All You Need To Know Before You Start Installing Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl flooring products aside of resit water and wear well, are one of the most affordable flooring options available. To make them better, installing vinyl flooring products is a manageable DIY project. The secret to success is preparation.
Estimate how much Sheet vinyl you will need
- Measure the area of the room in square meter
- Measure the length and width of the room
- Length (meter) x width (meter) = square meter
Prepare the room for vinyl flooring
- Remove the appliances, furniture or toilet from the room
- Take the doors from their hinges
- With a pry bar remove the floor trim moulding.
- Use pliers to remove the nails from the wall.
Prepare the floor for vinyl flooring
- Concrete: Vinyl flooring products can be installed over concrete surfaces that are smooth, clean and dry. But if there is any hole or crack, they will need to be repaired.
- Vinyl flooring: A new vinyl flooring can perfectly be laid over an old vinyl flooring if the existing one is in good shape. If the existing floor has some indentations or a rough texture you will have to use a coat of embossing leveler. Damaged or loose vinyl flooring must be removed.
- Floors that require underlayment: If you have a hardwood, cushioned, embossed, buckled or uneven floor, you will need an underlayment. Dips or bumps in an old flooring will with time show through the new floor. If removing the old floor is not convenient, use a new layer of plywood underlayment to cover it.
Cutt the floor to fit
- Vinyl flooring products are usually sold in 1.82 meters and 3.65 meters, which makes possible to install a seamless floor in smaller rooms.
- Leave the new vinyl floor in the room for at least 24 hours prior to cutting, so it can acclimate to the room.
- Measure the entire floor area and cut the vinyl 7cm wider than the floor area on all sides. Trim the excess later, after laying it in place.
Fitt the vinyl flooring in place
- Position the cut vinyl in the room, letting the edges to curl up against the wall. Do not forget to leave 7 cm on each side trimming.
- Trim around the outside corners. For that make a vertical slice down the sheet.
- To fit inside corners, cut the vinyl in V-shaped cuts.
- If a seam is required create the new seam at least 15 cm from the old one.
Apply Adhesive and Install the Floor
- Place the floor in position
- Fold back half of the floor.
- With a notched trowel, apply the recommended adhesive to the subfloor.
- Allow the adhesive to sit according to the manufacture’s instruction.
- With caution, lay the floor back in place and then press firmly.
- Repeat the same process to the other half of the floor.
- Use a solvent recommended by the manufacture to clean excess adhesive from your new floor.
- With a flooring roller, roll the new vinyl floor from inside out to finish bonding the vinyl to the subfloor.
- Replace the moulding and rehang the doors.
- Do not walk in room for at least 24 hours after installation.
- Return the furniture to the space.