How to Install Vinyl Flooring

Carpet, wood, tile, and stone flooring has its own appeal and advantages. However, for areas often exposed to traffic, dirt, and moisture, sheet vinyl takes is most appropriate. Vinyl flooring is easy to clean and maintain. It is also easy to install.

Things to Remember Before Installing

  1. Multiply the length of the room by its width to determine the number of tiles to buy. The product you will get is its square footage. As each vinyl tile is commonly one square foot, you can easily determine the number of tiles you need with your calculation.
  2. It is advisable to buy 20% more of what you need. It is always a good idea to keep extra tiles handy in case of mistakes and replacements.
  3. Vinyl tile can be installed over any surface, except carpet. Make sure that the existing flooring is dry, flat, and clean before installing. When installing on concrete, make sure to repair cracks and low spots before proceeding with the installation.
  4. Remove the toilet first when installing in a bathroom. Reinstall the toilet when you’re done.

Materials Needed

  • Self-adhesive vinyl tile
  • Utility knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Straight edge/yard stick/carpenter’s square
  • Tile roller or rolling pin
  • Tin snips
  • Coping saw
  • Chalk line

Steps to Install Vinyl Flooring

  1. Take out the baseboard moldings or carpet strips at the doorway.
  2. Set a tile next to the doorjamb with the backing paper intact. Mark the height of the new flooring on the doorjamb. Cut the jam to let the tile slip easily if necessary.
  3. Carefully clean and sweep the floor.
  4. Find the room’s center point by using its dimensions. Draw a chalk line across its length and width at the midpoints of two adjacent walls.
  5. Set the first tile at the crossroads of the two lines.
  6. Peel off the backing paper to install the tile. Check that it is properly aligned before pressing down on the tile.
  7. Line up each tile on the chalk line in any direction you prefer. Arrange the next line of tiles on top of the previous tiles. Take care to align the edges properly to keep the rows straight. Press each tile into place.
  8. Use a tile roller or a rolling pin to flatten the tiles firmly.