Purchasing a new covering for the floor is a great way to refresh the look of a room. The perfect floor covering blends into the color scheme of an area but also gives it a nice pop. Purchasing vinyl flooring for the home is an inexpensive way to cover unsightly floors. More money can be saved by installing the vinyl flooring rather than having it done by a professional.
You will need:
- Vinyl flooring
- Patching compound for concrete floors
- Heavy-duty shears or utility knife
- Masking tape
- Craft paper
- Double stick tape
- Floor adhesive and relevant tools (based on either perimeter or full adhesion methods)
- Hand roller or cloth-wrapped block of wood
Step 1: Measure the room dimensions and make a sketch of the room. Take this to the store when shopping for vinyl flooring.
Step 2: Select the vinyl flooring that will be installed.
Step 3: Make sure that the subfloor is smooth and flat. Fill in holes in concrete floors using patching compound.
Step 4: Remove the molding from the room. Trim the doorframe as necessary to accommodate vinyl flooring. Clean the area.
Step 5: Lay the vinyl flooring out in the room. Mark where excess is to be cut and make cuts using the shears or utility knife. Reinforce cut corners using two pieces of masking tape.
Step 6: Lay the flooring and make cuts around obstructions.
Step 7: Pull back the vinyl flooring next to each wall. Roll craft paper along the wall, spanning the entire length.
Step 8: Line up the craft paper on the wall and tape it to the floor using masking tape. Tape every two feet. Apple double-stick tape to the craft paper every two feet. Remove the backing from the top of the tape.
Step 9: Roll the vinyl back over the craft paper. Press firmly so the vinyl adheres to the craft paper. Lift the vinyl up.
Step 10: Place a piece of wood under the edge of the vinyl. Use a straightedge to cut the vinyl along the outer edge of the craft paper. Do steps 7 through 10 for each wall.
Step 11: Determine whether perimeter or full adhesion will be used. Purchase the appropriate adhesive and tools. Lift the vinyl and spread the adhesive material according to the instructions on the adhesive container.
Step 12: Lay the vinyl down on the adhesive. Wrap a block of wood in a clean cloth or use a hand roller to seat the flooring onto the adhesive. Allow this to dry for two to four hours. If full adhesion is used, allow 24 hours before heavy traffic or furniture are allowed in the area.
Step 13: Replace the trim and molding on the walls.
Step 14: Move the furniture back into the room.