How to Install Linoleum Sheet Flooring Correctly

Linoleum refers to a natural material made from pine rosins, linseed oil, and other organic materials. Now it is used as a general term for both the original materials and for a variety of modern alternatives made from vinyl plastic.  Linoleum floor is widely used for their durability, water-tightness, and affordability. They are generally installed by securing them over an existing floor. You can also subfloor with strong glue.

How do you install linoleum flooring? There are a lot of ways for installing linoleum flooring is quite easy compared to more expensive alternatives. But it can be a unique challenge for the inexperienced home-improver. Below are the steps to effectively install your own linoleum floor.

How to Install Linoleum Sheet Flooring

1. Preparing your floor for installation
Linoleum and other synthetic alternatives are flexible, soft, and pliable when compared to most other flooring materials. Actually, it is so flexible that it will actually expand and shrink with changes in temperature. Although those changes are unnoticeable to the naked eye, but it can cause minor problems when it comes to installing and maintaining your linoleum floor. Because of this reason, you have to give your linoleum a chance to reach their resting size by storing it in the room that you want to use it in for about 24 hours prior to installing it.

Before beginning the process of installing your linoleum floor, you have to clear your work area completely from any possible obstructions. For most rooms, this will mean you have to remove any furniture or floor decorations such as rugs, along with any appliances which are connected to the floor such as toilets or pedestal-style sinks. Be conservative when it comes to preparing your work area.

Spend a little extra time removing furniture and items which may not be completely necessary to remove is almost always a good use of time rather than pending your work later on to, for example uninstall a toilet that’s in your way. Maybe you want to remove any doors from their hinges, especially if it is open inward. Removing door is quite necessary so that you are able to comfortably work all the way to the edge of the room.

2. Measuring floor
Because your floor is ready to be installed with linoleum, it’s time to measure it so that you will know how much to use it precisely and how to cut it exactly. There are several options for measuring your floor. No matter which method you will use, make sure that your measurements is accurate so your linoleum will fit against your walls and appliances precisely.

3. Mark your cutting lines on your linoleum
When you have precise measurements or a paper outline of your floor area and a rough sketch, it means that you are ready to mark you linoleum material with its final shape. Trace your paper outline with a washable marker or a straightedge.

Then draw line with tape measure according to the floor measurements you took. It should be possible to mark and cut linoleum flooring because it is usually sold in 6 or 12 foot wide rolls, especially if you install it in small spaces and room such bathroom or hallways in one seamless piece. For larger areas, it's a good idea to use two or more pieces.

4. Cut and trim your linoleum
Use a sharp utility knife or a hooked linoleum knife to cut your linoleum, and cut it along your pre-marked lines. To ensure an accurate cut, you can use a straightedge. After cutting, lay it down carefully and use your linoleum-cutting tool to trim the edges of your linoleum carefully.