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Installing Lineoleum Sheet Flooring

How to Install

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NOTE: Sheet linoleum can be installed with or without seams.

Install Sheet Linoleum Without Seams

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Use this method when you are working in a small area with few obstacles that will require only one sheet of linoleum.

  1. Measure your installation area. Add 3 inches to all perimeter measurements.
  2. Cut out your sheet linoleum based on the room measurements.
  3. Place the linoleum in the installation area. Carefully trim away all excess around obstacles and walls.
  4. Roll one half of the linoleum back and secure temporarily with masking tape.
  5. Apply the full spread adhesive to the subfloor as recommended by the manufacturer.
  6. Unroll and lay the linoleum into the adhesive. Apply pressure from the center to the edges. Roll the floor with a 100–lb roller if recommended by the manufacturer.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 for the other half of the linoleum.
  8. Re–roll the entire floor if recommended by the manufacturer.

Install Sheet Linoleum With Seams

Use this method when you are working with sheet linoleum in a large area with multiple seams and/or obstacles.

  1. Create a pattern of your floor using a pattern kit (available at many home improvement stores) or use craft paper, tape and scissors. Make sure the pattern is flat on the floor at all times. Account for all obstacles in the pattern.
  2. Unroll your pattern on top of your linoleum. Ensure there is a piece of linoleum beneath the entire pattern. Try to position seams in low traffic areas. If your linoleum has visible lines such as grout lines in the pattern, plan your seams accordingly. Seams are much less visible if hidden within a grout line.
  3. At each seam, overlap the two pieces of linoleum by at least 1". Make sure the patterns on both pieces match. Tape the two pieces of linoleum together with masking tape.
  4. Following a metal straight edge, use a utility knife to cut through BOTH pieces of linoleum at each seam. Once cut, align the seam edges so flush and tape securely.
  5. Cut the rest of your linoleum to fit your pattern. Leave 3" around the perimeter.
  6. Once cut, carefully roll up the linoleum and take it to the installation area. (Consider sweeping/vacuuming the subfloor just prior to laying down your linoleum.)
  7. Unroll the linoleum carefully and align it correctly with the room. Trim all edges so they are flush with walls or obstacles. Leave expansion spacing as recommended by your manufacturer.
  8. Starting with the largest piece of linoleum first, roll back and tape the half opposite the seam.
  9. Apply the full spread adhesive to the subfloor as instructed by the manufacturer.
  10. Unroll and lay the linoleum into the adhesive. Apply pressure from the center to the edges.
  11. Roll back and tape the other half of the linoleum (near the seam). Use a pencil to trace the seam edge onto the subfloor. Roll back and tape the second (smaller) piece of linoleum.
  12. Apply the adhesive on the whole floor under both sheets of linoleum and along the seam as instructed by the manufacturer.
  13. Carefully unroll both pieces of linoleum and set in the adhesive. Follow your flooring manufacturer's recommendations for seam spacing. Wipe away any excess adhesive from the seam.
  14. Roll the linoleum and the seam with a 100–lb roller if recommended by the manufacturer.
  15. Repeat steps 8 through 14 for all other seams on the floor.
  16. Re–roll the whole floor with a 75–100lb roller if recommended by the manufacturer.
  17. Seal all seams.
    • Use a seam sealer kit if recommended by the flooring manufacturer. Not all kits are compatible with your linoleum.
    • OR
    • Heat weld seams. If using this method, consider seeking assistance from a flooring professional. Heat welding takes a good deal of skill and practice.
  18. Let the new linoleum cure and bond for 24–72 hours or as recommended by your manufacturer. Do not move anything back into the room during this time and keep foot traffic to a minimum.