How to Fit Vinyl Flooring
At Arnold Laver, we are pleased to offer our customers a wide range of quality vinyl flooring options, with colours and styles to suit every home. Popular for its contemporary look, vinyl flooring is a cost-effective way to bring the look of real wood into your home. So, if you have decided that vinyl flooring is the right option for you, you might be wondering now how to fit it? If this sounds like you, then have no fear. Here at Laver Online, we have put together an all you could need guide on how to properly fit vinyl flooring. We’ll cover everything from safety and preparation to getting the floor layed, so keep reading to find out more.
Before we get into how to fit your new vinyl flooring, you must ensure you are taking all of the necessary safety precautions. Some of these might sound a little bit obvious, but the reminder itself is a good enough precaution. When laying any flooring, we recommend that you keep any sharp tools or objects well out of reach from children. This means that even if you’re laying a tool down for a moment to come back to, make sure that it is out of harm’s way to avoid any accidents.
Secondly, we also advise that when laying flooring, you should always wear knee pads. This is so you do not put too much pressure on your knees by being them for long periods. It also ensures you do not lean heavily onto any sharp or loose objects accidentally, which may break the skin.
Safety is the first step of getting prepared to take on any project, but once this is taken care of, there are a few steps you need to do to prepare yourself for fitting vinyl flooring. Before you start on our preparation steps, make sure that your vinyl material has been in the room you’re fitting it into for at least 48 hours before laying. This will bring it up to room temperature.
How to Fit Vinyl Flooring in 8 Steps
Once you feel thoroughly prepared and have made all of the necessary safety precautions, it is time to get started fitting your vinyl flooring. We have put together 8 simple steps to help you with your project.
Begin by rolling out your vinyl and ensuring the longest side is parallel to the longest wall in the room it is being fitted, leaving a 25 mm skirting gap.
Create a scribing gauge with an off-piece of wood with a nail hammered 30mm from one end with the point just sticking out of the other side. Move the gauge along the skirting carefully to trace the outline of the skirting onto the vinyl. Finally, cut along this line in the vinyl with a knife or scissors and slide the vinyl against the skirting.
To ensure the vinyl will lay flat, cut a triangle notch at each corner. This cut is made with the allowed extra along each wall.
Using a bolster chisel, make a sharp crease into the vinyl in the skirting and floor angle.
Holding a metal straightedge against the crease you have just made, carefully cut along it with a knife held at a slight angle.
When it comes to external corners, simply make a straight cut from the vinyl edge down to the floor level. Cut away the excess vinyl leaving 50mm – 100mm turned up at the skirting.
Using the bolster chisel again, press into the angle of the skirting and the floor. Repeat the process of holding the straightedge against each crease and cutting along it, making sure to hold the knife at a slight angle to get a neat finish.
Finally, when you have laid the whole vinyl sheet, lift back the edges and, using double-sided tape or adhesive, stick them back firmly to the sub-floor.
How to Join Vinyl Sheets
Sometimes, you may find yourself fitting vinyl flooring into a much larger room, and you may have to join separate vinyl sheets together. We have a couple of tips to ensure that you can do this without creating an unsightly and obvious disjoint in the vinyl.
If your vinyl sheets are patterned, you will have to slide the second vinyl sheet until the patterns match the first sheet. If this becomes difficult, overlap the sheets until the pattern matches instead, and then using a straightedge and knife, cut through both vinyl sheets.
Do not move the sheets again. Instead, pull back the edges and secure them to the floor using your chosen adhesive. Finally, press down firmly on both edges to secure the join and ensure both pieces are flush to the floor.