Installing Vinyl Flooring – How to Lay Sheet Vinyl Flooring

Installing Vinyl Flooring

Installing Vinyl Flooring Sheet vinyl flooring is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms, since they are easy to keep clean and resistant to moisture. Many modern varieties of sheet flooring have a cushioned back, which makes them easy on the feet and legs if working in the kitchen for any length of time. Making a template is by far the easiest method for laying sheet vinyl as it avoids costly mistakes. As with tiles, getting the subfloor in good condition is of paramount importance.


Tips of the Trade:

  • Vinyl care — Never fold sheet vinyl as this puts permanent puckers into it. Avoid walking on it and make sure that nothing sharp is trapped underneath.
  • Heating — Laying the vinyl sheet out flat, pattern side-tip. For an hour or two in a warm room, makes it easier to cut.
  • Paper template – Building paper is ideal as it is reinforced, but you can use almost any thick paper.


Tools for the Job:

  • tape measure & marker pen
  • trimming knife
  • serrated adhesive trowel
  • vinyl roller
  • wallpaper roller


  1. Cut and join together sheets of building paper to form a template of the floor space 150mm (6in) bigger than the overall size of the room. Join sheets with masking tape, allowing a good overlap and applying tape to both sides of the joint to prevent it from moving.
  2. Cut some windows near the edge of the paper about 50mm (2in) square. Attach the template to the floor through these windows with masking tape. The spacing is not crucial, but make sure that you have enough windows to hold the paper template in position so that it does not slip around.
  3. Press the paper into the edges of the room. Trim off the excess with a trimming knife where it lips up the skirting board or around built-in pieces of furniture. You may find that you have to cut ‘darts’— vertical relieving cuts — up from internal and external corners to get the template to lay on the floor properly.
  4. When you are happy with the fit, slowly peel the template from the floor, being careful not to tear the paper. Lay the template on top of the sheet flooring and orient it to best effect, noting the position of any lines or pattern, then tape it in place.
  5. Draw around the template onto the vinyl with a marker pen. Discard the template and cut the flooring with a knife. Lay a scrap of hardboard or ply under where you are making cuts to avoid damaging the floor below. Even if you are doing this on the garage floor the board is still a good idea to save dulling the knife edge. When you have cut the vinyl to size, roll it up and carry it to the room.
  6. Roll out the flooring, then gently fold back the vinyl from the longest wall to uncover a lm (3ft) wide strip of subfloor. Spread adhesive onto the exposed area of subfloor with a serrated adhesive trowel.
  7. Lay the flooring into the adhesive, smoothing it down with the heel of your hand to force out any air bubbles. If you need to make small adjustments to the fit now is the time to do it, before the adhesive sets. Roll the rest of the flooring back on itself and spread on the remaining adhesive. Smooth the flooring into the adhesive from the centre to the edges to force out any trapped air.
  8. Once the vinyl is laid, ensure full adhesion by pressing down on the flooring with a vinyl roller. Move slowly over the floor, making passes in different directions. Employ a wallpaper roller against the edges of the room and in any hard to reach areas, using firm hand pressure.
  9. Wipe away the inevitable splashes of adhesive from skirting boards, fitted furniture and the surface of the flooring, using the solvent recommended by the manufacturer and a clean rag.


Tips of the Trade

If you have to join two sections of flooring together, overlap one on top of the other and set through both pieces at the same time to ensure a perfect butt seam. Peel back the top sheet, remove the offset from the bottom sheet, then fix to the subfloor with adhesive in the usual way.


Sealing the Vinyl

In bathrooms and kitchens, seal the vinyl with a bead of clear silicone mastic around the edge.

14. December 2010 by admin
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