There are two basic methods for installing sheet vinyl flooringloose lay and full stick (also known as full spread). When the floor covering is laid without any adhesive underneath, it’s called loose lay. When it is stuck down with adhesive, it’s called full spread.

Which is the right method for you?

Loose Lay Method

Because there is no adhesive used under a loose laid floor, most manufacturers say that cushioned vinyl should only be loose laid in areas up to 120 sq ft.

Loose lay is not suitable for floors that will take heavy traffic, or where there is furniture that may be pushed around.

It is also recommended that double sided carpet tape be used to secure the edges of the vinyl to the floor when loose laying

Follow the link here to watch a video on How To Loose Lay Sheet Vinyl.

Full Stick Method

In this method, the material is stuck down with adhesive that’s spread right across the floor.  This is suitable for spaces greater than 120 sq ft. and floors that require joining multiple sheets.

A good general purpose sheet vinyl adhesive in the US is Roberts 3000. Inexpensive and widely available.

Step 1: Once your floor is in the correct position, carefully fold half of the vinyl back. Be careful not to move the position of the floor.

Step 2: Follow all manufacturer guidelines for preparing and applying the adhesive. Apply the recommended amount of adhesive to the subfloor with a notched trowel. Notch size is important, so make sure you check the label to see what the correct notching is. Allow the glue to sit for the recommended amount of time before replacing the vinyl.

Step 3: Fold the vinyl back over and firmly press it to the subfloor.

Step 4: Do the same thing (steps 1-3) for the other half of your vinyl floor.

Step 5: If any of the adhesive got on the top of your floor, remove it by wiping it off with a cleaner according to the manufacturer instructions you have.

Step 6: Use a floor roller across the entire surface to remove any air bubbles and complete the bonding process.

Step 7: Use the manufacturer’s seam sealer on any seams. Again, be sure to follow manufacturer instructions.

Step 8: Replace all essential room items such as doors, toilets or any other essential items. No furniture or appliances at this time.

Step 9: Wait 3 days before cleaning and 24 hours before replacing heavy furniture. Foot traffic should be kept to a minimum for 24 hours as well.

Seaming (Joining 2 pieces of vinyl flooring)

Sometimes you may need to join 2 sheets of vinyl. This does make the process a little more complicated but it is still possible as a DIY project. Please click here to watch a very clear video on how to manage this.