How To Install A Vinyl Floor

Home improvements are exciting in every household but the excitement can soon turn to regret if the job is not done properly. In order to make sure that you are installing your vinyl flooring properly then follow these instructions and you’ll definitely be happy with the results.

The first stage when installing a new floor is probably the most important and that’s preparing the old floor in order to ensure it’s cleared, flat and ready for you to lay down your vinyl.

Firstly, depending on where you are fitting your flooring, remove any obstacles that may prevent an easy laying of the vinyl, for example, if the floor is going in the bathroom then you will have to remove the toilet. You should then fill in any uneven parts of the floor with floor filler and level if out after application. Levelling out the floor will prevent your vinyl from looking uneven and bubbly.

Next it’s important to create a paper template of the floor space out of strong paper or card so that you can use this to mark out the underlay and the vinyl. Tape pieces of paper together until you have enough to replicate the size of the floor space you’re transforming; it’s easy to stop the paper from moving around if you tape the edges to your bare bathroom floor. Once you’ve created the template you should then cut in any holes that are needed, for example for pipes or the base of the toilet.

Next you should tape the paper template that you have created to the underlay so that you can cut it accurately and precisely, to be sure that it will fit the space where you will lay your floor. After this you should roll out the vinyl onto a clean floor and use the template again on the flooring; if there is a pattern on the vinyl then position your template appropriately or in a position that you like best. You should always pull the template tight and tape it to the vinyl in order to make sure you cut an exact replica. When the template is in place you should mark the vinyl neatly so that you know where the cuts should be made.

Finally, the gluing stage will be where all of your hard work will become obvious and your new floor will be in place. You should spread the glue onto the base of the vinyl with a trowel; once you’ve done a small section – you should start at the point that is furthest from the door – place it precisely in tits intended position and re roll the rest of the flooring. You should continue to repeat this process until the entire floor has been glued and laid.

John Terrance is an expert in plastic welding and wrote this article about vinyl floor installation on behalf of

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