Laying Sheet Vinyl Floors
Most types of sheet flooring, including sheet vinyl, are available in large widths, so it is possible to cover fairly extensive areas without seams. If you do need to use more than one width, avoid laying the flooring so that a join bisects a doorway. Ideally, lay sheets parallel to a window so that seams are less visible.
Patterned vinyl looks better if the pattern is aligned with the doorway—few rooms have walls which are perfectly square to each other.
Vinyl can be loose-laid (ie. not stuck to the floor). In particular, cushioned-back vinyl has an interlayer, which makes it very stable, but ‘lay-flat’ vinyl can bubble up or lift in the middle. The answer to this problem is to trim for a snug fit (not a really tight fit, because this is more likely to encourage buckling). Also, before laying the vinyl, reverse the roll and leave it in a warm room for at least two days to make it supple.
Flatten out any kinks.
Once the vinyl has been laid — allowing 5cm/2in overlap at each edge — brush with a soft broom to eliminate any air bubbles which might be trapped underneath.
Other types of vinyl need to be stuck, either around the edges or all over. To stick vinyl all over, roll the sheet back and do half a room at a time. Follow manufacturers’ recommendations.
* A large room may need more than one width of vinyl. Always use lengths cut from the same roll. If you are laying a large sheet of vinyl, enlist a friend to help you,
Materials and Equipment
• 40 roll of sheet vinyl
• sharp knife
• sharp scissors
•, if necessary straightedge and measuring tape 0 chalk or pencil
• soft broom
1. Lay the vinyl out roughly, making diagonal cuts in each corner. Remove excess from edges, using a sharp knife and leaving a 5cm/2in overlap all around. Brush with a soft broom to remove air from beneath.
2. To fit an internal corner, lift the sheet and make a diagonal cut across the corner with scissors. Press the vinyl back into the angle.
3. To fit an external corner, such as at an alcove or doorway, cut downward, ending up diagonally in the corner. Trim excess, leaving 5cm/2in overlapping the wall to allow for mistakes.
4. Fit the vinyl against the longest wall first. Pul1 the flooring away from the wall, keeping the alignment. Take ablock and place it over the gap, overlapping onto the vinyl. Draw the block and a pencil along the flooring, with the block pressed against the skirting board (baseboard), to make a trimming line.
5. Pul1 the vinyl away from the wal1 and trim. Slide back to fit. To trim thin flexible vinyl, press it into the angle cis the floor and wall and crease the edge with a wood block. Make the cut along the crease with a knife, guided by a straightedge.
6. Next, trim the other edges. Measure a distance of 20cm/8in from the wall and mark the vinyl. Pull the viny1 back from the wall and make a second mark, measuring back 20cm/8in from the first mark towards the edge of the sheet. Slide the viny1 back to the wall. Make sure the adjacent edge is straight. Make a wood block the width of the distance between the second mark and the end of the sheet and use this to guide a penci1 marking the contour of the wall.
7. To fit flooring around a doorway, make a paper template or pattern to the shape of the mouldings and then transfer this shape to the vinyl. Alternatively use a profile gauge.
8. To join lengths, overlap the edges of both pieces, aligning the pattern. Cut through both thicknesses, using a straightedge. Remove the surplus strips and stick the edges of the pieces to the floor using double-sided tape (useinstead if the viny1 is to be stuck down).