How to Install Vinyl Sheet Flooring

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Prybar
  • Putty knife
  • Utility knife
  • Handsaw
  • Scissors
  • Shop vacuum
Materials Required
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Acrylic double-face flooring tape
  • Heavy paper
  • Masking tape
  • Water-soluable marker
  • 2-3 ft. thin piece of wood
  • Caulk
  • Metal threshold

Before You Begin

These instructions are for a 10-by-15-foot room with a sound and level floor so one sheet of flooring material is used and no tricky trim cuts are needed. The flooring is installed with double-face flooring tape. Some flooring material is installed with a 6-inch wide band of adhesive along the edges and others use staples to hold them in place. If you have a large room wider than 12-feet, you have to join pieces together with a vinyl seam sealer. These steps for trimming the floor apply to all types of vinyl sheet flooring.

Whatever type flooring, they all require that the existing sub floor surface is level and sound. If it's not, install underlayment of 1/4-inch-thick plywood or particle board.

Thoroughly read all the installation instructions that come with the flooring material you choose and use their guidelines for laying out the material in the room. Most manufacturers suggest that you let the material adjust to the room temperature and humidity a few days before the installation.

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  • Step 1 : Remove all base shoe molding on the walls

    Remove base shoe molding

    Use a prybar and putty knife to pull the molding away from the walls. Do this carefully so it can be reused. Label or number each piece so you'll know where to reinstall it.

  • Step 2 : Trim under door molding

    Trim under door molding

    Use a hand saw to undercut the door casing or molding so flooring can slip easily beneath it.

  • Step 3 : Repair underlayment (if necessary)

    Repair underlayment Use nails or screws driven into floor joists to anchor any loose underlayment. If there are gaps or slight unevenness in the underlayment, level the subfloor by applying floor filler over the joints and nails or screw holes.

    Repair underlayment Use a wide putty knife or trowel to spread the filler over open joints or rough surfaces. This filler is designed to fill minor gaps and depressions, not to make structural repairs. When filler is dry sand any minor imperfections smooth and then use a shop vacuum with a crevice tool to thoroughly clean the floor.

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