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Did you know you can update the average size room for under $500 with loose lay vinyl over an existing hard surface floor? With all the patterns they have available, from tiles to a hardwood floor, you could change the look of a room in just one day! Got kids and pets? Solid sheet vinyl is a great low maintenance flooring option for stain and moisture resistance.
What you’ll need:
Sheet of vinyl flooring
Good utility knife
Steps to installing:
Unroll your sheet of vinyl upside down, outside or in a garage, on a tarp or other fairly clean surface.
Measuring your room and adding 3” on all sides. (Ex. Our Bathroom 151” plus 6 (3 for each side) by 91” plus 6”) The extra 3” on each side gives you some wiggle room when you’re installing.
Next flip your roll and roll with downside out, this will make unrolling and installing easier.
If you’re installing over an existing old vinyl or hardwood floor, I recommend the loose lay option, just using quarter round or baseboard at the walls to hold your flooring in place. This will make replacing it a lot easier later on down the road.
If you’re laying it on top of the sub floor, you can choose to glue it. Which is what we did because it’s new construction and a bathroom. We wanted all the water resistance we could get!
Prep your new surface with a good cleaning, making sure the surface is level and dry.
Bring in your new roll of vinyl and unroll a couple feet, lining up the edge with one wall and making sure the extra 3” on either side are up the wall pretty even, that way when you unroll it you won’t run out of vinyl on one side of the room.
If you’re gluing down the floor, you’ll want to pull back this first couple of feet, after it’s lined up and spread your glue. Using a 1/4” trowel, pour a little glue and spread very thin. It doesn’t take much!
Tip: Be sure your area is well ventilated!
Once you have glue on the first section, work the vinyl slowly from the roll to the wall, making sure to push a little and rubbing out any air or folds.
If you’re just loose laying your vinyl, you can unroll the whole roll in the room, working to center it as well as you can. We used the stone look, so centering wasn’t difficult. If you have a more square tile design, you will want to line up a row of tiles with your wall to give the room a more even look.
To trim, you run your utility knife along the vinyl at the wall. If there’s room you can push a small edge of the vinyl under your wall. To secure your flooring when you loose lay it, you’ll want to put quarter round over the vinyl at the wall or baseboard. This will help hold your flooring in place for years of low maintenance use!
Are you updating a room or laying vinyl in a remodel? What room are you laying vinyl? Now that our new floor is down in the Master Bathroom I’m considering using it throughout the whole house because of kids and pets!