Newer vinyl sheet flooring is made of a fiberglass material that includes a cushioned backing and a structure that keeps the flooring flat, so you can install it without using glue. You can install no-glue vinyl sheets over many subfloors, including existing installed vinyl, plywood, concrete, ceramic, terrazzo and marble. These vinyl sheet floors are more forgiving of subfloor imperfections, but you still must prepare the flooring before installing the sheet.
Things You'll Need
- Utility knife
- Floor cleaner
- Floor stripper
- Patch and skim coat
- Embossing leveler
- Medium grit sandpaper
- Sanding block
- Acrylic double-face tape
Lay out the flooring in a flat area the day before installation to allow it to flatten and acclimate to the indoor temperature and humidity.
Trim the vinyl sheet with a utility knife to the dimensions of the room you'll be installing it in. Be sure to include recessed areas and doorways. Add an extra 1 1/2 inches around the edge for trimming.
Prepare the subfloor by cleaning it with a mild detergent or floor cleaner mixed with warm water, applied with a clean sponge. Dry the floor thoroughly with a clean cloth before laying the vinyl. If you'll be installing over existing vinyl, use a floor cleaner with a stripper to remove dirt and wax buildup.
Patch and smooth the subfloor by filling in cracks and uneven areas with a patch and skim coat. If you're installing over existing vinyl, use an embossing leveler on the floor for filling. Apply filler with a smooth-edge trowel. Use a medium-grit sandpaper on a sanding block to completely smooth the patched areas.
Place acrylic double-face tape at doorways and underneath appliances. Position the tape along the length of the doorway opening. Tape an X underneath the appliance with the tape, making the X about the size of the appliance's bottom. Remove the tape's backing on the side you're applying to the floor, but keep the backing on the tape's upper face until you position the vinyl sheet.
Position the sheet flooring on the floor where you want to install it. Lift up the areas where you've taped the floor. Remove the backing from the tape's upper face and press the vinyl sheet down to secure it to the tape.
Trim the vinyl at the edges with a utility knife.
Tips & Warnings
- Keep the installation room's temperature at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit for 48 hours before installation, during installation and 48 hours after installation.
- Use a clean, dry cloth to press tape on the floorl to prevent transferring dirt to the tape surface, which can inhibit adhesion.
- Photo Credit texture of wooden floor image by Elnur from Fotolia.com
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