How to lay vinyl sheet flooring
Sheet vinyl flooring is an extremely popular option for homeowners, especially in areas that tend to be moist, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Vinyl is versatile, providing water and stain resistance along with long-term durability. Vinyl may be not only an attractive, but also an inexpensive choice for remodeling a room.
Step 1 – Choosing the Best Vinyl Flooring
Vinyl sheet flooring comes in two types, which are differentiated by their backing: felt or fiberglass. Felt has traditionally been the most popular of the two, but new fiberglass options offer greater durability and increased comfort and cushion underfoot. Both types of flooring have a printed vinyl design layer covered by a protective clear vinyl layer and top coat, allowing it to resist scratches and scuffs and to be cleaned easily. When you order your vinyl, it’s vital that you obtain accurate measurements. If you fail to measure carefully, you could end up with too little vinyl to complete the job.
Step 2 – Getting Rid of Any Obstacles and Existing Flooring
Depending on the room in which you’re working, you’ll need to remove various obstacles. If you’re working in the kitchen, this means removing stoves/ovens, refrigerators and molding. In bathrooms, you must remove the toilet and baseboards. Old flooring must also be carefully removed. This tedious, sometimes distasteful task is made so much easier by hiring our expert installers, all of whom are accustomed to the many challenges of flooring removal and installation.
Step 3 – Preparing the Sub-Floor
Vinyl flooring should sit on a flat, smooth surface in order to be installed properly. Unfortunately, in the process of removing any existing flooring, you might have scratched, gouged or otherwise damaged the sub-floor. Even though this sub-floor will be covered by the new vinyl you’ve chosen, it’s still a problem. Even small bumps leave your new flooring uneven. Leveling a sub-floor without the proper knowledge can make the problem worse, in some cases leading directly to structural issues that require the aid of a structural engineer.
Step 4 – Preparing Precise Measurements and Placing an Underlayer
If your room is very large or has hard-to-reach areas, a paper template can save you time and money by ensuring that each cut you make to the vinyl flooring is precise and accurate. Underlayers of vinyl floor grade plywood help provide an even, smooth surface for vinyl flooring installation. The underlayer should rest in your home for up to three days, acclimating to your home’s individual temperature and humidity. Skipping this step can lead to the vinyl coming up in the future. The underlayer must be installed properly to avoid bumps becoming clearly visible on the finished flooring. This method can vary depending on the subfloor.
Step 5 – Putting Down the Vinyl Flooring
Your vinyl flooring may come in sheets or square tiles. Vinyl sheets are cut similarly to carpet, while square tiles should be applied in a pattern of some kind. Don’t make the mistake of beginning at a corner with your pattern. Always start in the center of the room or the pattern won’t be symmetrical. Most square tiles come with their own adhesive backing and are self-stick, while vinyl sheeting typically must be glued down.
Successfully installing vinyl flooring is contingent on firm adhesion of the vinyl to the underlayer. Using a rolling pin or floor roller can ensure a secure bond. Work in sections and don’t move on until the previous section is complete. Once the flooring is installed, you must leave the adhesive to dry for several hours before you replace the molding, trim or any appliances (or the toilet).