Vinyl flooring is an affordable option for remodeling a kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, and with some careful planning, can be installed in under a day with beautiful results. The process is made simple by taking accurate measurements, removing the old flooring and filling any cracks or holes, then removing base molding and installing your new vinyl material. After trimming to fit, apply adhesive and let dry under heavy pressure to ensure no air is trapped between the subfloor and the vinyl.
- Measure and sketch the room
Get accurate measurements of the entire floor space in the room, and create a sketch of the space. When purchasing a sheet of vinyl flooring, add a few inches to the room's measurements to allow for trimming, centering and mistakes.
- Remove old flooring and smooth the subfloor
Remove old carpet or vinyl before laying new vinyl. After removing the old flooring, inspect the subfloor, and fill any cracks, gouges or holes with wood putty for wood subfloors or patching compound for concrete.
- Remove base moulding and trim
Before laying the vinyl flooring, remove the baseboards and trim around the bottom of the wall.
- Cut the general shape of the flooring
Lay out the vinyl flooring, and cut the general shape of the room using the sketch. Add a few inches to all of the dimensions so that the vinyl flooring can be trimmed after moving it into place.
- Lay flooring and trim edges
Carefully roll out the vinyl flooring in the room. With heavy shears or a utility knife, trim the edges of the vinyl to fit snugly against the walls and around corners.
- Apply adhesive and attach flooring
Roll the vinyl flooring back one wall at a time, and spread adhesive at least six inches from the wall using a trowel. After applying the adhesive, roll the flooring back. Then, smooth it over using heavy pressure.