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Vinyl flooring (PVC) in strips

Vinyl flooring can be installed from 2 to 4 meter strips. Although the large width parraitse the most advantageous both in price and time spent laying by decreasing the number of connections, often prefer the 2-meter strips, much more manageable especially if it is to cover pieces of service like kitchens or bathrooms, often smaller or cluttered with non-moving materials.

Necessary material

  • Double-sided tape
  • Cutter
  • Metal ruler
  • planarizer
  • Metre
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. Pose and finitions
  2. Special cuts

Pose and finitions

Unroll the first parallel to the wall

Unroll the first parallel to the wall

1. The different vinyl coverings are generally characterized by their flexibility and thinness. These have advantages, but require a perfect self-preparation (flat cement screed, Isorel panels). They require a high cleanliness of the support, whether they are glued in full or, as here, fixed by means of double-sided tape. These strips should be wide enough to allow good adhesion. Unroll first the first one, making sure that it is exactly parallel to the wall. Let it go up on the perpendicular wall.

Put tape on the floor using the line as the central axis

Put tape on the floor using the line as the central axis

2. Draw in pencil on the ground the line of the edge of the lé. Raise the first one and lay the adhesive tape on the ground guiding you on the line drawn as the central axis. The two strips placed edge to edge will be glued at the joint by the same strong adhesive strip which will thus obtain a good stability of the assembly and a strong seal. This attachment by double-sided adhesive tape allows to securely fix the coating without damaging the support (this is important in the case of rental housing). For a better adhesion of the band, you can pass a cloth soaked with trichlorethylene to remove grease stains.

Cut the two overlapping strips, following the metal ruler

Cut the two overlapping strips, following the metal ruler

3. Place the second piece so that it overlaps the first one by about 5 cm. Here the join between the two strips is made in the same way as for the carpet. Do not place edge to edge without recutting two vinyl sheets: you would have unsightly gaps. Using a metal rule as a guide, strictly parallel to the edge of the first line, cut the two strips in a single pass, one centimeter from the edge of the first. The cut must be clean and straightforward.

Eliminate falls from cut vinyl

Eliminate falls from cut vinyl

4. Eliminate falls from cut vinyl. Both sides must fit perfectly edge to edge. Lift both parts, being careful not to move them, and remove the protective paper from the tape. Fold down the vinyl, which must be pressed firmly to glue it. For perfect grip, use a rubber slider roller.

Use a cutter for cuts along the wall

Use a cutter for cuts along the wall

5. For leveling along the walls, it is advisable to use a leveler: it gives a flawless finish and leaves no gap between the wall and the cladding. It allows you to work very quickly with its two slider pads, its handle and its hook blade.

The installation of a skirting board conceals the flaws

The installation of a skirting board conceals the flaws

6. If not, use a cutter and mark the cut line with the round tip of scissors by pressing firmly into the corner. The installation of a skirting board or quarter-round allows concealment of flaws.

Special cuts

Put the part to be removed on the back of the vinyl

Put the part to be removed on the back of the vinyl

1. To make very specific cuts in the middle of a bed, such as for this staircase for example (or for a room where the furniture can not be moved), put the vinyl sheet up to the obstacle. Then turn it over so that you can translate the exact drawing of the object by the translation on the reverse, exactly where the vinyl will be cut. Use a metal ruler and a meter. In this case, draw a long triangle on the back of the vinyl to pass this tip under the stairs.

Cut the blade with the cutter guiding you with the metal ruler

Cut the blade with the cutter guiding you with the metal ruler

2. Then cut the cutter using the metal ruler as a guide. It is necessary to extend the cut to the end of the lé, after the point of the triangle, in order to be able to recess the bottom of the staircase. For cutting, place a hard material (metal plate or wooden board for example) under the vinyl to avoid damaging the already laid part.

House the base of the stairs in the vinyl

House the base of the stairs in the vinyl

3. The base of the staircase can then be placed in the vinyl bed. It remains to continue cutting according to the peculiarities of the projecting object. We can proceed directly if we have some experience.

Transfer the template made on a cardboard to the lee and cut with a cutter

Transfer the template made on a cardboard to the lee and cut with a cutter

4. For added safety, make a cutting template with a piece of cardboard cut to the cutter to the exact dimensions of the object. Then refer to the le and cut. This helps to guard against possible blunders. Cut out all around the stairs. Also use a template to cut around the round pillar.

Arrange the double-sided tape around the stairs

Arrange the double-sided tape around the stairs

5. Arrange the double-sided tape around the staircase. To avoid subsequent detachments, make sure that the stair treads are as tight as possible: a side with an unsecured edge may lift. Remove the protective paper from the adhesive tape and place the vinyl, which should then properly dress the profile of the staircase. Marble carefully at the tape location with a caster roller, after checking that the coating does not crease.

Finish laying the strips to the wall

Finish laying the strips to the wall

6. Finish laying the tiles to the wall with a proper trim. Adhesive tape is preferable for large widths (4 m and more) because it is long enough to make on 2 m wide strips. It is prudent to place the vinyl siding in the room where it is to be installed two or three days prior to installation. This material can expand depending on the heat or humidity, it is good that it is adapted to the conditions of the room.

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