Installing loose-lay sheet vinyl

Loose-lay sheet vinyl is a perfect solution for covering painted concrete because it doesn't require adhesive.

Intro

Loose-lay sheet vinyl does not require adhesive. Once you cut it to size and put it in place, it's installed. It's an ideal solution for covering surfaces such as painted concrete, to which adhesives don't adhere well. You can also roll it up and move it -- something you might want to do if the washer overflows, for example.

Fiberglass backing
Loose-lay vinyl has a heavy fiberglass backing that allows the sheet to lay flat on the floor without glue. You can purchase the flooring at most home centers and flooring stores. Standard sheet vinyl is not heavy enough to be installed in this fashion -- it will slip and curl over time.

To prevent loose-lay vinyl from curling up in high traffic areas, secure the material with double-sided tape at the doorways. Before installing this or any floor covering, make sure the subfloor is clean, dry, and smooth.

Checklist

Time
About 3 hours for loose-lay vinyl on a 10x12-foot floor

Tools
Scissors, utility knife

Skills
Measuring and cutting accurately, lifting

Prep
Install or repair underlayment without surface defects; remove all floor trim.

Materials
Butcher paper or kraft paper, masking tape, duct tape, loose-lay vinyl tape, loose-lay vinyl sheet

Step 1

Lay out and cut a template just as you would for standard sheet vinyl. Your particular brand of loose-lay vinyl may require a slightly different-size expansion gap, so read the manufacturer's directions carefully. Spread out the vinyl on a clean floor that is larger than the template, tape the template to it, and cut the vinyl to shape.

Step 2

To prevent curling use double-sided tape designed for loose-lay vinyl to secure the flooring at thresholds and under appliances and fixtures. Cut the tape to the proper length, remove the protective paper from the side you will be adhering to the subfloor, and press the tape in place.

Step 3

Roll up the vinyl and bring it into the area where you are installing it. Unroll it. Using a clean push broom, smooth the flooring in place. If the floor has a seam, roll back the connecting pieces and apply double-sided tape to the subfloor along the entire length of the seam.

Step 4

Working at one taped area at a time, roll back the vinyl so you can see the double-sided tape. Remove the tape's protective backing, roll the vinyl back over it, and press the flooring in place. Repeat this procedure for each of the taped areas.


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