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How to Install Vinyl Flooring

Replacing your flooring is a simple way to change the look of your room. It’s easy to install vinyl flooring, and it makes a big impact. If you have never installed vinyl flooring before, don’t be intimidated. You can do it yourself at home. Follow these steps to install vinyl flooring.

  1. First, remove any items that are in your way. You should remove the threshold strip that separates the flooring at the doorway and the baseboard trim around the room so you have plenty of space to work. Also, if you are installing vinyl flooring in the bathroom, remove the toilet before you begin.

  2. Prep your surface. Vinyl flooring can be installed over almost any surface. If you are laying vinyl over concrete, it’s important to check for excess moisture first. To do this, place a small piece of vinyl flooring on the concrete and tape it down around the edges. Wait three days, and then try to pull up the vinyl flooring. If it comes up easily, there is too much moisture in the concrete floor. Vinyl flooring can often be installed over wood floors or ceramic tile, but check with the manufacturer for specific techniques or moisture test.

  3. Make a template of the room by taping large pieces of paper to the floor. Trace and cut out around obstacles like the sink, toilet, and bathtub. You can use this template to mark and cut both the underlayment and the vinyl flooring.

  4. Prepare your underlayment. Place your template on top of the underlayment. Tape the template in place so that it doesn’t shift while you are working. Now you can trace the template and cut the underlayment.

  5. Using an underlayment stapler, staple the underlayment into place on your floor. If you don’t have an underlayment stapler, you can rent one at your local tool rental service.

  6. Fill the seams in the underlayment to create a smooth surface. If the seams aren’t level, use a sander to sand them until everything is even.

  7. Once the underlayment is ready, you can move on to the vinyl flooring. Place your template on the vinyl flooring. Before you tape the template down, consider whether there is a pattern on the vinyl flooring. If so, you may want to shift the template to find the most appealing location of the pattern. When you have the desired location, tape the template down.

  8. Now you can cut out your vinyl flooring. After you’ve cut it, roll it up loosely with the face side in. Wipe off any dirt as you roll it up. Take it into the room where it will be used, and unroll it on the floor to check that it fits properly. You may need to trim some areas. When it is exactly right, roll it up halfway.

  9. Apply the glue to half of the floor. Unroll the vinyl flooring, and roll up the other half. Now you can glue the other side of the room and place the other half of the flooring.

  10. Last, you should caulk around any moldings, like the bathtub, sink, and toilet.

If you want professional help to install your vinyl flooring, call Generations Flooring. At Generations Flooring, we have been installing vinyl floors, laminate, and carpeting in both residential and commercial settings all over the Toronto area since 1985. Call Generations Flooring, and let us come out to meet you and give you a free quote. We would be honored to help you find the flooring that is right for your needs and to make sure that it is installed properly. Call 905.669.6618.

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