Your guide to vinyl or linoleum installation

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Planning ahead

Things to know before you get started.
7 Steps to Linoleum Installation
  1. 1. Select your flooring

    Choose the vinyl or linoleum flooring design that suits your home and needs.

  2. 2. Clear the space

    In bathrooms, your pro will remove toilet and sink basins that are attached to the floor as well as baseboards, carpet and carpet strips along with threshold molding.

  3. 3. Have a test strip made

    Your contractor will check concrete floors for moisture by placing a small portion of flooring down on the concrete. If it pulls up easily, the room has too much moisture.

  4. 4. Ask for a plan

    Make a paper template of the area to be covered with vinyl or linoleum. Your contractor will tape the paper against the base of each wall mark the areas where pipes or connections will be cut.

  5. 5. Plan for an underlayment

    The contractor will install a quarter inch of plywood as an underlayment over the existing concrete floor. This makes an even surface for flooring installation.

  6. 6. Follow the light source

    As a rule, flooring is installed to follow the light source direction. A narrow room requires the flooring to run along the length of the room rather than cross the room.

  7. 7. Expect water-based adhesive

    A glued installation works best for longevity. A pro will use a water-based spray adhesive to attach the vinyl or linoleum flooring to the underlayment.

Tips for success

Discover tips from our pros, helpful articles, and insider information.

Pro Tip

Pro Tip

Cover old flooring with plywood before adding a new surface.

Pro Tip

Pro Tip

Ensure that flooring joints do not overlay areas with room transitions.

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