Installing Vinyl Flooring - The Vinyl Steps

Vinyl Floor Installation & Applying Adhesives

Installing Vinyl Flooring
Installing vinyl flooring is not a difficult task provided you have done some planning, some preparation and have some patience. This section will briefly guide you through the steps involved in installing vinyl flooring.

The Vinyl Steps

Step one when installing vinyl flooring is to ascertain whether the tiles /sheet you are putting down and the adhesives you will be using contain any asbestos. If you are removing an existing surface you will also need to find out if that contains any asbestos. Do not start chiseling, sawing etc till you have had materials tested and know for sure!

NOTE: Asbestos fibers can cause cancer and breathing problems. It is extremely hazardous.

Any idea how much material you will need? Step 2 is to find this out. The best thing to do is to make a quick drawing of the room that is going to be worked on and then write down the measurements along side. Any reputable company would be glad to help you workout the numbers from there.

Step 3 is to prepare the sub-floor and materials. Make sure your newly bought tiles are stored in the room to be worked on two days before the work is scheduled to start. This is to ensure the vinyl tiles take on the same temperature as the room. By doing this you are reducing the risk of them expanding or contracting once they have been fitted. Once the vinyl is stored in the room the temperature should not be allowed to fall below 18 Celsius. Rooms with heating should not rise above 29 Celsius. It is ideal to fit the tiles over the existing floor but there are things that should be checked:

* The surface to be worked on needs to be smooth - any bumps or depressions will show through

* If the existing surface is vinyl it must be non-cushioned backed and securely connected. Do a once over looking out for tears, loose tiles and splits.

* If the existing material is plywood you will want to remove any gapped joints and knots all the while checking for loose panels.

Step 4 involves setting out the vinyl flooring in the room and demarcating areas that will need to be removed. Off-cuts can be rescued and used to put under furniture to protect the surface of the floor. Get the flooring in to place so that there is excess overlapping onto the walls. Relief cuts are then used to get around obstacles.

With tiles - start in the center of the room. You will notice if you flip the tiles over there are little arrows on the back - all you have to do is to make sure you lay them point to point with the arrow running parallel to the bordering tile.

From here, step 5, is to get the soon to be new surface fitting snugly. Peel back the vinyl from the wall. Now we need to make a template using craft paper. The paper needs to be lined against the wall and softly secured (masking tape), then pieces of double sided tape is distributed along the paper. You can now roll the flooring back to its former position, letting it stick to craft paper. And hey presto you now know where to cut when you peel it back again.

Now we need to apply the adhesive:

Step 6. Using a trowel, stretch the glue along to form a band of about 7 inches in width. Let the new surface fall into place and then run a roller over it to produce a smooth and even finish. Drying time is between two to four hours depending on the product used. Try not to walk on it or move furniture in for the first twenty-four hours.

When you do get round to moving the furniture back in avoid dragging it across the newly laid surface as this could cause ripping. Carry it, or slide over a sheet of plywood.


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