Vinyl Flooring

Sheet vinyl as a floor covering is very popular as it comes in all kinds of designs and colours, is durable, easy to clean, and can be used in just about any area in the home.  The most suitable places for sheet vinyl are generally bathrooms and kitchens.

Vinyl comes in large sheets and most rooms can be covered with a single, seamless sheet of vinyl.  Seamless laying gives a better finish and will last longer as there is no seam which can be damaged or lifted.  However it is more difficult to lay a seamless floor as the sheets are quite heavy and cumbersome.  An extra pair of hands or a professional installation is often needed, and trimming the sheet vinyl to the correct size accurately is quite difficult and requires experience and skill.  It is advised that before cutting or trimming vinyl against the wall, that a few pieces of offcuts are cut for practice.  Press the offcut against the wall with a block of wood and ensure that the knife cuts at an angle away from the wall.

To make laying the vinyl flooring as easy as possible, the sheet should be a little wider than the floor around all the edges, and it is a good idea to measure the floor, get its dimensions and shape, and get the supplier to cut the sheet to the correct size.   

If the DYI approach is taken, then try to find a large area where the vinyl can be laid flat, such as the garage or the garden, and make the cut with a trimming knife or scissors.  Re-roll the sheet so the sorter dimension becomes the length of the roll.  This will make it easier to carry into the room.  Remember to roll with the decorative side inwards, exactly the way it will be laid in the room.  Keep the roll in the room where it will be laid for a few days in order for the moisture content to stabilize and for the roll to heat up to room temperature.  On cold days, heat the room in order to make the vinyl more pliable.

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