Where can I install linoleum flooring?
Linoleum can be installed in almost any area, above, below, or on grade. Some manufacturers recommend it in bathrooms and basements while others won’t. Bathrooms and basements are often covered in linoleum but must be protected from moisture. If installed over a concrete subfloor, the concrete must have a low moisture emission rate and neutral pH. Most linoleum can be installed over hardwood, plywood, or other types of existing flooring but not carpet. Installing over particle board or chipboard is not recommended. Your subfloor should be as smooth as possible as any imperfections will show through your linoleum flooring. If you have a slope in your flooring, the flooring will follow the slope.
How much linoleum flooring do I need?
- Divide the floor into rectangles.
- Measure the length and width of each individual rectangle.
- Multiply the length by the width of each individual rectangle.
- Add your total for each rectangle together to get the total square footage.
- Add an additional 5-10% (depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations) of the total square footage to cover the waste factor.
What is the average lifetime of a linoleum floor?
Linoleum flooring is very durable and can last 15-25 years or longer. Care and maintenance are important factors in the life expectancy of your linoleum flooring.
Is linoleum flooring recommended for a self-installer?
It is generally recommended that glue-down installation methods are left to a professional as skill and special tools are needed. However, there are newer versions of click together linoleum tile that are much easier for a self-installer to tackle. If you do decide to install with a glue-down method, it is recommended that you use tile rather than rolled linoleum as it is more user friendly. Remember too that subfloor preparation is very important. Any imperfections in your subfloor can show through the linoleum flooring.
Can sunlight fade the color of my linoleum flooring?
Yes, linoleum is affect by direct sunlight and can fade in color where sunlight shines. It is recommended that you keep blinds or drapes closed on sunny days to protect your flooring when possible. Color can also be affected when coming in contact with oxygen. Don’t be surprised if your floor appears to be a different color if you rearrange your furniture. This usually evens out within a relatively short amount of time.
What should I do before I begin to install my linoleum flooring?
The single most important step when installing linoleum floors is subfloor preparation. You must make sure that your subfloor is clean, even, and dry. Installing flooring over an improperly prepared subfloor can cause major issues. Your linoleum flooring will often take on the texture of the subfloor beneath making any imperfections show through. Inspect your linoleum flooring carefully before installation and also make sure you have the necessary tools. Always read your manufacturer’s instructions completely before beginning installation and make sure you understand them. If not, contact your manufacturer for clarification.
Why do I need to roll my linoleum flooring after installation and how do I do this?
You should roll your linoleum flooring after installation to remove any air bubbles and ensure that the linoleum is totally bonded with the subfloor. For best results, you should use a roller that is at least 100 lbs. For tile self-installations when a professional roller is not available, you can use an ordinary kitchen rolling pin and roll the flooring from the center to the outside edges. You may want to protect your rolling pin with plastic wrap to prevent glue from contaminating it. Be sure to use enough "elbow grease" to ensure complete adhesive transfer to the back of the linoleum product if you choose to use a rolling pin.
Is there a difference from tile to tile in the same box when purchasing linoleum flooring?
Yes, linoleum is a natural product. The appearance is not an imprinted design. Tiles can vary slightly in color and appearance.
Should I use an underlayment when installing my linoleum floor?
An underlayment is generally recommended as subfloor imperfections will often show through your linoleum flooring. An underlayment is a quick and effective fix that will also help to protect your subfloor be sure to properly treat all seams in the underlayment as these will show through as well.