How to Install a Sheet Vinyl Floor We Say How

How to Install a Sheet Vinyl Floor We Say How

How to Install a Sheet Vinyl Floor

04/30/2011. Charles Salmon. Comment closed

Vinyl is extremely popular where a floorcovering has to be durable, easy to clean and attractive, qualities that make it a leading choice in kitchens and bathrooms especially. Provided that the floor below has been properly prepared, vinyl can be expected to last for some years with only normal washing and polishing needed to maintain its appearance.

There are many qualities of vinyl, from fairly thin types through to those having a cushioned backing to make them both warm and comfortable underfoot. There are plenty of textures, colours and patterns, so you will certainly find something to suit your needs and taste.

Lay-flat vinyl is the easiest to lay. It is manufactured with a strong backing to make it lie flat on the floor. It has to be stuck down only in doorways and where two pieces have to be joined with a seam.

Rolls of vinyl are manufactured in 2, 3 or 4m widths. Obviously it is preferable if you can cover the floor with a single piece of vinyl without a seam. However, not all types of vinyl are made in a choice of widths and there will be occasions when it is uneconomical or will cause tricky installation problems to use a single piece.

It is always a good idea, especially for a room with alcoves and window bays, to make a scale plan on graph paper and take it with you when you buy your vinyl. Include windows and doors on the plan. An experienced salesman will be able to advise you on choice of pattern and roll width. He should also be able to tell you where it will be easier to cut the vinyl and join another piece to it by making a seam. The direction in which a pattern is laid can be determined not only by the size of the room but also by the way it is viewed from a doorway.

Clear as much of the furniture and appliances from a room as possible before starting. In the kitchen, take out the washing machine and dishwasher even though it means dismantling plumbing. In the long term it will be quicker to do this rather than try to work around items.

Also take off any door that opens into the room it can make life so much easier. Just unscrew the side of the hinge set into the door frame and you will have no trouble putting it back later. Be careful, though: some doors are really heavy, so have a helper on hand or open the door and stand it on wedges tapped underneath.

The hardest part of the job is trimming the vinyl to fit around obstacles such as the basin pedestal. The easiest way to overcome this especially in a small bathroom or kitchen is to make a template of the complete floor first. Use pieces of paper felt taped together. Then lay out the roll of vinyl in another room and put the template on it. If you mark out the position of the door on the template, you will be able to centralize the pattern of the new vinyl. Cut out the vinyl allowing 50mm (2 in) all round for final trimming in the room.

When you first get the roll of vinyl home, store it in the room where it is to be laid for 24 hours so that it becomes conditioned to the atmosphere. This makes it more manageable to lay. The roll should be loosened with the pattern facing outwards.

Never leave the vinyl in a very cold room; make sure the room is warmed to a comfortable working temperature. If you dont do this, the vinyl could become brittle and crack slightly.

Finally, if you make a trimming error at the skirting-board edge and there is a gap between it and the vinyl. then a strip of timber quadrant moulding pinned to the skirting is a good face-saver.

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How to Install a Sheet Vinyl Floor

04/30/2011. Charles Salmon. Comment closed

Vinyl is extremely popular where a floorcovering has to be durable, easy to clean and attractive, qualities that make it a leading choice in kitchens and bathrooms especially. Provided that the floor below has been properly prepared, vinyl can be expected to last for some years with only normal washing and polishing needed to maintain its appearance.

There are many qualities of vinyl, from fairly thin types through to those having a cushioned backing to make them both warm and comfortable underfoot. There are plenty of textures, colours and patterns, so you will certainly find something to suit your needs and taste.

Lay-flat vinyl is the easiest to lay. It is manufactured with a strong backing to make it lie flat on the floor. It has to be stuck down only in doorways and where two pieces have to be joined with a seam.

How to Install a Sheet Vinyl Floor We Say How

Rolls of vinyl are manufactured in 2, 3 or 4m widths. Obviously it is preferable if you can cover the floor with a single piece of vinyl without a seam. However, not all types of vinyl are made in a choice of widths and there will be occasions when it is uneconomical or will cause tricky installation problems to use a single piece.

It is always a good idea, especially for a room with alcoves and window bays, to make a scale plan on graph paper and take it with you when you buy your vinyl. Include windows and doors on the plan. An experienced salesman will be able to advise you on choice of pattern and roll width. He should also be able to tell you where it will be easier to cut the vinyl and join another piece to it by making a seam. The direction in which a pattern is laid can be determined not only by the size of the room but also by the way it is viewed from a doorway.

Clear as much of the furniture and appliances from a room as possible before starting. In the kitchen, take out the washing machine and dishwasher even though it means dismantling plumbing. In the long term it will be quicker to do this rather than try to work around items.

Also take off any door that opens into the room it can make life so much easier. Just unscrew the side of the hinge set into the door frame and you will have no trouble putting it back later. Be careful, though: some doors are really heavy, so have a helper on hand or open the door and stand it on wedges tapped underneath.

The hardest part of the job is trimming the vinyl to fit around obstacles such as the basin pedestal. The easiest way to overcome this especially in a small bathroom or kitchen is to make a template of the complete floor first. Use pieces of paper felt taped together. Then lay out the roll of vinyl in another room and put the template on it. If you mark out the position of the door on the template, you will be able to centralize the pattern of the new vinyl. Cut out the vinyl allowing 50mm (2 in) all round for final trimming in the room.

When you first get the roll of vinyl home, store it in the room where it is to be laid for 24 hours so that it becomes conditioned to the atmosphere. This makes it more manageable to lay. The roll should be loosened with the pattern facing outwards.

Never leave the vinyl in a very cold room; make sure the room is warmed to a comfortable working temperature. If you dont do this, the vinyl could become brittle and crack slightly.

Finally, if you make a trimming error at the skirting-board edge and there is a gap between it and the vinyl. then a strip of timber quadrant moulding pinned to the skirting is a good face-saver.

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