Vinyl flooring. Admittedly, not as bad as it used to be. And it is softer under foot than it used to be, but it still isnt good. It comes in a variety of designs and patterns. It is best utilised in commercial buildings like care homes and the cheaper hotels. If you intend using it in your house, I would certainly keep it in an out of the way place like a utility room or the downstairs toilet. If youre determined to fit it yourself, then I suggest you read on about how to fit it correctly.
I will be blunt at this point. Youre going to will need a quite a great deal of kit to do this job. Unless you have got a large amount of vinyl, it might even work out less expensive to pay for another person to do it for you.
Anyway, to perform the task you will need a roll of vinyl (obviously), a Stanley knife, vinyl glue, a steel straight edge, a tape measure, a paint scraper (for the glue), a ballpoint pen, a roll of double-sided flooring tape. And, if you have got a tiled floor or its made from concrete youll need some self-levelling compound.
Step 1: The Vinyl:
Laying cold vinyl is a nightmare. It is stiff and doesnt stretch well. So, leave the vinyl in a warm room for a day and turn on the central heating. It will make fitting it a lot easier.
Step 2: Preparing your floor:
If you have a raw concrete floor, you will be required to ensure that it is absolutely flat. Otherwise the lumps will show through the vinyl. It may look horrible and present a possible safety hazard. Buy a self levelling compound, spread it over the floor to fill the holes and follow the instructions. That should do the trick.
Self levelling compound is what youll will require when you are covering ceramic tiles, as well. Spread a thin layer and fill in the joints between tiles. Again follow the instructions and let it to set.
When you are covering floorboards, you will be required to lay hardboard over them to produce a flat, smooth and stable surface. Don’t forget to stagger the joints and use plenty of pins to make sure they dont lift over time.
Step 3: Lay the Vinyl:
Make sure that the area is clean. Take out the vacuum out and give it a top notch hoovering. Take your shoes off. You wont will want them on for this job. Theyll just drag grit around. Now, unroll the vinyl against the longest continual wall. Keep unrolling until the pattern is parallel with the wall. Leave a 4 inch overlap against the wall.
Now youll will need the Stanley knife. When the vinyl is unrolled, keep it as flat as you can around the edges close to the wall by making vertical cuts into the waste vinyl (i.e. the stuff pressing against the walls that wont be covering your floor). For a neater finish, cut into the corners and trim the excess vinyl so that you simply form a V shape.
Step 4: Fit the Vinyl:
Now that you have cut the majority of excess vinyl off, it will be more controllable. Get a pen and mark off more excess vinyl. Cut it away. Your aim now should be to get the vinyl into the rough shape of the room with a 1 or 2 inch excess around the sides.
Step 5: Trim and glue:
Ok, press the straight edge against the vinyl and trim to fit exactly. Force any edges under cabinets, skirting boards etc. This is going to give you a decent, crisp finish. if you have got anything other than stay-flat vinyl, this will be the time to glue it it to the floor. Follow the instructions on the glue container.
Step 6: Finishing:
You are practically there. Get a soft brush and starting from the centre of your room, push out any bubbles. Secure the vinyl along at the doors and entrances to the room with double sided carpet tape. It is going to stop it moving.