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E500/ Range FAQs

How do I install the tiles?

Please refer to the installation instructs below. There are also several installation videos available.

Can I install the tiles as soon as they arrive?

The tiles must be allowed to acclimatise to the ambient room temperature beforehand. We recommend you allow 24 hours. If time is short, you can breakdown the pallet of tiles to help them acclimatise quicker.

Installation should not take place at temperatures below 15ºC.

PLEASE NOTE: If installation has to take place at a temperature below 15ºC, leave a larger expansion gap between the tiles and any fixed point and / or incorporate an expansion gap in the floor every 8 to 10 meters. We are unable to warranty installations that have taken place at temperatures below 15ºC.

Can I install the tiles outside?

No, the E500 cannot be installed outdoors. Fluctuating temperatures make PVC expand and contract. This will cause the edges of your tile to curl.

What tools will I need?

No specialist tools are required, however to make your life easier, we recommended a measuring tape, a metal ruler, a rubber mallet or light hammer, a chalk line reel and cutting tools (if necessary).

How do I cut the tiles?

For cutting the tiles, there are several options. We recommend a guillotine for larger areas. You can also use an electric jig saw, table saw or a band saw with a timber blade. The tiles can also be cut with a Stanley knife, but this is more difficult than other methods of cutting.

You can hire a Guillotine from us if you don’t have any of these tools available.

Do I need to glue the tiles down?

In the vast majority of applications no adhesive is required. The only instances in which the tiles may require gluing are as follows.

  • When there is a vehicle with a very high point loading, for example a three wheel electric reach truck with the batteries located over the back wheel.
  • When part of the floor is exposed to higher temperatures than the rest of the floor (e.g. in front of a furnace).
  • When the floor is exposed to direct sunlight (usually south facing windows and bays)

If gluing is required, we recommend you use Uzin MK92S.

How do I prepare the existing floor for Ecotile?

In many cases, there is little to no preparation required. Ecotile can be laid over damp and contaminated substrates.

We recommend that you sweep the area to remove loose items.

No repairs need to be carried out unless there are major cracks or missing pieces of cement. No skim coating, sealing or washing is necessary.

Can I install these tiles over a painted, vinyl or carpeted floor?

  • Painted Floor : No problem – just lay your tiles as per the instructions
  • Vinyl Flooring : Again this is fine – just follow the simple instructions
  • Carpeted Floor : Strictly speaking this is fine – but we strongly recommend lifting carpet if at all possible

How do I install the tiles with under floor heating?

Ensure the underfloor heating has been turned on and allowed to reach its usual operating temperature before you start installation. Lay the all of the tiles apart from the ones around the walls and fixed points.

Leave them in the temperature of the underfloor heating for at least 24 hours before you cut the tiles up to the walls.

Can you install the tiles for me?

Yes, we have experienced installation teams available in several countries. There is an additional charge for installation.

Do I need to use a sealant?

No, you don’t have to use a sealant, however sealant will make future cleaning easier and will give your floor a high gloss appearance.

Ecotile Lifestyle FAQs

How do I install tiles?

Please refer to the installation instructs below. There are also several installation videos available.

Can I install the tiles as soon as they arrive?

Yes, you can install the tiles straight out of the box.

What tools will I need?

No specialist tools are required, however to make your life easier, we recommended a yard stick, a rubber mallet and cutting tools (if necessary).

How do I cut the tiles?

You can cut the tiles with a jigsaw, hacksaw or a bandsaw.

Do I need to glue the tiles down?

No, the tiles are engineered with expanding joints. The floor will not move or change shape so no adhesives are required.

Can I install tiles outside?

Absolutely. Ecotile Lifestyle was designed to be installed outside and can withstand any weather or climate.

Can I install the tiles directly over grass?

No, if being laid on a grassy area, sand (stone powder) will need to be laid and compressed. Then on top, a geotextile (Tencate PP15) with a fine structure needs to be laid. The tiles can only be laid on hard surfaces.

How do I prepare the existing floor for Ecotile Lifestyle?

In many cases, there is little to no preparation required. Ecotile can be laid over damp and contaminated substrates.

We recommend that you clean and sweep the area before you go ahead with installation.

No repairs need to be carried out unless there are major cracks or missing pieces of cement.

How can I paint or mark lines on my Lifestyle sports court?

You can use cable strips to create straight lines between tiles. However, you will have to paint curved lines.

Use a paint that will stick to polypropylene such as Maraprop PP. Clean the surface before it is painted. Use masking tape to mark out lines and paint the tiles with a small roller. At least two coats will be required.

You can employ a professional line painter if you are unsure how to do this.

How do I use Lifestyle cable strips?

If you want to conceal cables run them along the side of a tile, install the cable strip over the cable. Simply connect another tile to the other side of the cable strip to completely cover the cable.

Can you install the tiles for me?

Yes, we have a UK based installation team who can install Lifestyle for you. Installation fees are applicable.

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