truth about Peel and Stick Tiles
Recently we had a surge of customers asking what our thoughts were on peel and stick tile.
For someone on an extremely limited budget or someone in a rental property self-adhesive wall tile might seem like a great idea. Just stick the stuff up there and then take it down when you move or when you’re tired of it.
We’ve seen quite a bit of the peel and stick backsplash tiles and peel and stick floor tile over the years on different jobs. We’ve also talked with quite a few customers about the pros and cons so let’s answer some of the common questions about whether they’re a good option.
An interview with a pro about peel and stick tile
Q – If someone still wanted to install the peel and stick tiles what kinds of tools or supplies are needed?
Ron – First of all, many people find the adhesive doesn’t stick well and the tiles fall off so be sure to prep the wall, or floor properly. Even if you think your walls are clean there’s always grease in every kitchen or even bathroom so really scrub that wall. Same with a floor.
Are you left with no other options?
Let’s say though that your funds are super limited, and you just really want to dress up a certain area. It’s true, in that case, the peel and stick tiles may be the best option.
This would be true if you want more than just color through paint, and you need something easier to clean than straight paint such as behind a sink or behind a stove (though they are not recommended behind a gas stove).
If that is you, then please only consider these few products that we have personally seen installed. They actually look good and aren’t too challenging to install.
While they aren’t tile, they don’t look too cheezy.
Use a grease-cutting cleaner like Dawn dishwashing detergent, or TSP.
Also, if you’re installing self-adhesive wall tile don’t paint the wall and then immediately install tile. The paint needs time to cure for at least a month. Otherwise, those tiles are just going to fall off.
Tools that you will need for smart tile installation:
- Wash your wall with Dawn or TSP or this cleaner.
- Smooth out heavily textured walls first – heavy texture will read through.
- Collect all of your tools before you start.
- Have a VERY sharp knife – like this one.
- Use Tile nippers for the Mother of Pearl tile backsplash.
- Use spray adhesive on the wall first when using in a humid or warm area.
- Try to reposition the tiles – once they’re on they’re on
- Paint or prime right before installing
- Use near a gas stove or fireplace
Why not try a DIY tile project yourself?
Save some money on installation costs, find a REAL tile that you like and install something that will last.
As far as tile projects go, installing a backsplash is really one of the easiest.
You can find thousands of how to videos on You Tube. If your kitchen isn’t huge you can probably get it done in a weekend.
For the DIY’er I recommend that they head over to Lowe’s or Home Depot and look for a larger tile. Backsplash tiles with tiny piece are a pain in the butt, even for experienced tile installers. You might think that mesh on the back of the tile makes installation a breeze but that’s not the case – trust me on this one.
Rent a tile saw from either Home Depot or Lowe’s for a minimal charge and you’re good to go. You’ll be so glad you make the investment in something that will last and that will add to the value of your home not subtract.
If you decide your not the DIY type – then feel free to contact us here at Tile With A Smile🙂