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Any competent home handyman can install sheet vinyl flooring. Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for kitchens, bathrooms, entryways, and sunrooms. It resists water and provides much more comfort to the feet, calves, and ankles than ceramic, natural stone, hardwood or laminate flooring. You can easily update your entire room by installing new vinyl flooring. If the area is large, it is wise to have a helper to assist in moving and placing the sheet vinyl into position.

Required Tools:

  • Tape Measure
  • Trowel
  • Straight Edge
  • Utility Knife
  • Floor Roller (rent)

Step 1

Measure The Floor Area: Sheet vinyl is sold in standard widths of 6′, 12′ and 15′, with the most common being 12′. The most difficult part of any sheet vinyl installation is seaming – joining 2 pieces together. If possible, buy a large enough width to avoid having to seam pieces together.

Step 2

Prepare The Room:

  • Remove all furniture, appliances, floor ventilation grills and the toilet if applicable
  • Remove all doors
  • Remove any baseboard or other floor trim moldings. Check the wall for any nails that may have pulled through the molding during removal. Remove these nails from the wall.
  • Vacuum the area, paying special attention to areas that were previously covered by the baseboard

Step 3

Prepare The Sub-Floor:

  • Concrete — To install sheet vinyl over concrete you must insure that the surface is dry, smooth and clean. All holes and cracks must be repaired using concrete filler. Grinders can be used to shave high spots.
  • Vinyl Flooring — You can install new sheet vinyl over old sheet vinyl or linoleum providing that the existing material is in reasonably good condition. Embossing leveler can be applied with a straight edge trowel to smooth rough textures. Remove any damaged or loose vinyl flooring.
  • Floors Requiring Underlayment — In order to install vinyl sheet flooring over hardwood, embossed, cushioned, or an uneven floor you will first have to install an underlayment. It is important to note that any bumps or dips in the floor will, over time, show through the new floor. A ¼” BC plywood is a suitable underlayment for vinyl sheeting (check local codes). Always use a plywood that is of underlayment grade.

Step 4

Cutting The Vinyl: The new vinyl flooring must be allowed to acclimatize in the room where it will be installed for at least 24 hours prior to doing any cutting or installation of the product.

Sheet vinyl can be measured and cut to size using 2 different methods:

  • Measure the length and width of the floor to be covered. Proceed by cutting the sheet vinyl 3″ wider than the floor area on all sides. Lay the sheet vinyl on the floor to be covered and trim the excess material away. If your room has few angles and/or obstacles you will find that this method is the easiest to implement.
  • Create an exact pattern of the floor layout. Transfer the layout from the pattern to the vinyl and make the necessary cuts prior to laying it in place. This method works well with thicker vinyl flooring and/or in rooms that have a complex set of angles or recesses. Most retailers that sell sheet vinyl will have installation kits that contain paper, marking pen, tape, cutting blade, and a complete set of instructions to make an accurate template.

Step 5

Installing Your Vinyl Flooring:

Depending on the type of sheet vinyl you have purchased it will require either a full-bond or a perimeter-bond adhesive. There are different adhesives depending on the type of sheet vinyl that you are installing. Make sure that you have the correct adhesive for your product.

For additional information on flooring products for your home or other home renovation, landscaping and gardening projects, visit Renovation Headquarters.

Bill Prudehome has more than 25 years experience in home improvement, remodel and landscaping. Through his website – Renovation-Headquarters.com he provides a wealth of information on all aspects of home improvement, remodel and landscaping.

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By Joe Wallis

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These days, tiles are used in more than just kitchen and bathroom projects. There are many different types of tiles, some of which can be installed both indoors and outdoors. Some are extremely versatile, and can be used just about anywhere.

Before choosing tile, it’s important to learn about the different types and their uses. Whether you want to simply remodel one room in your home or renovate an entire building, here is an overview to 10 different tiles and their uses.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tiles are forged from rich clay gathered from deep within the earth. Ceramic has an elegant, yet natural appearance, and the tiles are typically glazed in a matte or satin finish. You can also choose unglazed, or “quarry” tiles, if you prefer a more natural look.

Ceramic tile is usually found in residential kitchens and bathrooms. It can be used for flooring, walls, and countertops. If you’re looking for an extremely durable material that can withstand scratches and stains, then you might want to consider buying ceramic tile.

Marble Tile

Marble is extremely elegant. It comes in a variety of colors, with the most common being white, pink, gray, and black. The finish can be either matte or polished. This tile is ideal for countertops and walls in kitchens and bathrooms. Many sinks and vanities are made out of marble as well. Polished marble is not ideal for bathroom floors, as it gets slippery when wet. If you
want to buy marble flooring, be sure to choose tiles with a honed (matte) finish.

Vinyl Tile

 Vinyl tile is both durable and low-cost. As such, it’s a popular flooring material in high-traffic rooms. Not only is it resilient to impact damage, it is also supple and comfortable to walk on. As long as they are installed properly, vinyl tiles don’t need a lot of maintenance. It’s ideal for residential flooring and commercial flooring both. If you’re going for an antique look, you can buy vinyl tile that is designed to resemble wood or stone.

Granite Tile

Granite is a common building material. It has been used for centuries in both indoor and outdoor applications. It’s a very hard stone that is water and scratch-resistant. Since it doesn’t conduct heat, it can go anywhere in the kitchen. It can also be used for outdoor building projects, such as storage building construction and paving. Granite was even used to construct Mount Rushmore! You can choose granite tile in a variety of finishes, including sandblasted, flamed, honed, and polished.

