What is Interlocking Floor Tile?

Interlocking floor tiles have reshaped our expectations from flooring materials.  

When it comes to flooring, materials, designs, and installation types have a seemingly endless supply of forms and varieties. One of the fastest-growing forms of specialty flooring is interlocking floor tiles and mats.

Before interlocking floor tiles, the conventional floor tiles were a hassle and needed to be fit by professionals. While the need for professionals has not completely gone away, if you are good with your hands, you can install them all by yourself.

What are interlocking floor tiles?

Interlocking floor tiles are durable and low maintenance flooring solutions that can be fitted over existing hard surface floors without the need for adhesive or specialist tools.

An interlocking floor setup can also take many other forms, such as a snap-together tile, puzzle mat, dowel connector system, a mix of these designs, or a whole different type of interlocking system.

Types of Interlocking Floor Tiles

Interlocking tiles appear smart and modern. There are many types of interlocking floor tiles and if you look hard enough you will find them in any material you desire. 

Interlocking PVC floor tiles are not only durable in strength but are beautiful too. Interlocking floor tiles come in many colors and shapes; and are fit for a variety of purposes like doing exercise, yoga or flooring your garage.

You can choose from bright colors like Red and Blue, or go with milder tones of Graphite or Black. You can also order a mix and then interlock them together. We would advise that you decide on a color that complements the other colors in the room, like the color of your wall, or curtains.

Interlocking Wood tiles lend a sophisticated look to your interior. Interlocking wood tiles can be made of natural wood, or with a plastic composite that looks like wood. These can be right for you if you’re looking for a fresh, stylish, and practical look for your outdoor or interior space without the cost and hassle of refurbishment.

Interlocking stone tiles can be made of porcelain or even natural stones. There are much more expensive and can be a bit tricky to work with. They do not have the same versatility as PVC tiles and can break if not installed properly. These tiles are used to create mosaic patterns on the floor. They are better suited for outdoor use, as they have a stronger resistance to weathering.

Average Cost of Interlock Floor Tiles

The cost of interlock floor tiles is going to depend on what type of floor tile you choose. 

Interlocking tiles made of PVC are the cheapest. Depending on the top finish the price can vary. Interlocking tiles with glazed finishes will cost more than those with rubbery exterior.

Wood finish tiles can be slightly more expensive if they use natural wood. The average cost of the tiles is going to range somewhere between 25$ and 50$ per square meter.

Place and lock floor tiles

The great thing about these tiles is that they do not require a huge crew to install. Whatever sort of interlocking system these floor tiles have, virtually all of them have the same features that are not accessible in huge rolls of flooring or straight edge tiles or mats.

One of the primary advantages of utilizing interlocking floor tiles is the ease and speed with which they can be installed; you install the tiles without the assistance of a professional.

Most interlocking floor tiles can be either pushed together by hand, by stepping on the seams, or using a mallet. There is no need for glue; all you must do is line them up and tap them in place. They may also be laid over existing or damaged flooring, eliminating the need for repairs before installation.

In addition to the ease of installation, interlocking floor tiles and mats are easy to transport as well. These tiles are conveniently sized and much lighter in weight than rolled versions of similar flooring materials.

Other than the tiles themselves, a measuring tape and some simple tools are all that is required. You may wish to glue down some variations depending on the sort of interlock the tiles use, the material they are constructed of, and their intended purpose, as they may separate under hard use.

If the tiles are intended for hard use, use some glue and they will keep their grip even under extreme pressure.

Uninstalling and Making Changes

If no adhesives are used, removing the flooring is just as simple. If a portion of your interlocking floor is damaged, you will just need to repair the damaged tiles or mats rather than replace big sections or rolls of your floor.

This sort of flooring is ideal for movable installations such as trade show or event flooring, as well as situations where floors may need to be raised on a regular basis, such as basements, hotels, or banquet halls.

Interlocking flooring can be composed of a variety of materials, including plastic, rubber, and foam. They can also have a carpet or vinyl surface on top, as well as a raised or flat base. In some circumstances, depending on the measurements, you may be able to reuse your tiles.

