If you’ve been looking for a suitable and reliable flooring material then you should definitely try out Vinyl sheets flooring. This flooring material is among the top water-repellent and strong flooring materials available in the market.
Vinyl sheet flooring is also suitable for the kitchen as well as bathroom floors since it is designed with waterproof materials that make it water-repellent. Just a few flooring materials in the market have this feature. Mere looking at Vinyl sheet flooring, you might think that it is very difficult and stressful to install. But that is not the case, if you know the methods and procedures then you are good to go.
The loose lay Vinyl sheet installation method
This method does not require any adhesives for installing the vinyl sheet. However, that doesn’t mean that the flooring wouldn’t be fastened to the floor. The entire weight of the flooring coupled with the friction within the floor is strong enough to pin it down and prevent it from shifting.
The edges are strongly held by the perimeter baseboards. When installing the flooring in a bathroom, the flooring is installed before the installation of the toilet. When the toilet is finally installed, it helps to also secure the position of the vinyl sheet to prevent movement.
For areas that can easily move, double-sided tapes are used to hold them down and stop them from moving easily. The loose lay Vinyl sheet installation method is more suitable for smaller rooms such as the bathroom and kitchen.
Few tips for setting up Vinyl sheet flooring
Ensure you purchase extra vinyl sheet (about five to ten percent) just in case there are needs for additional Vinyl sheets
Before installation, carefully clear out all the furniture such as heating vents, toilets, cabinets as well as shelves that might act as an obstruction during installation. In as much as getting rid of these objects might be stressful, it is much better for the flooring since it makes installation simpler and secures the flooring strongly to the floor.
Seeming is not necessary for smaller rooms or spaces (less than 12 feet). This is because the size of the vinyl sheet is normally 12 feet and above.
Necessary equipment/tools for installing Vinyl sheet flooring
- Putty knife
- Cordless drill and driver bits
- Measuring tape
- Utility knife
Necessary materials for installing Vinyl sheet flooring
- Vinyl sheet flooring
- Two-sided flooring tape
- Semi-mixed floor patch and level compound
- Keep the Vinyl sheet close to the area of installation and leave it for 24 hours prior to installation. Adjust the temperature to 65F and b85F, it makes the vinyl sheet simpler to unfold.
- Remove all forms of obstructions such as baseboards that might affect the installation of the flooring. Use a manual Screwdriver to remove transition strips. Clear out the toilet and close the toilet flange with a rag so as to avoid items from entering into the pipe. Clear out the bathroom cabinets as well.
- Ensure that the subfloor is smooth and free of holes or gaps. If the subfloor is rough, the vinyl sheet would look rough too. If there are areas with problems, repair them first before starting installation. Use trowel to Expand the compounds evenly on gaps till the floor is smooth and flat.
- Make a cut below the door trim using multi tool with a wooden blade. You can as well pull off the door trim and install back when the vinyl sheet is in place.
- Make a cut on the flooring according to the size of the area. Place the flooring and allow to stay for 2 hours so that it would take in the size of the room
- The flooring would extend to all the corners and hence it could be stressful and difficult to cut the sides of the sheet. To solve this issue, use the utility knife to make few cuts around the corners starting from the lowest region and then extend the cut upwards till the vinyl sheets sits properly.
- Cut the Vinyl flooring carefully around the region of the wall and subfloor.
- Take off the vinyl sheets and place the two-sided adhesive tape in some areas such as the bathtub, door as well as the front of the cabinet.
- Place the flooring and ensure that it is perfectly flat on the ground with no folds around the corner.
- Put back the items that were removed before installation including the toilet.