How To Install Linoleum Loving My Floors

How To Install Linoleum Loving My Floors

How To Install Linoleum

How to Install Linoleumor How to Install Sheet Vinyl?

First of all, “linoleum” is a word that has been around since the end of the 1800’s and was actually the brand name used by the American Linoleum Manufacturing Company, the American company that the inventor of linoleum opened in 1872 to manufacture his linoxyn-type floor coverings. After less than 20 years, he lost the right to the word “linoleum” since it had become so generic. Nowadays, true linoleum is usually reserved for commercial use. For home use, it has been replaced by PVC products which are commonly known as sheet vinyl. Sheet vinyl is now a very affordable product that can be found in a wide range of colors and patterns to suit any taste, and has become one of the most common and popular flooring options. So when people ask how to install linoleum, I assume that what they are really asking is how to install sheet vinyl, but the two products are installed in a very similar fashion.

In this article I give critical tips on what to consider before you start your project, typical tools and materials you will need, and best of all, the VERY best videos to watch so you can learn how to install linoleum or sheet vinyl.

First things first- The 6 most important things to consider for your vinyl or linoleum installation:

  • Current floor. The condition of the existing flooring is very important! If after removing the current covering you find that the subfloor needs to be prepared, patched or leveled, this can also cost more time or money. Properly preparing the surface on which you are installing the product will improve the look and even the durability of the new flooring and ensure you have the most successful installation.
  • Acclimation.  You should allow the flooring materials (adhesives and vinyl sheeting) to “acclimate” or condition to the room for at least 48 hours prior to the installation. So don’t just go to the store, bring it home and start laying it immediately. You should purchase your materials a few days in advance, and place them in the room where they will be installed for a t least 48 hours.
  • Temperature.  For most adhesives to be installed correctly and to get the proper results, you will need to control the temperature and ensure that the room does not get too hot or too cold during the installation, as well as 48 hours before and 48 hours after. General guidelines are a range of between 65-100 degrees F (18-38 Celsius). Check the manufacturer guidelines for your adhesive. Also, most flooring and adhesive materials are not designed for very cold temperatures, so if your application is for outdoor use, or the area in which you are installing the floor can reach below 55 deg F (13 Celsius), then you may need to consider special products or adhesives specific for that, or consider a different material.
  • Obstacles.  Things like appliances (stove, dishwasher, refrigerator), fixtures, pedestal sinks, and the like should all be removed before installation. If you can do these things yourself by getting a friend/family member to help you, then you could save a lot of money over paying someone to it. Always use proper techniques for safely moving heavy objects to avoid injuries.
  •  Shoe Moldings, baseboards, and toe kicks. Sometimes these things will have to removed (not always), and then replaced. This can add additional time and if you are paying someone to do it, this piece can be very expensive. You can put the old moldings and baseboards back on, but it would also be a good time to replace them and update the look, since you are doing it anyway!
  • Doors. Depending on the current floor situation, new flooring can sometimes change the height of the existing floor, which means you could have issues with doors not closing. Be prepared to have to shave them down slightly so they open and close properly.

Tools and materials you will need:

• Tape measure/pencil

• Roller

• Vinyl cutting knife

• Notched trowel (for applying adhesive)

If you are ready to go, here are the best how to videos to teach you how to install linoleum (or sheet vinyl):

1. This is a pretty good video on how to install linoleum (if you dont mind the funny accent ) Includes good advice on working around a toilet. Since this is a small area, she uses a method that doesnt use adhesives on the whole floor, but only around the edges:

2. This video on how to install linoleum (or sheet vinyl), is for a larger, square room. He uses adhesive over the whole area of the flooring. Good tips on prepping the subfloor:

3. This is actually a video on how to install linoleum and NOT sheet vinyl! Its a commercial application, and it shows how to do a seam:

Finally, other resources on how to install linoleum:

Armstrong. one of the biggest makers of flooring products, has a great website with a lot of useful information, tips, flooring estimators, and other tools to help you with your project.

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