Vinyl Sheet Flooring Installation
Whether you hire a professional to install your vinyl sheet flooring or do-it-yourself, it makes sense to understand what’s involved in the process. Installation methods vary among vinyl sheet flooring products depending on their construction, so it’s a good idea to review installation specifics even before you purchase your floor.For example, for traditional fiberglass-backed and composite stone-backed flooring products, you can choose a modified loose lay or a full-spread adhesive, and that adhesive can be either permanent or releasable. Felt-backed products typically require a permanent full-spread adhesive, though a few products can be perimeter-bonded.
Familiarize Yourself with the Installation Process Before You Buy
- Removal and disposal of your old floor
- Subfloor repairs
- Tools and materials needed
- Moving/storing furniture
- Weight and bulk of handling vinyl sheet flooring
- Experience with cutting/fitting vinyl sheet flooring
Hire a Professional
Do-It-Yourself Floor Installation Preparations
Make any needed repairs to your subfloor before starting your installation and ensure your subfloor is dry, clean and flat.
Check your installation instructions for the specific tools and materials you may need and make a checklist for these items which may include the correct adhesive for your particular floor, double-faced flooring tape, a vinyl cutting knife, 100lb. roller, etc.
Review your installation instructions to determine if you need to acclimate your flooring. Most vinyl sheet flooring doesn’t require acclimation. You can simply unroll it prior to installation, allowing the roll to relax and flatten out, which should be sufficient for the floor to adjust to the environment. However, there may be certain circumstances, such as extreme temperatures, when a slightly longer period of acclimation may be necessary.