Vinyl flooring is often used in kitchens and bathrooms, as it provides a durable flooring surface that is both low maintenance and impervious to moisture. While vinyl flooring is typically sold by the square foot or square yard and professional installers charge by the same, confusion often ensues when the layman attempts to calculate the installation cost of vinyl for a do-it-yourself project. The key is to inspect the installation area closely in order to determine all hidden costs that may be encountered during the job.
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Measure the length and width of the room where the vinyl is to be installed and multiply the two numbers. This is the total square feet of the installation area.
Decide whether your vinyl floor will require a seam. Vinyl is sold in 12 foot widths; if your floor is wider than 12 feet you will need to buy a second piece and seam the two pieces together after they have been installed. Add enough length to allow for a pattern match if pertinent; the length of the pattern match will be on the specification sheet of the flooring you've chosen.
Inspect the subfloor where the vinyl will be installed. Many times vinyl may be installed over a previously installed vinyl floor that is in good condition; this type of installation will require a coat of vinyl floor prep to ensure proper adhesion of the glue. If a previous floor has an inlaid pattern, it may require a skim coat to smooth out the pattern.
Determine whether a new subfloor will be required. Typically, vinyl is installed over a new subfloor of one quarter inch plywood, which is screwed to the flooring joists; add the cost of the plywood and screws to your flooring estimate.
Add the cost of vinyl flooring adhesive to your estimate. The amount of adhesive required for the job will be determined by the type and brand of vinyl to be installed; coverage area will be listed on the can of adhesive.
Decide whether you will need to purchase or rent the necessary tools to install the floor. You will need a utility or linoleum knife, notched trowel, and floor roller to complete the job; if your floor has a seam you will also need a seam sealer kit.
Tips and warnings
- Remember that vinyl flooring requires quarter round moulding around the perimeter of the room; you can reuse the existing quarter round or add new quarter round to the cost of your installation.
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