How to Acclimate Vinyl Tile

Vinyl tile, like wood flooring, expands and contracts when it is first placed in a room or area due to the room's or area's moisture level and other environmental elements.

Also like wood flooring, vinyl tile must adapt to the environment in which it is to be installed. This process is called acclimation. Failure to properly acclimate the vinyl tile you purchased for your flooring project can lead to the tiles expanding after installation and gaps forming between the tiles. .

Clear a 4-foot section of space in the room or area where the vinyl tile will be installed.

Use a box cutter to cut open the cartons of vinyl tile.

Stack the vinyl tile in stacks of 15 tiles each into the 4-foot section.

Set the room's or area's thermostat to 65 degrees F or higher. Make sure the floor and subfloor in the room or area is at least 65 degrees F also.

Let the vinyl tiles acclimate for 48 hours.

Things You Will Need

  • Box cutter
  • Vinyl tile


  • If you notice the floor of the room or area where the vinyl tile is acclimating is always cooler than 65 degrees F, turn up the room's or area's thermostat to a higher temperature and/or check for an air leak in the room. For example, the door may not close all the way and is letting in cool air.

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Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.