I'm looking at installing a new sheet vinyl floor in my kitchen,
breakfast nook, and laundry room (one long piece of vinyl).
Most sources suggest DIYers make a paper template for the new vinyl.
But the previous vinyl floor was professionally installed, all in one
piece. It is cut perfectly.
Why not pull up the old floor and use it as the template for the new
one? I haven't found anybody to recommend that so there must be a reason.
If you can get it up in one piece w/o streching it, go for it. Most pro
installers I have seen cut slightly oversize, and then roll back edges and
With the sad results I have had the few times I tried vinyl, I have
consigned it to the 'pay a pro' category. They make it look so easy, and if
they screw up, they pay for the replacement stock.
Pulling it up in one piece would be the problem. Depending on the age
and spreading of the glue chances are you would be lucky to get it up
in a dozen pieces. Often new vinyl is simply installed over the old,
partly out of convienience and partly if the house is old the vinyl (or
linoleum & cement) could contain asbestos. Usually a vinyl or wood
cove border will cover a host of imperfections at the edge. If there
is no room for error measure thrice and cut once. (I have caught
myself repeating the same mistake with only a second measurement on
critical cuts such as these). Also dont forget that the walls are
almost never square so make multiple measurements along the length of a
You're not kidding. I'd assumed it would be like pulling up carpet, but
it was more like pulling off wallpaper. It took me 2 hours to scrape up
2 square yards. That's OK for the 5'x6' bathroom I'm practicing on, but
I may have to rethink the big area. I didn't want to raise the floor
Hire it out. I just had a bathroom done that was about 5X9. Total
cost for vinyl, underlayment, carpet removal, a couple chunks of cove
base, and vinyl installation was $270. The vinyl itself was a 5yr
warranty type @ 1.30 /sq ft. Thinking of doing the kitchen and dining
area too, estimate was between $1,000 and $1,100 for that using the
same vinyl, area is approx 23 x 14. With prices like those I won't
screw with it myself. These guys did a fantastic job too, been in
business for 30+ years. But then, labor is generally inexpensive
here, plumbers/HVAC and electricians charge around $35/hr.
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