Cutting sheet vinyl–accurately–is a monumental pain, and it’s nice when a good crew of pros does it for you. So, you might start to think: Hmm, tile vinyl flooring…easy.
By contrast, vinyl tile (i.e., usually twelve inches square) seems like a walk in the park. What could be easier? Slice the stuff apart with a utility knife, and you’re done. Right?
Difficult to Cut with Utility Knife
Not so fast. Sure, you can cut with a utility knife–and even using a tile cutter, you’ll still be using a utility knife for many cuts–but problems do happen:
- Wiggly cuts due to your straightedge moving.
- Unsightly seams and gaps because you did not position your utility knife perpendicular to the tile when cutting.
- And that other minor detail–injury.
A vinyl tile cutter works just like a paper cutter. Stick the tile in and slice away! An accurate, straight, and perpendicular cut every time. But is it worth buying the thing?
Buy a Vinyl Tile Cutter?
I would say yes. You can rent a vinyl tile cutter, and even though rental charges are cheap, it really limits your tile installation time. With any kind of rental, you know that another day is another dollar (or ten).
So, the real entry-level El Cheapo is this one, the Roberts Quick-Cut Vinyl Tile Cutter, which takes tiles up to twelve inches square. It’s available at your local orange-and-white big box home improvement store and lots of other places, as well.
When I checked it was fifty bucks. Now, it’s not a fine piece of machinery, by any means. I suspect that it will get you through 3 rooms before falling apart into a million pieces, but what did you expect? It’s not like you’re going to start your new vinyl tile installation career with this thing.