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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 Nasreen Haque

Kitchen Flooring Design Resources

Kitchen Flooring Design Resources

You have to live with the kitchen design that you choose for several years. It is important to choose a floor design that you really love and not get it just because it is a good price. You want to be happy with your kitchen floor design since you keep it for several years. It is expensive to replace your kitchen floor every so many years so make sure that you are sure on the design.

Types of Kitchen Floors

Kitchen floors have different types to choose from. The main type is the type of material it is. The main types are vinyl and linoleum. It is the underlying of the floor design. Another option that people commonly like are hardwood floors.

Disadvantages of Vinyl

One of the disadvantages of vinyl is the chance of it ripping or tearing. Vinyl is only something that you would want to get as a last resort since it is the cheapest. There isn’t much durability regarding Vinyl.

Luxury Options for Floor Designs

The more expensive options are ceramic tile and stone tile. Ceramic and stone tile are much nicer looking and great for a kitchen floor. One thing that you need to know about these is the possibility of one of them breaking if you happen to drop a large object that is heavy. Ceramic and stone tile is something that you would most likely want a professional to install due to the expensive cost of the material in the first place. You want to have ceramic and stone tile installed by a professional because of the cost that you already spent, you want it to look nice when the project is complete.

Choose the Colors

A kitchen floor design needs to have a pattern and color. Most women like floral designs while men have a different opinion. So get together with the husband or wife to decide on the type of flooring together so there are no arguments later on. Color is important to have due to how it makes the kitchen look when its finally completed. Some individuals prefer the highly common black and white checkerboard type of look.

The Pictures

You may want to look at pictures of kitchen floor designed that you can SEE already completed. You can get the idea of how it will turn out by just stopping at any floor design place to look at some pictures in advance. Many of the local stores have a test model setup to show you how a certain ceramic or other thing turns out in a kitchen design setting once it is completed. They have displays on the floor usually.

The Advantages of a Professional Install of Kitchen Floor

Some people choose to install the new kitchen floor themselves or have it done professionally. If you decided to use vinyl then you can install it yourself without much trouble at all. Other floor installs should be done by a professional so there are no mistakes and that will save you money. It is also saves you time and the end result of a professional install as there are no mistakes whatsoever since they know what they are doing. Professional installers are insured most of the time as well.

About the author:

For more information on kitchens and kitchen designs, please visit the Wren Kitchens website.

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By Chris Drake

If you are looking to comprehend vinyl flooring prices for a future installation, you will be nicely surprised to understand that regardless of the preference that you choose, your general cost should be pretty low.

You’ll save a lot of money by doing it yourself. This is one home remodeling project that you can treat as a do it yourself project due to the ease of installation.

One of the cheapest options are peel and stick tiles. While it is cheap and straightforward to install, it will need replacement pretty quickly if you have regular usage in the room. It would not be advised to put it in your kitchen. Think about putting it in a spare bedroom. You can find this pretty readily for about $.50/ sq. ft.

Vinyl tiles are the next step up that gives you lots of texture and styles to pick from. This category might contain some lower priced tiles, however you can purchase commercial vinyl flooring. It holds up great to high traffic situations. The price goes up a bit, but you’ll definitely get your usage out of it. It’s normal for these tiles to be priced around $.80/ sq. ft.

A more costly option is vinyl sheets. If you have pets and kids you’ll like this flooring. It’s extremely resistant to wear, tear and moisture. It will stand the test of time and avoids the problem of a tile being lifted in the middle of the floor by a curios child or pet that is trying to dig his way to China. Prices for this type of floor can run as high as $20/ sq. yd.

Of course if you use a contractor the costs will go up considerably. How skilled is your contractor? Installation can run anywhere from $5 to $6 per sq. ft.

Believe it or not, the materials cost less than the price of installation. Does saving money interest you? Try installing it yourself. It is cheap enough that even if you mess it up, replacing it three times over is still less expensive than hiring someone to put it down for you.

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By Fred Newtz

Measuring a room for anything is a hassle. Walls are hardly ever 100% straight and this guide will help you to effectively and efficiently measure a small rooms surface area so that you can put in vinyl floor tiles.

First lets get to the things that you will need to measure your small room for vinyl floor tiles. You will need enough tough paper pieces to cover the area of the room you are looking to floor. You will also need a very generous amount of tape, a wide straight edge (otherwise known as a level-checker), hooked blades and a utility knife. The vinyl that you buy should be an inch or two larger than the approximate surface area of the room that you are looking to tile.

First you will need to clear everything from the room that can be moved. If you are flooring you bathroom and out of necessity cannot move certain things (such as the toilet bowl and basin as the most obvious examples) then you need to work around them. Following this, you will need to tape enough paper to cover the floor. At this point you needn’t cover the entire surface are of the floor or be especially accurate. A good rule of thumb is leaving about an inch or two around the sides free. The reason this does not have to especially accurate is because you need the inch or two that you have left to tape the entire paper construct to the floor.

Now is the time to use the straight-edge. Take the straight-edge and go around all the room, laying the straight-edge against the wall and to make sure that everything is level. On the other side of the straight-edge, make a marking on the paper that you have previously taped to the surface area of the small room.

Carefully pick up the paper and lay it on the vinyl that you bought, matching any pattern you have in mind to the most important view of the surface area you have measured. Using the lines that were made earlier, place the straight-edge on the lines and make markings on the vinyl (duplicating the margins of the room). Carefully cut your vinyl floor tiles with a hooked flooring blade in a utility knife.

Always make sure that the paper you are using stays put while you are measuring and cutting, as even the smallest mistake could look really bad once you have finished. If you need to cut a circle, such as a drain pipe or the aforementioned toilet bowl, you can simply use an old medicine container or glass / metal bowl from the kitchen to force the knife into an even and circular motion.

This is by far the best way to measure out your small room to lay the vinyl floor tiles that you have been wanting to put in. It is a relatively fast, very affordable method to make the flooring as easy as possible without hiring expensive labor.

About the author:

Are you ready to learn all about vinyl floor tiles? Visit www.houston-tile.com to find out everything you need to know!

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