How to lay vinyl flooring

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How to lay vinyl flooring

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Project Overview

Laying vinyl flooring is an inexpensive and relatively easy job to do yourself. We’ll show you how to measure, cut, lay and glue your vinyl flooring.

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Measure twice, cut once

You can rub out a pencil mark but you can’t undo a cut from your saw. Whether you are working with timber, tiles, glass or any other building material, you should always double check your measurements before you cut.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Check your surface is smooth
2 Fill the gaps in the floor with silicone
3 Mark and measure the vinyl flooring
4 Cut the vinyl in sections
5 Trim the vinyl to fit the corners
6 Trim the vinyl at the doorway
7 Apply the glue to the floor
8 Place the vinyl onto the glue
9 Glue down the rest of the flooring
  • Step 1. Check your surface is smooth

    Check the floor for anything that might disturb the vinyl. Glide your scraper over the surface to locate any nails or screws that are sticking out and need to be hammered back in. Then give the floor a good sweep. 

  • Step 2. Fill the gaps in the floor with silicone

    Once you have checked the floor is clear, you need to fill in any gaps with silicone. Filling in the gaps makes the surface smoother so there are no indents in the floor when the vinyl is placed down. Run your silicone gun along the gaps then clear away the excess the filler with your scraper.

  • Step 3. Mark and measure the vinyl flooring

    Roll out the vinyl flooring so that it overhangs and rolls up the wall about 75mm. This will allow for any mistakes when cutting. Now take a pencil and mark along the edge of the skirting boards where you need to cut the vinyl. Place your finger underneath your pencil mark as the vinyl can often move before you cut it.

  • Step 4. Cut the vinyl in sections

    Once the vinyl is marked, you can start cutting it along the line with a sharp utility knife. If you cut in half meter sections it will save you stepping over your vinyl and damaging it. Start with the sides and then move to the back edge.

  • Step 5. Trim the vinyl to fit the corners

    Cut the vinyl at the corners using two vertical cuts upwards. When the vinyl fits into the corner, mark and trim off the excess. For any outstanding walls or corners, cut the vinyl to fit around these using two angles to make a V-shape. You can then push the vinyl into the corner to continue the marking and cutting process. 

  • Step 6. Trim the vinyl at the doorway

    Once you get to the doorway, there’s a neat way to cut the vinyl off with a spirit level. Just hold your spirit level tight against the outside of the doorway and cut alongside the straight edge.

  • Step 7. Apply the glue to the floor

    Go back to your starting point and roll back the edges of the vinyl. Before you apply the glue, wear a dusk mask for this step if your room is poorly ventilated. Dip your trowel into the glue and hold it upside down briefly to stop it from dripping. Then start scraping the glue onto the floor using short movements around the edges. Start at the back edge of furthest end of the room and apply the glue 50-75m deep around each corner.

  • Step 8. Place the vinyl onto the glue

    Once the glue is applied, use a damp sponge to slowly roll the vinyl down over the glue. Push the sponge from left to right to remove any air bubbles. You can then move to the left hand edge of the room, followed by the right, moving back towards the doorway. 

  • Step 9. Glue down the rest of the flooring

    If your vinyl floor will be in a high trafficked area, it is advisable to glue the entire floor using this method. If however it will be used rarely, you can apply with double sided tape or less glue. Allow 24 hours to dry before walking on this or installing skirting boards or a doorframe. 
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