If you’ve decided that your home needs a little bit of TLC this spring, one of the quickest ways to rejuvenate a household is by replacing the flooring. As two of the busiest rooms in any household, it makes sense to start with the kitchen or bathroom – but what sort of flooring is best for these high-traffic areas?
Why not opt for durable sheet vinyl flooring which is stylish and easy to fit?
Image shows wood effect vinyl flooring
FITTING VINYL FLOORING: A STEP BY STEP GUIDE
Here we go through everything you need to know to install vinyl flooring in your home.
1. CLEAR THE ROOM
Before starting, empty your selected room of all furniture. Ensure that the surface of the room is perfectly smooth by removing nails and debris and scraping up any old adhesive.
The sub floor needs to be dry as well as be smooth and as even possible because every lump, bump and crease may appear visible.
Do not fit on top of existing vinyl either as the existing colour may migrate to your new floor.
2. MEASURE THE SPACE
Calculate the surface area of the floor to work out how much vinyl you will need to buy. As vinyl flooring is also available in different thicknesses, make sure you research which is best for your room.
After establishing basic measurements of your room think about adding a bit more to aid with the fitting process and allow for any errors, or book a free home appointment and we will measure your rooms accurately for you.
3. ACCLIMATISE THE VINYL
Once you have your vinyl, store it in the room where you want to fit it for at least 24 hours to allow it to acclimatise to the temperature of your home.
4. START FITTING
Start by fitting the sheet parallel to the longest wall, leaving about 25mm surplus vinyl between the edge and the skirting board. Use a gauge to make sure this surplus gap remains even along the sheet. Cut with a knife or scissors then fit against the skirting.
5. TACKLE THE CORNERS
Cut a small triangular piece from the excess vinyl at each internal corner, pressing the vinyl into the wall to achieve a sharp crease. Use a metal straight edge to slice along this fold.
For external corners, make a straight cut through the excess, leaving a 10mm edge which can be tucked under the skirting. Use a chisel to press between the floor and the skirting, tucking and trimming with the knife at an angle.
6. FIX INTO PLACE
Once you are confident with the fit, fix the vinyl in an L shape and at the door ways, otherwise the floor will bubble and use anti Plas vinyl tape to fix the flooring in place. Press down to get a smooth surface and ensure no debris gets under the sheet.
Image shows tile effect vinyl flooring
VINYL FLOORING TOP TIPS
In addition to the steps above, you should also follow these tips when fitting vinyl flooring in your home:
– Match up patterns on vinyl flooring to ensure you get a professional finish
– Hire professionals if you’re worried about your ability to complete the task
– Choose your vinyl flooring style carefully to correspond with your personal taste and the style of your home – vinyl flooring is available in a range of patterns such as mosaic, wool-effect, tile-effect and stripes as well as in plain options so you’re sure to find what you want