Another advantage of smaller-sized flooring components is less waste. With island installations, there is essentially no waste. Most interlocking floor tiles may be easily cut or altered for unique wall-to-wall installations, regardless of how weirdly shaped your rooms are.

Other Benefits of Interlocking Floor Tiles

Interlocking floor tiles are advantageous in many ways for a variety of different applications. As many people still aren’t aware of these, here are some of the benefits of using them.

Easy to maintain

Cleaning up dirt and dust is stress-free with interlocking floor tiles. You can clean rooms and spaces with interlocking tiles as with any other floor in your house – all you need is a broom, vacuum, or mop. There are no special requirements.

Offer Durability and Protection

They are durable so you won’t have to worry about wear and tear. Most interlocking tiles come with a warranty. They can easily last up to 15 years. You can also replace just one or two tiles if they show a lot of wear. Tiles with a rubber finish can also aid in shock and sound absorption.

Many individuals use interlocking tiles as a temporary protective covering to prevent subfloor deterioration and hefty repair fees. PVC interlocking floor tiles are engineered to handle enormous weights and vibrations, ensuring that your subfloor is not compromised.

It is damp-proof

Interlocking floor tiles can be utilized as a protective layer over an uneven or damp floor without the requirement for a damp-proof membrane. To establish a moisture barrier, simply tap them into place.

Heat does not escape via the holes due to the securely interlocked joint. The cold and wet from the floor underneath cannot enter. The tiles also hold heat for a longer length of time, ensuring that the temperature in your room remains stable.

Variety and style

Interlocking tiles appear smart and modern. Interlocking PVC floor tiles are not only durable in strength but are beautiful too.

Interlocking floor tiles come in many colors and shapes; and are fit for a variety of purposes like doing exercise, yoga or flooring your garage. You can choose from bright colors like Red and Blue, or go with milder tones of Graphite or Black.

You can also order a mix and then interlock them together. We would advise that you decide on a color that complements the other colors in the room, like the color of your wall, or curtains.

Slip-proof

You will have the option to choose from a lot of designs. You can choose a tile with some textured finish for a better grip. Some tiles may advertise a slip rating as well.

Installing the interlocking floor tiles

Before beginning the floor tile installation procedure, homeowners should acquire a comprehensive understanding of what the job includes. The remainder of this post will walk you through the installation procedure.

When you are installing interlock tiles, you will go through a series of steps in order to get the exact number of tiles needed for your floor. The number of tiles you order will be based on the square footage of the room.

You will also need some supplies. The supplies for installing the interlocking tiles included a good razor blade, mallet, leveler, and tape measure.

Getting the Right Amount of PVC Tiles

You will need to calculate the right amount of floor tiles. Check the product description carefully before you order. If an average interlocking floor tile is 2 square feet, when the tiles are interlocked, 4 tiles measure 10 square feet.

Let’s say you are going to lay down flooring for a room that measures 10 feet long and 9 feet wide. Take the total square feet area, which in our case is 90 square feet which equals 45 tiles to be exact. It’s recommended to add around an additional 15% which takes you up to around 50 tiles to cover the floor.

Not everyone chooses to lay tiles out on the whole area of flooring. You may not have planned to cover the entire floor with the tiles.  Some homeowners will choose a corner of a section and create a workstation or a seating area. In this case, the amount of flooring needed will be significantly less.

Since the interlocking tiles are square, you are going to need to get the square footage of the area. This means that even if you are cornering off the flooring or having it set at an angle, you always need a square footage measurement because the tiles are square, not a triangle.

Get help

Any interlocking floor project can be done by one person, but if you have someone who can lend you a hand, it can make things easier. Having a family member or friend is a good company that tends to make the project move along quicker.

There will be a lot of moving about and carrying the tiles from one place to another, so if you can get the help, then sure, you should. This way, after you’re finished, you will also have someone to share the joy and glory with.

Prepare the area for the floor tiles

Clear the area where you will be installing the interlocking floor tiles. Find a broom and try to clear away as much dust and debris as possible.

When you’re cleaning the floor make sure you have opened the doors and windows so the dust which gets airborne will have a way to exit the space without falling back on the floor.

You do not need to sweep, but it is a good practice. Once the area is ready, lay your floor tiles down and you can get to the interlocking part.