Vinyl Flooring Installation Tips

When you are looking for flooring for your home, you have a lot of choices. You can go with hardwood, laminate, carpet, tile, concrete or vinyl. There are some distinct advantages to choosing vinyl flooring. Among them are that it is the most inexpensive flooring choice and that it is the easiest floor choice to install yourself. If you are going to install your own vinyl, here are some tips to help you do so.

Types

There are different types of vinyl, and which one you are using is going to mean installation will be a little different. Vinyl flooring can come in sheets, planks or squares.

Removing obstacles

If possible, you should remove any obstacles that are in the way of your vinyl flooring. This can include fixtures, floor vents, etc. You also want to remove baseboards or moulding. You may not want to go to the trouble of removing vanities and toilets, however.

Preparing the subfloor

Whichever type of vinyl flooring you are installing, it is imperative to prepare the subfloor. At a minimum, you have to clean it as best you can and make sure it is as free as possible of any debris. This applies even if your vinyl floor installation involves installing vinyl over vinyl. You also should try to even out the floor using fillers or pieces of plywood if it is uneven.

Measuring and cutting

You will need to measure the space where you are putting down the floor. This includes getting accurate measurements of oddly shaped areas of the floor. Once you have your measurements, you can commence cutting the floor if you are using a vinyl sheet floor. With vinyl planks or tiles, cutting should only be necessary for edge ares or finish-type areas. If you are not using a tool specifically for cutting vinyl, be sure to use a ruler or square to ensure the cut is as straight as possible.

Installing the floor

It can be helpful to sketch out how your flooring needs to be installed. With vinyl sheeting, you will need to put down an adhesive first and then place the sheet gently onto the adhesive, rolling it out until you are sure it is firmly adhered to the subfloor. With vinyl tiles, they should come with their own sticky backing. With vinyl plank floors, it can depend. Some types use adhesive, while others lock in place. You want to start on one side of the room and work to the other. That way you will have only one are with seams, rather than two if you start from the middle and work your way out.