How To Lay Vinyl Flooring And Achieve A Professional Looking Finish

Vinyl flooring. Admittedly, not as bad as it used to be. And it is softer underfoot than it used to be, but it still isnt great. It is supplied in a vast range of designs and patterns. It is best utilised in commercial buildings like care homes and the cheaper hotels. If you intend using it in the 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 properly.

I will be blunt at this point. Youre gonna will want a quite a bit of kit for this job. Unless youve got a large amount of vinyl, it may even work out less costly to pay for another person to do it for you.

Anyway, to do the job you will require 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 you will probably will require some self-levelling compound.

Step 1: The Vinyl:

Laying cold vinyl is a nightmare. It is stiff and does not stretch well. So, leave the vinyl in a warm room for a day and turn on your central heating. It will make fitting it a great deal easier.

Step 2: Preparing your floor:

If you have a raw concrete floor, youll need to ensure that it is completely level. Otherwise the lumps will show through the vinyl. It may look unsightly and present a possible safety hazard. Purchase a self levelling compound, spread it over the floor to fill the holes and follow the instructions. That will do the trick.

Self levelling compound is what you will will require when you are covering ceramic tiles, as well. Spread a thin layer and fill in all of the joints between tiles. Again follow the instructions and allow it to set.

In the event you are covering floorboards, you will be required to lay hardboard over them to create a flat, smooth and stable surface. Make sure you stagger the joints and use plenty of pins to make sure they do not lift over time.

Step 3: Lay the Vinyl:

Make sure the area is clean. Take out the vacuum out and give it a good hoovering. Take your shoes off. You wont will need them on to do this job. They will 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 want that Stanley knife. When the vinyl is unrolled, keep it as flat as you possibly 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 the ground). For a neater finish, cut into the corners and trim the surplus vinyl so that you form a V shape.

Step 4: Fit the Vinyl:

Now that you have trimmed the majority of excess vinyl off, it is more manageable. Obtain 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 your 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 suit exactly. Force any edges under cabinets, skirting boards etc. This will give you a nice, crisp finish. if you have got anything different to stay-flat vinyl, this is the time to glue it it to the floor. Follow the instructions on your glue container.

Step 6: Finishing:

Youre practically there. Get a soft brush and starting from the centre of the room, push out any bubbles. Secure the vinyl at the doors and entrances to the room with double sided carpet tape. It is going to stop it moving.