For do-it-yourself homeowners who have a little remodeling experience under their belts, installing new Flexitec vinyl sheet flooring can be a quick way to update a room and give it a fresh look.
Things You'll Need
- Cement-based patching compound
- Duck acrylic double-faced tape
- IVC FLEX-TECH pressure-sensitive releasable adhesive
- 3/8-inch short nap paint roller
- Straight-edged push broom
- Utility knife
- IVC FLEX-SEAM premium seam bond
- Damp cloth
- Wallpaper seam roller
Sweep and wipe clean the substrate (subfloor) surface making sure it is free of dust, dirt and grease. Fill all holes with the cement-based patching compound. Sand down any rough or high spots.
Place the acrylic tape along all edges that will not be covered with trim molding, such as against a bathtub, next to sliding doors or inside door jambs. Tape around all air vent openings.
Lay out the vinyl beginning at the most dominant wall. Cut the vinyl sheet with the utility knife to roughly fit your space, leaving a 2-inch overhang around each edge until the final cut. Overlap vinyl by 1 inch on each piece at all seams. Make relief cuts at corners or projections so that the vinyl will lay flat. Trim the vinyl with the utility knife to its final size by leaving an eighth- to quarter-inch expansion gap around all edges.
Fold back half of a vinyl sheet. Apply a thin coating of the pressure-sensitive adhesive to the substrate with the paint roller. Allow to dry for roughly 20 minutes. Check to see if the adhesive is tacky to the touch and no longer wet. Allow to dry longer if necessary.
Slide the vinyl back into place after the adhesive is dry. Remove air bubbles under the flooring using the push broom. Work from the center of the work area outward.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the other half of the vinyl sheet.
Apply adhesive and lay each vinyl sheet one half at a time as described above. Cut through overlapped seams after adhesive has been applied and has fully dried. Fold one side of the seam back about 8 inches. Apply a thin bead of seam bond to the edge and press seam together. Wipe off excess seam bond with a damp cloth. Roll seam with a wallpaper seam roller and wipe off excess seam bond again.
Install base trim molding around the perimeter of the room to cover the expansion gaps.
Tips & Warnings
- Never apply Flexitec vinyl sheet flooring to wet adhesive. Wet adhesive will release gas, which will cause bubbles in the flooring.
- Never use tape around the perimeter of the room. The expansion gap around the perimeter allows for the normal settling and shifting of the subfloor.
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