DIY Vinyl Floor Installation in 13 Easy Steps
Is your bathroom floor looking a bit shabby? Have you gotten tired of your kitchen floors? Do you need some kind of easier solution to flooring? Well you are like many of us, but thankfully we have an awesome walkthrough on how to install vinyl floors all by yourself.
A vinyl floor is the perfect solution to the busy household. Maintenance is quick and easy and if you have a spill, because the floor is typically impermeable, it is not likely to stain. Scuff marks from sneakers in the house wipe up, and mud tracked from outside on a rainy day can simply be wiped clean. Sounds good right? Well let’s jump right in to what you will need to do to make this easy maintenance thought a reality in your home.
Items that you will need: Vinyl flooring, as much craft paper as the vinyl flooring, double stick tape, regular tape, tape measure, patching compound (if needed), broom, adhesive material recommended by your retailer, fine notched trowel.
Steps to installing a vinyl floor by yourself:
1) Choose your style and color.
First and foremost choose your floor this can be difficult because of the many styles and options available in this genre of flooring. However one thing that you will not have to worry about is not finding exactly what you want. And by going vinyl, you are reducing your prices on both the flooring and the installation.
2) Measure the room.
This step is easy, just measure the walls in the room as accurately as possible, write down the dimensions, and present it to your dealer so that he can calculate the proper amount required to install your floors. Do not forget to add a few extra inches to the room’s dimensions, as you may need some extra for trimming or centering the pattern in the room.
3) Level the subfloor.
Your sub floor needs to be in good condition, which in this case is completely flat or smooth. If your subfloor is concrete you will need to fill any hole or differences in level with patching compound. Its directions are on the back, the mixture and instructions vary by brand. After this is done, or even while the patching is drying, remove the shoe moldings from the walls and do your last clean up with a sweep, this will assure a lay flat installation.
4) Cut the vinyl floor.
It sounds hard but its not, just lay out the floor in the room and mark the area with a chalk line. After you have your lines drawn, use a razor knife or some pretty strong sheers to cut through the vinyl. Always save the leftover vinyl in case you decide that you want to use it somewhere else. This is perfectly good material that can be used in a closet space or laundry room.
5) Position the flooring.
The flooring should now be lain down in its final resting place. Make cuts to relieve any tension around obstructions. For an inside corner, cut small half circles until the vinyl lies flat on the floor, and for an outside corner, make straight relief cuts
6) Craft paper.
Roll the vinyl back up and lay beside the wall to expose the subfloor once again. You will need to create a partial template along the wall this is so that you can make an exact cut. Roll out some of the craft paper along the length of the wall.
7) Tape it!
Line up the edge of the paper against the wall then gently tape down the paper to the floor using very small pieces of masking tape, about every 2 feet. Now, apply a strip of double stick tape about every two feet to the craft paper and remove the backing from the top side of the tape.
8) Roll it out again and cut.
Just roll the vinyl back into the final position on the floor and press it down firmly. This will adhere the vinyl to the template that you crated earlier. Softly lift the vinyl back up to reveal the template stuck to the vinyl backing. The excess vinyl edge should now be cut to the edge of the paper. When you cut the vinyl use a razor knife and a piece of scrap wood, this will keep you fingers attached and give you a straight edge.
9) Get the Edges.
Roll up the edges along the wall for perimeter adhesion, just open the can of adhesive that your retailer recommended and spread it along the wall about six inches wide with a fine notched trowel.
10) Glue it!
Lay it back into position along the edges and use a hand roller to even out the level when adhering to the edges. You can save money by using a scrap block of wood with a cloth wrapped around it, in lieu of a hand roller.
11) Put the moldings back in place.
Just replace the shoe molding and trim that you removed before starting the project.
12) Move all furnishing back.
Make sure that the adhesive that you used is completely dry then move the furniture and other large item back into position. Make sure to use felt pads so you will be assured that you will never damage your new flooring.
And finally, clean up the mess. Just keep it swept and use a damp mop with a no-rinse cleaner.
Now you have a beautiful new vinyl floor, and installation could not have been easier. I think its time to relax. Until next time, Happy Flooring!