Vinyl flooring is available both in sheets and square tiles. Here are the steps for easy installation:
Sheet vinyl comes in either 6 ft. and 12 ft wide sheets. Vinyl tile is an excellent choice for bathrooms and kitchens where moisture can accumulate.
The tools and materials you will need are: Utility knife, metal framing square, scissors, felt tip pen, stapler, flooring roller, masking tape, tape measure, straight edge ruler, v-shaped trowel and flooring adhesive.
1. Unroll the flooring on an open and clean surface with the pattern side up.
2. Measure the width and length of the given area and transfer that measurement onto the flooring. Mark that measure on the vinyl flooring and with a straight edge ruler and mark it. If you have two pieces for installation, make sure you overlap 2 ‘ and cut the seams lengthway with a utility knife and straightedge.
3. After the sheet vinyl is cut and ready to lay, pull back half of the flooring and apply flooring adhesive over the underlayment using a v-shaped trowel. Lay flat half of the flooring on the adhesive, then, do the same with the other half.
4. Roll the flooring with a heavy duty metal flooring roller (available at rental centers), moving from the center towards the edges. The roller eliminates air bubbles and also making sure the flooring is flat. If any adhesive comes out of the edges, just wipe it with a damp cloth.
5. Measure and cut thresholds across doorways and place each metal threshold over the flooring, nailing the metal threshold back in place.
Self-adhesive vinyl tile
Self-adhesive vinyl tile is an excellent choice for bedrooms. They come usually in 12″ squares sections, with self peeling paper in the back.
1. Multiply the room width and length and you will come up with the square feet of the room. For example, if the room is 14 x 12. You will need a minimum of 168 square feet of area for tiles.
2. Measure the area of the room by width and length. If the measurement is not equal, cut strips of tiles around the perimeter of the room at the edges. (For example: if the room is 12′ 3″ by 14′ 2″, you will cut strips of 1.5″ and 1″ and place them along the edges before you will place tile in the room). This is the most easy process involved for the beginner, even though you will cut more tiles.
3. All you have to do now is start peeling back strip paper and start placing tiles directly on the surface.