What are stick on tiles
Stick on tiles come in various shapes and sizes. They are most commonly used on kitchen walls or bathrooms. But there are also stick on floor tiles which are gaining in popularity.
They are a great alternative to traditional ceramic tiles. Often being more affordable and a lot easier to install.
Are they any good?
As with any alternative product, there are both good and bad points. But we have used hundreds of products and find them to be a great way to save money and time over traditional methods. If you would like a more in depth answer to this, we have an article as to why we think they are a great idea.
Are they Heat resistant?
As there are many different styles of product. You should always confirm with the manufacturer if they are Heat resistant.
However we have found that the majority of modern stick on tiles are Heat resistant and are they are often used in kitchens or as a backsplash. Further backing this up.
Are they Water proof
almost all stick on tiles are water resistant. Which means they can be cleaned and they will repel some water.
Can I use them in the shower
Although they are water resistant. Its not recommended to use them in the shower as water and steam will eventually get into the joints and weaken the adhesive,
Are they easy to remove
The majority of modern stick on tiles are easy to remove. This is one of the benefits of using them over traditional ceramic tiles. For more information on removing adhesive stick on tiles see our article here
How long do stick on tiles last
The adhesive on some stick on tiles is rated to last up to 25 years. So they can last for a long time. However one issue can be they start to peel back or lose their quality. For this reason we recommend you by more than needed and keep some to replace any faded tiles.
Do they look cheap
The technology used to make and design adhesive tiles has come a long way in the last 20 years. To the point it is very difficult for someone to differentiate between a ceramic tile or a stick on tile.
As with anything there are good and bad examples. But if you buy premium tiles there is every chance they will look as good as the real thing
Can you stick them over existing tiles
The thicker style, stick-on tiles can easily be stuck over existing tiles. Just make sure to clean and dry the tiles first. Thinner stick on tiles are on a case, by case basis but most can be stuck over existing tilework.
Will they stick on to wood?
Almost all stick on tiles will have no problem sticking on to a wood surface. However, removing the tiles will most likely damage it. Especially if it has been painted.