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How to fit vinyl floor covering

Vinyl floor covering is not as difficult to fit as engineered flooring. Although it does not have the sophisticated looks of ceramic tiles or the elegant aspect of solid flooring or oak hardwood, there are many patterns and colours that you can get from your vinyl supplies stores to give a new look to some of your residential flooring spaces.

Preperation

Tools Vinyl floor covering requires the following tools: cardboard, fine tooth saw, level, carpenter’s square, putty knife, trowel, mitre saw, vinyl flooring cutter, construction bucket, electric mixer. Prepare the Surface · Vacuum the entire surface and remove the baseboards · Check that the floor is plane using a level · Repair subfloor holes using plywood or OSB and asphalt shingles · Repair subfloor higher areas by removing the excess material under the plywood · If you have concrete flooring even out the high points using a peak hammer or fill in the holes with mortar.

Lay down the adhesive

If you are installing vinyl flooring sheets, then you should start laying the adhesive at one of the corners. If you are installing tiles, you need to square your surface by tracing perpendicular lines. The squares should have the same width as the tiles. Check that they are square using the carpenter’s square. You should start by laying down the adhesive in the four middle squares. Use the notched trowel to arrange a uniform layer of adhesive.

Install the first sheet or the first tile

Install the first four tiles in the centre squares by pressing the edges close together first. Then, simply press down to the adhesive. If you are installing a rolling sheet, you should start by placing the edges to the adhesive following the contour of the wall. Then, gently press the vinyl sheet using the wood board that you slightly pull towards you as you unroll the sheet on the adhesive.

Continue the installation

Continue to place the adhesive and then the tiles or sheets until you are done. You should leave a
1/16-inch space between the sheets for extension and contraction. Install the full sheets and tiles and leave it overnight.

Trims and cuts

Lay a layer of adhesive in the places where you need the trims. Place the vinyl flooring that you need to cut. Use the cupboard to follow the contour that you need to cut. Cut above the cupboard using a vinyl flooring cutter.

Install the baseboard

Install the new baseboards using a staple gun and a mitre saw to cut the corners.

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