Lay Vinyl Flooring on Plywood

Lay Vinyl Flooring on Plywood

Lay Vinyl Flooring on Plywood

How to Lay Vinyl Flooring on Plywood?

Installing a vinyl floor is simple if you have the right vinyl material and more importantly — if you have the right tools. The following is a simplified step-by-step guide on how to install a vinyl floor in less than 24 hours.



Prepare the floor by cleaning and ensuring it is dry 

Preparation is arguably the least discussed step in the vinyl installation. However, the success of vinyl installation depends on this step. The preparation process has two objectives. The first objective is to ensure that the floor is clean. Second, the process is vital in ensuring that the room is dry.


The preparation process entails cleaning the floors and more importantly — removing any obstacles. If you want to install the vinyl floor in your bathroom, you should also consider removing your toilet.

This process, however, varies depending on which room you want to install the vinyl floor.

Create a paper cutting

In this process, you will need a thick paper — preferably red rosin paper. Rosin's papers are available in most stores around the world. The main reason why creating a paper cutting is essential is to minimize installation errors and improper vinyl cuts.

In this process, you must understand the following things. First, cutting an accurate cutting helps in minimizing installation errors. Second, you should take your time in creating the cutting. You should also ensure that the model represents the total surface areas of your floor in terms of angles and measurements.

If you are unsure of how to make a correct temperate, contact a professional. It is, however, essential to note that creating a paper cutting is simple, especially if you are keen enough. Second, you must have the right tools (check 'the tools needed' section).

Use the paper cutting to create an exact plywood underlayment

In this installation process, a plywood underlayment is essential. Cutting the underlayment is one of the reasons why cutting should be correct. For best results, ensure that the underlayment is 1/4-inches and it is of high quality.

The underlayment should not be on the same day as the previous process. For better results, you should give the floor at least a day to get a balanced humidity. If you do not have an underlayment stapler, you should outsource through hiring or borrowing from a friend. The stapler should also have a mallet and at least high quality 1/4-inches staples.

Using the cutting (in step 2), cut the vinyl into the desired shape

The procedure of cutting vinyl is similar to the process of cutting an underlayment. For example, you should use specific tools. The golden tool is to ensure that you are as accurate as possible. However, there are some additional pointers on this step.

Ensure that the cutting surface is clean to ensure that the vinyl cutting is clean. In addition, ensure that you tape the paper temperate (on the vinyl) to avoid errors. Vinyl surfaces have squares, and you should utilize the squares in getting the shape right. Besides, hire or borrow a compass from a friend for additional accuracy.

Glue the vinyl cuttings on the floor

After getting the above steps right, the final step is to glue the vinyl on the floor. The gluing process is simple if you have the right cuttings, and the floor is clean and dry. Using notched trowel — which are available in most stores — spread the glue evenly for better results.

Which materials do you require in this process?

For better results, the following are the materials that you will need in this process.

  • Rosin paper

  • Tape

  • Vinyl adhesive (glue) — for the final process

  • Vinyl flooring

  • 1/4-inches underlayment

  • staples

  • Floor leveler

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