How to Install Vinyl Flooring Over Plywood

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Flooring comes in many types, including vinyl, which can be installed in the kitchen or bathroom of your home. Vinyl flooring is installed using an adhesive. This type of flooring can be installed on any flat surface, such as a subfloor that has been covered in plywood. Before you begin your installation, make sure the plywood is clean and smooth.

Things You'll Need

  • Hand sander
  • Broom
  • Vacuum
  • Damp cloth
  • Trowel
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge
  • Vinyl sheeting
  • Floor adhesive
  • Floor roller
  • Sand the existing plywood floor to remove residue and debris. You want to create a smooth surface for the vinyl flooring. Use a hand-held sander and move it over the plywood in a circular motion. Clean the wood dust and debris from the floor using a broom or a vacuum. Wipe the plywood with a damp cloth to remove any excess dirt and dust. Let the plywood dry for at least 30 minutes.

  • Apply floor adhesive to the plywood using the trowel. Start in a corner and place a small amount of adhesive on the plywood and spread it with the trowel. Place ridges in the adhesive by using the grooved side of the trowel. Pull the trowel across the adhesive at a 45-degree angle to create the ridges. Continue spreading the adhesive and creating the grooves until the entire plywood area has been covered.

  • Place the piece of vinyl sheeting on the edge of the plywood and smooth it out over the adhesive.

  • Cut off the excess vinyl flooring using a utility knife and a straight edge. Place the straight edge over the edge of the vinyl and run the knife down the edge for a straight cut.

  • Run a floor roller over the vinyl flooring so that it will bond with the adhesive and not pop up off the plywood.

Tips & Warnings

  • A hand-held sander can be rented at most home improvement stores.
  • The adhesive will adhere best to the plywood when the plywood is clean and free of dirt and debris.
  • Vinyl tiles can be used on the plywood instead of the vinyl sheeting.
  • Staying in one spot too long with the sander can create a depression in the plywood.

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