Installing Vinyl Flooring

The advantages of vinyl flooring are great, if taking into account the fact that vinyl is water resistant and it is more pleasant than tile, laminate or hardwood.

Besides, installing vinyl flooring might be a great do-it-yourself project, with no special difficulties. Many specialists state that the key to success in installing vinyl flooring is the preparation of the room and of the floors.

Preparation for Installing Vinyl Flooring

You need all the necessary tools and materials before starting the project. Sheet vinyls, adhesive, straight edge, utility knife, floor roller, trowel and tape measure are the necessary tools and materials when installing vinyl flooring. In order to purchase the necessary vinyl sheet for your room, you should measure the actual length and width of the room. In this way, you may estimate the necessary dimensions of the sheet vinyl.

Preparing the room is another important step of the process of installing vinyl flooring. The first step is removing the furniture, appliances or if it is the case, the toilet. The doors should be taken from their hinges and the floor should be removed with a pry bar. You may insert a small piece of wood behind the bar, in order to protect the wall and in order to provide leverage while prying the trim away. You should also remove the nails from the walls with the help of the pliers.

The floor surface preparation is another important stage in installing vinyl flooring. Concrete slab should be clean and dry, with no holes or cracks, so that the installation process would be simple and easy. The bumps of the concrete may be removed with special tools; small sledgehammer and masonry chisel.

If such problems characterize your concrete, then wearing safety glasses is necessary. If instead of concrete you have an old vinyl flooring, then you should inspect if it is in a good condition and no problems would interfere in case of laying over it a new vinyl flooring.

Rough texture and some possible imperfections of the old vinyl flooring can be solved with the help of a coat of embossing leveler. In this way, the surface will be smooth and perfect for the new flooring. In the case the old vinyl flooring is damaged, it should be removed, so that the new vinyl flooring would not be affected.

Underlayment may be necessary if the floor is uneven, buckled, embossed or cushioned. The new floor may have the imperfection of the old floor, be it the case of bumps or dips. The cover of the old floor might be covered with a new layer of plywood underlayment, in case the already mentioned methods are impractical. In this way, the process of installing vinyl flooring will lead to great results - no hindrances and no imperfections will appear later.

Installing Process of Vinyl Flooring

The next necessary steps in installing vinyl flooring are the following: installing underlayment; cutting the floor to fit; sketching a floor plane, including the movable appliances and the other areas; fitting sheet vinyl with the help of an installation kit; applying adhesive and installing the floor.

All these major steps in the installing vinyl flooring require skills and patience and maybe some specialized help. It is important to notice that furniture can be brought in only after 24 hours. This activity should be done with great care, in order to avoid the damage of the new vinyl flooring.

Foot traffic should be also avoided in the next 24 hours, so that the adhesive may have the necessary time to dry and to bond properly. Moreover, the adhesive bond may be affected by washing the flooring in the first three days.