How Do I Install Perimeter-Bond Vinyl Flooring?

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Perimeter-bond vinyl flooring is vinyl flooring that requires adhesive only along the edges rather than across the entire floor. Perimeter-bond vinyl flooring is usually made with tiny suction cup-like formations across the back to help the vinyl stick to the floor and resist traveling or bunching over time without adhesive. Installation of perimeter-bond vinyl flooring requires matching the type and manufacturer of the vinyl to the proper adhesive, cutting the vinyl to size and applying the adhesive to the edges of the project area.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Straight 2-by-4 wooden plank
  • Adhesive
  • Notched trowel
  • 100-pound floor roller
  • Remove all baseboards and door jambs, and prepare the subfloor by leveling it with self-leveling concrete, if necessary, and thoroughly cleaning it.

  • Measure the floor with a tape measure, then lay out the vinyl on a large, flat surface such as a garage floor. Cut it with a utility knife to the floor's measurements plus 6 inches on each side. The extra inches allow the vinyl to curl against the wall by 3 inches on all four sides when laid in the project area.

  • Center the vinyl flooring in the project area, ensuring an even 3 extra inches on all four sides.

  • Push a straight 2-by-4 wooden plank against the wall to hold the extra 3 inches of vinyl flush against the wall. Trim the vinyl with a utility knife between the plank and the wall. Trim the excess vinyl at each of the four walls bordering the project area so that the vinyl lays flat on the floor and is ready for gluing.

  • Fold back one side of the vinyl and trowel the adhesive onto the subfloor at its edge with a notched trowel. Make the line of adhesive approximately the width of the trowel.

  • Fold the vinyl back over and press the edge into the adhesive.

  • Repeat the adhesive and pressing process with the other three edges, working quickly to prevent the corners from setting before the final side is finished.

  • Roll the edges of the floor with a 100-pound roller to ensure a proper bond between the vinyl and the adhesive.

  • Let the adhesive dry completely according to the adhesive's manufacturer before using the floor, then replace the baseboards and door jambs.

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