How To Install Vinyl Flooring

Many of us would usually hire a professional when installing new vinyl floors for out kitchens. But times have changed and there are new types of vinyl floors that make it quick and easy for us to be able to install it all on our own. All we need are the right tools and instructions to help us get it done right.

Tools You Need

  • Vinyl flooring template kit
  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Luan
  • Pneumatic stapler
  • Jigsaw
  • Plywood
  • Dust mask and safety goggles
  • Belt sander
  • Sheet vinyl flooring
  • Tarp (make sure it is large)
  • Flooring adhesive
  • Straight edge
  • Towels (preferably old ones)
  • Notched trowel

Installation Direction

  • Measure the space of your kitchen that you will be re-flooring. This will help you to know how much of the flooring material that you will need. It is best to always do extra in case you make a mistake or you miscalculated.
  • Remove all of the rugs and appliances from the kitchen as well as the shoe moldings. You will be replacing these moldings when you have put in the new floors.
  • Lay down a full sheet of luan and use staples to secure it down. The staples should be six inches apart on the edge and eight inches apart in the middle.
  • Now you need to place the pattern to the luan. Cut the plywood sheets to fit for the underlayment. Make sure to wear your safety goggles and dust mask. The jigsaw will help with the smaller and more difficult cuts.
  • Set the underlayment on the floor and examine all the seams. You will need to lightly sand anything that is uneven or rough.
  • The first sheet of pattern paper should be lying flat on the floor and a ΒΌ inch from the wall. Cut small triangular holes in the paper and apply the masking tape over the holes so that the paper does not move. This paper should be placed over the floor and overlaping the pattern before being tapped together.
  • Once the paper is down you can trace the outline of the room on the pattern paper using a ballpoint pen and a tracing disk. Slide the disk along the wall and trace it onto the pattern.
  • Be careful when rolling up the pattern paper. Place it on top of the unrolled vinyl sheet flooring with the design facing up. The vinyl should be on tarp in the garage or on the driveway. Tape the pattern to the flooring.
  • After tracing the pattern onto the vinyl you will be able to cut it using a hook knife. When you are done roll it up and place it on the kitchen floor to make sure it fits.
  • Apply adhesive to the sub floor and use the trowel to spread it. Lay the flooring on top of the adhesive carefully and press down on it firmly. You should use a roller to make sure that it is completely down.