How to install no glue vinyl flooring

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No glue installation of vinyl flooring is an easy way to lay down an attractive new floor covering and can save money. It does have the disadvantage of being less durable, since when you install no glue vinyl flooring it isn't as firmly bonded to the subfloor. However, for apartment dwelling and other situations where a less than permanent floor covering is desirable or adequate, it's a popular and practical method. You don't have to strip the previous flooring and because vinyl adhesive isn't used, it's far less messy.

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Things you need

  • Vinyl sheet flooring
  • Craft paper or equivalent
  • Double-baked tape
  • Masking tape
  • Vinyl adhesive tape
  • Flooring patch compound
  • Seam coating
  • Measuring tape
  • Straight edge
  • Utility knife
  • Small hacksaw
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Tools to remove and reinstall trim
  • Floor roller

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    Measure the room carefully, including any doorways and closets. It helps to make a rough sketch with the dimensions of the room. Take the sketch with you to purchase the vinyl flooring. Allow some extra around the edges so you can trim the flooring to a precise fit.

  2. 2

    Remove any baseboards, cove moulding and door thresholds. Inspect the floor surface and use a patching compound and putty knife to fill any cracks or low spots. If any doors have a low clearance, use a scrap of the flooring to measure the bottom of the door and use a hacksaw trim off enough so the door will clear the new floor once it's installed. Finally, sweep and mop the room so you have a clean, smooth surface.

  3. 3

    Lay the flooring out in the position it will occupy when installed and cut the pieces to fit, but leave some excess around all four walls. At corners, make a V cut and a straight cut in doorways so the flooring lies flat. Use heavy duty scissors to cut around any protrusions or obstacles.

  4. 4

    Pull or roll the flooring back from one wall. Place craft paper along the length of the wall so it is flush against the wall and use a little masking tape to anchor it in place. Next, put a short piece of double-backed tape every 1 to 2 feet along the wall so the edge of the tape is flush with the wall. Remove the tape backing and roll the vinyl flooring over it. Press down firmly along the wall until all the double-backed tape adheres to the vinyl. When you pull the vinyl up, the tape will adhere to it, marking the line you need to cut to achieve an exact fit.

  5. 5

    Cut the excess off the edge of the vinyl flooring using a utility knife and straight edge, then remove the double-backed tape. Repeat Step 4 for each wall. Apply vinyl floor tape along the edges of the room flush against the walls. Remove the tape backing along the walls and move the vinyl flooring into place. Press the vinyl firmly onto the vinyl adhesive tape around three of the walls.

  6. 6

    Use the floor roller to smooth out the vinyl flooring and force any air bubbles out before securing the flooring on the final wall. If the room is large enough that you must use more than one strip of vinyl flooring, this fourth side should be the one that is not adjacent to a wall. Position the next sheet of vinyl flooring against the previously installed sheet and continue until the entire room is covered.

  7. 7

    Use small pieces to install no glue vinyl flooring in closets, following the same steps as above. Replace door thresholds and baseboards or cove moulding.

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