Vinyl Sheet Flooring Installation

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

The particular flooring product you choose will include recommendations on which type of installation is preferred based on room variables such as high-moisture environments, existing cabinetry, floor drains, etc. While vinyl sheet flooring can be installed on a flat, level surface anywhere in your home, it is not advisable to install vinyl sheeting on stairs.

Other Considerations

In addition to considering the type of flooring/installation method your floor choice requires, don’t forget about the following concerns and how they will factor into creating a truly accurate budget for your project:

  • 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

Whether you’re a novice DIYer or want to save time, effort and your weekends, we highly recommend hiring a professional installer for your vinyl flooring. You’ll save time, possibly money and certainly enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your floor has been installed correctly. You can ask your Congoleum retailer for a list of certified floor installers in your area. These professionals have been exclusively trained to install our flooring products so you’ll benefit from their expertise and in-depth product knowledge, as well as their guaranteed results.

Do-It-Yourself Floor Installation Preparations

If you do opt to DIY, start by carefully reading the detailed installation instructions for your specific flooring to know what you’ll need in terms of tools, equipment and set-up. These instructions will outline important details such as subfloor requirements, handling seams, and cutting and fitting methods. Do this well in advance of the day you’re planning on installing your floor. Prepare the room by removing all of the furniture/appliances, etc. If necessary, remove and dispose of old carpeting or flooring. Gently remove the baseboards from the wall and any millwork or trim that you’d like to reuse.

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.

Got an installation question we haven't answered?

If you have any questions before, during or after installation, don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service team: 1-609-584-3805

After Installation

Once your new floor has been installed, remove all tools and materials from the area. Clean and seal any seams according to your floor’s installation instructions and allow your floor to set for the recommended amount of time before replacing your furniture/appliances. When appropriate, clean the floor with the recommended cleaner for vinyl floors.