Porcelain Tile

Porcelain is known for its beauty and durability. It’s easy to maintain and is available in different colors and textures. Porcelain tile is very frost-resistant, and therefore suitable for bathroom furniture, flooring, and walls. Some small
businesses also use porcelain tile since it holds up pretty well as light commercial traffic. Porcelain tile is available in high-polished, matte, and unglazed finishes.

Slate Tile

Slate has a rough texture and rustic appearance. However, it still scratches and stains easily, making it a bad choice for kitchen countertops. What it lacks in durability, slate makes up for in versatility. You can use it for interior and exterior projects. Some indoor uses for slate tile include bathroom and
kitchen flooring, walls, and indoor sunrooms. For the outdoors, you can use it as building material for a patio or porch.

Mosaic Tile

Mosaic tile is very translucent, beautiful, and versatile. It is produced in many different colors and textures. This makes it a perfect design for just about any renovation project. Mosaic looks great in bathrooms, kitchens, around pools, bathtubs, and even walls. Some manufacturers even create mosaic tiles for
artistic projects. A lot of artists use this material in their arts and crafts.

Travertine Tile

Travertine is a stone tile that is used in a variety of residential applications. It’s easy to cut for a stone; therefore, it can be cut to fit any type of area. In addition to flooring, travertine tile can be used on kitchen countertops sinks, in showers, and for fireplaces. For outdoor applications, it can be used as a garden path or patio. Travertine is rather porous and quickly absorbs liquids. For this reason, you need to wipe up spills as soon as they happen. Also, you need to be careful in regards to the cleaning products you use.

Laminate Tile

Laminate looks like hardwood, yet no wood is used in its construction. Laminate tiles are made up of a variety of materials which are bonded together under high pressure. They are topped with a photographic image of hardwood flooring, followed by a hard, clear coating. Laminate is an ideal choice if you want an inexpensive alternative to a wood floor. It can be installed in just about any room in your home, save for the bathroom and laundry room. This is because laminate tiles can swell when exposed to a lot of moisture.

Linoleum Tile

Linoleum is a great looking tile that looks attractive in both contemporary and traditional settings. Linoleum floors can last for a very long time, and don’t require a lot of maintenance. It’s extremely water-resistant, so you can put it in your bathroom, laundry room, patio, and just about any other indoor or outdoor setting. The downside to linoleum is that it doesn’t do well around heat, so avoid using it near a stove or fireplace.

About the author:
Joe Wallis is the editor of the Learn How to Lay Tile website, which provides information about how to choose tile and set it properly for a wide variety of home improvement projects.

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By Karrie Rose

Far removed from the stiff linoleum flooring of yesteryear, today’s resilient flooring gives consumers a wide variety of options to create the perfect look for their home.

Resilient flooring is a very popular choice, particularly because of the feel: it is somewhat cushioned to walk on. And unlike standard stone or tile installations, glasses or dishware are less likely to shatter if dropped on the floor. Clean up of spills is as easy as using a paper towel or a damp cloth.

Compared to hardwood flooring, resilient selections are relatively inexpensive and come in a seemingly endless choice of color and patterns. This variety can be combined in many subtle ways to produce stunning designs. Try a range of natural and earthy tones to create comfort and warmth, or select a palette of bright, clear colors for modern and traditional interiors.

For homeowners with a larger flooring budget, custom designs may be available through some suppliers. One commercial installation, for example, saw a 6,000-square-foot area covered with an image of Pearl Harbor, created with 24- by 36-inch vinyl tiles. Perhaps a little too grand for the average home, but it’s the thought that counts.

The name resilient flooring covers several products, including vinyl, cork, plastic laminate and more advanced versions of linoleum.

Vinyl

Sold in either roll format, with 6-, 9-, or 12-foot-wide choices, or in tile format that average 12- to 16-inches square, vinyl flooring gives consumers an exceptional range of colors and designs.

Vinyl tiles may be a composition – a mixture of vinyl, mineral fibers, and clay – or, for more durability, they may be solid vinyl. The variety that offers a urethane wear layer holds up best to foot traffic and gives the best option for a “no-wax” finish. However, they will eventually lose their shine. The
urethane layer also helps repel dirt and spills.

Cork

Made from an environmentally sustainable material, cork is one of the more popular, and renewable, options for consumers today. This pre-finished product gives any room a warm, earthy appearance, from light to bold hues. Installed with either thin, 12-by-12-inch tiles or thicker, 1-by-3-foot planks, cork makes an excellent flooring surface.

Cork is also a healthy choice as it is hypoallergenic, with anti-microbial agents to protect from mildew.

Plastic laminate

This option is easy to install and can be laid over virtually any material. Compared to its predecessor, today’s new laminate flooring has a clear plastic layer that is 20 times more durable than the average kitchen countertop.

Beneath this hard plastic coating one often finds a 1/4-inch core of medium- or high-density particle board. The underside of the particle board is coated with a thinner laminate that helps to protect it from absorbing moisture.

Linoleum

While it looks similar to vinyl, linoleum is significantly different simply by the nature of its material. Layers of natural linseed oil (from flax) pine resins, wood flour, granulated cork and powdered limestone are compressed to make a layer of jute. This product is impervious to water, and is often selected when a seamless look is desired.

Linoleum is sold both in sheet flooring – rolls that are 6 or 12 feet wide – or tiles are normally 12 inches square. The color in linoleum penetrates entirely through the material, giving it great resistance to noticeable wear.

About the author:
Learn all about Florida’s Emerald Coast, and the Destin real estate market, at EdKirkland.com. Our users enjoy a free home search and extensive information on local communities, such as the Watercolor real estate area.

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